According to your track, you were skiing downhill all night. -80 meters in all! I didn't know Weston had that kind of elevation :)
The first lap on the flats is all about not breaking equipment. And the hills are about going hard because that's where you can (maybe) drop people.
My garmin wasn't behaving very well. Did you see the climb numbers? I did NOT ski 800m of climb last night.
First lap was very relaxed with such a small crew, though it sucks that Drew broke a pole anyway. I guess I prefer a more even effort than a series of sprints and rests. Being in 6th cresting a hill or turning a corner means everyone else has skied over the top by the time you get there, and you have to put in a hard acceleration - i.e. the accordion of death. And if you can't move up in the group to get some rest, then you're screwed. That was my position, because I couldn't close the gaps you'd open on the flats. I know I'm right, because Rob agrees with me =). Whatever, I could have just skied hard alone behind the chase pack - my race to lose.
Doesn't change the fact that you should learn to ride a ski :)
I haven't been on those skis all year. They're a little faster than what I've been riding. Will work on that, and having fresher legs. Except in two weeks. I'm toast for that race.
Maybe, the one in two weeks, you'd be better served staying home? I mean, I know you're crazy and all, but don't get sick!