Today, our team achieved the 50 kilometres in one session milestone! We have three weeks until the Gold Rush Run medium distance race, 2x 75 kilometres, and I am starting to get confident that we can pull this off, which is a remarkable recovery from the blues I had just two weeks ago.
We are long ways behind of schedule. December was a complete lacklustre in terms of distance trained, and January was not much better. We caught-up quite a bit in February, but not quite enough. For the past weeks, we have been pushing the distances quite aggressively and keeping a very close eye on our dogs, to see that they recover from each training sufficiently.
The dogs are eating like never before! The distance training requires a heavy load of calories, and while we trust Racinel Black Label Extra Energy to cover the bulk of that, we do give them some raw meat with morning hydration to boost things up a bit.
Kirsi Sinda, our dog massage therapist, will be paying us a visit in a week or so, and we will do a thorough check-up then, to make sure that all dogs are fit to race. It is imperative for us that our dogs are ship-shape, and we do not want to push them too hard.
50 kilometres of training takes quite a bit of time. I usually spend the first hour or so focusing just on the training and the dogs, but once they settle down to a steady trot, I listen to some podcasts or music. This week I have been listening to Jocko Willink‘s podcast. I recommend that if you are interested in topics like the military and leadership.
Just one more week of distance training to go, and we are moving the focus to build up speed now. If you want to keep posted on our progress, follow us on Facebook or Twitter!
Since 2018 kicked off, our dogs have now trained 233 kilometers or 144 miles. Before Gold Rush Run medium distance race starts in 31st of March 2018, the dogs will have spent well over 1000 kilometers in training after New Year’s.
For the dogs, this means a lot of hard work. For us, this has been a head-first dive into a distance husky lifestyle. We have moved from Southern Finland to Central Finland until the end of GRR race, and as a result of a 300-kilometer move, we now have a whole lot better chances of being able to train according to the plan, instead of the weather.
Right now the dogs are working 25+ kilometers per day, and we need to push this up to 75 in a time-span of five weeks. On average, we have about 5 training days per week and two rest days for the dogs. It is vital that our dogs are well-fed, with sufficient fat intake to provide fuel, and proteins to build-up muscle and protect from injury.
We are really happy to have Racinel Black Label sponsor super premium extra energy food for our dogs and tmi Kirsi Sinda to check-up on the physique and massage the dogs to enhance mobility and recovery.
We keep a very close eye on the dogs’ performance. If there are any signs of lack of motivation, asymmetry of movement or other signs of trouble, extra rest is scheduled and endurance training is replaced by free running and other fun activities. After all, we want our Huskies to enjoy this challenge as much as we do!
(P.S: There are currently 22 mushers registered in the limited class. I wonder if there is a Red Lantern in GRR…)