HELLO 2012! I welcome you with open arms and an open heart.
Last night I spent with some of my closest friends, and I couldn't be more grateful for it.
Since my last post I recieved a very cool letter in the mail; an acceptance letter to university.
I am going into Science of Kinesiology.
I'm very excited!
Today is the first day to an ever changing, opportunity of growth year, and I am failing at my resolution already. BUT, it was for good reason. I was looking for inspiration. There's just so much, it's hard to stop. Curse you Pinterest!!!
Today I went for a walk and I ate chinese food and I watched Taking Woodstock (for the fourth time, never gets old).
This year, I will focus more on my mental game, and take big steps into the ocean of my dreams. My dream ocean is very full.
Dreams like a trip to Australia or Ireland, dancing in front of people and not having a care in the world, and ride in the drivers seat of a volkswagen van with the windows rolled down, the breeze blowing throwing my hair and not have a clue where I'm going.
As far fetched as those are, I want them to happen. Highly unlikely this year, but eventually.
More specifically for this year; The Year of Mach. (and Tof, too)
Toffee is just perfect and it's hard to think of things to work on with her. Of course it's the usual - dogwalk contacts in trial, speed around 270/180s, things like that. But she's just so good; I go out with her, come up with, what I think is, a ridiculous course and then she goes and aces it the first time. Silly dog. I like her, though.
This year, Mach and I will be doing some more, much more, growing together. He's becoming a radical dog. Seriously. I can see he just *loves* it now.
I came up with 3 goals for him and I this year.
1. Get into Master Standard
2. Get Master Jumper title
3. Compete in 2 CKC trials
Those are the big picture goals.
Of course I still have the more important ones:
1. More accurate dogwalks
2. And aframes, for that matter
3. Faster weaves (trying to shave off 0.5 secs)
5. Driving the line - work on proper striding in between obstacles, etc
6. RECALLS (so much better, though)
7. Ground speed. (which, I guess is linked with 5.)
A goal that I have in the back of my mind, but I don't really want to think of it too much is Regionals. They're in June. Nationals are in August. Worlds are in October (2013).
Ahh, see, now you all get the picture. (CKC trials, Masters)
I wont be doing regionals with Toffee this year. It's going to be really weird. But I think it'll be good. It'll give me a chance to focus on Mach, plan for Mach, think Mach all weekend. Mach Mach Mach Mach Mach.
And perhaps something glorious will come of it.
Ah, the bliss of the future and not knowing what is waiting around the bend.
Just paint with all the colours of the wind.