The race at Wolburn was very stressful on young leaders due to the layout of the coarse for the first mile & the lack of spectator control especially on the second day. The second day my main race leader Max was out due the stress of the first day with the volume of new snow on the trail & the strong winds that at times was blowing the dogs off the non existent trail. On the second day, I experienced many stops to change leaders to get a combination that would finish the race. Due to these problems, I took longer to finish the coarse than expected. Because of this my team was DQ'D as we were over 1.50% cutoff. This rule is never applied at any other races I have attended in over 40 years of racing, other than the first day, as per ISDRA Rules.
However, a major weakness this year in the team was experienced race leaders. During my visit with the Gonsolins, they were kind enough to loan me a couple of dogs to finish off the race season & one (Bergen) is an experienced race leader. The training photos highlights our race team for Daquaam. On the Training page is a video of the team training yesterday.
Also above is a photo of the team at Wolburn & the puppies running this week.
The weather this week was good with a little snow which enabled us to layout a training trail on the lake.
Until next week......