enevala wrote:The forecast had called for temps in the upper 20’s warming to around freezing with fresh snow, and blowing old snow.
Up until late the evening before, weather.com called for a rain/snow mix a 11am. I thought of washing some Nikwax waterproofing into my ski clothes, until they changed it to an all-snow forecast.
I arrived too early at the start... I had about 75 minutes until the gun, which was more time than I need to warm-up, by a long shot. And there we were, standing out at the windward end of frozen lake. The ice-houses in the distance sure looked comfortable. I learned my lesson, and will bring a coat with a hood to the start in the future! Maybe even throw a space-blanket into the duffel bag.
> Glide was pretty straightforward: Fastwax Tan over Rex RCF Black, topped w. Rex Nagano
Similar here: fastwax red
> Kick didn’t seem that hard either: Rex Powergrip base (ironed in), topped w. Rode multigrade/purple.
I had a base layer of blue-extra, with several layers of violet-special. Seemed to kick like gangbusters.
> tried to use the mass of humanity as a windbreak as best I could.
The snow in the track didn't seem to glaze or glide especially well, even at 30F and right behind a pack of skiers. But I had good kick and glide on the frozen corderoy, so I kdp'd around the lake, and was in a nice zone.
After an hour (70 minutes?) of the same KDP rhythm, it took me a few minutes to remember how to stride in the woods. It was almost as though the "kick" part of my brain had gone to sleep. Then the snow started; it was heavy enough to stick to my face, and I could see it built-up on my cheekbones. I think the snow magnified the spread in finish times: folks who finished before it started, versus people stuck in the woods, or out of the lake. I think it added 5 minutes for me.
I'd never skied at Mora before, and it was a nice course. Each highway crossing was tended by a deputy and two volunteers. I think the closest thing we had to an uphill was the headwind in the first 7km. The finish was fun, though I fell at the line. Someone yelled "are you OK?" I yelled "Did I cross the line?" "Yep"... "I'm doing fine, then, thanks."
The blueberry soup at the finish line was fun, but I had to water it down 50/50. The fruit/cookie buffet table sitting out at the finish was great; and the warming tent, capably staffed by the 4-H, and with 1"-deep woodchips covering floor, was both comfortable (not muddy like some), and a bit like the dairy barn at the State Fair (does that mean we were the cows?).
Thanks to anybody here who volunteered. I'm looking forwards to doing the full course next year.