So it begins....
Fall training 2018 has started. A little late but I'm totally OK with that. Let me tell you why.
I needed a break. I needed to go and relax and sleep in the woods and not have to worry. I needed to just reestablish things that I've known about myself but have forgotten in the rushing and stress of trying to make a living doing what I love. In this I forgot what I love. I forgot how much I love my life. I forgot how much I love myself. Now you can't love what you are doing if you forget all of that!
Being a musher is not easy. Its exhausting work, it's being responsible for a team of athletes that consume a tremendous amount of calories a day, the same athletes that WANT to get out and run the multiple miles that exhaust most runners. Hours upon hours of thinking and planning and motivating yourself to push the dogs a little more because they can handle it even if you are exhausted. This sport is one that is very solitary but when shared with someone that has the same goals and motivational tactics as you (COFFFEEEEE!!!!) it can make it a lot more enjoyable!
This season I'm finally excited again and having help has been an amazing thing, for those of you that know me I don't ask for help very often. I do have a handler and she has been amazing! Its a whole different world when you have someone that enjoys being around your dogs. My dogs are my kids and after being away for a couple weeks I now know why my mom was so excited when school started when I was growing up! Its OK to take a break and have some time away. Its necessary to rejuvenate and bring back to life the passion that you have for whatever it is. Having someone that I trust and knew could handle this lifestyle has proven to be just what I needed!
She's only around for a couple months, but for these few short months that she's here I will be eternally grateful!