Before we all found out in October that the USA needed its specialists to broaden their horizons in order to earn more Olympic berths I had planned on racing the distance races and continuing to build my training towards the 30k and 50k races at the Olympics. As the US Nordic world now knows, things have changed. Myself being one of those specialists with a decent distance ranking and literally no sprint points. I get to try and score some sprint points this fall. This morning was my second sprint race in two years. The first being last week in West Yellowstone. Last week I felt pretty hackish and was 25th. Today I actually felt reasonably good and was 26th. I was hoping for much better after winning this race three years ago but for someone who is training for the equivalent of the marathon to finish in XC’s 800 meter equivalent I’m not too worried. If nothing else it was good to get out and unload a hard two minute effort to get the body ready for tomorrow’s 15k.