well, yesterday was my last big long ski - 45k in about 3:10 or so. good fast conditions at Hanson Hills with solid tracks and 29-32 degrees. It was a bit icy in some spots and then fine powder in others, no worries though when you've got VR65 on your side. It provides monster kick no matter what. It will be interesting to see how i stack up this year at the race. Last time i went in 2006 i was four years younger and had two races under my belt. This year I've had about the same training with no races and more age. so, we'll see.