This week has been a source of inspiration. I’ve been inspired by so many people and settings in so many ways, I don’t know where to start…
It was the first meet of the trail runners from Team CimAlp, which I am so honoured to be part of. CimAlp is a French manufacturer of mountain and trail running clothing. We met with Lionel, the owner of the company, and some of his team at the headquarters in the Drôme region of France. They have all inspired me with the passion and energy they have for the company, the attention to detail and the eagerness to get the product design right. I am so excited to be part of this adventure.
2. Other Athletes
I was blown away by the other athletes on the team (a total of 12 of us in Team CimAlp). They are all so talented. It was so humbling and inspirational. I respect each and every one of them. I am fascinated by what they have accomplished so far, their sporting performances and what they have planned for 2016. Also, they were all so helpful and supportive during our runs together, offering help, technical advices, food, drinks etc… I have so much to learn from my teammates. I don’t want to let them down! How can one not be motivated by their abilities and passion?
3. The Nature and the Mountains
I’ve been inspired by the runs we did in the beautiful park of the Pilat, thanks to Florian: forest trails, alpine trails, waterfalls, wild life… Last week’s scenic runs have motivated me to improve my technical skills so I can run better on this terrain. Living in the South of England, the trails aren’t anything like the ones in this part of France. I still have a lot to learn to run on snow, ice and rocks and take on big elevation gains. It has also made me realise how hard I’ll need to train for the Echapée Belle race this summer (47km, 2,750m elevation gain) and not to underestimate how hard it will be just to complete the event.
4. Loved Ones
Following the weekend with team CimAlp, I met with my Dad to go skiing in the French Alps. In my humble opinion, the village of La Grave is one of the most amazing spots for off-piste skiing in the Alps and it happened to be less than 2 hours away from the Drôme. So I just couldn’t resist the temptation to spend some quality time on the mountain with Dad.
I also found out over the weekend that one of my family members in her mid-thirties passed away, leaving behind her a gorgeous little boy and her husband. This sad news has affected me quite deeply. It has reminded me to cherish the ones you love and enjoy all the special moments in life. I have of course missed my husband and little bears during my week away and was delighted to hug them on my return. They are all a tremendous source of inspiration!
So thanks to all for the inspiration this week, it definitely has been a life experience.