XC Ski - Skate warm up/down 7:33 1.61 km (4:42 / km) +2m4:41 / km ahr:133 max:142 shoes: '18 Salomon Equipe RS-192
Quick ski around the flat parts to see how the skis were and to get the legs warmed up a bit.
Ski-O race 1:36:03 18.03 km (5:20 / km) +281m4:57 / km ahr:141 max:155 shoes: '18 Salomon Equipe RS-192
Most excellent long ski-O set by Adrian. 2 maps.
Started a few minutes behind Ken, should have taken more notice of when he started and left more of a gap. Was chasing him, mostly unsuccessfully, Caught sight of him close to 3, then struggled up the hills to 4. I went left to 6, Ken went right - about the same time, then I took a bad route to 7 that involved about 80m of bushwhacking, think I lost a minute or so. Suffered back up the first part of same hill I took 3-4.
Second map - going from 11-12, saw Ken coming back at me as he came out of 12. Wasn't sure why he went that way. Nice downhill out of 12, but what goes down has to come back up again. I had a few hundred meters on him at 13. Lost sight of him for a few controls. Nice screaming downhill from 17-18, but knew I was going to be coming right back up that same trail. Fortunately it wasn't a consistent up, but was still struggling on the steeper parts. Ken coming into the short narrow trail to 19 as I was heading out of it. Nice downhill on the way to 20, but again, what goes down has to come back up.
Managed to stay ahead of Ken, but not by much...
XC Ski - Skate warm up/down 25:55 4.81 km (5:23 / km) +32m5:13 / km ahr:132 max:144 shoes: Atomic Red Cheetahs
Quick bite, dry gloves and see if the other skis would have been better.
Nope, used the better pair for the race.
Run29:18 3.06 km (9:34 / km) +51m8:50 / km ahr:126 max:139 shoes: Arctic Claw 300
Slow evening outing at Ramblin Vewe - felt better when I finished than when I started. Goal accomplished.
They'd pulled some sort of drag around the main trails, so the ice and crust was chopped up a bit and the high points knocked down - made the footing a lot better.