Last weekend, I attended a fitness workshop near Lyalta. It was supposed to be a lot of fun, as Dot, my teammate, and a number of other teams were taught how to use a lot of the equipment we’ll have at the Calgary Stampede. Everybody at home was mad that Dot and I are leaving, and they are quite vocal about it. If they weren’t so pathetic and small, they might have a place at Draft Horse Town too, but that is a whole other story. I was as excited about having a sleepover as I was about meeting some of the other competitors and athletes. Our farm manager, driver and foster parent – we’ll call him Bob, trailer-ed us to Lyalta and helped us to get ready for the first day’s events.
Bob got us ready and we had an outside trainer – we’ll call him Bob too, inspect our harness to make sure our equipment was set up right. Then the day started. I was so excited, I couldn’t stop prancing up and down. All I wanted to do was run. Pretty soon, though I regretted my ‘race day’ planning because I succumbed to exhaustion. If I had only paced myself better, I wouldn’t have hit the wall later in the day. I always find the first 10 minutes of exercise the hardest, but I did ‘hit my groove’ later. Dot was worse than me. She started out fast and really pushed me psychologically. She never says anything, but I know when she is ready to really move. Then she just stopped and didn’t want to go. When we don’t work as a team its really frustrating and I ended up doing a lot of the work. Bob had quite a talk with us both during and after the session, trying to motivate us to work together and just keep moving. He was right, but I was too tired to listen.
The next morning, I was feeling good but a little stiff. But no rest for us, we got back at it. Amazingly, I had more energy than the previous day. I think I was actually getting fit! We went around and around the field. This time we walked, but we were pulling a lot of weight behind us. We kept in unison and it was soooo much easier! Bob saw it too and kept praising us for doing it right. I really felt like we were doing it perfectly and I know Dot did too.