My first week in Switzerland whizzed by like my dad on a gurney, flying down the highway, with Uncle Chris behind the wheel. (Bear with me, non-family members.)
Here are some high points of the week:
Beat and Julia have taught me an incredible amount this week about the Swiss culture and running scene. But what I will remember most from my visit is the simple philosophy they live by: If something helps or inspires another person, it’s important and worth doing all the way. When I asked Julia what some traditional Swiss foods were, she purposefully cooked some delicious new dishes and carefully explained every ingredient and direction. When I questioned Beat about his training philosophy, he walked me through the most thorough powerpoint presentations, performance graphs, and training plans I’ve ever seen. And when they coach, they carefully inspect each person’s technique, flawlessly demonstrate the drills themselves, and offer creative and useful cues until the point is received (“Feel as light-footed and free as a kid skipping home from school!”). The world could use a lot more Beats and Julias, of that I am sure.
Tonight I’m heading to Uster, about 30 minutes outside of Zurich, to get a slightly different Swiss running experience. I’m looking forward to spending the next 5 days living with Lisa Gubler, running with her club, and soaking up a new area of stunning Switzerland.