Congratulations on finishing a tough race! Hope the shoulder feels better this morning. Would classical technique stress that shoulder less? I remember striding with you on that rare occasion that you strapped on your diagonal boards...you do that very well too! Maybe you want to try that while you rehab your shoulder, especially if you don't switch sides as you skate.
Sitting in Chicago, I think I saw you going up that last hill in the finish chute; you DID look dead tired....slow and deliberate herringbone all the way up! I felt your pain! From my armchair, I still enjoyed the race tho; Web cams and course map graphics were great. Also the elite race coverage
(upper left screen) from the back of a snow machine with good commentary.
I know the Coliseum is gone, and I guess the Lodge too. But is there anything left of the Telemark Ski Resort today? Those 'Tony Wise Days,' when Telemark was in it's glory, were a fantastic experience. MNOC used to put on A-meets on that excellent map, and rent that whole lodge for the weekend. A wonderful experience.