Nathan’s report from Alaska today:
There’s lots of snow in Willow. There are trails all over; everything from swamps to lakes to rivers. There are a few hills to work with as well.
We’ve been running two teams of ten. I run one and Nick Vigilante runs the other.
When we are not on the trail, we have been working on improving our gear, drying used booties, and have become a soup kitchen for long time friend Beckie Hacker.
We have a big week coming up: ECGs and vet checks on Wednesday, banquet on Thursday, Ceremonial Start on Saturday, and finally the restart in Fairbanks on Monday.
It sounds like it will be another cold race (brrrr!). I hope I can feel my toes after this one. My goal is to do better than last year. Stay tuned!
Here are some shots from today’s run. We ran out to Red Shirt Lake. Took trails six and eleven to the Susistna River up to where it meets the Yentna River and back home again. Total, it was about 56 miles or so.