After every trial, I look at how well we did or how well didn't do, and decide what I need to work on in my training. I did the same thing after the trial we just had and I have a few training goals in my mind to work on over the next few weeks. This post is NOT about those training goals. It is about something personal I need to work on when I am at a trial. That is taking care of myself.
When I am at a trial, I get so wrapped up in what is going on - pottying dogs, getting ready to run, warming up dogs, cooling down dogs, volunteering, visiting friends, watching people run their dogs, etc, etc. I get so wrapped up in all of this stuff, that I forget about eating until I start to feel ill. I also never drink enough water and so by the end of the day I have a headache from being dehydrated.
My goal for future trials is to take the time so sit down and eat properly. That does not mean grab a couple snacks (although I really enjoy snacks), instead I need to eat some real food. And drink more water or energy drinks. And eat breakfast before a trial - I am really bad about eating breakfast.