Big dreams turns into hard work!

Most important preparation just started, in 5 weeks from today, Laferra and I will be probably heading to start line to have one first race at the World Championship. Just writing this gives me goosebumps, so I can’t even imagine how I will feel there.

Preparation

Proper preparation started a few weeks ago, and I can see massive progress in me as an athlete who runs, in my body and in my head. I also see my girl is growing up in confidence too. She has her up and down, but it is going well. As they always say it is better to do mistakes at training and work on them, the actual race. I have decided that I will do my best myself, and have fun. I will not put any pressure on my girl. She is an amazing dog anyways!

Vet check

Part of the preparation for that kind of event, we needed to have a passport ready to travel abroad but also a vaccination so she can compete. Surprisingly even tho day before the event there is a vet check if the dogs are fine to compete, you still need to ask your vet for a clear green light and health check! Laferra is ready!

Planning the journey

I think this is the most exciting part where you need to plan when to leave, which way to go and when you will arrive there. What an exciting thing… I am going to leave earlier than we have planned, so we can be in Poland earlier, and recover for races. It is a long journey. 1291 miles. Many hours of driving. We need to plan where to stop too, as having dogs with us we need to make sure they can properly stretch their legs too.

Game up

As per the previous post, I really needed to pick up the game and make sure Lafie is ready. She is shy and timid, so I needed to find the way to build her confidence in very short time. A friend of mine recommended me to start going to parkrun. I always refused parkrun, as they are just too busy for me. It was great to test us last Saturday. I didn’t know what to expect (exactly like it will be a World CHampionship) so I was a bit nervous. What a surprise to see my girl chilled and relaxed around so many people.

We went to Falkirk to Callendar Park. I can say we stormed it! I was super proud of my girl, even tho she slowed down twice. I had a great time and going to be back again this Saturday. Going to ask if we can start at the beginning rather than overtaking 200 folks.

Obedience training

We work hard at home and outside. I make sure it is loud and busy so she can get used that it is all ok. Does anyone want to go to the pub? Let me know. The more unusual places the better. She is doing great.

Running

I feel like it is going up and down, not always the best! But we are getting there. The most important thing is that we both enjoy it and have fun. I feel again that I am getting addicted to all this running! Rest days turn into more running. Maybe eventually it will pay back.

Dreams

My dogs changed my life. I always dreamed of things, but when I have them I live the dream. I make sure all my dreams are becoming true. Dream big, live big. Last year I said I will go to Poland and we are. We will represent My Home country in my Homeland! I am super excited! Counting down begins. And noone said it will be easy! It is hard work.

Happy Friday Folks.

 

 

 

Reviews!

New items mean new reviews.

New equipment

Roger and Laferra are lucky pups as they received new collars from our supporter Scruff Muffins. Roger got a matching collar for his tweed bow tie and Lafie got semi slip collar in silver for her trip to Poland.

What’s my thoughts?

Roger’s collar:

  • solid
  • nice material
  • very light
  • looks good with his bow tie
  • he looks perfect for his birthday which is coming this month
  • he looks handsome, doesn’t he?
  • even when he pulls there is no problem
  • he can’t slip out of it

 

 

Laferra’s collar:

  • silver suits her fur
  • it feels hard and scratchy at the first feeling, but after couple walks, it feels softer
  • light
  • shines when it is sunny
  • easy to wear and take off

 

 

 

 

Running gear

I am very lucky to get support from Odlo. I love their stuff. Long sleeve tops are just spot on.

Here are some of why I liked the clothes:

  • good sizing.
  • nice materials.
  • very comfortable.
  • good fit for a tall person.
  • long sleeve tops are spot on for more chilled evening runs.
  • washes well.
  • dries quickly.
  • really good quality.
  • Hat nice and warm.
  • Clothes dont get wet.
  • My warm womens long sleeve crew neck vest keeps me warm even when I sweat.
  • So worth the price.

 

Have look at their range on Amazon

 

Race weekend

Last few days were so busy for our team. Keep reading if you want to find out what went wrong.

Preparation

I felt very positive and optimistic for our race weekend after our last training on Wednesday. Luckily for us this weekend we didn’t need to camp, so I thought dogs will be well rested. A lot of hydration prior for myself and the dogs, and there we were off to Ayrshire for another adventure.

Boswell Coach House

An amazing place in a heart of  Auchinleck Estate in Ayrshire. Last year course was tough, it really made me tired mentally so I thought I was prepared. This year course has been changed so we all were exciting. As it rained a lot before, the course looked very muddy and challenging at some points.

Bikejor with Rogerowski

All the pre-race preparation done in 45 minutes, Roger was so excited and barking around. Normally he is quiet and calm, just sniffing around. I was thinking that must be the cattles (or cows ;)) that make him so excited.

