ski-o! race 1:57:00  *** 25.0 km (4:41 / km)
37c shoes: 13 fischer rcr ski-o (109)
Ski-WOC long. Rocked it.
This was a really good race, snowing and warmer than we expected by 15 degrees, but the snow was wicked greasy fast and all the narrow trails were rock solid. Four loops, three forked and then a short common forth one. I had the same first control as Scott and followed him there, but then we split and I saw very few people afterwards. The first half of the loops were up in some steepish reentrant hillside, then we dropped down across a sketchy bridge and onto the giant flat hillside for a loop, then back across the river and a few more flattish controls through the sprint terrain back to the arena. So it was always physical dp at the start, then a long up and down traverse to the bridge, then an ignore-the-trails bushwhack-fest on the hillside and back. Took two GUs without water at the top end of loops 2 and 3, which were delicious and needed and didn't cause any problems. Had lots of energy all the way through to the finish, which is definitely a first for a steep-dp-fest long course.
The dodgy hillside bits were fun with lots of short cutting, almost all of which I nailed perfectly. Came through the last exchange with a German guy, but didn't look which one it was. I figured it was Bernd, since he looked too short to be Eike, but he caught up at the first control and it was the young fast guy. I vaguely tried to hang on, which worked until we hit the big trail and then he just rocketed away. He had about 30 meters by the time we turned onto the narrow trail, and it was all downhill straightline after that so I couldn't make it back up.
Quite happy with the result, best wre points I've ever gotten, and I beat a whole bunch of people I've never beaten before.