Chris Carroll & Ray CHVASTASZ (Quas-tosh) Rookies in 2014. A tough year for rookies because of the trail conditions, but they are ready, they made their appearance at the Tech Inspection, and they are wearing Bib 5, going out in the 22nd position.

Today is all about preparedness.

Remember I told you that Scott Davis does about 500 crunches a day, there are so many other 500s too.

Most racers will put about 500 miles on a weekend day just to see what it feels like to go 500 miles in less than 10 hours.

There are approximately 500 gallons of fuel needed for each team along the Iron Dog trail. Some checkpoints it is $4.34 per gallon and at others it is $6.78 per gallon when Iron Dog delivers the fuel by plane to FIVE remotes like Poorman, Ophir, Rohn, Puntilla, Skwentna the cost per gallon skyrockets to just over $9.75 per gallon. YIKES or I could just call that double HIGH FIVE!!!

When a race team is ready, and have checked everything about 500 times, no more additions to the checklist, they keep staring at each other in wonder, have we really done everything we can to be ready on Sunday morning? The clock ticks slowly, I know they fantasize about that moment 500 times, but it never really happens, because there is always something to do. One thing is for sure, a racing team has to go out and perform to his or her ability, forget what the other guy is doing, race your preplanned schedule, stay loose and focused.

FIVE Days, Nights, Hours, Minutes, Seconds of Iron Dog
Day Five: Friday of race week, will have most racers off their second layover in the southbound portion of the race, anywhere from UNK to TAN. They have two layovers to complete on this section as follows:
Southbound Layover #1: Koyuk or Unalakleet or Kaltag
Southbound Layover #2: Galena or Ruby

Friday NIGHT (Hold) in Tanana

Five Hours is what it takes to thaw most sleds in Nome, the racing team will be able to view their entire sled for up to 15 minutes, they will usually wait for all the ice and snowdust to be gone from the undercarriage so that their “Look See” is complete. The Nome Public Works Garage is a building connected to the Firehouse, it has double doors, the machines are stacked in there like an overfull warehouse, it takes about 6 guys to man handle a work space for a team when the clock starts to tick for “Work Time” in Nome. The energy is charged, the field stands around and watches, taking notes, developing their own plan. The racing team has hopefully been in Nome since sometime Tuesday enough time for parts to land, and extra tools to be rounded up and the Pit Crew scheduled to get on the clock!!!

Five Minutes Five Seconds, Last year we saw racers take less than 5 minutes to change skis, plugs, tighten tracks, adjust this and that, it was a force to be reckoned with, when I compared that to another team that takes 22 minutes to do the same work, I realized that was the difference between a weekend rider and the professional racer that is out there to win and 17 minutes is what it takes to do 26 miles if a race team does what they always say……94 MPH!!!

It all boils down to PREPAREDNESS. Good Luck Team #5, Chris and Ray, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday Morning, Tuesday in Nome and Saturday in Fairbanks!!!!


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