Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Trial Preview: Happy Tails

This weekend we're doing a two day trial, with just a few runs each day.  We'll see how things go.  Dave will be there, which tends to be distracting.  All of the runs are level 4, though, so they're runs that we need.

Round 1:  Jackpot Level 4
     This would be our last level 4 Jackpot, and would earn us our CL4-S title.  At one point I had hoped to be in level 5 in four classes by nationals.  Now I'm thinking we shouldn't have any trouble meeting that goal, but this would secure it right away.  Jackpot is a good way to start the day and I'd like to plan a fast and motivating opening.  It will be nontraditional, so hopefully it won't be bad.

Round 2:  Standard Level 4
     Every standard round is important these days since we have a shot at being in level 5 for nationals if we get both standards this weekend and both next weekend.  It's a tall order, but I still have my fingers cautiously crossed.  I'll handle this course a little bit conservatively and hope for the Q.

Round 3:  Colors Level 4
     This would be our second level 4 colors Q.  If we get this and the one next weekend, we're on pace to get our level 4 title at nationals.  That would be exciting!  Colors is the class we're the farthest behind in, so every run matters.  Luckily the courses are generally straight forward--there's just no room to make mistakes!

Round 1:  Wildcard Level 4
     This would be our last level 4 Wildcard.  This and Jackpot are the runs I care least about this weekend, but it's always good to get Qs, and it's exciting to finish classes.  We'll see how things go.

Aside from the trial we're planning on camping and hiking.  It's supposed to rain, but hopefully it won't be too bad.

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