Training with Obi and Ani

What?!? Haven't you ever seen a hot dog before?

What?!? Haven't you ever seen a hot dog before?

The girls cool down after their run.

The girls cool down after their run.

S brought his girls Obi and Ani (yes, two females named after two male Jedi!) over for a run tonight. J and S both took their two dog teams out for a run that included the graffiti tunnel and the board walk, while I took Frankie out for the short loop.

Recent (disastrous!!) training attempts have shown that Frankie is much happier running when he has someone to chase, so it was great to see him take off after the big teams. Unfortunately, we came to an abrupt halt for Frankie to answer a call of nature (why didn't you go before we left?) and in my rush to brake before I ran him over with the scooter, I toppled over and skinned my knee. Fortunately we could still see the big teams when we were ready to take off so Frankie was keen to rush after them, but they continued to pull away. By the time we reached our turn off for the short loop, they were nowhere in sight, so he was happy to take the turn. The return track has a lot of undulations and I'm still figuring out how to control my speed on such variable terrain. At one point while the line was slack as the scooter and I gathered speed, I accidentally ran over the line and got my first decent wheel wrap, but managed to stay on my feet. Win some, lose some.

My good boy resting after his run.

My good boy resting after his run.

Distance: 1.7 km

Top speed: 24 km/h (??)

Average speed: 11 km/h

Meanwhile, J and S took the other dogs around in a bigger loop and both teams ran really well. Bolo has been driving Czar really hard, definitely no slacking off allowed. Tonight they set a new top speed record, and ran really consistently, despite the distraction of having Ani and Obi around. Czar likes to think he's  ladies' man, so it was good to see him work hard, rather than keep trying to flirt all the time.

Distance: 3.2 km

Top speed: 30.3 km/h

Average speed: 13.4km/h

Czar resting.

Czar resting.

Bolo is ready for bed.

Bolo is ready for bed.

In the meantime, Ishka has been resting at home, after another visit to the vet earlier this week. The news is not good - her ACL is continuing to deteriorate, and we are now giving her daily medication to try to continue to stave off surgery. She is a bit frustrated at being left behind and J is taking care to pay special attention to her to make up for it. We've also discussed taking up some obedience classes with her to provide the intellectual stimulation that she's missing out on. I'm not sure we can find an evening class, so it might have to wait until after racing season.

Ishka looking hopeful - "my turn for a run?"

Ishka looking hopeful - "my turn for a run?"

Hopefully we can keep up the training over the next couple of weeks leading up to the first race, but there are a few wedding planning chores to catch up with too!!