Beanie and I completed our second canix race today, and Paul and Biggles their third. As always at these events the weather was perfect. Blue sky, sunshine and a crisp frost to keep us cool during the run.
This time around it really was only 5.1k (typically they seem to round up to 6k), and apart from a couple of hard slogs at the end the course was fairly flat. The only tricky part was a flooded section of the path with knee-deep, icy water lasting for about 20 feet. Biggles ran through it without even noticing. But poor princess Beanie got so far, sunk up to her neck then with a look of “eeeeewww!” on her face she swam to the side and tried to pick her way carefully to dry land.
Beanie does of course swim regularly at a hydrotherapy pool but refuses to go in at anything less than a balmy 29 degrees.
The course pretty much followed the shore of the loch so no risk of Paul getting lost and doing an extra 4k this time!
Biggles and Paul redeemed themselves and finished in a very respectable 26 minutes. Beanie and I came in last with a time of 38 minutes which I was happy with – but I’m working hard at getting fit so I can be the partner that Beanie deserves.
Not much video footage this time (Paul wanted to concentrate on navigation after last weeks mishap!). Just a little bit of Beanie’s and my finish:
A big thank you to Gregor Watson (Chief the agility Beagle’s dad) for his support and for the photos. It’s really lovely to have a reminder of the day – especially that big puddle!