“I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow ….. “
The family deal was “you come back with all of your nose, toes and fingers – no dangerous risk taking” so sadly Pat has had to scratch. (Last time Pat did the race tragically someone lost their hands and feet through hypothermia and frostbite.)
This time, getting off the bike and walking for 5 minutes in every 15 to 30 minutes to keep the circulation in her feet just wasn’t enough. Pat was having to walk continuously. And pushing a 45 Kg bike with a rucksack on your back averaging 1.5 mph, for 65 miles in temperature reported down to -40c, well do the maths, it’s not viable especially when you can’t stop without risking your toes.
And tiring? Sleep walking? Quite possibly!
So Pat was recovered by the skidoo support team (Spencer and Glen, thank you!) back to Pelly Farm and in due course by road to Whitehorse.
It’s been a brutal year for the racers; less than a third are still going. Even the legendary Enrico has scratched and he’s won on foot, Skis and Bike in the past.
Yann ‘s episode 5 is a gripping picture of the challenge faced by and the impact on the athletes. You’ll hear Enrico saying it’s all in the decision making.
Until next time then?
Pat will no doubt add a report when she gets back.
No idea who wrote “So long, it’s been good to know you”