|Stretching my legs the day before the race.|
The race started at 10:00am so we had a fairly relaxing start to the morning. It was the best turnout ever for the Whitefish Whiteout with over 70 participants. With the word go, I was off and leading the pack. I led to the top of the first climb and was about 1min from braking Reiner's uphill record for the first climb set in 2010. This is when things started to go wrong. On the first descent I broke a pole and was then passed on the second climb by Ben, Peter, and Stano. It was a technical climb and I was having a hard pushing the pace while down one pole. At the top of the technical skinning section I was able to commandeer a pole off of a friend. While it was a little on the short side, it had a basket on it, so off I went to close the gap.
my boot broke while hammering down the steep descent. I was now skiing with one foot in walk mode and one locked in ski mode. I was still able to make it to the transition ahead of Peter but was passed by him as I fumbled with my boot. By the boot pack I was able to close the gap again. Not wanting to lose time on Peter, I pushed on with a failing skin from the top of the boot pack.