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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Fitness Work on the Beach

I'm sure it isn't just us all at Team Tunnah that's been upset by the recent upset of weather; we're starting to think that Spring will never come!

Unfortunately, with the bad weather, it has put us back in our schedule for fitness work. Thomas hasn't been able to go out into his fields, which now looks like a private swimming pool in places, & when we are out and about, it's been very difficult to find good grassy areas to enjoy some canter work.

This Sunday, we decided to take advantage of the fact that it wasn't raining (or snowing... I know, it's March!) & went to the beach. There's a nice big beach just up north called Duridge Bay, & when you check the low tide times, it means it is a beautiful and big beach, with plenty of room for us and the dog walkers!

Although it wasn't raining, it was very cold, and a little windy too, but it was great just be out in a nice open space that wasn't completely underwater...

As Thomas isn't that fit yet, I decided that a bit of interval training would be the best strategy, so after a few minutes of trotting along the beach, we set off for a gentle canter, before returning to walk, and coming back up the beach at a little pace. Andrew caught it on video, although we had Harry the Lab with us, so the camera became a bit shakey!

We had a walk, and spent ten minutes schooling in some circles, before trotting up to the other end of the beach, for a final canter back down. Thomas seemed to love being in the open space and being able to really open up, though he was tiring by the end. It definitely put a smile back on both of our faces though! 

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