Meg went with me to Cortez over the weekend, so I finally have videos of the boys running.
Saturday was a good day for everyone...Moon picked up a check in the Open 2D, Spooks picked up a check in the Open 4D and Megan on Rip picked up a check in the Youth 4D.
Spooks made the prettiest run on Saturday...
He still takes that one stride out as he is coming out of 2nd, but it has smoothed out tremendously this year and I don't really think it costs him a substantial amount of time. He looks really wide going to 3rd, but most of it was camera angle. He was a little bit wide on his pocket, but not horrible.
As for the not so pretty...
This is Moon's run on Sunday...
Ugghhhh...He was scotchy at 1st and completely out of control after that. He did run an almost identical time as his Saturday's run...a tish faster even...Saturday's time was 16.968 and Sunday's time would have been 16.928. Looking at this video...I am so mad at myself...I was behind Moon from the start and once again trying to play catch up to stay with him. My hands are everywhere and I am heaving my shoulder at 2nd trying to keep him off the barrel, which results in him throwing me around like a rag doll. Apparently I also had my mouth glued shut again. I didn't make a sound during this run and I KNOW that Moon needs me to talk to him during his runs. Ugghhh!
One thing I may have learned; The first day, Moon was 'up' but not 'hot'. On Sunday, he was almost uncontrollable, even during the warm-up. When Moon gets too hot, he is as rigid as a board. I have tried to use a lot of bending and softening and strive to keep him quiet. A friend suggested that since Moon is getting overly 'up', it may be better to take him out and breeze him well in advance of a run to take some of the edge off.
I have been awfully careful with Moon due to his respiratory problems and then worrying about his stifle situation. I did not want to over-tax him or take too much of his edge off...but now that I know that his stifle is okay...she may have a valid point. Moon does not make good runs when he is overly excited...he tries way too hard and I find it almost impossible to stay up with him. It becomes a fight to just try to keep him on course, as you saw in this run. I probably do need to take just a bit of his edge off, so that he is more relaxed and quieter when it is time to run. I am going to try that this coming weekend and I am going to exhibition him at a much reduced speed. It's all well and good that he wants to run so hard, but if it is out of control running...it doesn't do either of us any good. He's frantic and I am late in everything I do.
Dang...this is a tough learning curve.