The villages along the trail.
Now that the Iditarod race is running a new route for 2015 due to lack, or actually, no snow on a great deal of the normal race trail out of Willow this year, some new villages will be included as checkpoints that have never had the Iditarod come through their locations. Read More
Do you really run at night? A question that I get often.
The answer-of course, it is an around the clock race, like most dog races.
So, strategies differ as to your run (the dogs are pulling you) and rest (the dogs are not pulling you) schedule. Some mushers like an equal run/rest schedule such as 6 hours on and then 6 hours off. Very nice for the musher as a 6 hour rest allows for some good sleep for the homo sapien if you are efficient at the stop. 8 hours is better if you are not very efficient. Successful mushers are very efficient at chores and time management. Read More
What does a musher do on a sled for hours at a time?
Well, 16 dogs ahead of you keeps one occupied watching all those guys working hard. You have to be always attentive to anything developing as to health issues, orthopedic or soreness problems, equipment staying together, what is up ahead on the trail, how long you have been traveling, what to do at the next stop, what you did at the last stop, when did I drink last, do I have to pee… Read More
Can you say “Awesome?”
So, being America’s Favorite Veterinarian has its benefits. Talked with the Detroit Tigers recently and I get to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game May 8th in Detroit. Heater over the plate.
Officially on May 9th bucket list nearly complete…Now to be an astronaut.
Equipment and the Iditarod
There is quite a bit of equipment we use during the race so why not go over some of the stuff.
First, the sled. They have sure come a long way since the days of wood runners and rawhide lashings. These days many are made of carbon fiber, cables and plastic yet are very durable and light. Many have moved towards the use of a “sit down” style of sled where the musher can sit down on either a seat, their cooler or some other level thing your tookus can locate easily with out looking. Keeping that rear end warm can be a trick as they do get cold. Read More
One part of the Iditarod Race that can be overlooked is the care the dogs receive during the race and if they are “dropped”, or left behind at a checkpoint by the musher. What really happens behind the scenes by these volunteer veterinarians and assistants is often unheralded.
First thing to realize about winter travel is that it has its good points. First-no bugs. Second-no mud. Third-very few people. All good things in my book.
So, how to dress to stay warm out in sub zero temperatures.
Running a 1000 mile race requires a lot of material, food and gear which you cannot haul from the start, obviously. With roughly 21 checkpoints, or locations where your gear and food is staged, spread out roughly equally along the trail there is quite a bit of logistics and planning required.
Countdown to Iditarod. T minus a few weeks.
Running a team of sled dogs can be quite an adventure, to say the least. Having anywhere from 6-16 dogs in front of a 30 lb sled and yourself on it with nothing more than a few methods of attempting to slow them down plus the hope for them to listen to voice commands to do what you want of them seems like an idea that may be better suited for the hearty. Or a slightly off in the head kind of person.
With the Iditarod around the corner I will be putting out some articles about different aspects of training, the race, the dogs, the mushers and all the rest up till I am on a sled . Here goes.
What is an Alaskan Husky? Read More