In the spirit of Funder's post here, I'm going to give you my version of how far and fast and often *I* go.
It's one of the toughest things to figure out in endurance sports - how much is enough? It's important question since over-use injuries abound in both horse and human endurance athletes.
My advice would be to look at people's data (how far/fast/often do they *really* ride) and then listen to their thinking behind their program. And then make decisions on what you think will work for you and your horse.
I spend a lot of time talking about my thinking, so today you get to look at the data. Let me know if you have any questions. :)
Click to "big-a-fy".
I record additional information on each session, but I only included the data columns I thought would be useful in this context.
First up is my running log since August or so, through the present. Just one screen shot for running - didn't bother to get earlier in the year since this is an endurance blog, not a Mel-goes-a-runnin' blog. (BTW - there were more than 3 people in my AG for New Year's Race. SEVEN to be exact).
Below is the first screen shot of my riding year. I managed to get the beginning of the year through Tevis in this shot. No, I didn't ride in 2013 before Feb 18.....
Part 2 of Farley's log (Post Tevis through end of year)
I started 2013 riding for the first time on Feb 20th. I took this picture:
Actually, my first ride of 2013 was in the arena doing walk/trot dressage 2 days before. Because 2012 had ended in me getting bucked off on the trail (first time ever off of Farley).....I never claimed to be a brave rider!
I went to the convention, and somehow decided to ride Tevis.
So I started riding again.
A lot more of these pictures
And even some of these:
Farley got a hair cut (PS - can you believe her mane is almost all the way grown back in already o_0)
I went horse camping with friends
And crewed for one of the best teams in the sport
And I kept riding.
So I kept going
All the way to Tevis.
We didn't finish all our rides.
There were other successes in 2013 too, like another strong ride and tie finish. A possible look at things to come in 2014 and the RnT championships.
We cantered bareback on the TRAIL for the first time ever.
(Upon some reflection, I remember galloping bareback on the standardbreds that belonged to an organization I was a member of.....but kicking a trotting standardbred madly to get it to gallop behind a friend on the beach while hanging on for dear life +/- staying on is quite a different than the confident, easy lope I did home today).
It's going to be a good year.
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