Finally I have found some decent health! For the two and a bit weeks following the Hoppet I have been struggling to shrug off quite a nasty sickness, however with a bit of a break I now feel 100% and have just had probably one of the most enjoyable yet toughest endurance week of my life. Along with lots of gym and running the clear highlights were on Friday and Saturday. On Friday we (Chris Darlo, Alex Almoukov and myself) went on the most epic 6 hour spring skiing sessions I have ever experienced! Starting off early at Guthega we then crossed the Snowy River over Australia’s flimsiest bridge whose build quality was greatly enhanced by Darlo’s torurous rocking as I was crossing! We then made our way up onto the Main Range and to the base of Mt. Kosciusko. From there we did a nice long loop, down to Cootapatamba hut, then up to the top of various peaks including Townsend, Twynam, and Curuthers. To finish off, we then skied down onto Lake Albina and Blue lake, then back down to the Snowy to get home where the full effects of severe sunburn were first realised. From the incredible tanlines on my legs, 1 layer of
sunscreen was no match to the ridiculously powerful UV rays. This however was better than Alex’s calves which recieved zero layers – they were cooked! All in all it was worth it!
Whilst in the mood of long endurance and extended sun exposure, we decided to go for a ride to the coast and back. Our plan was to drive to bemboka and then ride the rest of the way to merimbula and back. Another 4 hours in the sun further perfected the tanlines but I’ve got to say that it was without question one of the best rides I’ve ever had. Alex showing off his skills in front of many onlookers by hitting the deck twice in two minutes whilst struggling with his cleats definitely added to the humour of the day!
These are the days I live for!