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Monday, June 15, 2009

Tevis Training - EDITED

So obviously I didn't mean to publish this post yet! Instead of hitting "save as draft", I must have published it. Those of you that read my blog saw:

"My dear friends -

I've decided not to go "public" with my plans to ride the Tevis this year. Tevis has been a dream of mine for a very long time and for some reason I want to keep this quiet and close to

Very cryptic....Well, since this much already leaked - I may as well at least give everyone the basics -

1. I have registered and plan to ride the Tevis this year on Farley.
2. I am in the process of preriding the trail, and will preride from Robinson Flat to the finish by race day.
3. It is going well and Farley is amazing.

I've struggled with whether to make my decision public. It's hard to describe. Tevis has been a very dream for a very long time, and for some reason its been a very personal decision and process. I had made the decision not to blog about Tevis until after I did it. I had planned to write some blogs about some of my training and thought processes and save them as drafts. I was going to schedule them to publish starting on July 29th, when I left for Tevis, and then I would come back after the race and let you know I had done it! can see how well that worked out! LOL.

Since I've already let the cat out of the bag, I've made some compromises - I will keep you updated on my general progress, however plan on the full update after the race!

In some ways it's a relief you guys know - everyone here is such a wonderful encouragement and a great source of ideas. I'll be coming to you with questions, I'm sure! Thanks for being so understanding - plan on reading full updates of my training and Tevis preperation, starting July 29th!


  1. I think that is pretty understandable! But please if you do do it, tells all about it afterwards!

    Oh and my offer still stands to crew for you if you can't find anyone else.

    I'll try and send you a pm at HGS about riding sometime next month.

  2. When I read the title I thought for sure you were coming out of the closet about entering the ride *LOL* I'll stay tuned....~E.G.

  3. great... we can be your online support team thru and thru

    happy trails

  4. You are too funny. Just do the ride already! You aren't going to sleep at all the night before anyway, so don't worry about that! (that's normal, btw)

    Getting to the start is the hard part. The rest is icing on the cake, so enjoy the ride. :)

  5. At least I'm adding humor to your day by over-preparing and being silly about the whole thing! :)

    I'm really looking forward to it. I have abou 10 family members and friends who want to crew for me, so I'm actually more stressed about organizing my crew than riding the ride!

  6. Good luck on the training. I am looking forward to reading about your journey. Tevis is a personal goal for me so I will live through your adventures in the interim. My horse is scheduled for hock surgery at the end of the month so we out of the game for this season.

  7. Good for you- I can't wait to hear all about your adventures.. and I am quietly envious!

  8. Ecellent, Mel! I'll see you there. :)

  9. sorry about being a stress cause.... :p

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