Yikes! I went to train agility yesterday with a really good friend that I have not seen in a long time, it was a red letter day, agility, Cricket and a couple of good friends ;-) how fun is that? Unfortunately, I had to drive almost 3 hours to a field in the middle of NOWHERE! The field was in the middle of an orange grove and sort of a hidden garden type of thing. Very pretty but very private.
YEP, I chose this place to forget to turn off my lights on the car while we were working (I had to drive through a couple of those day light headlight required areas on the drive there). Three hours from home, probably 20 min from a tiny town, way far away from any big towns, and have you ever tried to direct a tow truck to a location in the middle of an orange grove-there were a couple little turns to the agility yard.
I was really sweating it because my friends had jumper cables but we had not been able to jump my car with our cars, I was really worried the tow truck was not going to be able to jump the car, I was having trouble coming up with a Plan B if the car would not start this far from home and with the dogs in the car on a hot summer day-but it was all good in the end.
My car used to have the little warning "bing" if I left the lights on, but that is not working now ;-(, and no one tells you if your lights are on anymore because so many cars automatically turn the lights off. I unfortunately don't have one of those, LOL!
BLOGGER WOES...my gripe of the day-
The real irritant in my life right now is blogger! First off I do not know what the deal is, but blogger started not letting me sign in to leave comments in a lot of peoples blogs, ughghghggh. How irritating is that? What happens is that it tells me I need to sign in, then it brings me back to the blog, then it tells me I need to sign in and it is a never ending cycle. Sometimes I can use my lifejournal account to sign in and sometimes not, just to keep it interesting. Sometimes I can sign in under an open ID and sometimes not. The really irritating moment was when I wanted to sign in and make a comment in my own blog and I can not do that, LOL. So there are a lot of posts I have been dying to make comments on, but just can not get signed in, so if I have been reading and enjoying, it is just a challenge to comment sometimes ;-).
If I could have commented on my own blog, I would have commented about Cynthia's comment and say that what she said hit the nail on the head, a good running contact does take a long time to train, and I it has held us up from being able to trial doing standard courses. Rachel Sanders (whose method we are using) says that if you are REtraining you can go ahead and compete while you are retraining, just try to not do too many aframes in competition on any day while you are retraining. I am not sure that applies to a new train, and I would not do it... A 2020 would have been a lot quicker train, but I could have started a lot earlier training this then I did. I was wishy washy for awhile trying to make a final decision on what I was going to do with my contacts. So length of training is definitely a consideration but I knew that when I started and that was ok with me ;-). Now I have been promised that once you get it,....it is pretty easy to maintain so....hopefully that is so.
A red letter day for us!!! We started the next step of this aframe odyssey. I moved the aframe from 5'3"to 5'5" and added in some handling after the aframe. So I did one trial standing still in the front corner of the box, I did a push past from the left, a push past from the right, one poorly done front cross and one good front cross. We had a 100% success rate and all of a sudden this does not even feel like the same exercise, it is more fun with the movement and it just feels like something has clicked-VERY EXCITING for me!
As always do not feel anyone has to watch this, it is just exciting for me and I can not get enough! LOL, what a dork huh?