Sunday, February 8, 2009
The Pre Birkie was the race of the day on Saturday, February 7th. I did the first ever 43K race at the event. I figured I could use the extra kilometers. Anyway, I had a much better race than last week at the City of Lakes Loppet. I place 84th with a time of 2:30:35. My weight was down about 4 pounds so that probably helped. The group I skied with was about eight minutes faster than me last week. John Wyland's time was 2:43 and Barry Torgerson came in at 2:48. Lori Belz raced the 26K event. I followed Marian Delaney the whole way as did a bunch of other guys. She set an awesome pace. At the finish, I was the only skier in our pack who was still with her.