On March 1, 2020, I will test my willpower like no other challenge. I will endure extreme physical, environmental, and mental challenges in some of the most inhospitable conditions as I work my way along the historic Iditarod Trail on bicycle, foot, and skis for up to 30 frozen days and nights.
The Iditarod Trail in Alaska has been used for human powered racing on bikes, ski, and snowshoes since the 80’s. The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the latest format of the race – it is the world’s longest winter ultra-marathon, and is known as one of the most challenging experiences on the planet. The race only accepts 75 athletes each year, of which, I will be attending. To compete in the 1000 mile race, you must first finish the 350 mile race. I completed the 350 mile last year, and will be competing in the 1000 mile race this year.
Every year is different on the trail, and conditions can change at any moment. In one day, it is possible I may face temperatures from -50F to 35F, forceful winds, rain, blizzards, waist-deep snow, mud, glare ice and sunny skies. There will be a minimal amount of assistance provided to competitors. I will have to carry my survival supplies and rely solely on what I carry and what I send to the remote villages prior to the race.