Obertilliach is a village of 700 in the East Tyrol region of Austria. Petr and I did a strength workout on Thursday in Orillia, then flew overnight to Prague where we borrowed a car with a ski box from Petr’s father. On Friday I went for a short run, on Saturday we made the 7.5hr drive to Obertilliach and then we went for a ski so we managed to train every day during travel!
We are certainly not the only skiers preparing for the Olympics here. I have spotted skiers from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Japan, Finland and Lithuania training here this week. Obertilliach is also the host village for a Worldloppet race – the Dolomitenlauf, which took place last weekend.
Obertilliach is possibly the most picturesque place I have ever trained. Beautiful homes dot the hillsides, ski trails are just minutes away, majestic mountains tower overhead, sunlight bathes the village, the skies are azure blue, and the smell of woodsmoke welcomes you to the village. I have joked that there is no need to continue on to Sochi – I would be happy living here for a month!
I am extremely grateful to our friends on the Austrian team who found us the nicest (and also surprisingly the most affordable) accomodations we have had all season. We have a small appartment in the house of a family which runs a a local hotel.