I suppose I'd better get a blog post done before I head up to I-Falls for the big dance.
Triple D was last week in Dubuque and it didn't disappoint. Well, actually it did. There was no snow and so I couldn't ski. I had hoped for a tune-up ski going in to the Arrowhead. A proof that I could do it. That wasn't to be, but I had sent the check in and so I biked it.
The course was great and would have been greater if there had been a good 8" of snow on the ground. The off road snowmachine and ATV trails were a lot of fun. It's good to see landowners willing to work with a race and allow us to bike across private property. I wish there were more of that in this country. Parts of the course, particularly the Heritage Trail, were rather icy and I did go down a few times.
I took the race fairly easy. I never pushed myself so much that I hurt which is the right thing a week before a big race. I did injure my wrist somewhat in an icy crash. It's not sprained or broken, no swelling, full range of motion, but it does hurt when I roll it (pitch and yaw are fine). Some have suggested that I "bruised the bone" but I'm not sure that's even a thing.
Anyway, Arrowhead. I'm nervous. That's good. I should be. I failed at Tuscobia because I wasn't ready to commit myself. I am commited this time. It will be difficult, but so long as there aren't any freak accidents I should be able to do it. Two things I need to remember that I forgot at Tuscobia are: This is your race, it doesn't matter how others are doing. And, there are 60 hours in the race, use them all if you have to.
The skis are waxed. The list has been checked once (two more times should do it). All that is left is to get some dinner and a good night's sleep.
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