We've got a USDAA trial this weekend.
Somebody's a little excited about it.
Weather is supposed to be fabulous. Well maybe a little hot if it really goes up to the 80 degrees they're predicting but I'm optimistic it won't go above the mid-70's and no wind which is what I'm most excited about. I'm so over all the windy days we've been having.
I'm feeling good about everything except the dogwalk. Of course. I was feeling somewhat confident about it after today's practice until I got home and watched the video and realized I had rewarded a miss. This pushed my success rate from 70% down to 60% but even worse is the rewarded miss. For some reason Strum has a harder time when I'm on the side of the side of the dogwalk that is also the exit side of the tunnel. Must be something about that push to the entrance but who knows. We were able to get a hit though and end on a good note. I have a few more practice sessions on YouTube and at least one I haven't gotten around to looking at yet but this is from today as sort of a progress report.
In other news, the DOCNA trial I was entered in in 2 weeks got canceled due to low turnout. I'm blaming the Viszla/Cairn Terrier club for holding an AKC trial on the same weekend but there could be other reasons. But like we really need ANOTHER AKC trial, especially on the weekend of a less represented venue's established trial. Thanks guys.
While I'm disappointed at missing the opportunity of a DOCNA trial I'm also a little relieved at the opportunity for a weekend off from my 6 weekends in a row of Stuff and the relief to my checkbook. There are a lot of other things I could still sign up for on that weekend including a DOCNA trial in Utah or a triathlon I've been wanting to do for years now but I think I'll take a break and save my pennies for other things. Like staying overnight in Laramie for the August USDAA trial and maybe going to one day of the USDAA trial in Black Forest. Heck, maybe I'll go both days. I'd rather spend the funds on DOCNA but I can't enter trials that don't exist. Anyone local know if the July/August Prairie Dog DOCNA trial is a go? Maybe I'll save my pennies for that if it doesn't conflict with my race schedule.
Yes! Stay home and play with me.
I also signed up for my third triathlon, an off-road Xterra up in Eldora which is a ski resort about 40 minutes from Boulder. I did the inaugural version of this race before it was all corporate and an Xterra but haven't done it since because I didn't/don't like the new race director. The bike course has changed a bit but the trails up there are so nice I'm sure it'll be fun and pretty whatever it is. I'll have a chance to pre-ride it a few days before so it won't be a complete surprise but otherwise the trails are normally closed to the public. This will be my most difficult race of the season but I'm not sure if it should be my 'A' race or if I should save that for the Lory Xterra which is several weeks later. I suppose it'll depend on what state my running is in by next month. Right now I still can't run properly, stupid piriformis. It's not overtly sore but it's not up for working properly either and I still can't push off much with my left leg. But I'm plugging away and one of these days, hopefully soon, shuffling will magically become running again.
I'm contemplating a fourth race which is unusual for me, I usually stick to a max. of 3 per year, but there's a duathlon up at Snow Mountain Ranch just outside of Winter Park that I did eons ago and the trails are oh so fabulous. Or I could save some gas money and driving aggravation and do the brand spanking new Bear It All off road triathlon in Bear Creek Lake Park but that's in October which means there could be snow and I don't even want to think about how cold that water is. Speaking of which I took Strum to the Rez this morning and checked out the water temp. Brrrrrr is all I have to say. But I plan on being there bright eyed and bushy tailed on opening morning, May 24th, 6:15 a.m. Yes you read that right. Maybe I'll need 2 wetsuits but I'm doing it. Oh yes I am.