Thursday, January 21, 2010

Home from the party this weekend..

Teller and I didn't get into the trial this weekend - or the trial the weekend after that (or the one after that). There are a lot of trial options this winter - and I presume even more again next year, but it's still hard to get into 330 run trials in southern NH - lots of agility folks live and train down there - which makes it very easy for them to trial on weekends - even if that's every weekend. It's only a 3 hour drive for us, but it's still a hotel stay and there's nothing easy about it.

Both trials closed around that New Years trial with the snow and awful driving to get from the hotel to the trial, the long and technical drive home that Sunday night and the brutal cold that followed the snow - so I was somewhat relieved that I wouldn't have to drive in weather or forfeit entries. I'm still not convinced that I really want to trial during a New England winter - for one it's cold and the weather can be anything and on the other side of the coin I really can't afford to be out trialling every weekend - or even every other weekend. I have to admit that I'm jealous of the folks out there with sponsors, those that trial as a business expense and those that trial and train as their primary focus...Knowing that I don't fit into any of those groups its not always a bad thing to be the one left at home, but there's always a certain amount of pining for the option when the rest of the crew all packs up and goes to play for the weekend.

On another note, we're still working our a-frame contacts. I'm still having a hard time getting him to do "one hit" in training - So far he's blown his a-frame contact only one time in training on the 50 or so reps that we've had since the last trial - I don't think we've fixed the issue by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm hoping more time and more reps will help. I guess we'll have to wait until the end of February to know for sure.

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