In spite of a crazy hectic schedule leading right up to the start (little things like packing, driving 7 hrs, and waxing skis for the junior racers as well as my own), and some wild weather late in the week which delayed our arrival by a day, the Tour of Anchorage was great. We had perfect weather--maybe 14 or 15 degrees--and superb snow. I also liked the new format where faster skiers go out at 8:30 while other waves hit the trail at 10 and after. This eliminated the congestion, human slalom, and some major stress out there on the trail from about 10K through 35K.
Was in perfect position through 9K, about 35th to 40th place wise at the end of a big train of 15 or 20 skiers, but I got dropped bad on the last downhills of Spencer Loop and never saw most of them again. Skied the mid Ks with another skier or two and we exchanged the work, but you really need 5 or 6 to make the drafting work.
Anyway, never bonked and just kept a steady-somewhat conservative pace throughout to finish 36th overall, 1st 50-54 (and 1st in US Masters Nationals!).