Andrew Wells is a manlier man than I’ll ever be. He spent nearly 17 hours on the Ice Age Trail in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest last weekend, braving the bitter cold to win the Frozen Otter Ultra Trek. 17 hours in temperatures down to 15 below zero. But he’s also a manlier man than I because of his determination to win. So determined, in fact, that he’s lost two toes because of it.
Wells was so intent on victory that he says he didn’t even notice that frostbite was settling in.
“My feet were obviously frozen, so I couldn’t feel them,” he said. “And it was too cold to take my shoes off to check my feet. On my hands, I had mittens on, and just to take them off for 30 seconds, my hands got really cold, painful. I thought my toes were OK.”But they weren’t. Wells will have surgery to remove two of his toes later this week. But alas, a victory is a victory, and he doesn’t seem to have too many complaints.
“There’s nothing I can do about it now,” he said during an interview from his hospital bed. “I can live a good life without toes. I don’t think it will slow me down. My balance might be a little bit off, but I’ll still continue racing.”Indeed – a good life indeed. A life with only eight toes, an a great story to tell. Try beating that one...