Why enter a 1,000 mile race across Alaska with a team of Iditarod dogs? Why subject your body to extreme cold, fatigue, dehydration, hallucinations and some of the most punishing weather on the planet? Why you ask?
Well, if you are asking why, honestly, you may not understand the answer even if I try to explain it. But I will try!
My own journey is I think best explained through this video that I made in 2012. As you watch, keep in mind that at this point in time, I was living in Florida and the Iditarod was an idea, a far off dream. Very real to me in my mind. But as far as any sort of a plan to make it happen - nonexistent. All of that changed when I was fortunate, through this video, to win a spot in the Fjällräven Polar - a 200 mile dogsled adventure in northern Scandinavia, north of the arctic circle.
So I went to Scandinavia. participated in the Fjällräven Polar, and my life was changed. I came back more determined than ever to turn my Iditarod dream into a reality.
Less than 800 people have ever completed the Iditarod. To put that in perspective - in 2012, 658 people summited Mt Everest - in a single year. So each year nearly as many people reach the top of the world as have completed the Iditarod over in a 43-year span.