So I just got back from the classic mass start. That was intense. About half of the J2s wiped out in the first kilometer. Before I got around the first turn, one guy crashed in front of me. Then he tripped two more. And they each tripped another. I had to ski straight through the middle of this mosh pit of poles, skis, and athletes. The race didn’t settle down until about 2.5 km. Until thein it was *left foot! right! jump! change track! left foot! yank pole out from under ski! change track!* and so on and so forth. I got 55th again and my kick kinda came and went. So far JOs have been the hardest races of my life.