Let’s not forget about our ‘mature’ dogs. We have a few dogs here at SP Kennel who are not doing the hard core training for the Copper Basin 300 ~ starting in only 6 days! The rosters for the CB300 will be released this week but here’s a ‘heads up’: all three teams are comprised of dogs between the ages of 2 and 9. We have not been training the Yearlings for this race and we have not been training the Mature dogs for it either. So… what have they been doing? Laying on their backs chewing rawhide bones? Well, it’s a YES to the rawhide bones! But all these dogs have been on their own training schedule’s.
Quito and Nacho are the oldest dogs training for a race this season. They are both 10 1/2 years old. Of course, just like humans, “old” is relative. As we know, age is both physical and mental and, oh yea… has a little to do with luck. Anyhow, Nacho and Quito are physically gorgeous, fit and mentally they still want to do it. So they will get their chances this season.
Quito is enthusiastic, sassy and can move as smoothly as she did as a youth. She seems no different than she was 5 years ago. However, we know that she is older… like us … so we have been training her differently. Quito has been doing only some of the longer training runs but never on consecutive days. This is so that her recovery time is longer. She is also doing shorter runs in order to stay stretched out.
Nacho is a happy, happy dog! He is now a bit slower than his sister and much slower than the main Racers. His gait has never been smooth! (He looks like a raccoon loping across a picnic table.) So Nacho’s training schedule has been quite a bit slower in speed this year. Although he was never a main leader during his main racing career, he is leading most of the time now, so that he can set the pace ~ usually 7 or 8 mph. Slow and steady will also get it done!
Look for both Quito and Nacho to race in the Two Rivers races.