Christmas in the Old World

For the first time in 12 years, I will be spending Christmas in Germany. I certainly need to see my new nephew but also surprised my mom for her birthday on December 13. It was so much fun, watch this video to see her reaction … we have been laughing our heads off about it…

Ready to ski!

It was the first day of skate skiing on Saturday. It feels so good to be back on the skis! Gorgeous sunshine, great conditions and of course fun company. The break between the last cycle and the first ski always seems too long. I’m hoping to ski A LOT this winter; it’s just the perfect…

Kracker Kauai

Fresh online: All the pictures from our trip to Kauai! It was another great trip to Hawaii, and a new experience on this smaller island. We kept busy with hiking, exploring, eating and swimming. One of the highlights were the many waterfalls we got to enjoy, and one particularly gorgeous setting kept us busy for…

Great hiking season 2012

It’s kinda sad that the 2012 hiking season seems to be over. Not that it’s snowing yet but it’s been wet and ugly, and the views from the peaks are probably less than impressive right now. But we have been out every weekend for shorter local hikes, which has been spectacular given the fall colors…

Busy summer!

I am not lying when I say that every weekend of the summer is fully planned out! It started with the race in Boise and the trip to Europe for Ironman Austria. Then the 2012 edition of the Across The Lake Swim came and went, with another successful event in the books now. During the…

Ironman Austria Race Report

First of all, thank you to everybody who has supported me in my training, has sent me off with well wishes and was following my race online or in spirit! I was thinking about you during the race and am lucky to have such great friends!

Ironman Austria (all pictures here) was the most scenic and best-organized race I have done. I can’t even recall all the little details they had worked on and provided to the racers to support them and make the day easier. The location is spectacular, in the Kaernten region with Lake Woerthersee in the background (and as swim venue). Even though it was hazy we could see the high alpine peaks in the distance.

I’m back …

Too much time has gone by since my last post. I’m not really sure what happened … “busy” can’t always be an excuse. The end of the semester (March/April) was busy with grading and teaching. After a bit of a “breather” towards the end of April I am now teaching 4 online courses (2 for…

Winthrop with the Girls …

What a weekend! It really doesn’t get any better in terms of company, activities, weather and fun! 5 of us, girls that is, hit the road and stayed in Winthrop for the weekend to explore the ski trails that I always rave about. We had cloudless skies the whole weekend, skied for hours each day…

Sun Peaks

Our second annual ski weekend saw us staying at Sun Peaks, BC, for 4 days. What a blast! We were renting a house that turned out to be super-nice (5 bedrooms, 4 baths, huge kitchen), super-convenient (right on the downhill and xc ski trails) and wonderful to relax in. We skied the xc ski trails…