My USDAA agility weekend was not so hot. On Friday our DAM team didn't Q, although we didn't completely suck. Lucy and I did passably well in most classes (we E'd in Standard), but our very young teammate dogs had a few oopses. I expected them both to E a few times, and I had been hoping I could run Lucy strong enough to make up for it. But I just didn't have a great day because I was feeling a bit weak and fatigued. When my day is not great, Lucy's isn't either. Her mistakes are really my mistakes. I went home Friday thinking that maybe I should just sleep late on Saturday and then take the dogs to a park.
Instead, I got up and went back out for more agility. I still wasn't feeling great, and consequently we had bad runs.
Sunday morning, I again considered skipping the trial, but then I realized that I actually felt pretty darn good. So I decided I would just leave the trial the moment I felt at all tired or stupid. We didn't Q in everything (just Jumpers and Snooker), but we had five really decent runs. I guess I do have a brag of sorts, although it seems too amazing to be true: little Lucy posted a jumpers time of 22.36 (on a 141 yard course). What's really flabbergasting is that I looked at all of the Masters dogs' times, and no one posted anything faster. Now Lucy's run was pretty darn fast and her turns were tight (and I saw a lot of wide turning and a few slips in the dewy grass by the bigger dogs), but I really have a hard time believing she was THAT fast! Her previous fastest Jumpers time (on a 140 yard course) was 27.60. So either Lucy was on fire Sunday morning and beat the feathers off a bunch of border collies, or the electronic timer made a mistake. I hope it was the former!