Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Be careful what you wish for, Bill!

Photo of Spencer Klaasen & Bill Shand on right

The 2007 Arrowhead 135
Be Careful What You Wish For

I hoped it would be cold. Cold or snow. Either would do but cold would be best. I’m not really a very fast biker compared to some of the other racers that would be showing up so I need some kind of adverse conditions to even things out. Cold would slow down the guys from the south and snow would demoralize the fast bikers when they were forced to walk.

This is the third running of the Arrowhead 135 Ultra-marathon, a unique human powered race along the Arrowhead State Trail in Northern Minnesota. There are bike, ski, and running divisions but I would be biking as usual. The first time that I did this race in 2005, I was frustrated by a mechanical problem with my bike that caused me a 12 hour delay. After missing the race last year due to work commitments, I was determined that this year, things would be different.

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by Bill Shand


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