- professional controlled session
- familiarization with the contact equipment and running surface (especially the new pause table and beeping timer)
- confidence building
- familiarization with stadium and performing in front of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience.
I really enjoyed the training session. I did not feel rushed and Steve and Gwen's preparation was spot on. Zen initially slipped on the running surface but after the second sequence she sussed out what she needed to do. I did not rush around training but focused on her stays and rewarding her with her toy. (They did not allow food into the ring). It was a positive and fun experience which is just what we needed before our competition over the next three days.
Dennis finally had his chance to work on practicing taking photos in the venue and trying to figure out the lighting. The lighting was tough and he had to be very creative. He spent hours and hours taking photos, downloading photos, reviewing photos to decide what to change ect ect. I think he should have been paid! What a star he was!
After the practice we tried to get some team photos. OMG how difficult it is to organize this motley crew. The first group of photos did not come out great; but here are some of them. Notice we are missing one team member (LAUREN......) and it is near impossible to get these people to look at one camera all at one time!