So, I set off for Calgary at 2pm, but the roads were pretty icy, and it took me an extra hour to get there. I rolled into the COP parking lot after 6pm got my shit together quickly (leaving my music, and HR monitor in the car), but by the time I figured out where on the hill the race started, they had already started. I was able to start late and instantly went into kill mode.
It took me a couple of laps to get dialed in (unfog glasses, remove skin sheets from skins), but after that I was feeling good, until about 45mins to go, as my left hip flexor was killing me (need to do more skinning on the trekker/Explosiv setup to build strength!).
All of the fast guys (and girls) were racing on relay teams, so I ended up winning, even with all my bumbles during the first 30min of racing. I got a pretty sick down jacket from MEC, and also collected my RAB national team jacket, so I'm pretty much a bird.
I came with 1 down jacket, and left with 3.
The organizers did a swell job, and I even got to sleep at Niall's house when I decided that it probably wouldn't be a good idea to drive to Canmore. Fun race, good swag, skied some pow at COP and threw some tricks off a jump on the course.