I learnt skiing before I walked. Since the 80s, my life has been shaped like this. We had to go to school at another village because there wasn’t one at the village I lived. How did I get to the school? On my bike. I used to cycle to school everyday and back twice as I used to go back home for lunch as well. I cycled 6 km everyday with my friends and it was always a race (even going to the school) Of course my chain had come off sometimes and I had to do my own repairs. This was very “learning by doing” and I did this since I was very small.
I took part in my first race when I was 5 years old. I can’t remember the result but I certainly remember how I felt at the start line. I was very excited and happy.
For many years, I did gymnastics and athletics. I also started going to ballet course. Ballet was probably a small girl’s dream because I stopped going after two years because it was not energetic enough. I actually wanted to play volleyball but what with gymnastics, athletics, swimming (yes, I was also swimming as a life saver at times) and ballet, mum asked me to drop one of them. Wow… I was a multi-tasking girl even then…!
I was never a master in any one sport but I always enjoyed doing sports, whatever the discipline. I used to ski and skate in the winter, and go trekking in the summer. I was running in cornfields with a kite in my hand, playing football with the boys, skating fast downhill.
I started teking PE lessons while studying economics at the university. Not only I had learned new sports such as fencing, snowboarding, artistic diving, but I also gathered knowledge about physiology, anatomy and pedagogy.
I entered a complete work routine after I graduated as meetings, suits with high heels, statistics had become my life for three years. I did my first lake dive in the Lake Neuchatel during that time. Being able to stay underwater for a long time, to breath, being weightless really had changed my life. I realised after my first dive that there would be other dives. I picked up a diving certificate in a short time and arrived at Kaş in 2008. My initial targets were to obtain dive master certificate and have diving experiences over 3 or 4 months. Suddenly high heels, long and boring meetings, 4-bedroom house with a fireplace had been replaced with a “carpe diem” lifestyle. Peace, sea, boats, everyday a different adventure.
Somehow I realised that the adventure in Kaş would take longer. And it did, as I lived in this small times for 2.5 years. I had a different adventure everyday. I started to take underwater photographs and videos, learned editing, did mountain biking, trekking and sea kayaking. Being active everyday, living in nature and discovering humans did me a lot of good after a three year office routine. It was almost like being “back to roots”.
After two and a half years, Kaş started to become too small for me and I felt the need to open sail unto new horizons. I didn’t want to go back to Switzerland and, to be honest, I was curious about Istanbul. Switzerland had half the population of Istanbul! The idea of living in this important city where Europe and Asia met was an interesting one for me.
I had many stories in this beautiful city (I hope to write a book one day) but the most important change in my life was to start running as soon as I had arrived in this city, In fact, I hadn’t really been running for fifteen years. Unbelievably, I reached a good level of condition and more importantly, I was enjoying running.
I am sharing my race reports and trainings in various platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Dailymile, Garminconnect etc. ) Writing a blog was a sensible idea (to offer my articles and shares in one platform).
I always read books and magazines on sports and training. I have begun experimenting different things on training and nutrition over the last 14 months. Sometimes they had a good effect, sometimes they didn’t, and at other times, they even had a bad effect. I want to share my ideas, things I learnt and will learn.
Have a good read, I look forward to receiving your recommendations, problems and comments.