Today I pack for the big race. Tomorrow I leave with J-No and do race check in. Sunday we go to the prerace meeting and engage in fun times with other racers. Monday morning we start the 135 mile race across snowmobile trails from International Falls to Tower, MN. Where it goes from there is another story. If history is any indication I will DNF about 4-6 hours into the race with an asthma attack. If the prerace buzz is any indication I am one of the front runners.
It wasn't until after I won the Tuscobia 150 that I thought about my history in endurance races. I tallied up in my head how many endurance races I have won; 12 I think. Those include races in 12 hour, 24 hour, 100 mile mountain, 100 mile gravel, 75 mile snow, and now 150 mile snow formats.
I don't know how I will do up at Arrowhead. I don't know if I will finish. I don't know if I will be able to breath well (the air is a lot drier up there). What I do know is that if all my systems are going strong I intend to make someone else winning as hard as possible (of course with the idea of finishing first and formost). I can also tell you that winning this race would mean far more to me than any race I have done well in.
So if you would like to see how the race is shaking out on Monday the powers that be will update either here, here, or here.
In the mean time I will be posting some short posts until race day with pictures. Wish me good luck or bad luck, but that is what fills much of my mind right now.
Colorado, 2017. Antelope Wells, NM
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