It’s still freaking cold here in Holland. During the day -5 (23 degrees), at night around -15 (5 degrees) up to -20 (-4 degrees). And still no sign that it’s going to end soon. I have to say though that I’m getting used to the cold. My body is adjusting to the temperatures and it doesn’t feel that cold outside as it did the first days.
I didn’t run this weekend but I think I’m going to try to run outside this week again.
The people here in Holland are getting nervous. We all got the “Elfsteden” fever, as they call it here. Everybody waits till the sentence “it giet oan” is said.
“It giet oan” is a dialect spoken in one of our “states” up north: Friesland and means “it is going to happen” (freely translated).
When the committee says “it giet oan” it means the “Elfstedentocht” is held. Last time that happened was back in 1997.
The “Elfstedentocht” (The Eleven Cities tour), at 200 km, is the world’s largest and longest speed skating competition and leisure skating tour. The tour is conducted on frozen canals, lakes and rivers between the 11 historic Frisian cities. The ice has to be 15 cm thick on the entire course.
This event is a big happening in Holland. Most people will be sitting in front of the tv or go to Friesland to see it live. And of course people will be skating it. You have to be a member and have to have a starting permit. Maybe if it will keep on freezing it may happen somewhere around this weekend.
There are so many people that are listed that want to skate this that they have made 2 lists. One year a list can skate, the next year the other list. Unfortunately one of my managers is on the list for next year and can’t skate it if it is held this year. He’s busy trying to find a starting permit for this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him.
To explain how rare and unique this is: the event was held for the first time in 1909 and has been held only 15 times since then. I’m 43 years old and I’ve seen only 3 “Elfstedentochten in my life (in 1985, 1986 and 1997).
I’ll let you know later this week if “it giet oan” or not.
Below some photo’s I took during our forest walk yesterday with Bella.