This past Monday, 1/30/23, I toed the line for my 11th time at the Arrowhead 135. It would become my 10th finish and first win. I've come in 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd over the years but it took my last go around to grab the win. Yep, I'm stepping back from the race for awhile. I'm sure I'll be back but I want to explore other races and since it's hard to get into the Arrowhead I want to allow others to get in on the action as well.
The race start was cold. I've heard reports ranging form -30 to -40. I saw -28 with a windchill of -42. About 15 miles into the race it usually gets colder, which it did. Just know, it was cold!
I was 5th in the lead group. About a mile in I got up front and made a pull. When I pulled off I saw it was just Daniel Perry and I. I assumed others would latch on but that never happened.
I went to take my first drink about 5 miles in. My hydration bag hose was already frozen. I wasn't thirsty nor did it concern me much so I kept rolling with Daniel. Daniel's hub gave him issues later on so I rode away. He later caught and passed me while I stopped to put my hydration hose around my torso under my bibs. The bibs I used were 45Nrth Naughtvind bib knickers. They come up high on your torso, which worked perfectly to thaw my hydration hose.
Nearing the first checkpoint, around 35 miles in, I caught back up to Daniel. He too was dealing with frozen fluids.