|The view from the tarmac!|
30 hours in my leg? No problem! Well, technically, a bit of a problem. But hey, we're in Austria!
Home sweet home. Our apartment is behind those big wooden doors -- on the third floor. Did I learn my lesson back at Mile 5,000? Yep. If you want to live where the action is, there will be stairs to climb!
|That's ok. I'm a climber!|
Before the competition, each paraclimber meets with the medical team to make sure we fit in our category. Some athletes bring paperwork, but I just bring my leg. The good news: I qualify for W-AL2 (women's - leg amputees). Whew!
|First impression = OMG!|
The warm-up area is crowded with water bottles, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, service dogs...
|...and backpacks. Where's Genie??|
|Pre-climb with Esha and Dragon|
|Go Team USA! |
With Keith, Jess, Eliana, and Emily
|Rock on, Coach Emmett!|
|Hangin' with Lucie (France)|
and Kate (Canada)
|And of course,|
my companion, Sherpa,
and all-around BFF, Marla!
|8th in the world? |
I'll take it!
Mile Marker 6642: The Bergisel
With qualifiers complete, Marla and I set off for another height of Innsbruck -- the Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump.
|Hier springt die Welt|
The world jumps here!
And they're still jumping! With no snow in the forecast, these skiers land on turf!
|Favorite question of the day:|
"Can that leg do ski jump?"
Mile Marker 6644: The Nordkette
Next we climb -- by tram and cable car -- to the highest point in Innsbruck, the Nordkette.
|And surprise -- we meet our team at the top!|
On the way down, we meet another team -- coincidentally, from the prosthetic company, Ossur.
|Should I trade my Ottobock Genium|
for an Ossur Rheo Knee?
They think so!
(But I'm hard to convince.)
Mile Marker 6647: "Gluten" Morgen!
Good morning -- and yum! What begins as an auto-correct mistake seems truer and truer with every mile. These are a few of our favorite eats...
(pumpkin and spinach)
|Waldbeer Sacher Torte...|
|Der Backer Ruetz Pastries...|
(Made this one myself!)
Good thing we keep walking -- and don't sleep much!
Mile Marker 6650: Finals
Eventually, we leave sweet Innsbruck for the hills beyond. In Salzburg, we skip The Sound of Music Tour in favor of Mozart's house, an ancient fortress, goulash soup, and chocolate shops.
|With Ben and Kim,|
we cover 8 MILES in one day!
Marla and I spend our last two days -- and 6 miles -- together, rolling and strolling through the streets and gardens of Vienna. I could not have made this journey without her!
|Happy birthday to me!|
|I'm grateful for every mile.|
|And for this team|
that helps me reach new heights!
|Hope to be back soon!|