I participated in this race to experience strong emotions, and to switch my world, I mean: to cut myself off from my usual world. On this Iditarod Trail, I found what I came looking for: wild and impressive nature, extraordinary encounters, the possibility of pushing my limits.
In 1998, there were a handful of us doing this event (then called Iditarod Extreme), and Bill Merchant was with me. I imagine it was on this trail that Bill had the idea of creating this race: the Iditarod Trail Invitational. 22 years later, time has passed and I am no longer very young. However, I took the same time as in 1998 (a little less than 8 days) but with harder weather conditions. But importantly, I had even more fun than in 1998.
The internet has changed our world and allowed me to better prepare for this project. I was able to read stories and testimonies, look at photos, have opinions on the material, etc … which did not exist in 1998.
In 8 days, the time of my race, the world changes again. On March 9, 2020, I turn my phone back on when I arrive in McGrath and learn that a virus will change our behavior. The virtual world will take advantage on this.
At the end of this story, I realize how much this Iditarod Trail and this race are key elements in my life.
I thank Kathi and Kyle, and all the volunteers for continuing to perpetrate such a crazy race.
I thank Anne, my beloved, for letting me live my follies.
I hope to come back to this Iditarod Trail again,