|Just feet beyond the finishing chute on|
Front Street, AJ and the team chase
Rebecca to the dog lot in Nome, Alaska.
When AJ informed Rebecca he wanted to run the Iditarod, Rebecca made him a promise---“I will do everything in my power to get you to the starting line, you have to get the team to the finish line.” That promise established our division of duties for the same goal as we---rookie musher and rookie’s best-damn-handling-wife---prepared for our first Iditarod.
“There really should be a rookie’s guide to the race,” Rebecca said to AJ time and again through the many months of preparation for our first run in Iditarod. She also said it once he left the starting line and was running the thousand miles to Nome. She said it to herself standing clueless on Front Street as she waited for the team to cross the finish line for the first time. Finally, she wrote a guide for Iditarod rookies (and their handlers).
The Rookie’s Guide from Snowhook Kennel written by Rebecca is result of lessons that were learned the hard way and many I wish someone would have told me such and such conversations with other rookies and his or her handler. The intent of the Snowhook’s guide for rookies is to be a user -friendly document mushers who are focused on training and preparing for the race can quickly reference and find information that isn’t necessarily found in other race resources available to mushers (i.e., race calendar, race rules, vet related emails, the rookie’s meeting, the mushers’ meeting, emails from race officials, etc.).
Interested in a behind the scene look before, during and after the race? Enter your email address in the 'Subscribe' section at the top of this page. Subscribers to Snowhook’s blog will receive a copy of the Rookie’s Guide. Some things a musher learns by trial and error, yet if he or she is lucky they can learn from others’ experience.