And we are off. Amazing run from Roger to start as it was very speedy. Eventually, we got to very muddy bits in the fields, but oh gosh that boy has such a big heart for the sport, he pulls me out of those paddles. What an amazing boy, he hates mud and he was almost swimming in it! That must have been hard work for him. As we approaching next bit- a water cross I can see Roger breaking. I thought he will be fine as we have practised it. Jumped off the bike and picked him up… Oh man! I am wet up to my hips, no wonder he didn’t want to go in. What a clever boy (he can’t swim).

Well 2nd cross I didn’t even try and just picked him up straight away. hard work to cross the water with dog and bike at the same time. We off again, he is trying harder than ever. No matter what he just wants to run. Amazing. I was buzzing after it, but I knew canicross will be challenging and tough.

Canicross with Laferra

Our race with golden girl didn’t go according to plan. So I am not going to plan it ever again. I thought I am doing all the right things with Laferra, but it turned out that she wasn’t really ready for doing overtaking and keep going or people making noise behind us (example: cheering their dog). All that training that we do just on our own is great, but she isn’t used to the noise. Unfortunately after great 1.5miles, she got spooked in both days, I tried to restart her but it didn’t work. The first day we finished, the second day I didn’t even bother. I feel super disappointed that I didn’t prepare my girl for all this. So we know have 6 weeks to prepare Laferra for noise around us running and making her confident to overtake and keep up the pace.

We have 6 weeks to make sure she is confident running 4.5km and loves the noise around us. Training began on Monday and so far she isn’t doing badly. She is young and learning fast, we need to keep her keen and happy. Next 6 weeks will be tough work: parkruns, pubs and other events where is loud and noisy. Looking forward to all that.

Obedience

I got home with few tears in my eyes, I felt I didn’t prepare my girl for life, not the sport but for life. She was terrified. I have never thought that I am not doing it right, but after longer thinking, I have made a conclusion. Fine, I walk Laferra without Roger at races and around. She loves saying hi to dogs and people she knows, but she wasn’t confident at the race at all. I also think the time to get her more out and do some obedience work during the day with a busy city. I will take advantage that I live in the city centre and walk with only her around bus stops, shopping centres and have a coffee in dog-friendly places.

Everyday work hopefully will make her confident in our usual daily routine. Hopefully, this simple exercise without Roger will make her fearless and happy pup.

Wish us luck and a lot of fun.

Happy Friday Folks.

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Cause weekends are all about fun.

I love my weekends. Also full of something, always being outdoors and having fun. That makes me happy.

Beecraigs Country Park

But firstly just a quick note. We were back to Beecraigs Country Park. It was getting dark but before the run, I wanted to walk the dogs. I thought quick power walk around and we will be fine to come back to the car before the dusk. Well, it was fine, until we were halfway through and I lost a bit of orientation and it was getting darker and darker.

My advice is always to have your head torch, as I was really anxious that I couldn’t see anything when walking. We only went for a walk around (square). On the other hand, princess Laferra had a blast as she was on a mission as there must have been something in woods.

New location that we explored

So we had a chance to join West Lothian Canicross club for a run at the new location for us. Lionthorn Woods is situated near Callendar Park. An excellent place full of mixed wood with a beautiful burn. It links with Union Canal which is nearby. I didn’t realise until I was halfway through that actually I have been here before. I came here with my MTB group. If you want to practise hills than this is the place to be for either MTB or canicross. Nice and soft paths around with livestock which is a very exciting place for the dogs to run.

Another weekend full of fun

I always try to plan so many things to do with dogs during the weekend. A lot of friends complain that I never have time for them! Well, weekends are for me and dogs. haha For a change this weekend we have spent it differently and we worked on the bonding.

We have spent time with my friends, who lives in heaven. Literally, heaven. I had the opportunity to cuddle and feed goats. They are amazing. Such a cuddly and soft nature pets. I really want a goat now. Roger got over obsessed with them, probably as they were moving quite fast. I have decided to take him out and let him be around until he got overexcited. When he was overexcited he was back to crate to chill.

As you probably know from my previous post, Roger is obsessed about livestock, he doesn’t remember me or hear me when he smells other animals. I have never tried it before so this was our opportunity to see what Roger will do to the horses or around them. Firstly wee walk around the field and boom he is gone and Laferra follows him. I try to recall him, and unfortunately, zero reaction, what is worst Laferra is just chasing Roger. After few minutes Laferra realises it isn’t fun anymore and she comes back to me no problem. Roger runs my way, does the eye contact and just go straight back near the goats. Surprisingly horses didn’t interest him so much.

Bonding

I think that kind of weekend help me and the dogs to build our bonding even more. It isn’t all about running or biking. It is all about happiness and having fun! I like to be outdoors and explore.

Overall amazing day

In short, it was an amazing day as this was the first time I could let my dogs so close to other animals and also I had a shoot of ponny! I used to do horse-riding so it was amazing to feel like a child again.

4 hours of playing and having fun! What a great weekend. Looking forward to our next weekend, which is race weekend! Yay

Happy Friday Folks.