Running Griffin

bikingWithGrifA little over a month ago, we adopted a dog from a Rescue group.  Griffin is just over a year old, and fifty pounds of pure muscle.  There’s no way I can run fast or far enough to give him the exercise he needs, so I put my fat tire to a new service.   Today we did over eleven miles and Grif was running hard most of the time.  I still haven’t found his limit.

I need to keep Grif on a leash because he has a ferocious instinct to go after prey of all kinds: rabbits, quayle, coyotes, bobcats, cars, other cyclists… if it runs he’ll bolt after it.  (Hopefully some day we’ll train him not to chase.) After experimenting and biting the dust several times, I found that attaching the leash to the bike seat with a biner and a bike tube works pretty well.  Because it’s attached to the most stable part of the bike, when Grif tries to bolt and pull, it’s easy to maintain speed and direction.  I learned this when I was taught to do bumping drills on the track.attachDogLeashToBike

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Born in Harrisburg, PA. Undergrad at Drexel University. Learned to ride a bike when six years old, riding ever since. Started cooking when I was in college, stopped when I got married, started again in 2006 when my wife was out of town for a few months. Jobs: worked at post office while in college to earn money to buy a stereo. After grad school, worked at a small software company in Redmond, WA for twelve years. Afterwards, went back to school to get a certificate, then started teaching high school. Still doing that off and on, part time as the need arises.

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