Man is a Machine Had the opportunity to speak to the ultimate athlete who set some amazing records of human perseverance. Being able to spend time with him, he makes 1000 miles races in freezing conditions seem like a walk in the park 🦌We spoke about the human spirit and the capacity of what it takes to break beyond our mental limitations! First you build a team, then you train the hell out of it, then you discover something about your team, and finally you train to compete to top performance. He said you have to be one with your team and as a dog musher he has to have a relationship with the dogs that is beyond comprehension Trust is crucial @dallasseavey#theeromeros#dogmushing#alaska#worldrecord#hero#snow#dogs#team#dallasseavey#humanspirit#teamfusionmv
On a scale from 1 to "woof!" how well can you communicate with puppies? The Seaveys use a particular vocabulary to communicate with these Alaskan pups. They yell "mush!", to make them move and "woo!" for them to stop! While the pups don't get the words "right" or "left", they take "haaa" or "gee" as commands to go right or left, respectively.
Congratulations #mitchseavey and #dallasseavey for coming in 1st and 2nd AGAIN this year for the Iditarod. Although last year the order was reverse. The idea of teamwork is exemplified in this 1000 mile race. That is racing almost one third of the lower 48 states... The amount of trust the musher must build between him and his team of dogs is in direct correlation with his ability to finish this race. Very unlike a human team, a dog team will not perform for a untrustworthy leader. A poor leader of humans will often blame the team for a lackluster performance. A musher will blame no one except themselves. I've always admired a good musher. These amazing leaders give us so many lessons to draw from when considering the leadership of a human team. For a dog team you must : teach the team, all year, how to keep pace and then trust them during the race to do what your taught them. You must build several leaders and then rotate appropriately during the race so your strongest leaders don't become fatigued and fail during the finish. You find where each dog is happiest and create the space for them to perform in that environment. You run alongside the team whenever possible; instead of making them always pull your weight. You raise them from pups instead of buying talent you could never fully respect. You get rid of poor litter mates with bad attitudes. You feed them and rest them before they are over-hungry or over-tired. You find the battle they can win and never ask more from them then they can deliver. You never push them into something they haven't trained for. SO many parallels to what I've been preaching to my teams for years. I don't think anyone needs to guess what my next leadership conference subject will be on!!! . Check out Travel2nddegree@wordpress.com - to follow my blog for upcoming content. Till next time. #iditarod2017#alaska#mushers#travel2nddegree#husky#huskypuppy#barlie#dog#pup#losangeles
I forgot to post this as my #tbt so I'll post now. That day I had frost nip on my toes. Very lucky not to have frostbite. What you're seeing here is the ceremonial start of the #iditarod in #anchorage#alaska . The Iditarod trail sled dog race is an annual long-distance dog race that occurs anywhere from 8-15 days and ends in #nome Alaska. There is usually a #musher and 16 dogs. At least 5 of the 16 dogs must make it to the finish line. Though the Iditarod was birthed in 1973, the #athabaskan and the #inupiaq peoples had been using sled dogs as part of their everyday lives hundreds of years before the arrival of the #russian fur trappers in the 1800s. During the 1900s, sled dogs were the primary form of communication and transportation in icy and remote areas like Nome. The dogs were used to transport mining materials, supplies, food, furs, mail, etc. With the use of #bushplanes and #snowmobiles , dog sledding became almost #extinct by the 1960s. Perhaps the most famous #sleddog was #balto . If you remember your cartoon movies, you'll remember that diphtheria had broke out in Nome and there was no viable medication left. There was also no way to get a serum to that isolated location. Balto and the other sled dogs left #nome and raced to Anchorage (or was it Seward irl and anchorage in the movie?) and went back to Nome to deliver a serum that would save numerous lives. #gunnarkaasen and his lead dog Balto made it back in just 5.5 days!!! This summer we spent what felt like the entire summer at the #seaveyididaride learning about the competition and what goes into taking care of sled dogs. We also got to see and ride some of #dallasseavey dogs. The handlers here are so amazing and take such great care of the dogs. So much respect and pride is given to the sport. Watching dog sled racing in this day and era does feel like you're peeking into history and time does stand still for a bit. .