Tension on the Iditarod Trail


…We saw that video interview with Lance, and while he promised to keep on fighting the good fight, it was perfectly obvious that he knew he was up a creek without a paddle. Martin looking like the old, confident version of himself from the past when it had been he who’d dominated–Sebastian, Hugh and Hans slowly but surely taking charge of the top five–the juniors, Mike Williams & Ray Redington, flexing their muscles and emerging as potential superpowers–John Baker quietly sliding into position like an orca whale eying a group of succulent baby seals–Ramey Smyth, a musher who is the dog mushing equivalent of a hand grenade—in the sense that he only has to be close in order to cause you grievous harm—maintaining his proximity with the lead.

We could all feel it building, even if we didn’t know it at the time, a feeling that what we had seen so far, as amazing as it was, was but the equivalent of a pillow fight between little kids compared to what would transpire next on the trail from Takotna to Nome….

Thanks for tuning in–more to follow….

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4 Responses to “Tension on the Iditarod Trail”

  1. Marlene Phillips-Daniels Reply April 16, 2011 at 11:15

    But, Lance did paddle better than Buser and so did the rest of the group quoted above. i’m amazed that the new version of the old Martin would have allowed such a foot infection in his dogs to take hold. Am also amazed that the new Martin, like the old Martin continues to be allowed to have his dogs run free in the checkpoints—-especially with kennel cough running rampant. I know that there was annoyance from some at having their sled’s used for pee trees!!!!. Maybe a serious look at reality is in order. I rooted and rooted for all mentioned mushers but one.

    • Well, I don’t think the “pee incident” is enough to brand Martin as the bad guy in this story–the truth is, everybody gets on somebody else’s nerves at some point in an event such as the Iditarod, and they all ran a good race in their own fashion. I know that Martin has some rough edges, but when you peel back the media hype surrounding the race, and its tendency to turn some men into folk heroes while making others the villain, Martin stands as a shining beacon of professionalism and moral rectitude, both as a business man as well as a family man.

  2. Vivid, metaphoric and aptly described recollection…I’m getting goosebumps and tense all over again just reading your post.

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