It’s not over till…

The saying “it’s not over till the fat lady sings” is in common usage across many sports.

Maybe a good equivalent for speedskating would be:

“it’s not over till Alaska melts”

Peter Haeussler writes me:

The ice season isn’t quite over here in Alaska. Attached is a photo of skating of ice on Eklutna Lake last weekend. There was a few km of decent, but not great ice.

The lake is Anchorage’s main water supply. Very beautiful. Our outdoor oval even had skatable ice on Sunday.

Wow what a beautiful shot. It’s the desktop on my computer right now.

Peter continues-

On the right is Chet Fehrman. Chet, FWIW, was this year’s Susitna 100 winner. This is a 100 mile wilderness race in Alaska. You can enter as a skier, runner, or biker.

Chet skied and blew away the competition this year in wet heavy snow. Chet finished in about 20 hours and was 5 hours faster than the second place finisher.

The Jack Russel terrier is named Arbor and belongs to Chet’s girlfriend. What is missing from the photo is MY Jack Russell terrier, Mito, who was dashing about.

Here a picture Peter sent me of Mito-

I am back in the gym again, and starting to ride my track bike. If I can just bring Mito’s intensity & dogged optimism to my workouts, maybe someday I will feel truly fast again.

Chad Hedrick owns several Jack Russells along with his fiancé Lynsey.

Hmmm, I never thought there would be a connection from skaters to certain breeds of dogs.

Or maybe it’s that certain breeds of dogs very carefully choose speedskaters as the best possible human companions to match their own natures?

4 Responses to “It’s not over till…”

  1. […] Posted on April 7, 2008 by peterdoucet Andrew Love posted a new entry called It’s not over till…. I like the bit on dogs- I could write about dogs all day… but I […]

  2. Hey Peter - How is construction on the oval in Anchorage coming?

  3. Hey Danny - Good to hear from you. The dirt work was done last fall, and they were letting it settle over the winter. They will pave it this summer, and assuming we can raise money for ice, we’ll be skating on it in the fall! It’s a full 400 m and includes a warm up lane!

  4. Well the season for long-distance skating on natural ice is over in Sweden. Here are my “Best Of” photos from the past season.


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