I was going to say Tuesday night fights, but, there was no fighting to be had. Andy gave us a talk about playing nice before the race, and I didn't see any foul play out there. It was almost disappointing. Weston was fast and icy, and although I started near the front, my shins couldn't hack it, and I had to slow down before anything exploded. Anna and I had lined up in the third row, which is too far up, but since we can go like heck out the start, it makes it cleaner to just let people pass us half a km later. I don't think people mind passing us, too much anyway, I try not to be an ass about it but you never know.
Heading into the flats on lap one, my left shin was hurting like a banshee, and I couldn't balance at all. I had to back off to keep my shin from clear falling off my leg, it hasn't hurt yet this season but something about skiing in icy conditions, particularly on flats, seems to aggravate my lower legs. I think I just need better balance. By the time we'd gotten to the infield I'd lost the front group, and I skied alone for most of the rest of that lap until Bridge Hunter caught me just before Mt. Weston. I almost let him go, but realized damage control was done, so put in a surge to catch back up on the flats as Victor caught up to me. I knew I couldn't let Victor go, because hes a perfect draft, so I followed these two guys back down to the lights and through the infield. We were a happy little group through the second lap, at times it looked like the chase group might make contact but Victor and Bridge were trading leads and keeping the pace up. I tried to lead a couple times, but the pace obviously slower with me in front, so one of the guys would take back over. I still couldn't ski very smoothly, but tried to V2-alt on my right since the left leg was the one bothering me, and kept up through most of the third lap until our last pass through the infield, where I got sorta-dropped and held that position, 2 seconds back, through the line.
I've missed racing at Weston, if nothing else it really forces you to focus on being smooth, which is obviously something I'm missing. I also enjoy skiing just ahead of the chase group instead of in it or behind it, because it makes things very peaceful. In the chase group, there are a lot more desperate moves to get up there, and the skiing is far more aggressive. Weston racing really is its own breed of race... oh for some hills!