On Saturday I headed up north again to Bretton Woods, this time to do my longest ski of the year. I signed up to do a half marathon, but a few weeks out I started to feel slightly injured so I took it pretty easy until the race. Thankfully I felt fine the day of the ski.
It was foggy in the morning so I couldn’t see Mt. Washington as I warmed up, but later in the day the fog burned off to show gorgeous scenery.
The conditions were just about perfect- teens to low 20s weather wise, with snow that still felt fresh to ski on.
There was a huge variety of people doing it, from the college racers, to just casual skiers. I opted for the half marathon this year, but there is also a full marathon option.
The course was great, with aid stations and friendly volunteers every 6k or so. I didn’t eat anything during the race (I didn’t practice eating and skiing this year and worried that I would get a cramp) but did enjoy the sugar boost that the powerade they supplied gave me.
The last bit of the course felt tough to me as I was pretty tired and there was a wicked headwind to ski into, but I crossed the finish line nonetheless.
There were plenty of snacks at the finish- bananas, oranges, brownies, protein shake samples. Then at 1pm, all the sweaty skiers tramped up to the fancy hotel for the food and awards.
It was funny being in such a pretty hotel after skiing all that way. The pasta, meatballs, cookies, and cake served were much needed after 13.1 miles of skiing! I had a coffee to keep me awake, then packed up all my stuff and headed back home. It was a great day!