Here I am on the lake for the first time, assessing the conditions for the race on Saturday.
I am SO thankful I have great ski goggles; it is beyond bright here. The sun reflects off of all the snow and it's blinding!
The terrain varies: the ice can be glassy and bare, or it can be covered in snow. The snow is mostly lightly packed, and great for running—but it can also be wind-blown, and almost knee deep. If we have to run in deep areas of snow that aren't uniform in depth, the running will be exhausting and very hard on one's knees... We're simply aiming to finish and not hoping for any kind of race time.
The wind will be blowing throughout the race from north to south, while we'll run east to west. At least it won't be head-on! If only we could get some wind from beyond to help push us forward!
For as far you can see, it's just white... The finish line will be visible from the actual start line, but we'll have no sense of distance covered... That will be the hardest part. You just keep on going...
Here are some local kids on their "unique" playground!