BSSF World Cup Race 3&4

So we headed of to Wales for the next set of BSSF races which gives me World Cup points and points towards a British ranking bvo2gir.

We have been busy training the dogs more than humans over the last month (Christmas gains!!!) and have switched things up with the team doing some more weight training and upping the distance. The young dogs are really starting to grow into themselves now.

I ran Vax, Tova, Rio and Luka on the 4 dog class who blew my mind.  Absolutely perfect they were so epic and just too much fun to run. Bringing in both days the fastest times of the weekend.

The the French boys on the scooter …. wow how over the last few months these boys have build confiedence – they were the fastest Nordic breed scooter and 3rd over all in open. First day they dodged cars and the second day we had the gang line un clip but the dogs took everything in there stride. Love running these boys together. They get the best out of each other and you can watch that as they run.

Bike – my girl Luna, what a dog, not much more to say really. 2 smooth over takes on her behalf and a crash on my behalf … need to work on my skills!! She got us the second fastest times of the weekend behind the 4 dog.

This weekend it was 100% all my dogs. Just every time out they impress me more than last time when you don’t even think that’s possible. Thanks dogs for the best weekend, and everyone else who makes this possible best task manager. All my handlers and Russco for looking after the rest of the team at home.

BSSF World Cup Race 3&4

Twilight Enduro

by vickie pullin

So 2 weeks until the first race of the season (super excited) 

I wasn’t sure I would make this one but after taking my stitches out on Wednesday the knee felt good and I felt ready to rock and roll…. 

Until I rocked up at the Forest of Dean and realised I was the only one on a hard tail bike, everyone else of full sus down hill bikes. Feeling a little nervous I had made some new friends and was off to the start. 3 stage enduro – at this point I still wasn’t that sure what I had signed up for: I soon found out – ride to the start (up hill!!!!) race down hill then repeat 3 times ….oh and it gets dark. 

Stage 1 – so that full sus I was wishing I had, well this was scary jumps, huge roots drops, you name it this course had it – I servived Bonus!!!! Finishing 6th on stage 1. I hesitated and rode steady – scared would be a word to use here.  

Stage 2 – maybe feeling a little like I wished I hadn’t entered lights on and down we went (after a huge ride to the start) Well this time not so bad still out of my comfort zone for sure but starting to find my rhythm and feel a little better, maybe because it was getting harder to see!

Stage 3 – pitch black around 10 miles cycled and it’s the home straight – wow loved it, so much fun coming in, rock garden board walk trees sharp corners you name it we had it but I was loving it and came in with the second fastest time on the last section BOOM!!! Chuffed to bits

Meet some great people, pushed myself, servived and hopefully always improving my bike skills!!! 

Torq in your sleep

12 hr race – team of 4 people: sounds like fun!!


So me and Russ head down towards London to meet up with Mark and Jane to take part in this crazy Mtb race. I went first in the mass start and was chuffed with my time .. Passing the band onto Russ followed by Jane then Mark – 4th place ….. Well there’s only one way from here, we all wanted to hit the podium so game on – well so I thought. 2 miles into my second 8 mile lap I had a disagreement with a tree root and came off, not looking to much at my knee I got back on as fast as I could to pass over to Russ. Whilst he was out on lap 2 I jumped in a ambulance well more like Jane helped me into an amberlance when I then realised my race was over and I had a rather large whole in my knee. Gutted and frustrated does not even come close – game over for me, and 6 hours later 6 stitches from A&E. Well we alsmot completed 12 hours the only problem was 4 on the trail and 6 in hospital. So feeling a little frustrated. A few rest days ahead then back on it – I did check today I can still peddle 😉 

Triathlon 

So today Pullin Power participated in Tewkesbury Sprint Trithlon for some extra training – epic day with huge support and great results. 


Russ and me entered the race, Russ finnished with 1:42 and myself 1:45 so chuffed to be 1 min of Russ in the bike section – got all the motivation and drive I needed from the race to help me continue training hard before septs first race. Getting super excited now – not long!!! Trying my best to up the sessions to twice a week: train, fuel, rest – repeat!! Feeling super motervated 😝
Thanks to everyone who came along and support us today. Means so much to us so huge thanks X 

MTB XC British champs

by vickie pullin

So this weekend we headed up to Glasgow to really put my bike skills to the test… I was against the best in the country, Olympic and World Cup riders. 

The course was challenging, tecnical and long (6 laps 5.5k per lap). I was completely out of my comfort zone, watching people crash and leave in ambulances before I even practised the course was definately testing my head strength. 

First practise run – I could have gone home in tears!!! But then I asked myself why was I here (always wanting to race for gold, which clearly was not on the cards here) to learn and improve and get better on my bike to better me and my dogs so…. Second lap now time to ride… Such a better run, looking for my lines riding everything and not stopping at difficult sections where everyone gets nervous and wondering what to do, just instead head down and get as much practise in as possible. That was Saturday done for me! 

Sunday – race day!!!

Nervous, not even close to how I was feeling, thought I was going to be sick serveral times over the morning, and as for on the start line well I think I may have turned a shade of white or grey haha.. No time to think, the next thing I heard was go…. We’re off and within 10 meters I am happy to sit on the last wheel of the category (senior women) and that’s where I stayed last place. I just watched everything and tried to learn. Positions through corners, the best lines to take, feet positions etc watching the best in this country! 
The biggest thing I took home from this was the amount of work I still need to do on my fitness and nutrition – watch this space! 

Velodrome

by vickie pullin

Had an awesome day at Newport velodrome #teampullinpower 

Blown away with how much fun this was. A great day out for the team, learned lots and had a cheeky race to finish …. ! (Russ won, I was second and chaz took bronze!) 

500 m sprit 41 seconds