Ahh winter. Can I call it that when we are riding snow free in the valley? This winter has been very cooperative to training with temperatures often ranging from 2-7 degrees in the day, the roads becoming clear and dry and the city even sweeping the streets for us. I do kinda feel like I’m cheating a bit, not slogging it out on the trainer and choosing to ride rather than ski some days, but when you’re given a gift you take it!
This year Catherine and I started faster and stayed in a front group … not with Matt and Martin though. By the end of lap 1 and into Lap 2 we were skiing in the top 10 and going fully anaerobic at times to stay with our group and stretch the gap to the chasers. I was able to slowly edge away with 2 other guys and then just hold it together for a final climbing charge to win the women’s field and finish 6th overall in a time of 1hr 33min. Matt won handily by over 5min in a time of 1.22 (and will be forced by us to race the 50km again next year!) Catherine finished close behind me to grab 2nd female. Go Team!