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 Thoughts on first "Race Year" for youngsters
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Riverwind

Norway
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Posted - 04/09/2010 :  12:07:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey All,

I wanted to get some thoughts on the appropriate running methods for getting a yearling team through their first season of races (Race lengths, run times, run/rest schedules, etc...)

I am specifically interested in Long Distance here, but would welcome any tips, ideas or anecdotes from all disciplines.

Cheers,
Bear

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Norge

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Posted - 04/11/2010 :  07:01:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Big rest for yearlings. We try to make sure the youngsters get adequate rest. speeds and distances are not as big a factor as the rest in our program.
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Riverwind

Norway
280 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2010 :  06:25:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Lloyd,

Do you have a rough ratio of run to rest. I was thinking towards something in the area of a half and half program. That is adequate at least, but overkill perhaps?

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Norge

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Posted - 04/12/2010 :  07:49:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Barry,
We will train our young dogs up to 8-9 hours continuous runs at a slow controlled speed. No breaks except a possible snack and a pet. They then get at least two days off, sometimes more. Prior to racing I would prepare them at expected race pace, if that's 10-12 mph I would limit my runs to about 6 hours max. Equal run rest, with no rest less than 4 hours if possible. Watch close and keep them within the limits of each individual. Drop a dog if it proves to much for that dog at that time.
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Riverwind

Norway
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Posted - 04/12/2010 :  11:18:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great.
During the actual race?

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