|Happy New Year!|
2012 is off to a very good start training-wise, goal-wise and attitude-wise, hat but NOT weather-wise. I am sitting here like a welted flower, sweat dripping down, trying to maintain consciousness and fighting heat-stroke. And this is while a thunderstorm is going outside. THAT is how hot it is. Of course that is a limiting factor in the whole 'agility training' deal. Not that I am fussed, the very short sessions we have been doing very early in the morning and late in the evenings have been ALL good. Thus far all short-term training goals achieved. I have a lot planned for agility in 2012, I will be trying out for the team again, Volt's career will officially start and I am aiming for clears and placings and 'agility harmony'. We have also been doing walks and up-hill sprints for conditioning and the dogs are LOVING that. A lot to look forward to this month too, first shows of the year, seminars with Lee Gibson and Lucy Osborne from the UK, lots of agility stuffs *claps hands together like only an insane agility person can*. And a (very) mini-getaway, which I am REALLY looking forward to.
After a conversation with a friend who started Agility less than a year ago, it dawned on me... I am SO glad I am NOT starting out with Agility now. When I started in 1997, there just wasn't THAT much information available. There were a handful of schools, limited methods. No on-line class rooms, no blogs, only a few dvd's and books. I could develop on my own and kind of evolve 'with' the sport. This friend of mine, is completely flooded by information. Different methods, big names, specialities, opinions. And let's be fair, how SHOULD he know what to believe? Or what would work for him? There are of course the undeniable massive advantages to all this information. This evolution is critical in our sport. But it also creates so many more opportunities to 'get it wrong' or 'try to many things' (haha, face it, you all know someone like that, that wants to try everything, but follows through on nothing). It floods 'newbies' with so much information, that only the most sensible with common sense will make it through the gauntlet without scars. Yes, I am exaggerating, I am not predicting 'agility dooms day' for all alike. I am just sympathising with those souls that are wading through the floods.
Now some of my 'training philosophies' on compensating, as requested: (Quoted from my 'Analysing and Planning Agility' document).
It all boils down to thinking plans through, before initiating them!