Nordic Ski race 2:23:31  38.0 km (3:47 / km) +182m 3:41 / km
The Loppet ski marathon. It was suuuper cold, I'm pretty sure I got minor frost bite (again) in a couple spots on my fingertips and face. This was my first real ski marathon, seeing that the last few loppets and even the last Birkie were cancelled or significantly shortened, so I'm pretty happy with my result. 10/29 in my age group and 135/492 overall.
I think I took the first section out way too fast again. I was trying to conserve my energy somewhat, but I was also doing my best to stick with this guy that I latched onto pretty early on. I lost him after we crossed into South Wirth because I had to stop and force blood back into my thumbs before they froze. The rest of the race, until I got to the lakes, I was doing a pretty good job of just cruising with good form, but then the last 8-10k my form started falling apart. I didn't quite have the energy to generate enough power to sustain a V2, so I kept falling back into V2 alternate and some strokes of V1.
I started the race with two buffs, which froze around 15k in, so I pulled out a third one from my pocket to protect my neck and face for the rest of my face. The third buff froze and became useless around 32k though. This was the first time I ever tried using moleskin on my cheeks and nose, and I think it did a pretty good job so I might use it again in the future for extra cold races.
The last section of the race was miserable. We passed right by the finish area and had to do a ~7k loop around Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly lake Calhoun). Throughout most of the race we were protected from the wind by the trees, but here we were finally fully exposed. I had to stop a couple times on the lake to try and warm my face back up.