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  1. #1
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    10k snowshoe race

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    This weekend I did a 10k snowshoe race. We almost didn't make it, it's a long story. We definitely didn't have ideal pre-race routine.

    On race morning we had single-digit temperatures with wind-chill well below 0. I've never raced in weather so cold. There was also plenty of fresh snow and a good base.

    What I've learned from mountain bike racing this year is to always start in the front--make everyone else work to pass you. If you get stuck behind someone slower in the singletrack, it can be nearly impossible to pass them. I started about 5 rows back, there were 450 racers total.

    I was not prepared for the blizzard of snow being kicked up from everyone's snowshoes! Everyone was stepping on each other snowshoes, snow being whipped into our faces. It was chaos. It was whiteout. I almost ran into a post because you just couldn't see anything through the cloud of snow at the start.

    Because it was so bitter cold, the snow wouldn't pack. It was like running in peanut butter, worse than running in loose sand! It was so much work. The route was a mixture of groomed trail and single-track. When I got behind slower runners in the single-track, I'd ease up my pace and enjoy the break. The alternative of breaking trail in 2.5 feet of snow in order to pass them was just too daunting.

    No matter how much I was suffering, I told myself just to keep running, keep moving forward. My goal was to not get passed. Only two people passed me the entire race, and one of them I caught at the halfway point and passed them back.

    Ended up finishing first in my age group by almost 10 minutes. Immediately after the race my lymph nodes started to swell and now I have a very sore throat and my ears hurt. I blame it on the bitter cold air I was sucking for an hour.

    Here's a picture from the race:
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    Woohoo Lime! Way to dig deep! That's a wild picture.

    Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself.
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    Wow! Such a wild a great photo - thanks for posting it. I hope that you are feeling much better now and that a good nights rest and some good hot drinks will take care of the sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. Great job on the finish!

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    Can I share your photo on my Facebook page?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrin View Post
    Can I share your photo on my Facebook page?
    It's from the "Traverse City Record Eagle". I posted it on my FB page too, but with the photo credit. You are welcome to post it.

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    That's wonderful, Limewave! Who knew there were snowshoe races? If I lived in a snowy place, I'd definitely have some snowshoes.

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    Way to go! That picture is awesome.

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    They had 100 pairs of snowshoes available for people to rent. It's really great that they make that available so more people can try the sport. I borrowed snowshoes from a friend.

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    That sounds really hard! And from my meager snow shoeing experience, breaking trail in deep snow is dificult enough when you are walking, let alone running.
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    Wow, very cool! Congrats on such a great performance, Limewave!

    I hope you are feeling better soon.
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    Wow! That's amazing (and a little nuts).
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    Who knew there were snowshoe races?
    Lotso people.

    http://www.snowshoeracing.com/
    http://www.snowshoemag.com/
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    Wow! Love the photo. Congrats on such an awesome finish. Hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TsPoet View Post
    Wow! That's amazing (and a little nuts).
    Ditto! Sounds fun, but crazy hard!
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    Wow, Lime, that is so cool and the picture is awesome! I can't imagine doing a 10k in snowshoes. How long does it take to do 6.2 miles on snowshoes anyway?
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