Racing at the You Yangs - part 2

After being so happy with my run on Saturday night, it was always going to be hard to repeat the effort on Sunday morning. My fitness isn't great and I felt drained by the cold and early start.
7am, the big teams went out and again, CMac and I helped handle the five-dog Snofall team. To my surprise, a car pulled up next to the trailer while we were waiting for the signal that five-dog was over. The G family had come to visit. We were just wandering down to see the finish line when S brought her team back up through the camp and we had to jump to get them all watered and put away, then get the two-dog teams ready to go. The G kids have been starting to help out with handling duties, but this was the first time Master G had stood in the start chute, and he did a brilliant job.
J reappeared just in time to help me with Czar for the start of one-dog. All races were running in reverse order, which meant that again, the faster teams should be starting behind me, and hopefully overtaking to keep Czar revved up. But immediately, it was obvious that we were both tired. We never did see the team in front of us. I couldn't get a good rhythm on my scooting, and when Czar stopped to shake, I got the gangline wrapped around my wheel. I quickly stopped and just about upended the scooter entirely to untangle myself. Again I found the soft corners hard, but also the soft trails on the straights. This time Czar wanted to head down the south road into camp, and it took several repeated "straight on" to convince him to stay on the course.
I was relieved to see DW appear, with red coated Pheonix. I was keen to let him pass and have Czar chase them along. Unfortunately Pheonix was tired too, so he slowed ever so slightly after passing us. I was braking, hoping that they would get right in front, but we just slowed a tiny bit more. The fog was dense, obscuring the turn marker coming up, so DW wasn't rushing either. I should have just let Czar pull back out in front, but I was too nervous. Instead we slowed, struggled round the last two corners, and followed DW across the finish line.
I was disappointed to find I'd dropped a place to 10th, with a total time of 13 mins 7. But there was no time to dwell on it, because we then had the excitement of the mini mushers.
J and Frankie were going to take Miss G for her first run with dogs. We checked that she knew her safety gear, ready to be quizzed at the meeting, and got Frankie harnessed up. At check in, she had to fill in a registration form, just like the adult mushers do, with details about herself, her dog and her helper. Then there was a safety quiz, which Miss G passed with great aplomb, when several other children were a bit shy about speaking up. Helmet, safety goggles, dog, rig and helper organised, Miss G headed out to the start of the race. I waited with her mum, at the far end , for the team to appear out of the fog. Big smiles all round! I think Frankie was very happy to be running in a nice gentle mini musher race. Well done Miss K!! Well done everyone for staying awake!!

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