Holy s&!$t you guys. I am figuratively walking on air after this run.
After the course walk I grabbed Loki to warm him up, then paused, thinking: wait... was there no A-frame in that course?! Surely there was an a-frame! I couldn’t remember where it was. I went back and looked. Found it. Worried that I’d missed walking it. No, no, it was ok. I remembered that part of the sequence. Don’t let it get to me.
Today i choose joy
We will create the magic
I choose to run as a team
I choose to acknowledge that we are both doing the best we can right now.
I almost walked Loki in with his cooling jacket on. Where was my head?? Ripping it off him I stood up, stars flooding my vision. I lead Loki to the start, blinking to try and clear them. The judge blew the whistle but I took a moment to get rid of most of the stars. Thirsty. I should have had a drink before we ran.
We started running. Into the first front cross, nice and early, thinking of Nina Gregl and what I learnt from her. Into the weaves, thinking of Katarina and what I learnt from her. Support the weaves. Tunnel and run. Don’t babysit the seesaw or the dog won’t take 9 - I’d watched a few other teams have this problem so knew I needed to trust him on it and run. Shape 10 or the wrong tunnel opens up. Out of position!!! Save it!! Pull him in - this used to be or magic trick, he could tunnel threadle on a dime, but we haven’t been practising it. He looks at me, hesitates, then in. Run!! Up to the next part, call away from the tunnel trap, don’t cover the push to the out, up the aframe... beginning to get short of breath now and hanging on desperately, fighting for every meter, so close now, fight till the end!! The hardest part for us, the send to the bar after the aframe. A turn but not too tight, don’t take the bar over there, don’t go on the dogwalk. Call. Call. Run!!! Don’t get in his way!! Collection cue and push into a front cross, pick him up. So puffed. Can’t breathe. Fight - he needs you to support him on the dogwalk, arm out, more lessons from Katarina. Support, support. Run. Fight.
And celebrate, both of us.
I couldn’t have done this a year ago. WE couldn’t have done this a year ago.