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Our next (epic) adventure - Haute Route Alps!

  After three years of waiting, the time has finally come for us to participate in our hardest, most difficult and extreme endurance event that we have ever attempted. On Friday morning we will fly from Vienna, Austria to Nice, France and on August 21st (Sunday) at 6:45am, we will start stage 1 of the 7-day Haute Route Alps. For seven continuous days, we will cover almost 500 miles, climb almost 70,000 feet and travel to 6 different locations in France (and one in Italy). If you are curious on pricing for this incredible experience, the registration fee was $1899 Euros per person, we bought one accomodation package (comfort double) for $1339 and airport transportation to the Geneva airport after the event is complete ($59 euros) for a total of $3297 Euros (or around $3300 US dollars). Total for both of us was ~$5255 Euros. While an expensive event, we work hard so we can play hard and we love finding epic ways to turn our vacations into race-cations.  As for what is included in our re

Xterra Czech Race Recap

  Wow, that was hard. My first Xterra race was on a super tough course with long climbs and fast downhills. 3800 feet of elevation in 21 miles on the bike and 1000 feet for the 6.2 mile run. The swim was non-wetsuit legal (no swim skins allowed) which made for a chilly start to the day - even for a 12:30pm race start. The competition was fierce as this was the European Championship. I learned a lot, had fun and suffered for 3 hours and 45 minute. I don’t think my heart has ever beat so high and hard for that long. I’m thrilled for Karel for placing 3rd in his age group. What a special day for him to race in Czech. To hear more about our race, check out our video race recap below.... Here are a few pics from the race.  Swim Start Getting ready for the 12:30pm race start.  The first of many long climbs. Satisfied at the finish. Beautiful location for a transition area in the town square.  Karel's bike post race.  My bike post race.  Karel's Czech friends.  Awards Ceremony My gea

From Znojmo to Prachatice

For our last three days in Znojmo before heading off to our next destination (Prachatice), we spent our time around family. After our Mon morning swim, we went to Karel’s mom’s flat for lunch. I had a lentil dish and Karel had a dish with meat. We then went back to our Airbnb for a short time and then walked to Karel’s nieces flat to visit with her and her son and husband. I loved seeing her beautiful four cats - one was a giant Maine coon. We chatted a bit (she speaks English) and then went to the park. We got ice cream on our walk back to our Airbnb, before walking to the grocery store to get a few things for dinner. On Tuesday, we went for a short off-road run around the town. I was pretty tired during the run so we took several walk/stop breaks for pictures. Karel’s brother took a train/bus in from Pribor for the day (and night). We gifted Karel’s brother Jirka with a new pair of Hoka trail running shoes and a Trimarni tank. Jirika enjoys trail running and bike expeditions. After l