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Happy Dogs from Benny's Husky Kennel
2004, 05, 06, 08, 12
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.
Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Becket -
2010 (non stop)
2008, 09(scr), 10(src), 2013
After 53:39 hrs running-time
we crossed the finish-line in
Alta 12.03.2008, 09:00
2008 (31. from 89)
After 38:10 hrs running-time
we crossed the finish-line in Röros 31.03.2008, 08:22
(you need a goal)
(you need a goal)
and again I am faced with the question whether - or how - I will race. I have seen dogs at races - others and my - which were absolutely on the limit and
did not look happy.
I've also seen dogs who came to about 1000 km to the finish,
happy, wagging tails, rolled back and were fit.
One thing I've learned, however, in races and especially in training: only with driving and training I can see how good the dogs are. The fascination of standing on a sled behind a great team and to watch these athletes is unbelivable. The performance of the dogs is so big that we can't really exploit it. When my dogs play after a 120 (or more) miles run as if nothing had happened, I'm just happy to be able to experience that.
I want to train my dogs so that for them the race is just a run of many. They should be able to run in any race distance. If successful, I think I have exhausted 70% of their capacity. I take my own limitations as for knowledge and I accept that I am by far the weakest link in the chain. But the more I can appreciate the power of the dogs.
My role in the team is - besides the fact that I simply must come along on the sled - coach, trainer, masseur, navigator, and food supplier. By the way I should also recognize ailments and possibly treat to motivate the dogs and to be not 2big ballast. So I will do my best - promised.
shaking me. − Don’t wake me, I’m sleeping! What? Suddenly, I remember.
I’m in a race. I’ve had my three hours of sleep and they woke me up.
Things moving a bit slowly. Out of the sleeping bag. A cup of lukewarm
coffee and a candy bar is my breakfast.
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