Ski warm up/down 18:36  2.8 mi (6:39 / mi) +53m 6:16 / mi
Up to the center again for more skiing! This is about the same amount of racing as I did in 2014 and 2016 at the Double Loppet (although I did a ski-o race there, too) but a hell of a lot more climbing: about double or maybe even triple as much! So it's hard, but a good time for a lot of volume. And Craftsbury, yum.
Also, looking at logs from 2014, when I ran 5.7 miles in February. I will run more than that this year.
Skied Duck Pond to warm up, then Jeff helped me glide test and it was indecisive because the course was insanely fast, but I wore the Fischers because when in doubt, take the known fast skis (and also it was reasonably cold, and old snow, and those don't have much structure, and the course would get softer for the second lap).
Ski 1:38:18  21.2 mi (4:38 / mi) +609m 4:15 / mi
Skate race! I found a spot in the second row behind a guy who didn't look like he belonged in the front row, and he didn't. Akeo came in at the last second and skied up along the side as they blew the whistle (or whatever) and we all went out and I had to pass this guy but lost a bunch of places. The top guys skied the course in 85 minutes, with negative splits, averaging a 4 minute mile. Not bad, gents!
The course goes around the field with what Ollie called "the parade lap" and frankly maybe should go further, out Lemon's or something, because it then goes down some sharp corners and a long hill, hanging on for dear life for a 3:22 mile (the first of several sub-4, and only one, a 50m climb up Ruthies, >6, and barely; it was fast). Then up Ruthies and I felt good. Got ahead of John and caught Eli, who hadn't raced yesterday. Also, Bullitt live splits are excellent.
Long hill up but then a long descent, but I got dropped by Eli's group on Elinor's, which would be my nemesis. I think I was kind of cooked from yesterday. Kept them in sight most of the rest of the lap, and was in a group of four or five with John, who was just behind me. I led down Sam's including the steep-then-hard-corner section where my watch had us at 32 mph and then pulled off to let someone lead up Elinor's. But I was cooked, and ten guys came by (but several who probably should have been ahead of me) and I struggle-fested up the rest of the way bonking pretty hard and held on to my place the rest of the race if not my dignity or my time—lost a minute to that pack.
Not much separation overall, given the course. Ida only put a couple minutes on me, and despite blowing up I finished with a respectable time. Just a bit faster than Eliud, but of course was silly and didn't have skis on. Lots of fun!
HRM seemed to do okay on the downhills, but spiked all around on the ups. Ugh.
Ski 23:07  3.1 mi (7:27 / mi) +109m 6:43 / mi
I needed to cool down. I was around 95k for the weekend, so I needed a 5k cooldown.
With the race on Duck Pond I skied some of the race course. Even going super-slow up the uphills I was reasonably fast, pretty much as fast as racing at Jackson last weekend. This would have been a great day to ski 100km if I hadn't been dead to the world. John S wants to do a 24 hours of Weston. How about 24 hours of Craftsbury?
Skiing is so much fun I can't stand it. Someone else did the driving home thank Allah and I am now very tired.