SUMMARY: Musings after class night.
I find, on a day-to-day basis, that I am less than enthused about practicing agility, honing my skills, focusing on Boost's needs, doing the physical workouts that we need to do to be in optimal condition, and so on.
And then I get to class. And I am inspired by the lights and the colors and the enthusiasm and the thrills of doing the sometimes-challenging courses that come up, and I think:
Yes! I *DO* want to go home and:
- Do WINDSPRINTS every day so that I'm running at times other than on class night and on competition weekends.
- Work on SERPENTINE handling, all the little exercises that instructors have given us to improve, and doing them 100 times in all kinds of combinations, as advised, so that she and I both feel more comfortable with them.
- LEARN how to do that dang k-turn... I have the examples and exercises from class, need to practice by myself and with a dog.
- RELEARN to do blind crosses--I did them instinctively when I first started classes in 1995, but they were trained out of me because you have to take your eye off your dog and that's a no-no.... but there are so many times when a front cross means a 270-degree turn (or more than 180 anyway), which is harder on my knees and back, especially considering that I'm really not that coordinated anyway.
- FOCUS on Boost doing jumps without knocking bars.
- REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT having Boost keep running on focusing on obstacles rather than on me.
And so on and so on.
And here it is, the following evening, and I'm thinking--it's cold, it's dark, it's been a heavy thinking day at work, I want to go to bed.
And so it goes. If only I could remember the feeling of wanting to do those things at times outside of class. Like back not too many years ago when I used to do a lot of practice with the dogs, full-bore, almost every day.
Meanwhile, I think I'll check my emails and, probably, go to my nice warm bed again.