It's hard for a first timer to wrap a word around one's first national snowshoe championship race. Maybe hard is a good place to start.
Diving down in the darkness past Ravine, Pennsylvania my car's odometer rolled over the 250K mark headed to Nescopeck State Park, Pennsylvania to compete in my US National Snowshoe Race qualifier. I was headed to my first snowshoe race and I really wanted coffee to go with my thoughts. I had lots of questions about gear, course, warm up, the race, and training. But, no doubts that the experience was going to be way over the top on the fun meter.