We got up and the weather was good temps but very humid and foggy. We loaded the buses and headed to the course aroung 6:30am. Got there in time to set up the Idaho XC camp and get in a short warmup. About 130 men runners. Lined up with Ty Draney and Sean Schmidt. Gun goes off and we head out. The first mile is mostly flat and I get into an good groove and and hit the mile at 5:31. Feeling ok, Ty had moved up a bit on me and I was running in a group of guys I would see back and forth the rest of the race. Hit the Switchbacks and am patient going up but my hamstring is not doing good, so I only have quads to attack and the hammy is yelling. On the downhill open back up and catch a few of the runners I lost ground to but also have a few others pass me. I see Bill Cobler running and try to stay with him. At around 1.75 miles we hit Poopout hill and it is not fun. Crest it with what I have and try to get back to speed on the mostly downhill back side of the course and my legs just do not have it. I come around the corner for the last climb and it is pretty pathetic. Get passed again including by Bill C. As we get to the top I run the downhill pretty good but the flat on the airstrip and through the gauntlet I am just surviving. Try to push on the track and I am able to hold off a guy and finish in 18:46. Not my best effort but a tough course and not used to XC.
Get out in time to watch Justin start and see his whole race, he does really good. Finishes in the top half of the field. Team Idaho XC has a good set of races and have fun.
Get back on the buses at 12:30 and head out for Las Vegas. Get into town around 5:30am, head out at 6:30 and spend the night til about 11:30. Kids hated the town and the hotel (so did I). Will be glad when we leave.