1st/2nd Nenana Ice Classic Tripod 40/40 2019

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Will and I dominated this race. We had such a big lead the first day we didn't feel the need to "race" the 2nd day, but just cruise around the course with no pressure. With two bigger races coming up this race was an easy training run for us. The temps were 45 above under the spring sunshine and we stopped to let the dogs roll around in the snow multiple times. As a mass start the teams are in a bit of a train. So all the teams would stop and wait for us to keep going when we'd pull over to play in the snow. This became an interesting game. I took the lead with our B team so our A team could have a fun chase. Later I pulled over to do a forced pass with a gal persistent on getting her leaders as close to my runners as she could. She was struggling with her leaders and trying to plant them literally on top of us to help her situation. After I stopped and did the forced pass she had a huge dog fight. After breaking them up she got going and we stayed just far enough back to watch her work while we rode our drags. It recently came to my attention the owner of this gal's team said she "bested" us in the race, nothing could be further from the truth and given the source I'm not surprised. 1st place team- Kingpin, Monarch, Lusa, Wise Guy, Apollo, Brave, Luke, Pharoah, Hooligan 2nd place team- Pan, Salt, Comanche, Sherpa, Pie, Ox, Grizzly, Spark, Zeus