5 Year Plan
Our main focus and goal is Iditarod and Yukon Quest in the next 5 years. But to get there, we have some things to do on the way.
First things first… Puppies! We’re starting ATAO small and working from the ground up. All star matriarch Hooch will help train our next passel of pups. Ophelia, who will turn 1 in July, has already become Queen of the Kennel. These two will help raise the group of pups who will arrive to the kennel around September. More on this soon!
This winter will be about raising pups to be happy, healthy members of ATAO, building the kennel up, and laying the groundwork for the goals ahead. It’ll include a lot of puppy walks, socialization, and one on one work with the little monsters.
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Years Two – Five
Part of the journey (and the fun!) is officially qualifying, which includes 750 miles of races (with at least two 300-mile races). There are only a select few races that are official Iditarod qualifiers, which include races such as:
- Copper Basin 300 – January
- Northern Lights 300 – January
- The Yukon Quest 300 – February
- The Kobuk 440 – April
- The Yukon Quest – February
- The Iditarod – March
I made myself a promise that before I ran Iditarod I’d run a marathon. Part of my personal preparation for Iditarod will include the Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks. As an “Athlete Ambassador” for Active Soles Performance Footware, I also have a goal of running 1,000 miles in 2017.
Activity is key to maintain good mental health. I also think it’s essential for today’s mushers to be in top physical form. One of my favorite ways to stay in shape, test myself, and push my limits is through boxing. I learned to box at Mark’s Boxing Gym in Wasilla. Even though I’ll be in Fairbanks for the next few years, I’ll carry on with the boxing routine Mark taught me. I may even see if I’m able to participate in some amateur tournaments coming up.
You can follow updates about my running and boxing on my blog ATAO Adventure, which is about coping with depression through adventure and activity.