I'm Starting to Get Nervous about the Pepsi Challenge!

I just jumped on the web page at weather.gov, which is a great resource for any skier, to see what the forecast was for Biwabik, MN.  As of right now, here is what they say for Saturday, Januray 22nd:

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 9.

Well, that's right on the border of being bearable, but it means that we'll probably be starting the day at right around zero.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I received an email from the race director about possibly postponing the race.  My guess is that will probably be the case, which means we might be starting out at around 5 degrees....

Hmmm....

The good news is that I checked the forecast twice today.  Early this morning they predicted a high of 8, so it's good to see a gain of a degree since then.  If it continues at that pace (a degree every 10 hours), we'll be sitting at a balmy 22 at race time, which would be fine by me.

At least they're not predicting a high of -25.

Well, I'll be heading up there anyways.  In the old days I used to thrive on doing ski races in zero degrees or lower, now I'm tempted to just stay in bed and have a second breakfast.  The good thing about the Pepsi Challenge is that it goes in loops, so you can always start and then head in to the lodge if you're freezing too bad.

I think it will be OK though, let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for five or six more degrees at start time!

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