Never thought I would have ran this time. Just stayed with the group(E.J. and Hammond and others) for first 2 miles and we took it out hard. Then tried to stay strong on the uphill mile 3 and not push too much on the up. Every down I could find a down I would surge as much as I could. Then we hit the dirt road which was not as bad as last year, but still lot of slipping and single file. I did well on the dirt road, felt like XC and got past a bunch of people which meant going in the snowy part to get around. Hit 5 mile at 31 and just kept trying to pick off people. The last 3 miles was a slugfest with Dan Verrington. He kept taking the downs harder than me and I would even it up on the ups. Then the last down I just went as hard as I could and that seemed to keep enough space to the end. Shook hands at end and thanked him, there was no way I would have gotten in those last 3 in that time.
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