Ski warm up/down 18:59  2.8 mi (6:47 / mi) +69m 6:18 / mi
Oh, waxing. It was cold. The snow was a mix of old ice, powder and manmade. It was going to get warmer during the race. Jess and I had no idea what to wax, so we put some klisters on and figured we'd cover them based on the temperature the next morning. I went to test it out. It kicked pretty well, and dragged. I need to get klister skis.
Ski 2:58:26  31.1 mi (5:44 / mi) +880m 5:16 / mi
Whee Craftsbury! Started in about the fifth row, said hi to college coach Jesse who said I'd beat him by 10 minutes (I don't know if I've ever beaten him in a ski race) and then we were off. My skis seemed fast as I charged up the first hill and slotted in maybe 25th in a pretty chill pack. No carnage.
It was fast. Around the first field and on the rollers, 4:30 miles clicking off, mostly maintaining contact. Although at one point, Frank flew by. Generally I held my own on the climbs, with decent kick sticking around. But on flats, downhills, anything with speed, my skis were super draggy. Why? Because I'm skiing these klister races on long powder skis. These skis are super fast when it's cold powder. But that seems to happen about once a decade. So I am going to buy klister skis. At some point.
Anyway, I started getting passed by people like I was standing still. I still can't quite fathom how I went out so quickly and then got passed by so many people, although a) I think it was maybe 6 people and b) probably a combination of lack of upper body strength and calves still tired from Wednesday. I saw Jesse on the first top hill (the new course is very nice) and he was several minutes behind, so I kept thinking he'd catch up with me, so I tried to go fast. But spent a lot of time in L2 when I should have been in L3.
I probably should have had more to eat in the morning, too. Got to the final feed pretty bonky, having slogged up a hill, but they had these great chew things and I grabbed about 10 and shoved them in my mouth. Almost choked. But got the mental and physical energy for the last bit. Still positive splits, combining fatigue and changing conditions.
But I finshed respectably (29th) and in under 3 hours for a real, actual 50k marathon (watch said 31.09 = 50.03 km) on slow skis in my not-as-good technique without much waxing. Bit race in four weeks.
Oh and I beat Jesse. By 40 minutes.