Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Tree Run



The whole family had a lot of fun getting the Christmas tree. We ran the Gibbons Pass road for the first run of the season and found our best Christmas tree yet.



Cobey and Rohn took Jig, Flier, Isis and Buzz with the Frank Hall sled and Keegan and I took Whip, Tank, Tensaw and Buck with the Adanac sled. 


We ran out 3 miles and on the way back saw this beauty.



It took the dogs some time to realize were taking a longer than usual break while we sawed the tree down and lashed it to the sled.


The boys both rode back with Cobey taking turns to stand on the runners with dad.



This was a wonderful day with the family!!!



Friday, December 8, 2017

Race Season Schedule

We are planning our biggest race season yet. In years past we usually compete in 2 races a season. This year we are eyeing 4 or 5. Our team has come into it’s prime years and we thought we’d get in a good season before they and our boys get too much older.

The focus this year is on shorter sprint distances. The team showed me how fast they can run at the Spokane Dirt Rondy and I want to see how well they translate that to snow. I can tell the enjoy the faster, short miles better as well.

The following list is subject to change and includes races I’d like to do. Those with * an asterisk next to them are the top choices as of now.

Jan 13 & 14 - Darby Dog Derby, Lost Trail Pass, MT *
Feb 3 & 4 - Priest Lake Sled Dog Race, Norman, ID *
Feb 16 & 17 - American Dog Derby, Ashton, ID *
Feb 24 & 25 - Flathead Classic, Olney, MT *
Mar 3 & 4 - Bachelor Butte, Bend, OR
Apr 28 & 29 - NWSDA Spring Fling Dryland Race, Cle Elum, WA

The dryland race is a IFSS santioned race with canicross. It will be my first race toward attempting to qualify for Worlds.

Here’s to a great season! Tomorrow we’re headed out to snow for our first run of the season!

Love Your Puppas!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GOAL: IFSS World Championships 2019 - Canicross

Last weekend was the 2017 IFSS Dryland World Championships in Kozle-Szamotuly, Poland. I have been increasingly interested in Dryland events after competing at the Spokane Dirt Rondy.
I have spent a lot of time looking at the Women's Canicross Elite results. There were 48 participants representing 22 nations (France, Slovakia, Norway, Spain, Poland, Mexico, Great Britain, Canada, Austria, Belarus, Italy, USA, Argentina, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands and Hungary).

The winners, Martina Stepankova from Czech Republic and her dog, ran a blazing total time (two day accumulative time) of 20 min 33 sec for 4.72 miles. (That is 4:21/mile pace!!!!!). The last competitor finished in 38:58 (8:15/mile pace). At this point in my training, I wouldn't be in the winners circle but I could definitely compete in middle of the pack!


The United States had a dismal number of participants. I would like to see more people from Team USA in 2019 and I would like to see us do better!

So I am announcing my goal! I intend on qualifying for the 2019 Dryland World Championships USA Team for Women's Elite Canicross.

I have already begun training with the help of my friend Ashley Palacio and her dog Jazzy. I'm testing out which dog will be my main canicross dog. Currently, it is between Flier, Buck and Buzz. I don't intend on making this decision now so these guys are my training pool of dogs for the time being. Unfortunately, Tank who was my phenomenal canicross dog at the Spokane Dirt Rondy will be almost 9 years old in 2019 and probably not the top choice.



I, of course, will continue to train and race the whole team in dryland and snow events but think we will be most competitive in the canicross division so have set my Worlds goal in that category. I'll keep everyone posted on ByDog Siberian racing, training, and life as well as the process towards Worlds in Canicross!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Cart

A week ago we raced a 4-dog team at the Spokane Dirty Rondy using a three wheeled, extremely light-weight cart.

Picture courtesy of Wendy Devent

Backing up about 9 months, a teacher in Missoula reached out to our mushing club looking to see if anyone would be able to do a classroom visit with their sled dogs. I volunteered and took my team up for demonstrations and petting. Following the demo, the teacher and her partner asked if I'd be interested in a dog cart they had. It had been hanging in their garage for a while, unused, and they'd like to see it pulled by some dogs. I said, I was interested and would be in touch.

Well time got away from me and before I knew it, it was time to start running dogs and I contacted the women, Cathy and Leila. One Sunday last month, we drove up to Missoula to pick it up. Much to my surprise, it was a SUPER nice, very light weight cart that looked to be made by Specialized or at least with parts from Specialized.

This was the cart we used at the race, which many of the mushers commented on how lightweight and fast it looked. And the cart my team pulled to a first place finish (still so proud of them).

Again, I want to thank Leila and Cathy for giving us the cart, which was so incredibly generous! You have no idea how happy it has made me and the dogs. This also opens up our training possibilities as we were confined to the same route from our house over and over again because of transport issues with the dogs and an ATV. Now we can venture to new trails in the spring and fall!!

Thank you!!!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017 Spokane Dirt Rondy

Man, it's been awhile since we posted on here. I won't waste your time with one of those "man, it's been awhile since we posted" posts, because we're back and we got some good stuff!

Last year, as she always does, Brandi volunteered to do some outreach about dog sledding at the local schools. This time it really paid off, because she was gifted a really nice cart! (she can tell you that story).

So we signed up for the Spokane Dirt Rondy!

Again, I'll get Brandi to tell you her side of the tail (including the wipeout), but for now - check out the video.



Friday, April 1, 2016

Snow Retreating

A couple weekends back we ran the dogs on Nez Perce Road, up the West Fork of the Bitterroot. One of our favorite quiet places to run dogs in the winter.  But it was losing snow fast.  That was likely the last weekend for this season to run up Nez Perce! 

Dry patches on the side of the trail!

Just before we traversed dry land.
As my sled was pulled over a couple patches of gravel and dirt, I first fretted about my runners (before I remembered I was going to get new plastic for next season anyways) and then thought, I'm like an Iditarod musher now. How sad is that.  I now associated running your sled over dry ground with the Iditarod!



Had a lovely time with this handsome little man!


These two golly girls and wonderful leaders!

Tank, just like his late mom Paluk, just can't stop for more than a few minutes before he is begging to start running again!

Buck

Buzz! (Isis and Tensaw thought something smelled exciting off the trail)
Last weekend I was going to take my sister and her kids on a dog sled ride.  The snow is great at the pass and the weather had been cool.  Unfortunately, I came down with a cold with a fever the day we were going to go :( Hopefully next year she comes back in the winter and we can take her out! 

Over the last few days the temperatures have risen and the dogs and boys and I have been enjoying the sun and fun in the yard! Whip got a little too excited about the cup of grape juice on the table spilling juice everywhere when pulling it down.


Jig got to be the adventure dog on our hike partly up Chaffin butte. She did wonderfully and had a good time.




We played some hide and seek back at home.  My hiding spots are always compromised by the pack of dogs that follows me around.




Spent a while in this dog box as the youngest had trouble finding me here....even with the dogs all circling the dog trailer trying to figure out a way in. Man these are nice roomy, comfy boxes!  No wonder they can't wait to get in the trailer.  And some don't want to get out when we get home!

And the necessary silly picture of Whip (lower right corner).  I never fail to get a picture of her right when she's shaking off or being silly.


Love your puppas!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

12 miler

Last weekend Keegan and I ran the team together. A 12 mile loop up Lost trail pass on Overlook trail. Keegan said "I've never run here before...OH LOOK I can see mountains! I like this trail!"


We had a number of breaks because it was rather warm. Here we are on one break. Whip (lead right) really likes to roll. Got a few good shots of her being goofy!






Okay Whip, you're ready to go? All right let's go!