Friday, day 1 one the races. Kalkaska was a 3 day race, meaning we would have to run 3 days with the same dogs. Now, my dogs and the team have never ran in a 3 day race before, and we hadn't practice much for a 3 day race. I wasn't expecting my dogs to win. No, rather I was expecting them to get along, do the best they could, and try their hardest. For the skijor race, I was focused on getting Cinnamon to do her best, and I to work on my form. For the 6 dog class, the main goal was for all the dogs to get along without any tension and to try to place in the top 5 if possible. So we started off with the skijor class. I was the last one to go out, at 10:07 am. It was a hour later than I was scheduled to go out because the trail help went out to groom the trails so we had a hard pack trail while we were running, instead of soft fluffy stuff. So, at our scheduled time, with the help of 2 Trailblazer members, I went out. Cinnamon and Chipmunk did awesome that day!! Chipmunk kept trucking along even though Cinnamon wasn't doing all that well. We stopped 5 times for Cinnamon to use the bathroom and twice because of me, the musher. Our overall time was 00:53:17.16, so even though we almost took a hour, I was very proud of them. I knew there was room for improvement the next 2 days, so I wasn't too worried about them at all.
The next event was 6 dog sport. Now, I wasn't too sure how the trail was going to be or what it looked like, so I had to have a reliable leader. The order of my team was Panda and Cloud in lead, Sam and Rocket in Point and Racer and Dingo in wheel position. The whole time we were on the trail, we had a fast trot going. The only time we weren't trotting was on the hills and I had about 5-6 of them to go down on. I didn't expect us to go at a fast pace or flat out sprinting, Panda, Cloud, and Sam all came from a mid-distance kennel. It would be a long time before they would convert into sprint racers. Our time for 6 dog was 00:46:09.44, and I was proud of that too.
So, while the first day I was sitting in dead last for both events, I was mighty proud of my team. They worked hard and we had room for improvements the next 2 days. The trail was beautiful, I couldn't have asked for a better race.
A young women attempting to navigate the world. She is guided by her love and passion for dogs.