We had a rather hot agility class last night. The summer wouldn't let us escape without one more heat wave. Even at 8:30 at night, the heat and humidity were still affecting us substantially. There were only three of us in class, so we got to do two short courses each.
Light Circles (course starting with Dog Walk)
Tough little course! Started out with Marge on my left, rear crossed between 2 and 3 so she was on my right for the pinwheel.
Had to push out to the tunnel (which, of course, took me a few tries, since I much preferred watching Marge hop over 5 and 6 rather than leaving her back there and moving diagonally forward! The weave entrance was tough, but she got it.
Did the "backy-uppy" thing between 9 and 10, and front crossed to the table. Marge on my left up to the tire, then I front crossed to get her over the last jump.
Dark Circles (starting with Jump - Tire)
Louie came along tonight, so for the first time in a long time, I have some video.
We ran this course once before this video was taken (with the bars accidentally at 24", too.. and she didn't knock a single one). She (and I) was pretty tired, but we squeezed out another speedy little run.
I muted the sound because I am just so amazed at how terrible my front cross is after the table. We practiced a few times, and each time I think I got a tiny bit better. Watching it without the sound really is telling.. body cues are everything. My arm is not coming up soon enough at all, and Marge doesn't know where to go! It's definitely my biggest handling issue.
We had a good night, agility wise, but it was kind of a weird night for me, personally. My handling in my first two runs was really poor, and I almost felt like I wasn't enjoying it. I think it was a combination of the heat and the stress and fatigue from going back to school. I also think I'm anxious to start trialing again...