Sunday, April 16, 2006
Finally got some of my pictures from the Albuquerque trial. There were 2 photographers so I still have more coming to me, hopefully I'll get 'em next week.
The trial last weekend had mixed results. Sat. wasn't great and I was ready to retire both dogs because I was starting to get some stress behaviors in the ring, esp. on the table. However Sunday went great, no Q's for Lola but each time was just a little blip here and there, all my fault. We almost finished up her Adv. Snooker title but I forgot where I was meant to go and sent her into the wrong end of a tunnel on the next to last obstacle. If I'd gotten the tunnel entrance right, it would have been enough points for a Q, even if we missed the last obstacle. I'm such an idiot but oh well. Cody had a beautiful standard run, finishing up both his Adv. standard title and his Adv. versatility title which means he moves to the masters ring in all events! He had a first place run too, by over 2 seconds. Now the dogs are split between masters & adv. sharing only masters jumpers as a common event so I'll be dealing with conflicts with the 2 ring trials. Cody had a beautiful Grand Prix run on Sat. that was nearly a Q (and probably a contender for first place, would have gotten second for sure) but I mishandled the last few obstacles in part because I didn't have enough time to walk the course properly because I was running in the other ring (yes, I know, excuses excuses but dealing with conflicts is a pain sometimes).
No more trials for 3 weeks then 3 weeks of trials in a row so I'm giving the dogs a little breather from training this weekend. We went to the Rez this morning for some mindless running and big fun chasing balls & frisbees and diving in the water.
I'm off for a trail ride in the beautiful sunny weather. Maybe I'll get a photo of a meadowlark, there seem to be tons of them this year. That's really my only goal for the ride, I'm still in rehab. My knee is now o.k. for running but the p.t. is worried about the problems/weaknesses I've been having with the muscles around the pelvis/groin so she told me to hold off a bit and keep up with my strength training. I've been doing intervals on the trails (novice level) on my mountain bike but today I'm easing up on intensity and hoping to increase time a bit (I'm up to an hour) so it's going to be a scenic ride.