XC Ski race (Skate) 1:09:49  15.0 km (4:39 / km)
Well, after our -15 degree weather just a few days ago. Today was 40 degrees and slight rain. Rain was off and on. Off for most of the race, which was good. Most of the course was not too bad, but it was a slush fest in more than a few places. It definitely slowed me (and everyone) down. There were probably 5 places where there was so much water that it went over the top of my boots. I had never wondered before whether my ski boots would drain water well. They don't. It wasn't that cold, though, because it was a bit of a wetsuit effect. The water in the boots just warmed to body temp.
I took first in my age group and 6th overall. Felt pretty good overall - especially considering I've only skated a few times this season.
Linda was pacing off me the entire race, I wondered if she was going to make the move and try to outsprint me to the finish. She just stayed put, though. In fact, I know I picked up a few people here and there along the way as I passed the men (who'd started 2 minutes ahead of us.) One guy was obviously slacking in his previous group and decided to pace off me after I passed, though I'm not sure where he was when we hit the finish. Maybe got stuck during a pass.
XC Ski warm up/down (Skate) 1:13:00  11.0 km (6:38 / km)
Got about 30 mins - one 5K loop plus the ski to the starting line in before the race. I learned what the course condition was when I saw a channel shoveled out at the bottom of a hill. I figured I'd cross it no problem. Just on the other side, my tips got stuck in the slush and I face planted (and my hands went in) to the watery slush. Well, that was good to know before the start.
Did another 5K loop after the race as a cool-down and then got in another K because I figured I had time before the awards. I was really enjoying skiing easy in this warm weather - I avoided the swimming sections of the course. Cut it too close with the awards, though, and didn't get time to change until after they were done.