I knew coming into this race my team was weak since they were barely over the virus we had picked up at the Ely race. Sure enough we had a very slow first leg, but it gave me plenty of opportunity to drink water and enjoy the scenery! It was the first time I had seen that trail all in the daylight which was really nice! It was pretty warm and the trail was soft and slow from the wet +4 inches of snow the night before. They did not rest well at all at Two Harbors, guess we were going so slow who was tired? lol:) They wanted to play with each other or just stood there but I still gave them 3 hours. They were much stronger and faster on the second leg. Unfortunately had two dogs develop shoulder/wrist injuries so dropped them in Finland. Dogs rested better at Finland but still didn't seem all that tired. Left Finland with six dogs in about 8th place but somehow missed a sore dog and after thinking it over I made the difficult decision to turn around several miles out and scratch. As much as I wanted to finish the race most importantly I want to do what is in the best interests of my dogs and I feel good knowing I did that. I would love to someday have clean runs at Beargrease so hopefully next year things will go better!!!