You get a terribly short report this time. Shocking I know. A few reasons for that.
1) I stalled for almost a week to write this.
2) I'm writing this on the blogger app on my phone and it sucks.
3) I was going to make this my season wrap up because I was done for the season... But
After the Birkie I watched the weather to see if the Pepsi Challenge was going to be decent or not. Initially the temps were going to be around zero and there was no way I was doing that again. Then it warmed up all week. I decided I would take my boys with me Friday night and we would get a hotel with a pool and have a good time.
My youngest ended up sick but my oldest and I took off Friday afternoon and had some good quality time.
Saturday morning we headed to Giants Ridge for me to do the 24k classic race.
I had two pairs of skis. My old standbys and new stiff klister skis I hadn't even skied once. I kinda botched my klister job and those were draggy. The Oslo Purple were kicking good so I went with them.
Unfortunately it warmed very rapidly that day and less than half way into the race anywhere that was sunny I had zero kick. I had to basically situp and enjoy the gorgeous day on the trails because I don't have the power to weight ratio to double pole that course.
When I finished I was positive I was done racing for the year. I was tired and really sore.
But... Wednesday an opening came up in the van to Calumet for the Great Bear Chase. So here I am on my way up to the UP for one last marathon skate. This time I really will be done.
Weather looks good tomorrow so I'm going to enjoy the day no matter the outcome. Then I'll write my last report and season summary.