Sounds like you had a great race! Glad that you still have snow. I find snowshoes to be much more tiring than running...plus I tend to step on them and trip myself up. Enjoyed the races in Spain...now we’re on the way to Granada for training before POM. That means going out in the woods for an hour then stopping a a restaurant and sharing a bottle of wine followed by a siesta...gotta love it!
Linda, I envy your trip to Spain/Portugal...we'll get there someday.
Snowshoeing *is* more work than running, but very good for strength and balance.
If you do more than one race a year I recommend Dion racing snowshoes (made in Vermont!) that have replaceable/interchangeable parts and a smaller tread profile (ie, the smallest sq in permitted by Snoeshoe Racing Assns) so you're less likely to trip yourself.
We used to run a few snowshoe races a year, in NY and MA; and Glen won his age group twice in the PA Champs near us since we moved here. Since the course is twice up a ski slope I wasn't interested.
I Dion snowshoes, which I learned about on AP. I have the smallest ones and Dan has the medium ones. I love them. I don’t trip often but faceplant when I do. This race was rolling instead of all up then all down like the last two. I only trotted a few steps. Mostly steady plodding.
That ‘training’ in Spain sounds pretty nice-quite similar to our ‘training’ in Portugal, which was trotting around in some old dunes then adjourning to a nice restaurant for a dine and cheap lunch and wine.