Monday, 24 December 2012

Blizzard training on Christmas Eve!!

Storm training...check! Crossing two 1000m+ mountains at night with a 24m/s head wind covering the trail in deep snow, in a total white out blizzard, with heavy snowfall and temps below -25oC, was a really tough run (for me at least). Super leading from Toivo and Lakrits, kept the team on what was left of the trail, passing the markers regularly and made great time. All the dogs worked really hard and seemed to relish the weather as a challenge. Everyone got big hugs and ate lots of meat snacks when we got home!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Night Run

Great night run with the dogs! Had to do the last 20km with no headlight as the battery died and my spare was to cold. With a full moon and a -25oC clear starry sky, it was a beautiful night to run in the dark.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

14 dog team sled training VIDEO


Only a few cms of snow, but its just enough to get out with the sled.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Polarhundlopet 100km Finished in 5h44m52s

The team finished the 100km 8 dog Polarhundlopet with a time of 5h44m52s. The competition was incredibly tough with many mid-distance champions. So Mel is really proud of the dogs 17.2km/h average speed, especially as the dogs training has only been at 50% for the last 2 months, while Mel recovered from her disc prolapse. Mel is also happy that her back had recovered enough to get to the finish line, even if she couldn't run and help the dogs uphill much. "Every dog worked hard for the entire 100km and crossed the finish line strong, happy and tails wagging, they hauled my weight and the 50kg of sled & mandatory kit up the mountains with hardly any help, they crossed all the patches of glare ice on the river with confidence, they all ate and drank and asked for seconds at the finish line and amusingly I'd hadn't lost one bootie! Cold, sunshine, blue skies, great fun trail, stunning scenery, we had a really great fun race!" Mel is especially pleased with the dogs that were running their first race: Spock a Siberian yearling, Tavra an Alaskan yearling and lead dog Lakrits.