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Jackson update -January 30, 2012

by Kate 1/30/2012 5:56:00 PM
Though the weather has been nice here - well, no major snowstorms or blizzards - the internet has been sketchy at best the last 24 hours so apologies for no updates. It appears to be working well at the moment so wanted to share what I know. ...Yesterday was not the run we had all expected. Reasons?? Unfortunately one of the vagaries of working with the dogs is that it is not like working with the variables in a math equation, there are no definite reasons for things. Warren said both his and Sam's team were just "flat",not their usual energetic selves. Was it the warmer temperatures? Likely, we had been in the -30s last week here and now they are in plus teens( all temps celcius). Was it the stress of a big race? Possible, but not likely, as most of the dogs have been in big race situations. The reality is we will not know. Post race everyone ate and drank well and were hyper last night. Which of course bodes wel for the rest of the race. One of the unique features of this race is its longer format. There are still alot of days of racing to go. And today's results showed alot - obviously a rise in both Warren and Sam's rankings but also quite a few changes in the way the teams finished yesterday versus today. There is a historical precedent for many teams in this race to run too hard in the beginning and have trouble later on in the race. Only time will tell. As for out teams, so far there are no injuries and all are eating well and happy. What more could a Mama want? I just wish I was there to give them their post race massages. One thing we use alot of here at NorthernStar Kennels is as much preventative medicine as we can and massage is one of the easiest and the best. Often a small knot in a muscle not found and not treated can lead to a more major problem, but if found and worked out it is no big deal. I am glad Karen is there to check on everyone for me. For those of you on facebook, the site for the race, the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, has some good info. Also Mushing World ( also on Facebook and hosted by our friend and fellow Wyoming competitor John Stewart) has good info. The main website for the race is has great info and they get the results up quickly each day. There is GREAT picture of Sam from yesterday's start on the image gallery on the website for Day 2 pictures. Big thanks to Chris Havener for providing his photos to those of us not able to be there - it is much appreciated. So, spoke to Warren here just abit ago and his spirits are good. Dogs still eating well and energetic. A bit bummed that the mileage for tomorrow has been shortened - our dogs do better on the longer versions but so be it. The route is only about 38 miles I believe, versus the 54miles planned for in training so that will be a change - definitely an advantage for those teams that train more for sprint races but again, we will all have to see what happens. Snow conditions as far as I can tell are good. Today was a tougher punchy trail. The kind of trail dogs can get injured on so thankfully our guys and girls did fine. I am hoping to have some rosters for you all to post for tomorrow. I do know that yesterday Warren used Black Dog and Yang in lead and Sam used Earl and Blueberry. I know that Warren used Hazer and Widgi in lead today but not sure of Sam's leaders. That's about all I have to report from Quesnel. Cheers and happy trails! Kate

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