View Post

The Joy of Accomplishment!

This is coming in—the joy of accomplishment. You’ve all felt this joy, true or false? Yes! Three days and nights out on the trail, when we had temperatures down to 10-14°F below zero. It was chilly. And then there was the wind chill factor that went along with that. There’s Joseph running alongside me. Sharing your success with others is …

View Post

Cheering for Me at the Finish Line: My Family!

Going downhill is not always easy, because you don’t want to run over the person in front of you, and you don’t want the one behind you to run over you; so you’ve got to keep your distance. Here I am coming into the third check station. What a glorious experience and feeling it was. When I was in the …

View Post

It’s a One-Ear Hill! Hang on!

So now it’s back on the trail again. And folks, running through the night had a whole different feeling to it. What I could see, all that I could see, was what was in that headlight; and it was nice if it reached the front dogs. As we were going along, I learned a little secret: when the dogs would …

View Post

No Rest for the Weary

I arrived at Freddy’s check station, 52 miles into the race, on Saturday afternoon, January 28. It was amazing! As I pulled into the check station, the officials who were there to check my time and my dogs and make sure that I made it okay were making a big fuss about my arriving there. And I thought, “Well, this …

View Post

Just Keep Going When the Going is Tough!

Now comes the time. I’m out here on my own, all alone, going through the Alaska wilderness. I don’t know where I am; I don’t know how far I’ve gone. But I’ve been mushing for hours and hours and hours. I look down at my GPS; and I scrub the frost off it, so I can see—and it says 5.9. …

View Post

The “Greenhorn” Catches Some Air!

Once you start, just keep looking forward. On January 28, 11:40 a.m., I was out of the chute. The people didn’t even know me, and they were cheering and clapping and yelling. It was an exhilarating feeling. And those dogs, well—they knew they had a greenhorn on the back of that sled, and they were heck-bent for election to get …

View Post

Get in the Race!

So, I walked right in and I signed up. If you hesitate, you’ll start thinking about all the fear. You’ll be thinking about the risk. You’ll be thinking about, “Holy cow, Gary, are you stupid? You’ve been on a dogsled only seven times in your life, and you’re going to run a race in territory you’ve never even been in, …

View Post

Create Your Plan, Make Your Choice!

Know where you’re going and work to be ready for what’s ahead. In this case, I looked at the map and studied the route I was going to be racing, so I’d have a little bit of an idea of the elevations and the changes. We’re out in the Alaska bush—the whole race, not just part of it. We went …

View Post

Believe in Yourself!

This is one of the things that I will say: I think social media is fabulous, but I also think in some ways that it’s destructive. For some of us, we’ve stopped building those one-on-one relationships. If you want to keep your business growing, and you want to hold the people close to you, build one-on-one relationships. Then build that …

View Post

Building Trust

That happens to be me there in the blue coat, following my leader. Follow your leaders’ examples and duplicate what they do until you develop your own style. Every one of us has our own personality, our own feelings, our own way of doing things. We can’t be those people, but we can learn from them until we create our …