Congrats to Geoff Roes who finished the 2012 Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 350-mile race across the Alaska backcountry, placing first in the foot division and fourth overall. Roes posted a full race report on Monday with photos and detailed daily reports that convey the both the extremity and the sense of accomplishment of this undertaking.
Going into the Iditarod Trail Invitational, my primary focus was on savoring and embracing whatever experience the trail threw my way. My secondary focus was to do whatever it took to make it the full 350 miles to the finish in McGrath. In two previous attempts (‘ 08 and ‘09), I had dropped out, not having made it beyond mile 150. This time around I really wanted to start much slower, and speed up only if I was feeling good later in the race. Therefore, I was actually relieved the day before the race when looking at a weather forecast brought up statements like, “blizzard warning” and “10 to 15 inches of new snow.” I figured it couldn’t be that bad, and anything that helped me stick to my plan of starting slow would be a good thing.
Continue reading Geoff’s Iditarod Trail Invitational Race report starting with Day 1.