07 January 2009

Goals for 2009!

I've been reading blogs with goals for the coming year, and felt a bit small...

I actually decided not to post any goals in my blog, because, frankly, they are nothing to brag about. Then I read someone saying that the setting goals has been a good motivator in their training, so what the heck. I'll post something a bit more ambitious than I feel comfortable with, and then I'll work really hard to avoid the humiliation of not reaching my goals. Ok?

So... Here we go:


Storm: no competition goals, but I really hope we can figure out a way to make him feel well more permanently. As it is now, he needs to see his specialist every two weeks, if not, the back pain comes back. IF he's in no pain, I hope to work on a bit of handling (with bumps only, no jumping), and to keep his obedience in shape. I want him to be on a level that we could compete in obedience, even though I'm probably not going to do it. I would also love to start training some freestyle with him! He knows a lot of trics, and if his back is good all year, I'll keep it my goal to compete in freestyle before the year is over. Freestyle is fun, but less straining for his back than agility...


Orkan: we have just started handling and jumping technique training. No weaving, contacts or anything yet. My goal for this year is getting ready for competition. And I don't mean that I want to drag him around a course - I want to be on a level where we have chances of winning before we start trialing. That means a lot of work! In addition, I want to keep him as slim as he is now (he's always been a bit fat...) and work on a lot of muscle. Swimming, hiking, biking, skiing, and a lot of trick and body awareness training on the rainy days :-)


Myself: First of all I want to find out what's wrong with me (I've been very tired for some time but the doctors don't have any good answers so far), and when that's done, and hopefully fixed, I want to get my muscle and general fitness back! I want to be able to go jogging for half an hour without fainting after a minute, and not even being totally worn out when I come back! That will do some good in the agility ring. Running is always a plus :-) And so is having getting up from the couch to do some training. So, for me, it's mostly physical training. Most of all I want to enjoy the next year with my dogs, without too much frustration and fixation on goals. Having great fun! It's want our life to be a pleasant journey, not a stressful one...


Yep, that's it! In a year, you can all point your fingers at me, laughing, since I never got close to any of these. Hee hee... The one I'm most sceptical about, is getting Orkan ready for competition. It seems to be sooo far away! At least it's something to work towards :-D