It was a fast and furious 5k race today! Perhaps the fastest 5k that I’ve ever raced with a final time of 12:06! The course skied like two big intervals with lots of false flats and downhills that you had to work in between. The small time gaps should set the stage for a huge drag race tomorrow. We’re doing a “hunting start” where the first one to cross the line wins! Congrats to my APU teammate and fello “old guy” Lars Flora for taking the men’s win today in a STACKED men’s field! Here are a couple of pictures courtesy of my husband, Rob Whitney!
Women’s podium left to right: Caitlin Compton, Holly (me) & Jessie Diggins
Racing 1k into the race
Lars Flora – Men’s winner
Me and Lars
Men’s podium – Lars on top! Hometown favorite, George Grey in second and Drew Goldsack in third
Teammates Taz Mannix followed by Sadie Bjornsen
My dad made the trip up from Seattle to watch me race – thanks Dad!
Tomorrow’s the last race of this month-long tour and then it’s back to Alaska for Christmas! I’m ready for some head-to-head classic skiing tomorrow!