February 2, 2012

Beautiful weather and keeping the panic at bay.....

The weather up here in the North East has been absolutely beautiful. The past weekend and for the last two days it has been over 60 degrees. Amazing for this time of year and I LOVE it. I even cracked open one or two windows just so I could smell the spring like air in our stuffy winterized house. This has led to many days spent outside with the kids and dogs. I spent the last two days running at break neck speed over to our clubs training fields to 'get in some agility' practice after work and before the kids get off the bus.
Yesterday, after leaving work, stopping at various stores for daily supplies, picking up the kids off the bus, gathering all the dogs and kids into the car, going to the agility practice field, running Surf, Rayce ran Rocket, Gidget goes where she wants, we stopped at a pharmacy to pick up a support for my ankle, then home to start dinner, leave before dinner is finished for physical therapy (on said ankle) and return to scarf down cold dinner. As I was walking through my home I began to notice that it looks like I have 12 dogs in residence not three. There are hair puppies beginning to grow in the corners. I also couldn't use my full length mirror this morning to check and see if my big rear end was still present since the pile of dirty laundry was in the way and this morning all of the dishes from last nights dinner were still present. Hmmm, I think I may have to spend a little time with my home, it is looking neglected. Of course, it would be really nice if one of the other three residents of our home would pitch in and help (you can interpret this as why didn't my hubby do the dishes at least for me? I can't expect the 8 and almost 6 year old to handle it).

I have a trial this weekend.............
I have a trial this WEEKEND.......
I have a TRIAL THIS WEEKEND...

Ok breathe....

Am I prepared, not really but the plan for this weekend is
not for Q's (so I keep telling myself) (liar liar pants on fire). It is supposed to be about trying to just run faster with Surf. It is a theory I am working on.  I read this blog about how in Japan the focus during training is all about getting through the course faster. I never thought to time myself. To see if the next run was faster. We here in the USA like fast courses but the training focus tends to be on getting it correct first (handling), with the theory that speed will come. I find I am very very (in my core) focused on getting it all correct and because I valued accuracy I gave away speed. I  am trying not to make the same mistake with Surf. It is really really hard for me. Surf also struggles with confidence in the ring. He has improved greatly but I loose connection with him very easily when in a show situation, especially in dead corners. My goal is to stay connected and just run. Stop obsessing over the course. Just run it connected with him. Easier said than done. So because I have a plan that I know will be hard for me to stick to I am getting those crazy little butterflies already, (its only Thurs <sigh>) Ok time to go read my failure post again ;-) I need to do this, I need the information. Failure is information.

So for your enjoyment I have posted my two runs from our last show in November. I will post runs from this weekend and maybe you all can add your observations about the difference between the two? We will have to wait and see. Thanks for the help and just for listening :-)






Both runs felt so fast but look so slow on the video. In the JWW (top video) I slipped after the weaves before the tunnel and did a blind to recover. Not planned but we saved it. In the STD course I was SO SO sure he was committed to the dog walk. I even saw him accelerate towards it, so I did the cardinal sin and took my eyes off my dog to focus on running faster. Oh well. It was still a nice run for our first Ex A course.  All and any feedback is welcome.

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