"When we started Sunday morning, there was 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow at Point MacKenzie. The fresh snow thickness increased steadily to Alexander Lake where there was about 20 inches of fresh snow. (...) It snowed heavily all of the way back to Point MacKenzie and then all of the way back to Anchorage. So, the trail is probably gone by now."
So it appears that I will be using my snowshoes after all. Damn, I wish I had trained with them a bit more, but what could I do? There ain't no snow here.
Apparently, some people who planned on doing the race on foot are thinking about switching to x-country skiing. I don't want to, so I will be running/power-walking/snowshoeing. This might very well mean that I don't make the cut-offs, but such is life. Things could be worse, I could be a cyclist!
My bags are packed, my flight is confirmed and I'm ready to go. Mentally, I'm in a decent place although I feel like my head is stuffed with cotton balls. I had a good 45 minutes run yesterday, I'm about to go for an easy 30 now. Then, no running until Friday where I'm going to stretch my legs and try Junior for a couple of miles.
I've been wondering about the wisdom of sharing my SPOT checkpoints with everyone. Fear of humiliation I guess, if people can see it in near-real-time should I decide to stop. I've decided that I don't care. Click here to see my SPOT page.
The start is at 9:00AM Saturday, Alaska time, which makes it 1PM here in Toronto (not noon as I previously said). There will be nothing on the page until the first update, which should happen within 10 minutes of the start. This is fickle technology, operated by a tired runner so please do not be worried if updates stop appearing. The SPOT can flip in my bag and then it can't transmit. The device stops after 24 hours and I might forget to turn it back on on Sunday. I'll do my best.
So that's it. Flying to Anchorage tomorrow, pre-race meeting on Thursday, getting ready on Friday and start on Saturday morning.
It's going to be amazing.