It was a heck of a run! Posting my story in increments on Facebook. Will post complete tale here in July.
It's the toughest decision I've ever made, but 2022 will be my last race. I've been doing almost nothing but raising, training, and running dogs for close to 20 years. Financially I'm broke. Physically I'm broken. After 10 Iditarods, it's time to move on. I'll still be around the dog mushing scene, just not on the runners.
Over the years I've encountered a number of combat veterans who have made a big impact on my life. I will be dedicating my 2022 Iditarod run to honor them and other veterans.
"In the worship of security we fling ourselves beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone." Sterling Hayden