You all are setting goals for next fall already aren't you? And by next fall I mean 2012. I got an email from DOCNA that sent a pebble in the pond ripple effect for my plans for next year. Next year they're adding another trial to 2012 DOCNA Champs (right now there's an East and West Championship) in Sedona, AZ which will effectively turn the Champs in Denver into a local trial. Sure, they'll combine the results of the NAC but that's about the only connection between the 3 events. The thing about a Champs event for me is the actual experience of the event. I want to see a bunch of dogs competing that I don't normally get to see and I want the atmosphere of a bigger event. That's a big part of what makes a Champs event special and fun for me. I don't care about combining a bunch of numbers on paper and declaring someone a winner. I had to choose this year between DOCNA Champs and Xterra Nationals and I wisely chose DOCNA because no way am I good enough for Xterra Nats. at the moment. Not even in the ballpark. But this new format of DOCNA Champs doesn't interest me in the least. If I have nothing else to do I'll probably go because it's only 40 mins. away but if Xterra Nats. are on the same weekend again and in a fun sounding place or in Utah again I think that may be my new goal for next year. Don't know what my agility goal will be but I'll come up with something.
Which leads to the next bit of insanity-Xterra Epic Iron Mountain. It's an Xterra but twice the distance of your typical Xterra-1500 m swim, 34 mile mountain bike, 10 mile trail run. There were only 2 in the country so far that I could find and one has already happened but this one is in October and not only would count for points for next year's Nationals but would count as extra points because it's so long. There were only 3 women total in the other Epic race and none in my age group and while who knows who will show up to the Arkansas race there's a good chance I could get a lot of points just for showing up. Which is the world's stupidest reason for entering a race if you ask me but the idea of this long course race is intriguing. There's no info. on how technical the bike course is so it's hard to say but this could easily take me 7-8 hours. If I'm lucky. Which is kind of stupid. Here's the other part of it that's stupid-15 1/2 hours of driving. To go to Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Any loyal readers out there from Arkadelphia, Arkansas? I would love to know what this place is like. And I'd only have 2 1/2 months to work myself up to those distances.
I don't know, I think someone needs to convince DOCNA to go back to having a real Championship so I don't do something Stupid. In the meantime I have a mountain bike skills lesson next week that Jonny bought me for my birthday. I'm going to learn to ride downhill from a real Olympic mountain biker. And I have a DOCNA trial this weekend. I suppose I ought to dig my weave poles out from the climbing weeds and cobwebs. It's finally cooling down a bit and I'm itching to go back to agility training and poor Strummer is practically climbing out of his skin.