Oakwood owl querying
Pilgrims at the journey gate,
Whooo will pass this night?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Arrowhead 135

This race was the lead story in the Minneapolis Tribune today. Unfortunately, I can't link you up to it without being a subscriber. All of the entrants are hard men and women. It was won by Alaskian bicyclist Jeff Oatley in a remarkable time of 15 hours and 50 minutes. Temperatures dropped down into the -30s and that thinned out the herd a little. At that temperature perspiration can be fatal. Sweat? You're dead - enter the pain cave of hypothermia. As one of the finishers said, "There is no bad weather; there is just bad equipment."  I rather like that attitude. Nineteen of 58 bicyclists dropped out, two-thirds of the 54 runners and all of the 6 skiers failed to finish.

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