Aliy Zirkle, one of dog mushing’s leading figures, has suffered panic attacks in the year since she and musher Jeff King were attacked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska. Both Zirkle and King are slated for the 2017 race.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One of dog mushing’s leading figures has suffered panic attacks and undergone therapy in the year since she was stalked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska.
“I had a really hard time this first half of the season, a really hard time,” musher Aliy Zirkle told The Associated Press on Friday.
Zirkle, who has five straight top-five finishes in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, plans to run in this year’s race, which starts March 6.
“I feel like I should tell people, ‘Yeah, I’m going back out there,’ but I wish I could say I was fine. But there will be some struggles out there,”…