|Jade with Super Cub and Cessena|
The older girls' race was 2 miles long each day, so a total of 4 miles over the two days. They each ran two dogs on their teams. Sydney had McGee and Otter, Jaden had Super Cub and Cessena, and Erika had Khufu and Piper. I tried to split the teams up as even;y as I could and gave the heavier sleds to the faster dogs to even it out more. It was up to the girls and I really had no idea who would be crossing the finish line first. The first day all the girls did great and had a good time despite some tangles and confusion at the turn around. It was incredibly nerve-racking for me to send the girls out on the trail and not be able to help them (now I know how my Dad feels...) but they handled the situation like pros and were able to sort out things themselves and get headed back down the trail. After this first day, Sydney was in the lead followed by Erika and then Jaden. There was about 3 minutes between each of their times, and it would be interesting to see how much time each of them could make up the next day.
With my race, I took it really slow and just let the dogs have a good relaxing run. With IPSSSDR just around the corner, I didn't want to injure any dogs in this race. The dogs did great, except they didn't want to cooperate with my slow and relaxing plan, so I got a thorough work out from riding the brake most of the way. Bella and Emmett led for me, followed by: Alice, Jasper, Ra, DiNozzo, Embry, and Kaycee. After the second day we were sitting in 2nd place with a huge gap between us and the first place team. I was happy though, I had no hurt doggies and Sydney, Erika, and Jaden had all had good runs.
|Syd with Otter and McGee|
|Erika with Khufu and Piper|