Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sweet sweet singletrack

What a beautific sight that dry as a bone trail.  Finally went out on my mountain bike for the first time since maybe November.  Felt so good to hit the trails, I could hardly contain myself.  Took Strum for an off leash run on this same trail yesterday but it was hardly the same as flying down it on my bike.  I can't believe how lucky I am to have these trails right out my back door.  I went out for an 'easy' 2 hour ride and was trashed by the time I got home.  I'm in really good shape in the pool but not so much on the bike and let's say we forget about the running right here right now.  Not sure what I'm going to do about racing triathlons this summer.  Don't want to spend the money on it mostly.

Further up the hill

Looking back downhill at some last remaining snow bits.

It was 35 degrees and cloudy this morning, perfect agility weather, so I took Strum to the field first thing in the morning and had the place to myself.  Weave pole training went great, dogwalk not so much for the reps without the treat gizmo, good (1 miss I think) for the reps with the gizmo.  Sigh.  I hate using props, such a pain to fade them.  Without the gizmo to focus on Strum comes flying at me from about 1/2 way down the board.  Doesn't even leap forward, leaps straight for me with much glee and enthusiasm.  I'm going to go back to using a jump then the gizmo.  Worked on a little lateral send into a serpentine excercise from the Jenn Crank seminar.  We see a lot of serps in DOCNA so it's good to work on those.  I have a habit of turning into the dog on the middle jump of the serp and I'm focusing on running straight and having him come into my hand so I don't have to slow down and get behind.  We're getting better with it.

Splurged on a 23" widescreen monitor and a proper desk chair.  My back finally gave in today, I can't do any more computer work at the dining room table on my laptop.  I'll be getting a new computer too.  My laptop is from 2002 and starting to sputter.  It doesn't have a high enough resolution to support the new monitor despite what the guy in the store said and I need the big monitor for drafting work.  It's amazing what you can get for not a whole lot of money compared to what I have right now.  My laptop has 30 GB of memory and the new ones have a terabyte (1000 GB for those of you who are as out of it as I am) which I'd never even heard of.  I thought my 179 GB external hard drive had an insane amount of memory.  Crazy.  I won't have to keep deleting my photos off the computer once I get them on the external hard drive and I don't have to hook up the hard drive every time I want to process videos.  It's all an unwelcome expense at the moment but I'll be getting some contract work and I need a decent office set up to be productive and not destroy my back and neck.  Guess I'm finally entering the modern age.

1 comment:

  1. It is just astonishing what computers have nowadays. I had actually heard of a terabyte over 20 years ago when I was working for a company that did humongous mass storage arrays for large companies. Who ever thought you'd have a terabyte drive that's 6"x6"x2" sitting on your desk for $100?