Some more practice yesterday, some more craziness from Strummer. The cold has kicked his speed up to 11. I don't have video of the most challenging part which was a line of staggered jumps to a curved tunnel. I kept getting too far behind, Strum curled into me and got the wrong tunnel entrance. Even with a rear cross I couldn't get him into the correct entrance to save my life. Finally had to use his name and a rear cross. Not the end of the world I suppose but I wish he'd pay attention to my motion instead of locking onto the tunnel from 2 jumps away.
The only video that came out halfway interesting was part of an exercise that we did with front crosses then rear crosses. I like the rear better between the first red and yellow jump but I don't like the rear between the red and perpendicular white jump. It took me a while to get the timing down but by the last rep I finally had a good front cross between the panel and the red which allowed another front between the white and the blue as well as a better turn over the white. I could have executed the rear between the red and white a little better by maybe hanging back towards the tunnel a wee bit longer so I could have some motion going into the cross. For one of the reps I'm at a complete standstill and this causes a dropped bar as poor Strum keeps looking at me for some direction and loses focus on his jumping.
Practice 11-29-2010 - Front Cross vs Rear Cross from colliebrains on Vimeo.
Four more days until the trial, not sure if I should squeeze in one more dogwalk practice or go to a course run through or give it all a rest.
Little stinker destroyed the squeaker in a brand new rubber chicken in the space of about a minute. I don't know why I give him toys, he's a destructo machine. But he's obsessed with these stupid rubber chickens, something about the texture of the rubber and the weird noise they make, different from a regular squeaker. My training partner has one and he was so obsessed with it that I bought him his own.
Lola loves the darn thing as well.
But we're on chicken #3 because they keep doing autopsies and removing the squeaker. That's it though, this is the last one I'm buying. I can't even believe I bought #3 as it is. What my life has come to.