I've never really been a sprinter, so my strategy for Friday was to use my "B" skis and just ski for fun and not to tire my legs. My "A" skis were half ready for Sunday's race, so I didn't want to ski on them. I ironed in some Fast Wax Flight Cold and called my skis ready. Teammate Kathleen DeWahl, who was skiing slightly ahead of me at the time, made a fatal mistake and started to take a wrong turn. I followed her, but got back on course quicker allowing me to finish 2nd in my heat and qualify for finals. I was 4th in the finals which gave me a 15 second deduction for my combined marathon times.
Friday evening my stomach was grumbling and my gut was in bad shape, this continued through Sunday morning. I took some Pepto Bismol and an antacid and hoped for the best. While racing on Saturday my stomach didn't bother me much; Saturday evening was a different story. Well, I got off to a pretty good start, just avoiding the pile-up at the start. I probably over waxed my skis for kick considering they are hard wax skis. I put on a thick layer of Guru Extreme 39 klister and covered it with Rex 1814.
I ended up in 4th place in the classic marathon, less than 30 seconds behind Kelly Skillicorn.
Saturday night I celebrated my husband's 50th birthday with my in-laws. My stomach was really hurting at the restaurant and I didn't think I would be able to race on Sunday. Knowing I would be in the mix for the cash prizes I thought I would at least give it a try. My skis were fast, I used Fast Wax Flight cold as well as other pre-fluoro layers to help repel the dirt and for abrasion resistance. I felt better and better with every lap I skied. On lap four I was lapping a slower skier around one of the quick turns by the machine shed. The skier took the turn a bit tight and fell just in front of me. I hit hard on my left butt, the same hamstring area I had surgery on a couple years ago. I'm still recovering from the fall and hoping I didn't re-detach part of my hamstring. I dug deep and skied my last lap and a half to finish 4th in the skate race.
I ended up winning $400 in the Minne Tour coming in 3rd place overall. Even though Alice Flanders beat me in the skate race, I had put on a sizable time advantage over her in the classic race, allowing me to edge her out. Go team Vakava! Many strong Vakava finishes this weekend.