The Future Home of Iditarod Dreams: Mushers Little Secret

In the day and age of drug testing in sports and the attempt to make competition fair to everyone, even mushing (dog sledding) is not immune.

[ Rewind: Mushers to be tested for drugs during the 2010 Iditarod ]

Mushers on races like the Iditarod not only battle the harsh Alaskan elements and below zero temperatures, they also battle fatigue and many many days of not sleeping on the trail. Think about it, could you perform for the better part of ten days to two weeks under extreme conditions? Many people are a bear to deal with if they don’t get their eight hours of beauty sleep a day. Are you one of them

[ Rewind: 2011 Iditarod Mushers ]

Mushers have found a little secret that seems to work well. It is 5-hour Energy drinks. I am sure you have heard of them and probably seen the commercials on TV. But let me tell you they work great! While I have not ran the “big” race yet, I do see how the little kick and the alertness that this supplement provide.

5 Hour Energy

I picked up a box of 24 a Sam’s Club a while ago and use them ever-so-often but the price at the discount club sure beats the three buck-a-pop price at the local convenience store.

Mushers: What do you do to fight off the cocktail of bitter cold and sleep depravation?

I welcome your comments and suggestions. Please comment below.

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Doctor Radio | Denver Dog Works


Dr. Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and The Dog Doctor Radio Show


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About robertforto

Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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