You know it is cold when the local ski resort is telling its twitter followers to wear a ColdAvenger. Whitefish Mountain Resort yesterday reported a temperature, without windchill, at -10.9 degrees, and yesterday was even colder–with the howling winds plummeting temperatures to 50 below. This is perfect for a ColdAvenger. The mountain reported yesterday that 375 brave souls were on the slopes; some of them more equipped for cold than others. Dr. John Sullivan Jr., creator of the ColdAvenger, was one of those well-prepared skiers yesterday, and is back up on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort today! He even had time to get the snow reporters a few masks so they could safely brave the wintery conditions and protect their faces, airways and lungs from the damaging impacts of the cold.
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Yogaslacker and ColdAvenger user, Andy Magness, recently participated in the grueling Arrowhead 135 Race in America’s heartland of Minnesota. Last year, he took a very respectable 15th place on the bike and this year took on a bit of a different role in this frigid race. Andy participated in this year’s race as a chaperon to his 17 year old pal and neighbor Tom Fisher. Tom was originally refused entry because of his age, and it wasn’t until Andy wrote a pleading letter to the race director promising to ride with Tom the entire race was he then allowed to race. Both carried their own supply of food, gear and water.
The Arrowhead 135 is a self-supported Ultramarathon through northern Minnesota that draws tough competitors who can choose to race via foot, ski and bicycle–their choice.
Andy recently blogged about some of the gear he used this year for the race. He did loan out some of his best gear to Tom and unfortunately for Andy, Tom really liked the ColdAvenger. So, Andy went without–how generous!
Andy Magness–”I got one of these (ColdAvenger Facemask) for the Arrowhead last year and loved it…I was glad that I was going to be wearing the mask again this year, but in the end gave it to Tom since after all I wanted him to have the best chance to make it, and that means the best gear. Besides, I wasn’t really sure how big of a difference it would make. It makes a big difference. My face and lips were frozen just riding the mile to the start line. I ended up making it to the finish with just a regular neoprene face mask and lots of vaseline and chapstick, but my face was always cold and I always wished I’d had two masks, one to lend and one to use myself. Next year Tom better have his own damn ColdAvenger.”
Yeah, you said it, Andy! Thanks for your support–sometimes seeing how bad it can be WITHOUT ColdAvenger is the best way to see how great it is WITH ColdAvenger. We’re proud of you for taking one for the team and helping Tom in this intense race.
To read Andy’s entire post click here.