Thanks for breaking trail early on. ;-)
AG! and I are partly to blame for you losing by 5s. We caught the winning men's team just after 43 (they had missed it and were confused). They then ran behind us for a couple tricky high pointers (with AG! breaking trail the entire way) and then followed me and AG! for sections of the matrix. The trickier than normal nav and the tough slogging made it hard to pull away from teams behind you (like AG! and I following you across and then up the escarpment). ;-)
No problem. Still always fun to be out playing on snowshoes in the woods. You and I may be the only 2 people who look forward to this race every year.
It is my fave race of the year. Only missed it once (last year).
‘Bent and I look forward to it!
Congrats on your great result and the almost-win. :)