Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure."

What's up with the weather?

It's really put a damper on my training.

Generally, most mushers don't recommend running dogs in temps above 50 degrees and above 50% humidity. Because Alaskan huskies, like other northern breeds, are double coated, they thrive in frigid temperatures, and warmer temperatures can hinder them physically.

A sled dog sleeping at a checkpoint during a frigid January afternoon at the Seney 300 Iditarod qualifier

The weather for the last 10 days here in NE Ohio has been great if you're into kayaking during Indian Summer, but not so much if you're a dog musher hell bent on fall miles.

An Indian summer kayaking trip

I am no where near where I wanted to be as far as training. I should have several hundred miles on my team at this point, and I'm barely over 100 miles.

So I've been running at night to run in the cooler temperatures. I have rigged up my training rig with lights and have a super bright headlamp. But I'm still freaked out when I head out with my team in the black night in the woods.

Not a lot else to report. Just fighting the weather...which is futile!

1 comment:

  1. running at night, I bet that is almost a religious experience.


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