Skiing downhill is just as hard
“My last effort saw my heart rate hit 95% before reaching the tiny hut on a snowy aréte that marked the finish line – 47 minutes of hard work and 3 minutes of figuring how to get back on to my feet on a steep icy slope. What fun!
“Then came the interesting part. Those were some the steepest slopes I have ever been on during the route up, but at the top there was no lift to take us back down. I had thought I was safe doing uphill-only races, but now I needed to ski down. In the dark. On tiny racing skis.
“I don’t mind admitting it took me a few minutes to build my confidence up and wait for a break in those still coming up to ensure no-one was taken to their death with me!
“Halfway-down was a restaurant, with cooked meals, drinks and drop bags waiting for the racers. The community within this sport is inspiring, with hundreds packed onto benches to celebrate a good night out and commend the winner, who took just under 40 minutes. I’m guessing he didn’t fall over.