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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Camp Far West

This is mostly likely be my last post until I come back from Camp Far West LD.  I'm super excited of such thing as "just" an LD, if Farley and I finish I'll be just as proud of her as when we completed our 100's.

I have several half finished posts that I wanted to get out to you guys before leaving, but that is so. not. going. to. happen.  I have a test every Friday and so I'm despretely packing and trying to study.

It's sort of hilarious to try and pack for a ride after having so much time off.  Went to the stable tonight to set up my trailer....and realized all my endurance stuff was at my parents house in a bin somewhere......Glad I realized it TODAY instead of tomorrow.  As it is, I have to leave from school, to the barn, without going home and I'll still be lucky to make it to ride camp before dark tomorrow.

I'm probably forgetting something critical.  Oh well.  It will make a good story.

I set up my food as a cross between what I've been doing for my lunches and how I would pack for a backpacking trip.  I'll let you know how it goes after the ride!  Nutrition for the rider during the ride is something I've always struggled with, and I'm hoping that this "system" helps.

Here's what I've packed for Saturday's LD:
-a container for Friday dinner
-hard boiled egg for ride day breakfast (this is my "typical" breakfast)
-container for lunch vet check
-container for post ride meal
-baggies for the saddle bags that contains a mix of various electrolytes types, carbs (apple sauce, nutrition bars) and protein (nut butter packets, jerky).  Each baggie contains enough calories for either 1 hour or 2 hours based on the 20 min book that suggested 200-300 calories per hour during prolonged exercise.  I packed 7 hours worth of saddle baggies.

-The containers have a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, hummus, cheese, hard boiled eggs etc. --> real food that won't keep on the trail, but that is fairly simple.  I also included a container of chocolate milk (one of the best post-exercise recovery foods because of it's ratio to carbs to proteins, which I have been using after my runs), and a can of coconut juice. 

Here's some eye candy while you are waiting for my Camp Far West story (along with the other great posts that I have promised on rider fitness etc.)

-Yes, I'm perfectly aware that this looks like a bad craigslist photo with her standing downhill, underherself, and not square to the camera.  But look at her BUTT!!!!!  She has a BUTT AGAIN!


  1. I see no butt. I....can'


  2. I have entire post, with VIDEO on those boots! That apparently waits until AFTER the test today. *sigh*.

  3. Good luck, Mel!

    Love how the bright orange looks on her!

  4. She looks really good! Wish I could be there. Have fun!

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  7. Yeah, the orange boots keep drawing the eye downwards. So I should wear brown clothing and bright orange shoes and a bright orange cap.

  8. Yeah. I'm thinking a totally black outfit with orange patches on what I consider my my boobs. They aren't too bad. Neither are my feet, hands, and forearms. And my neck. Oh, and my belly. Everything else, especially my ass, thighs, back of the knees, and upper arms would be black.

    I'll keep this in mind when I construct my superhero costume.

  9. BTW - the important thing I forgot? Any sort of sleeping arrangments for myself. No blanket, no pillow. No nothing. Pretty sure I'm not going to freeze to death in California August, BUT it's going to be chilly overnight. Trying to decide whether I'm to squeemish to use Tess's blanket and pillow that are in her school kennel. I guess there's not a whole lot of difference between her sleeping in my bed and me sleeping in hers....


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