As part of my recent partnership with V Water, they challenged me to have an awesome active weekend. I couldn’t think of a better place to give this a go than in Chamonix with Sophie and Charley. They have the most ridiculous playground to train, explore and adventure in, and having followed their blogs and instagram pics, it was time to pay them a visit.
Arriving on Friday lunchtime, we quickly made plans to tackle the Vertical KM that afternoon to stretch the legs and test my lungs. You can read more about this mini adventure here. It’s safe to say that the views and the beer were definitely earned in our two hour 1000m ascent!
We drank, sang and danced our hearts out that evening for Apres, which I’m definitely claiming as another workout!
The following morning, we blew away the hangovers in the bleak conditions of the Brevant slopes, on ski’s this time. Sadly the weather was horrid, and it was like skiing in a complete white out. You couldn’t see more than 10 metres in front of you at times, and since this is my first time on skis for 5 years, I was pretty cautious. My ski legs soon returned but unfortunately the sun didn’t. We gave it a good few hours before admitting defeat and retreating to an amazing Japanese restaurant in town for lunch. Miso soup warms the soul!
Side note- when I last went skiing 5 years ago hardly anyone wore helmets, myself included. It’s so interesting (and great) that so many people are now donning helmets to ski. I know that when I was younger I thought I looked super cool with my beanie or headband, but with older age comes a lot more sensible attitude, and it appears that lots of others are thinking the same thing! However, helmet hair is even worse than hat hair!
On Sunday morning the clouds were still hanging low in the valley and it was raining rather than snowing. Instead of spending more cash on ski passes and hire, Sophie and I headed out for a trail run near to their chalet. Although nowhere near as steep as the vertical KM, there were a few uphills that had my quads and lungs burning- it’s clear why hill repeats are so beneficial for your fitness and are a great part of run training.
We certainly earned our breakfast, and I made the most of it with an enormous continental spread, plus hot chocolate, orange juice and my fave’s Blackcurrant and Goji berry V Water!
This post is sponsored by V Water– Chamonix I will be back for more active adventures!