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To speed up, here are a few things I will try to remember:
1. Alter your cadence. Move your feet fast when it is flatter. On the steep part, sometimes it helps to alternate big steps and faster steps.
2. If you move your hands faster, your feet and cadence will move/be faster.
3. Push through with your poles. Keep forward momentum.
4. Don't step on your own skins -- snow will contaminate and cause eventual failure. Get a clean rip. Failed skins are to skimo what flat tires are to bike racing.
5. Don't clomp. Slide your feet, don't lift them.
6. Step SLOWLY into bindings, and get a clean grab the first time round.
7. Use alternate poling when the snow gets soft, manky, breakable.
8. On the descents, don't turn (ok, scratch that).
9. Go all out, but don't blow up.
10. If things start to suck and you start to hate racing, wipe the spit off your face, open your eyes and look around. It's a beautiful day.