I just had a spectacular week skiing in the French Alps – huge amounts of food, even more exercise; the highest of highs and the lowest of lows; decked out head to toe in sportswear. And I thought, “Hold on, I’ve been here before. More than once. Skiing and training for a marathon are literally the exact same thing.” Don’t believe me? My case:
1. Your relationship with your next source of food is absolutely critical.
2. Second only in importance to the location of your next wee.
4. By halfway through, if you could marry pigeon pose, you would in a heartbeat.
6. You go to bed excited for your breakfast.
7. Try as you might, you can’t lose your new alluring aroma – sweaty hair and Deep Heat.
8. It’s difficult to remember how far you’ve progressed, when sometimes all you can see are your limitations.
9. The way you behave under intense pressure will surprise (and please, and scare) you.
10. Your happiness is directly related to the health, or otherwise, of your knees and ankles.
11. The bonds you forge with people at this juncture are exponentially stronger, per hour spent together, than those made at any other time.
12. Banana and jam sandwiches are a perfectly reasonable type of snack. Just hook you up to IV carbs.
13. You think about your own snot more than is reasonable for a grown person.
14. Eight hours sleep leaves you knackered.
15. Ditto nine hours sleep.
16. Ten hours is about right, though more would be perfect.
17. The wrong socks can ruin your whole week.
18. Nothing beats the first drink when you’re done.
20. Despite your best efforts with sunscreen, you are guaranteed a really, really daft tan line to explain at work on Monday.
21. Misplacing your Buff is like losing a limb.
22. Hardcore exercise for three or more hours a day doesn’t even phase you. That’s normal.
23. There is a cortex of your brain devoted to spotting any signs of chafing and eliminating them instantly.
25. The second it’s over, your heart starts yearning for the next one (though your bank balance and blisters say no).
26. In the middle of all the sweat, and the snot, and the blisters, there will be moments when the world shows itself in all its magnificence. You’ll feel so blessed to be alive and able to take part.
I rest my case.
Anything I’ve missed? Do you either run, or ski, and would like to try the other? (seeing as they’re basically the same…)