July 30, 2012

Summer Dreaming… of A frames?

I don’t have an A fame in the back yard, I wish I did, I also wish I had enough room in the yard for an A frame. I just know Surf’s A frame would be awesome if we had one to work on.
So I keep having these dreams of borrowing, building, trading, for an A frame. There are weird negotiations, strange cars, walking home trying to carry one all by myself.
Then come the dreams of training it. 
Before Surf even came I had a foundation training program in place. As soon as I met him I knew we were going to need to have a 2 on 2 off contact behavior. His legs are so very long it would be necessary to keep him from completely missing the contact zone.
Problem: At this point if I give him his “bottom” command for the 2o2o position and he is smart enough to know he has to stop at the bottom and creeps down and into position. Since we are not setting any land speed records this is beginning to cost us dearly.
More problem: I have let up on demanding the “bottom” since it slows us. So I gently mention it but now we are starting to miss the contact. So far it has been on a course we have already NQ’d on so it may be because I am pushing for speed at that point that he is leaping.
I attempted to use an early release but that also leads to him leaping over the contact. Apparently my timing stinks and he still starts over the top slowly.
So now I dream of retraining it with a running contact. But do I……
I have found that if I don’t say anything he does an amazing running contact. I worry though, that since it is not a formal behavior that I have trained that it will deteriorate over time. But doesn’t any behavior? Our last training session not using a command.

In other news we are off from trialing until September. Lots of camping with the family. Which included lots of swinging and jumping into the water.
That was supposed to be a front flip. The body was willing but the brain said otherwise!
I am in week 5 of the couch to 5k training. I haven’t run in three years and have herniated a disk during that time but I have been feeling good for a while and I think it is time to get back at it. I talked my husband into doing a triathlon with me in October. It is a run 3 miles kayak 2 miles and bike 5 miles. I don’t bike and my husband wouldn’t run to the mail box so we are doing it as a team.
As a practice we competed in the Manasquan canoe and kayak race a few weekends ago. You know what!?!?!? We won!! It was only a mile and there were 7 other boats in our division of adult tandems. I really didn’t think we would win but leave it to our ability to work together and we are both uber competitive Smile I learned we are not ready for two miles and I need more upper body work lol!
first kayak winmanasquan kayak race
It has been a busy summer so far but it is starting slip away. I really don’t want it to end….

July 8, 2012

Vacation and V I C T O R Y Victory Victory!

Wow what a month. The last few weeks have flown by so quickly I haven’t had time to catch up.
Summer vacation is finally here for me and the kids, Whoo hoo school is out! We hit the beach during the heat wave. So great to be back on the sand watching the dolphins pass by. RJ is attempting to learn how to skim board this year and Rayce wants to learn to body surf.
Surf and I are finally coming together as a team, I think. I am judging that based on the fact that we are starting to Q finally.
The first weekend in June we trialed under Dan Dege and got a little local taste of some international style courses. Not a lot of Q’s coming out of that ring but a lot of ohhhs and ahhhs. The first day I was happy we got all the hard stuff on his Standard course but NQ’d on the first obstacle, the chute. I was so mad at him that I pushed the rest of the course very aggressively. It was great except he did pop the weave poles when I pulled away from him (on purpose) mental note to work them in training again. Then a honest handling error in JWW but overall not unhappy with the day until I had my trainer and mentor say something hurtful in a moment of anger with her own run. At first I was really hurt but the more I thought about it, again the more mad I got. I came back on day 2 ready to prove her wrong. Double Q and my Ex A title in STD. I was stoked that we were able to Q on Dan’s JWW course and prove to myself that we can do this. Still not setting any world team times but we are starting to get it together and his focus continues to improve (FINALLY!). I can only seem to find day two tape but here it is.

I survived the last week of work with the usual flurry of last minute deadlines and meetings. Then ran off to three days of agility hosted by the club I belong to. We had such beautiful weather and a fabulous site. It was such a great weekend with friends and a great judge that had us all dancing along to the music during walk throughs. We went 5 out of 6 with our Ex A JWW title on Friday then our first Ex B Dbl Q on Sunday, only 19 more to go! We even made some good points at an average of 10 seconds under course time, unfortunately it is not enough to keep us in the ribbons in the Ex B 12” class.

Had a beautiful paddle this past Sunday with the family. The conditions were so perfect that we gave both kids time in the single kayak to get some practice. Rayce is definitely ready for her own soon. She was able to navigate around all the dead trees in the reservoir with out any trouble. RJ did really well also but we kept him in open water.

BUT the true victory for me was after having broke ground on the addition to our house 8 years ago I FINALLY got to paint the risers on our stairs. For two years I have had to listen to my husband give me excuse after ‘reason’ why I couldn’t do it. I just didn’t want to hear it any more and informed him I was painting and nothing was going to sway me. VICTORY the stairs are painted and they not only look good but they look no longer under construction (still need railings). He even broke down and complimented my painting skills. I better be careful or I will have to do a lot more painting around here than I really want to do Smile
So far this has been a month of me standing up for myself and gaining confidence for it! Loving the path we are on right now and hoping it continues! Now off to the airport to pick up my cousin and her son for a visit from Fla. Happy 4th of July!