Chris sat down with Moira and told her about his team for the Two Rivers 200.
It was fun to race this team of mostly two year olds with some great experience to back them up. We enjoyed running some new trails and racing along side so many other teams.
Lester is brilliant. He did struggle a bit on the trails we run every day for training because we took different routes that he didn’t think we should be taking; but all in all he did an incredible job and I was pleased to have him up front.
Chena did great for her first race as the main leader. She was always loping, always happy and always motivating the team.
Woody was a superstar! He never dropped his tug line the entire race. He did a good job as a back up leader when Lester made the “wrong decision” (the right decision as far as Lester was concerned!).
Daisy (right) is another superstar! She is one of those dogs that you never have to worry about because she is always pulling and never screwing around. She also gets in my face and smothers me with kisses whenever I try to put booties on. (Photo: Helen Campbell)
Violet – is sassy and loves to bark at every team she passes. She is never aggressive, she just makes a lot of noise. She was always ready to eat and always ready to go.
Coal (left) needed a little motivation at the beginning of the third leg but after I had a good talk to him he picked it up and pulled for the rest of the run.
Chemo is level headed and never makes too big a fuss. He always works. It was nice to have his calming presence and experience on the team.
Pepe (right) – the little ball of energy – was key to this race. He ran in wheel for the entire last leg and helped us up the really steep hills at the end. (Photo: Helen Campbell)
Hotshot – this was the longest race Hotshot has been on. He has such a big heart and he works so hard all the time that I’m amazed that he had energy left at the end of the race.
Amber (front) – was barking on the up-hills even at the end of the race. She has so much energy and drive and motivates the entire team, including me.
Cayenne (back) – eats like horse but seemed to use more calories than she takes in and because of this she was low on energy towards the end. But, she still worked her heart out and finished with me.
Wedgy also worked her heart out! She pulled so hard for the first 150 miles that she got a bit tired during the last leg. But, even at the finish she was trying as hard as she could.
My MVD for the race was Daisy because she was always such a hard worker!
Thanks to the handler crew of Wendy, Mark and Padee for their hard work over the weekend and to the TRDMA and trail team who put on this such a good race.
Below is some video Wendy captured in Angel Creek Lodge checkpoint. It is just as Chris is getting ready to leave: the dogs have had their meal, are bootied but still have their jackets on are are just starting to move about. It is interesting to see how calm the team is; you can see Lester and Chemo, the experienced ones, getting as much out of their rest time as they can. You can be sure once all jackets are off and they were off the straw the noise and excitement level raised dramatically!