Saturday, December 27, 2008

The First Day of the Aurora 50/50

After four hours on the trail, I completed my first day of my first race. We have one more race tomorrow. There were 8 entrants, and I drew bib #5. The trail conditions were soft and punchy and the temperature was in the teens. The sun peeked out and made a spectacular showing of the Chugach Range. I had many opportunities to practice being passed from behind and passing head-on. The team did a great job each time. I brought the red-latern home today finishing 10-15 minutes behind the 7th-place musher. I have a chance tomorrow to improve my standings, but I am just happy to have raced this weekend. It is great practice for the Knik 200. My fingers were a bit cold today so tomorrow I will be sure to change the gloves that I use. Here are a few pictures that Barb Redington took of me finishing the race. Thanks Barb!


Dad and Mom said...

Congratulations, Angie!! We're so proud of you!! Wish we could've been there to cheer you on. Have fun tomorrow!!
Love always,
Mom & Dad & Svenna & Oceana
P.S. Maybe tomorrow you can let Ray have the Red Lantern!! (Just kidding!!)

the Very! Excited! Parents! said...

We're so proud of you too! We thought about you all day today, I am so glad you updated! I bet you are a tired cookie tonight! I hope you had a ton of fun though, and again tomorrow!
Be safe! Don't kiss any moose!

tipspal said...

We hope you are having the time of your life. We're rooting for you.

Melody, Norma, Tom (and Tip)

Eileen said...

Hey Angie,
Looks like you're having a great time. Way to go!
Eileen :-)

PS. We've got lots of snow here for you now. :-)

Dad and Mom said...

Hi, Angie! We just received this e-mail from Germany, and Patty asked me to forward it to you.
Love, Mom

Hi Angie,
just saw your interesting pictures from the race. unbelievable that you and the dogs can do such efforts in this cold invirement. we admire you very much. we have only around 25 F but it is windy from the east,and there is not much snow left on the ground.
all the best from niko, pat and philip in unterhaching

Cousin Barb said...

Congratulations Angie! What an athlete you are. Riding on those slender rails must be one of the hardest things a person can do for hours at a time. The dogs don't look like traditional Husky sled dogs. What breed are they? Or do I just know nothing about it? Hope you can realize your dream of riding in the Iditarod - what an accomplishment that will be. Happy New Year. Cousin Barb in Tucson.