I had the day off, since we run the teams two days in a row and then give them a day of rest. John was running two teams, so he was running everyday. I spent the day cleaning dog poop In the puppy pens and broke the hoe trying to dig a weeks worth of poop out of the frozen ground. First I broke Doug’s truck and now I broke Melanie’s hoe. I could tear up an anvil. Jeremy Gebauer stopped by to get some things for the race and said hello. I couldn’t see who it was until he told me. I had been looking at dog poop on the bright white snow that I could make out the details of his face.
I left early for Missoula. I had some shopping to do before I picked Melanie up at 7PM. John called when I was almost there to tell me she got in at 7:20PM and that she had emailed him to tell me to be nice to her car. I stopped and got it washed when I got to Missoula. What girl didn’t want to get cleaned up if they were going into town? I stopped at Target and purchased a Wii. Melanie had wanted to get one for Doug for Christmas, but decided she couldn’t afford it. It would be my Christmas present to both of them. I got some new sunglasses, a camelback water bottle and insulator at REI and went to Wal-Mart to get some cash from the ATM and a sandwich from Subway, then headed to the airport. On the way out of town we stopped at Wal-Mart to get groceries. Melanie was in a hurry to get home and prepare for her next day of instruction as a personal trainer for her clients. On the way home we talked about how training had been going and my frustration about not being able to keep up with John on the up hills. I also told her a complete story of how Arrow had been behaving. She told me that I needed to tell Doug about her. When we got home we called Doug and I told him the entire story. He said she had probably reinsured an old injury and that we should remove her from the team.