-Another jammed pack day yesterday. Waxed up 3 pair with LF7 to test at Phalen, and brought along another pair with LF8.
-When to work for 2 hrs. (Work due next week.)
-Went to Phalen and found I forgot to scrape the LF7 skis (moving too quick).
-Skied a lap on the LF8 pair and then went home, scraped, and skied the LF7 pairs at Como.
-Amazingly, the old skis with LF7 were just dogs. I was surprised since one pair has a good history in warm snow and it has a warmer grind. Temp about 28.
-The LF7 pair (cold linear) was faster than the LF8 pair (uni), both Soft Tracks.
-I was excepting wet snow. I did a layer of Holm Red and then some old Solda White (which was really, really good covered with Swix FC8 in mashed potato snow at 32F in a Birkie one year, really good). Corked in SkiGo C22. This should a great pair IF the snow is wet.
-At the race, the temp was upper 20s, but the wind was frickin' cold. The skis were flying on the ungroomed snow around the start. BNS corked in another layer. (Thanks.) Skipped adding a rill (some people were rilling).
-Got a good start! Rare for me, but we got caught and the traffic was thick against a fairly strong wind and people were competing for spots.
-After 7 km into the wind, I was further back than I thought.
-I bridged up to Jon Sandborn (my age group), then up to a Dave Nelson, then up to Drew Holbrook, then to Chad Geese, then (the efforts are getting larger) to Per Nelson. I couldn't hang on to Per exiting the lake. Chad came by and I couldn't hang onto him either.
-Probably 5 km chasing, and then I realized I ain't never catching those guys (Chad and Per).
-I yelled out to a few people, "Anyone behind me?" So I was trying to back off, but usually I get caught when I start slowing down.
6th overall, pretty good race.
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