|Garfield County Park Trails - Photo: Stuart Radde|
Working on starts during practice last week was at least somewhat helpful, as was the extra elbow room at the start line. I was the second one off the line and Nate tucked in right behind me. I took things out fast but controlled, and by the 2k mark the two of us were well away from the rest of the field. When it became clear that the race would be between the two of us and that I wouldn't be shaking Nate off I dialed the pace back and tried to ski relaxed. Both of us were skiing on Fastwax Green and our skis seemed to be running fast and just about even, so there would be no advantage to be gained there.
|Nate leading through the lap - Photo: Stuart Radde|
We traded off the lead a couple times, but Nate was climbing better than I was, so slowly a gap formed. I pushed to close it a couple times, but that took it's toll and eventually I just couldn't keep contact. I kept Nate in sight all the way to the final downhill, but there was nothing I could do to bridge back up to him. Nate won the race in 57:30, I was 40 seconds back, and it was another 5 minutes behind me to third place.
|Nate and I after the race - Photo: Stuart Radde|