(Note: I started writing this post about a month ago...I finally have a few minutes to wrap it up)
April was a blur...again.
Advance Week Update - What a week! A day after I stepped off the plane from Maui, I jumped on another flight bound for the South of France to test gear along the Cote d'Azur's beautiful red rock coast! For the past few years, I've had the privilege of attending Salomon's Advance Week, where 'promo' guys like myself get to rub shoulders with some of the best trail/mountain runners in the world. Of course, being that Salomon is one big happy family, they go easy on us - and besides, someone has to slow down the pace!
|Adam and I compare calf sizes as Nikos and Patrick talk shop|
|In the spotlight: Providing a Salomon 'tip of the day'...or something like that|
|Trying to look good for the camera after 40km of testing gear...|
|Having the same luggage as everyone else can sometimes be an issue...|
|Signes Trail Race - The finish line was buzzing with happy runners and lots of bulls!|
Door2Trail Tour - Back in Canada, a quick load of laundry, and I was back on the road again, this time to promote Salomon's new XR Crossmax, a 'hybrid' trail running shoe that simply holds it's own on the road! With tight timelines, I drove my fully pimped out XR Crossmax rig through the night to meet the team (JP, MVB and Salomon teammates Munny and Jen Segger) and catch a 12noon ferry ride to Nanaimo!
|The XR Crossmax Rig getting suited up!|
|NOT a happy moment...Snow in the forecast for the Kamloops stop - Turned out to be a very good turnout!|
|Door2Trail Tour setup - Not sure where this is anymore...too many stops to count!|
(Where was I? ...And now back to present day!)
I've been on the road for 39 days now and honestly, I'm getting sick of hotel rooms and restaurant food, but most of all, I'm getting sick of running on the ROAD! Unfortunately, the XR Crossmax is an urban trail shoe, and so cities, pavement and small parks all go hand in hand. Ugh.
|Munny's pimpin' Salomon ride - We had to cut the budget...so this is what he got to travel through the prairies!|
Another all nighter driving marathon and I found myself waking up with a sore back, drooling on the truck passenger seat in the Salomon Montreal office parking lot...
Rain clouds loomed ahead - 11 more days to go...