The day before yesterday I had a entertaining and informative evening in Seon/CH. Mammut Alpine School invited to their “Workshop Skitourenguru” to Mammut’s Outlet-Store. Günter Schmudlach, creator and developer, was the speaker and talked about:
What is the value for Hike’n’Fly? Skitourenguru.ch is a tool for every Hike and Fly Pilot who’s not hibernating, but also exercises during the winter season.
It combines the information of Lawinenbulletin and topographicalmaps, which is also useful for winter hiking and snowshoeing.
You are lucky if you land next to a photographer. The Swiss’ flatlands are usually covered by a think layer of fog during the winter. Then it’s time to check some skiing areas’ webcams. And if it’s sunny up there, then go for a hike above the clouds.
Last Sunday was one of these days. Mt. Rotenflue (1571m) in middle of the Mythen region / Central Switzerland was my destination for a small hike’n’fly tour. The flight was quite short, because I wouldn’t want to dive inside the thick layer of clouds. So I landed next to a ski slope – and next to a hobby photographer, who took some amazing photos. Enjoy them!
This will let me structure my ideas efficiently. And now starting. At least I have set a goal that I want to vary my training with three different activities per week. Currently no problem: With a lot of ambition I started training. With 4-5 activities per week. And it is a lot of fun. Yesterday I challanged hard with a ultra-trail runner. But I could keep up with him. And got him after a while. Good for my ego.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” (Albert Schweizer)
Foto of headlight during a nightly run. Like always to the top of Gisliflue. The town down in the valley is Lenzburg
Okay, now it´s time to go to bed. Tomorrow I´m heading off to Stuttgart “Thermik Messe“. I hope to discover a lot of new gear and to hear some athletes speaking (e.g. Chrigel Maurer).
This Blogpost is again theory. It’s the final part of the trilogy about ‘goals and improvement’.
The main goal is set. – Smaller goals help to reach it. – Just one question is left unanswered: What is the right time and the best process for setting these small goals?
Fortunately, I’m not the first person who faces that question. There are already many solutions. I take one proven method, and adapt it: the PDCA cycle. The PDCA cycle is a process which is iterating in order to continuously improve your project.
The process steps are:
P: Plan means analyzing and detecting potential fields for improvement. And shape an idea for the next small goal.
D: Do means “just do it!”. Turn theory into practice. Try it. One time. Two times. Try to shape your idea.
C: Then you check whether your tested/proved and shaped idea is still valid for the main goal or generally realistic. Does it help to reach my main goal (enough)? Is it feasible for me?
A: Now act! Pursue your goal. Integrate it into your daily/weekly/monthly routine. And measure your success.
Reflecting and measuring your success takes an important place: >> Did you reach your goal? – Congratulations! (Or was it too easy as you’re looking back at it critically?) >> Did you miss your goal? – Congratulations! Because that’s the chance to learn.
By reflecting and evaluating you hopefully get some good input for your next goals. And this is where everything comes full circle.
In order to reach the main goal, you should set smaller goals continuously in a repeating process (PDCA cycle).
With the project xalps in 555 days I want to develop my skills to stay in the 2019 edition of redbull x-alps.
What does that mean?
The Redbull x-alps are about going from Salzburg to Monaco (or at least as far as you can go until the race is over), only by foot or paragliding. (For more information about the exact route and its turnpoints and rules for 2017 you can read here)
Not every athlete is able to stay in the race until the end. Either eliminated or hurt, about one third doesn’t make it until the end. My aim is not to belong to that third. (2017 only 19 athletes out of 32 did it until the end.)
Therefore I need a lot of preparation. Physical and mental strength, material, strategies and the competence for XC-flying must be good enough to survive these 8-12 days.