The above photo shows ice forming on the lake despite the warm temperatures during the day.
The challenges facing the training program is that below freezing temperatures over night cause the ground to freeze making it unsuitable for running the dogs early in the morning when the temperatures are cooler. The frozen trails are too hard and can cause the possibility of shoulder injuries for the dogs. We were able to get in 3 runs last week later in the day when the frost was out of the ground and thus softening the trail. The warm temperatures caused a reschedule of the training and reverting to back to 4.5 mile runs. In order to make a positive of the schedule changes, the training intervals were changed to 4 minute runs and 1 minute rest. The dogs are in great spirits and showing high attitude despite the changes.
Currently (11 pm ), the temperature is 8C and very humid and the next week weather is forecasting more unseasonable temperatures.
Patiently, we await colder temperatures and some needed snow.
Until next week........