Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
I just did two AD's in October (not my first, just the most recent). I like to bike my guys 2-3 times per week to prepare them for the AD. Usually I will do 2-3 miles on one or two of those days and then on the other day I build them up to doing around 6 miles (for a couple of weeks before the AD). I usually start 6-7 weeks before the AD, though I only do one or two easy rides early in the week preceding the AD. Personally I think it only fair to build up the muscles needed for trotting (not running) before making my dog go 12.5 miles. Plus it is good exercise for the dogs and for me.
I bike on gravel roads with a couple of very short distances on pavement. I look for AD's where the dog will be running mostly on grass or other natural surfaces and not on pavement.
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