|dogboy's first dog sled race of the year|
I came in 3rd in West Yellowstone, Montana
well... I just got back from the first big race of the year... West Yellowstone, Montana. I came in third out of 20 teams the first day in the 6 dog/10 mile race with a time of 39 minutes 51 seconds (in other words, averaging about 15 mph / under 4 minutes per mile) ....54 seconds behind the leader, 21 seconds behind 2nd place. Forth place was 2 mins 6 seconds behind me.
I was running five, 1 year 8 month old dogs with one 7 year old lead dog to help make sure we got through.... she wasn't really pulling anything, just trying to keep up, but I needed an experienced dog with my new yearling leader. This was all the yearlings first race ever, and with all the 12 dog teams, there were literally several hundred dogs at the race. Basically this race was just to really to get the core of my team into a race and have a positive experience, so placing was just an added bonus.... this team (with a my other yearling leader, instead of the 7 yr. old) hopefully could win that race next year.... but next year I will run the 12 dog/20 mile race:)
Anyway, we passed about 9 teams from behind on the first day (the trail was exceptionally fast and hard because of a lack of snow)....and that was a pretty big deal.... my pups really hadn't had the opportunity to run with other teams, and, up to that point, had only begun to make it through head on passes with out a tangle.... chasing and catching is easy.... but slowly passing from behind is difficult when the dogs think the idea is to 'catch' the other team, not catch and *pass* the other team. Anyway, we caught a lot of teams and then pulled away from them strong.
The second day, I came in 2nd, but unfortunately I didn't do well enough to get second overall, missing overall 2nd place by 25 seconds over the 20 cumlative mile race. The second day was much cooler.... about 4 degrees F at the start. The second day the first three teams were so fast, we past the last 3 teams that we leaving the start, head on, which wasn’t supposed to happen, but pretty intense.
Anyway, next weekend we race 10 dog/15 miles in Leadville, Colorado... moving my other yearling leader up front and going with my fastest 10... 8 yearlings and two 5 year olds. We'll see what happens.
[edited by: dogboy at 3:56 am (utc) on Dec. 10, 2002]
Good one, DB!
I found this statement particularly amusing...
|when the dogs think the idea is to 'catch' the other team, not catch and *pass* the other team. |
I can imagine what else runs threw their little puppy minds in passing! ;)
Heheh... if you lived up here, DB, I'd introduce you to my newest co-worker. She owns 90 dogs, and has an engineering degree. You people are all crazy. :)
Sounds like you've got a pack of winners there, if a 6 dog team can pull off a result like that!
heheheeh thanks, folks. Yeah, it was a pretty big deal for me... been training for months now, waking up before dark, etc. so I was really happy my team had a clean run. Also happy that they could place.... a big deal for little dogs.
....but this is the past, now.... got my eyes fixed on Leadville.... going to run with the big dogs this time:) I'll let you know what happens
I think that's what my 6mt old boxer/lab wants to be when she growss up ;-) -- Don't think there's much of that kind of sport in denmark though. Soulds like great fun. Well done! ;)
Good Luck on Leadville
How far is Leadville from Boulder? Maybe me and the woman will come see you?
Congrats on the run, sounds awesome! Call me, lets hook up brutha!
Sounds awesome! I like to think our Husky dreams about that stuff. (She has dreams: she's laying on her back, her paws are running and she makes grunting noises! It's hilarious!)
Sounds very exciting and fun! Good luck in Leadville, dogboy. :)