Toblach-Dobbiaco-Cortina Ski Marathon- 32 km Skate Race Day- February 2, 2020

Toblach-Dobbiaco (the start) is in top right corner and Cortina D’Ampezzo (the finish) is in the bottom left hand corner.

It was going to be another gorgeous day-bright blue skies and warm temperatures. It’s pretty easy to get use to this warmer climate than the deep freezes we get at home. When we got to the start the sun was just about to pop up above the mountain top.

There were about 700 racers today, less than yesterday’s 1500. We both decided that today we’d start way at the back, take pictures and just enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way.

The course was a little different from yesterday and I kept waiting for the sign for the last 500m of the climb but it never came. All of a sudden I was at the top! What a great feeling and now it was only 12 km down. I thought there would be a track but there wasn’t. You just had to skate ski and that took some concentration as my legs were still a little tired from yesterday and the snow was pretty soft. It was a superb spring ski day! We both really enjoyed skiing in a more relaxed mode today as it was just so beautiful. The next four photos I took while skiing in the race:

At the finish the sun was still shining and it was plus 10 degrees! It’s just so nice to be able to change outside and not have to rush inside to stay warm! I finished in 2 hours and 48 minutes and Ross in 2 hours and 5 minutes. We went to the pasta party in Cortina and then hit the road to go back to our place in Oberammergau, Germany.

It was a fabulous weekend of skiing! 

SKIING IS NOT A LIFESTYLE! IT’S A LIFE! This is the expression from the bracelet they gave us in our race kits.

Here are some of the professional photographers’ pictures:

Ross at the start- third one from the left.
Me at the start- to the right of # 9099.
Ross is just coming over the hill- #8177.
Ross at the finish line!
Me at the finish !
Good bye to the Dolomites! We’ll be back!

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