I raced the shortened Seeley Classic "long" race, even though I couldn't find a picture on SkinnySki to show for it. It was a frigid morning race start at -9 F. I just registered for the race two days prior, taking my time to decide if I should race the long or the short one. Because I thought I needed a boost in my training and because I didn't want my 30km race at World Masters to be my longest race of the season thus far, I went for the longer one.
I arrived at OO on the late side, as is typical for me. I didn't have time to test kick wax; luckily my Guru Green was kicking fairly well. My skis were fast. I waxed them the night before with Fast Wax LF Teal. I love this wax for hardening the base. Unlike other brands, Fast Wax is super easy to apply and remove. Then I applied a couple more layers for good measure.
This was my longest race of the season so I didn't want to go out too hard. I was skiing with a great group of women: Kim Rudd, Josie Nelson, and Marit Sonnesyn. For about 28 kilometers we all went back and forth. I realized I need to work on the downhills, that is where I repeatedly lost time. Earlier this season I bought a new pair of salomon skis and I'm not able to control them as well as with my older Atomics. My finish placing was 4th woman overall, 51 seconds behind Marit, 1:23 behind Josie, and well... less than 10 minutes behind Caitlin. Even though I was one place out of the money, I accomplished my goal of getting in a really solid training race.