First the good news, running the dogs. We were able to get out running the 12 dog racing team three times this week. We are running 10 mile in a rather hilly area with the first 11/2 to 2 miles climbing a small mountain followed by a rolling/winding terrain through a forested area with a tight loop at the half way. On each successive run the dogs cut their running time from 351/2 minutes to 34 minutes on the last run. I was very impressed with their performance and this was without any prompting, just letting them run at their desired speed. Of coarse training is training and in a race situation things can certainly change with a new trail, the commotion of the pre-race, spectators ( very different for dogs raised in the bush) and of coarse other teams & head-on passing. However, the important thing is I am very happy with their performance and I am having lots of fun.
The run on Saturday was extremely tense as I was still suffering from the effects of a wicked flu. I was weak & light headed. But, I kept telling myself , I only needed to concentrate for 40 minutes. It turned out to be 34 minutes. The loop was particularly exciting as the sled and I are being whipped around there at 19mph. I kept telling myself, I just have to hold on and go with the flow of the sled for only a few seconds. It was a great relief after the loop and rather relaxing run back home. However, at these speeds you are always concentrating on your dogs. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when the run was over. All the dogs are happy and enjoying themselves, that is what is important.
To all those naysayers: " Stop bitching about life and get out and start living it!"
Now as for the flu. It settled in on Wednesday night and still exists today in a mild form. I feel it has finally broken, but what a miserable experience. I am not use to being sick as here I am normally isolated from numbers of people and all the current viruses. But, this year I caught up. Thank goodness for Kara being here to look after the dogs and allowing me to get the bed rest required. She did a great job!
This coming week, we will be preparing for what will be our first race of the season.
Until next week........