Friedrikshafen tradeshow

20th Jul 2008

Got back from the German tradeshow last night. Had a pretty mad time, two days of travelling for one days work. Not brill for the old carbon footprint unfortunately but it was worth going from the work front.

I flew to Zurich and then got a train and then a ferry to Friedrikshafen. It was a nice way to travel, awesome Swiss trains and a very picturesque 40 min ferry ride across the Bodensee. Although I was tired, the wind and sun in my hair was a good energy injection, with the mountains sparkling in the background.

The tradeshow is massive and I could’ve spent days wandering around but actually a day was enough. The Marmot stand was massive and really busy all the time, which was good. The presentation I had to give at the Marmot press event went well and although I’m not overly keen on public speaking, I did enjoy it.

On the Friday night, Marmot put on a band and loads of free microbrewery German beer on their stand. It was pretty cool and lots of the trade show people came and hung out and got merry.

I was fully wined and dined while I was there and stayed in a lovely hotel, I certainly can’t complain on that front.

Unfortunately I missed the tradeshow party, which is legendary but thinking about it, I’d probably be regretting it now so maybe not a bad thing coming home.

Haven’t blogged since I judged at the BBC at Cliffhanger last weekend. It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed it. The senior’s event was fantastic; especially the men’s which was a real nail biter, going down to the last problem. There is a write up about the event on the BMC website which is worth checking out.

I then went to the Tor on Monday. I’d had three days off and felt good. But unfortunately the conditions were pants! It was greasy and there was a real dampness in the air, which didn’t improve. Even so, I did a lot better than I had before and just missed getting through the crux, twice!

I now haven’t climbed since Tuesday, so should be well rested (hopefully not too much), although I have had quite a few late nights this week, due to meetings and Germany, which is not ideal preparation for doing a hard route. But that’s life; you can’t put it on hold!

I’ll let you know how it goes…