XC Ski race (Skate - Relays Leg 2) 25:00  8.0 km (3:08 / km)
Finally back!!! Wasn't quite 100%, but it was enough for our relay team to win the "Young" women's division. (Total age <164) Team "Fragile Flowers" consisted of Ann on the classic leg, me on leg 2 (skate), and Brenda on the anchor skate. My effort wasn't enough to catch Karen, though, who started maybe 20 meters in front of me. Hacking cough frequently and some difficulty breathing at times, but it was a beautiful day and there was one guy who couldn't pass me because I'd pull away from him on all the corners, so at least I was cornering well! (Either that or he was flirting with me after the race.) Oh, and my new US Ski Pole Company Signature poles were super awesome!!! Lighter than my old ones and MUCH stiffer - poling with power!
Super fun hanging out with all the Michigan Cup people out in the sun after the race. Kind of bittersweet as this could be my last MI cup season if all goes to plan.