I donned the coat proudly, and somehow made it through the airport without getting told to go back to work on the tarmac to direct aircraft traffic, and boarded my flight to Munich where the exciting journey of World U23 Championships would begin.
The weather was pretty gloomy landing in Munich, but I was already riding the euro high and loving every bit of Europe as it came. I peered eagerly out the window of the van until we arrived in Seefeld Austria, the first stop of our pre-championship training camp.
The Seefeld portion of the trip was mostly adjusting to the time change, and getting in the early days of training while managing the jet lag. Upon arrival in Seefeld, Heidi and I went for a quick little jog and then the whole team headed to old Innsbruck for some sightseeing.
The training was pretty good, even with the lack of snow. It was always super cloudy so unfortunately I never really got to appreciate what were probably really beautiful mountains all around us!
The trails were right smack in the middle of the valley between Toblach and Cortina, it kind of reminded me of Canmore in the way that these huge mountain ranges were all around you. The Dolomites are totally cool too. I love them equally as much as the Rockies. I just really love mountains. But the Dolomites are totally unique and totally different than the Rockies, and they too have that effect on me that makes me want to stare at them all day and just smile. I already knew I wanted to come back to the Dolomites before I even left!
We got to do some pretty neat things in Tobalch, like explore this beautiful church, and ski the tunnels between Cortina and Toblach!