well, I just got back from race number three.... 3rd place. Not bad, but not great... it was supposed to be 10 dog 18 miles but then they decided to add an extention loop which bumped it to 24 miles, which we really weren't ready for... then it snowed 8 inches and the groomer was broken, so we went out on a loose trail, which didnt help me any. And it was steep as well.... GPS said 1800' vertical, and at 9000' elevation, that is a pretty serious climb. Plus it was hot, in the 20s-30s F, which was hot for the dogs and me, who was trying to run up the mouintains in full gear behind the dogs. Anyway, we got schooled by the two distance mushers I beat in race #2... the #1 musher did it in 1h 43min, #2 @ 1h 51 min, and me @ 2h 7 min... 25min off pace, which is pretty lousy. The next day, it snowed another 4-6 inches and the groomer was still broken, and it got a little sunny.... I drove in a T-shirt and gloves. My dogs ran faster than the first day and the other 2 were were slower, but they both still beat me again, so I ended up staying in 3rd... or the guy who lost to the guy who lost. but, hey, that's racing.