Nice practice session today with my training partner. It got hot in the sun even though temps. were in the 40's so we cut it short since the dogs were panting.
This is my first video with my new Flip Mino video camera. I like the small size and ease of use of it but I think it has comparable or maybe slightly worse video quality than my mini DV and it doesn't zoom out as far which is problematic for shooting my practices with a tripod. It uploads quickly but then when I put the clips into Windows Movie Maker to trim them down Movie Maker has to process them in some way and that takes a fair amount of time. The files are nearly twice the size for the same or slightly worse video quality and I'm not happy about that. I'll try it a few more times but I'm leaning towards returning it and waiting until I can afford a regular HD camcorder (and hoping my mini DV camcorder holds out in the meantime). I suppose for $114 I'm expecting too much.
This practice session went much better than last week since it was a lot easier but still had it's challenges. Weave pole entries continue to be a problem for Strummer and the one in Exercises 1 and 5 is one of the hardest scenarios for him. I was even out at the practice field this week practicing that entry. We worked at it until he finally got it.
Only one rear cross for the whole practice and I did my goofy little run away from the cross then quickly charge the other way into the cross. Joy would cringe if she saw that, she was always pointing that out to me. Strum read it o.k. but still not the way I want to execute a rear cross.
In Exercise 3 I was trying to tighten up the turn to the tunnel with a front cross and at first moved parallel to the tunnel opening which was not so very helpful. I figured it out though and it was a much nicer turn.
In Exercise 5 I should have put in a front cross between the yellow jump and tunnel. Not sure how I missed that.
In general I felt more focused than last week. Tried to focus on focusing and when I remembered to do it it worked. Hopefully some dog walk practice and a full course tomorrow.