This morning I'm sitting here with my hands clasped around my cup of coffee in the warmth of my little cottage watching the day unfold. When I got up this morning the sun was just rising and you could tell it was going to be a cold, crisp day. The temperature last night dipped well below zero Fahrenheit and is now resting at minus 10F or in Canadian speak, minus 27C with the windchill.
With all of my moaning and groaning about the cold it is nothing compared to a fellow Canuk who made history this week along with two of his adventure buddies.
Ray Zahab who hails from Chelsea, Quebec, (literally across the river from me) along with Richard Weber and Kevin Vallely trekked 680 miles (1094 kilometers), self-supported, to the South Pole in a goal of under 40 days. Dragging sleds weighing over 160 pounds (73 kilograms) each, the team hoped to achieve what most are saying is impossible! Well, they did it, they completed their expedition on Wednesday in just over 33 days!!
You may recall, Ray and his friends ran across the Sahara Desert a couple of years ago, that story is truly amazing as well.
Please check out their website South Pole Quest 2008 and read about this incredible journey!!!
So, as I head out for my cold winter run this morning, I'll be thinking about Ray and his friends and wondering to myself....
Why am I running in freeking cold temperatures????
Life's fun if you don't weaken,