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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