We've spent many hours this week doing homework and database maintenance [although no blogging :( ], and I must say I'm in love.
Martin is of course literary --> remember the mouse warrior from the Redwall books? I'm on a mouse wheel!!!
I walk along at a lesiurely 1.0 mph and very much feel like I'm improving my mental and physical health, which tends to decline with long hours spent inside sitting and studying. I have a wonderful view of the yard and the dogs. The porch is shaded most of the time and I can work out here long into the night because of the inside light that shines through the window, and the porch light.
And of course, I'm walking barefoot, keeping my body and feet in condition for the runs that don't happen as often as I would like.
And yes, I'm aware that the extension cord is a safety hazard right there and will move it immediately :).
I won't even mention how sore my quads are after a total of ~5 hours on this thing over 2 days. Who knew that 1.0 at a 2 incline could be such a good workout without even sweating or breathing hard?
In other news:
-took Farley out Monday for my first real ride in my new saddle and her first real ride since kicking the pipe corral and she felt great both that day AND the day after. If everything goes well at our conditioning ride next week, than the LD I have planned at the beginning of November is a go.
-Another Ride and Tie practice tomorrow evening!!!!!!! Our last one before the big day - not this weekend but the weekend after.
Welcome to the Boots and Saddles blog. "Boots and saddles" describes a horse of(f) course - my experiences in the endurance world, as a veterinary student, and as a life long student of the horse. This blog is part of a larger endurance information site, which promotes renegade hoof boots and education for riders in their first 1000 endurance miles. I hope that you are entertained, informed, and inspired.
Funder: I swear, endurance is the sport of tying as much random crap on a dirty horse as possible, then riding til you chafe your thighs raw.
Elizabeth Funderburk: You're not tough just because you can destroy your body faster than everybody else around you. That is a ridiculously difficult thing for me to remember...You can be plenty tough without being dumb...
Bethany Faubel: Funder's right: being tough doesn't mean being damaged before you have a chance at senility. Otherwise, we would be calling all professional boxer/wrestlers not only tough but intelligent as well...
"Endurance is a series of small disasters, interspersed with larger disasters. The sport of endurance is your ability to solve and learn and prevent them. (and enjoy the process)"
AareneX on 2010 Goals:
"I will not be discouraged by setbacks in 2010, but will use them as training opportunities for successes in the future."
JB on Revelation 7 "More then just bruised ego's are at stake in endurance, as the horses whole life and well being is on the line".