I got up pretty early and met up with Jim Johnson for a warm-up on the course. We both used Kahtoolahs and had no trouble with footing during the 33 minutes it took to cover the 3.7 mile loop. I changed into racing gear and snowshoes and headed out for another mile plus some strides. A record field was lining up when I returned.
Kevin sent us off and Nick Wheeler and JJ sprinted out to the front. I found myself in fourth place trailing fellow CMSer Sam Wood. Wheeler pulled away from JJ on the first climb about 1 mile into the race. I closed a bit on Sam during that climb but still felt that the pace was quite quick. Right around 2 miles we got into the longest climb on the course and that is when I moved by Sam.
By that point the leaders were out of sight. I concentrated on putting some distance on Sam. The icy footing and rough single-track kept me from "airing it out" but I was moving as fast as I felt could safely run. I ended up holding onto 3rd but lost a lot of ground to JJ and Sam in the last seven-tenths of a mile.
It was nice to get out there and race, I'm looking forward to some deep slow slogs in the snow...but I'm guessing that the conditions will be fast at Sidehiller next week.
|18||80||Joanie||Kaijala||Female 30-39||NBB Boston||30:13.9||3|
|19||79||Tim||Kaijala||Male 20-29||NBB Boston||30:14.8||3|