I didn't get the best start, the front line was filled with several skiers that should have started in the middle of the pack. It didn't take long for the field to get strung out.
My son, Josh, had layed my skis out for me at the exchange. The toughest part about the exchange was stuffing my lobster mitts into my pole straps. After a couple minutes I adjusted to the skate technique and was on my way again. The skate portion felt slow as the cold, sharp snow crystals took grip on my ski bases. I had waxed with Fast Wax's HSLF-0, and my skis were gliding as well as anyone's out there, I just wish the conditions were faster.
I finished 10th overall and first female. This finish gave me enough points to claim first place in the Fast Wax Cities Cup Series. Dave Christopherson also had a race, finishing 9th overall.
At the finish we were all treated to hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and hot dogs. The key word here being "hot". It all tasted good.