Friday, February 3, 2017

Bill Holland's Craftsbury Tale

2017 C'bury Marathon Index

By Bill Holland

Part I: The race to the race

Est. travel time from Cumberland, ME to Craftsbury Outdoor Center: 3.75 hours
Actual travel time to Sunset Inn, Morrisville, VT: 8 hours
Number inches of snow forecast: 3"-5"
Actual amount snowfall: 7"-9"
Number of snowplows encountered on back roads between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.: 0
Number of times pulled out of snowbank by friendly farmers en route: 2
  Via pickup truck: 1
  Via tractor: 1
  Amount either would accept in payment: $0
Number of hills my car could successfully negotiate between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.: 0
Total hours sleep Friday night-Sat. morning: 2

Part II: The race

On a scale of 1-10, how fast were skis: 9
On a scale of 1-10, how good was kick (7 layers Xtra blue, 2 layers VR 45 under foot): 5
Time for 1st lap: 53 mins.
Time for 2nd lap: 61 mins.
Percentage of time going uphill spent out of tracks: 50%
Rate overall race satisfaction on a scale of 1-10: 7
Additional comment: Skis so fast I stayed with Kris Freeman on one downhill. Will make final attempt at bombproof kick tomorrow at Flying Moose. Then it's bye-bye classic races till next year.

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