XC Ski race 1:07:38  15.0 km (4:31 / km)
Hanson Hills Classic
Advertised distance 12K, but actual distance was about 15K per various Garmins. This seems to be a trend lately.
6th overall, 2nd 30-39
This was an interval start race, and I know I have to focus harder when there's an interval start because there won't be a rabbit for me to chase and I rely pretty heavily on that for my motivation and pacing. Bitter cold day - about 7 degrees + wind, but this is a nice wooded course, so it was ok with extra layers once you got going. Ann didn't pass me until the blue - last time she passed me on the Wilderness Spur, so that's good (or maybe there were more people between us.) Anyway, I think I was waxed really well for both kick and glide. A couple times, a man would pass me and then I'd keep up with him on the down hill (once almost running a guy over because he slowed down upon changing tracks.) The track were awesome - deep and firm. Much better than yesterday's trail conditions.
On the last 2 K (the M-93 Hills - a BIG hilly section) Brenda caught me, which meant she was 4 minutes ahead of me. Damn. If she weren't my teammate, I'd be mad that she took up classic and started beating me a few years later. (Not REALLY, but you know.) Well, as soon as I got passed, I suddenly had a ton more speed. (rabbit) I let her go a bit because I knew she'd psyched herself out on a particular downhill. She fell there, and I zoomed by and held her off until about 100m to the finish because she's a stronger double poler than I am for that last 800m of flats.
Overall, a good race, but I need to do better with internal motivation and pacing.
Road Bike (Trainer) 1:15:00  16.9 mi (13.5 mph)
Recovery Spin on the trainer... watching Downton Abbey. :)