Went much better than the first XC race in the series. Made a conscious effort to sprint hard the first 100-200m, and it worked as I found myself in the top 20 or so as opposed to in 60th like last time.
About 3minutes into the race I made a strong surge and moved into 11th, but as I was doing it my shoe came untied. I spent a lot of the rest of the race worrying about that, especially on the turns. Second time up the hill I moved into 10th but I was starting to hurt and I was thinking about the second race that I had coming up.
I finished strong, passing one more person, but I did not empty the tank. Oh and my shoe did end up getting sucked off of my foot in the mud with about 200m to go. In the end I was about 20seconds faster than the last race.
Afterwards I went back to my car and chilled a little, Then picked up my bib number for race #2. As I was skipping the weekly tempo run with the club I decided I would enter the magnuson series 15k which started about an hour after my race. As I was warming up I was definitely feeling the first race in my legs.
I started out strong 5:52, 5:56, 11:52 (3+4). Then after a 6:02 fifth mile, I slipped and fell pretty hard. It was weird as it wasn't even on a tight corner. I briefly thought about dropping out as I was passing close to my car, but I decided it wasn't too bad so I kept going. 6+7 combined were 12:07, which isn't so bad because it included both the fall and a big hill. But then I only managed a 6:06 for mile 8 and I knew that a good time was out the window. 7:54 (5:58 pace) for the last 1.321.
All in all a success as I managed about 6flat pace for the 15k despite everything. I was definitely moving more gingerly round the corners the last 3 miles.