classic ski 1:43:11  32.0 km (3:13 / km)
Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet. 5th overall, 2nd in M40-49. Great conditions after a couple days of difficult wet weather. Well transformed snow, right around zero - perfect klister skiing. Waxed my stiffer Fischer's with K22, with a few dabs of Rossa in the middle. Skis were very good, excellent glide but I had to work to get good grip. Tracks were really fast and the times show it. Lined up next to Glenn Bond (my usual arch-rival), with a game plan to "stick like glue". First time going head to head since my MI in 2018, so had no idea whether that would be in the cards. First lap, I was working hard to keep up to a group including Glenn, Seth Van Varseveld and Francis Stanley. Francis was pulling hard on the 2nd lap and our group was getting strung out. I upped the pace on LH Rd to catch back up and opened a small gap on Glenn and Seth. Fast skiing through BMW/Willow Switch. I seemed to have better kick than Francis on East Dales and was able to get ahead, a lead I was surprised/happy to hold to the end. Even splits (51:12, 51:59). Fastest time for me on the new course (previous best was 1:46:36 in 2014). 5th behind Thomas (1:33:28!), Alex M, Greg K, Tim B. Overall, a super fun ski. I was so happy to be out there battling it out with my good friend Glenn and ex-athlete Seth. Happy days.
classic ski 50:00  10.0 km (5:00 / km)
Wax testing (twice up to JR Lane), plus a cool-down around South Loop. Was so nice I did an extra long cool-down ski :-).