I'm so excited about all my peeps, and their awesome performances at the American Birkebeiner! Per and Brent and Lisa all emailed that the conditions were perfect, and I can't wait to hear more! There were some notable performances, particularly age group winners Rune Harkestad, 1st in 45-49, 17th overall, and only two minutes behind the legendary Vegard Ulvang; David Ford, 1st in 60-64 and 62nd overall; and Brent Turner, 1st in 55-59 and about 70th overall. There were a number of top-ten age group finishers also, like Peter Boveng, 8th in 50-54, Marcy Ostrom, 10th in 45-49, Per Johnsen, 8th in 65-69, Sandy Johnsen, 6th in 65-69, Ted Lystig, 9th in 40-44, and Torill Owen, 7th in 55-59. So excited about everyone, and looking forward to all your stories.
I was really sorry not to be there, but the good old Iron Horse came through with a wonderful consolation prize: tons and tons of fresh new snow, deep and soft and sticky, not a day for speed (although I saw Phil and Earl busting out a time trial and looking zippy), but I'm not ready for speed right now anyway. It was just a pure pleasure to be outside, on the snow, on my skis, as storms swept across the lake and snail (snow/hail) pelted my cheeks.