65 miles complete! Last weekend Sparta and I finished 5th out of 28 starters.
And learned A LOT!
- Endurance riders help each other. We’re all competitive. But, when I was about 1/2 way through my 65 mile ride last Saturday and saw some cuts where a foot was hitting the other leg, a fellow rider saw my situation. She took the protective boots off her horse and lent them to me saying they were just a precaution for her. She saved my ride. I could not have continued without them.
- Bring your map. After going the wrong way at the last ride, I paid super close attention to the ride briefing and made notes on the map. Then promptly forget to take it with me in the morning. D’oh!
- More running. For me. On uphills, if the horse is walking, you get off and walk to give them a break. On downhills, especially long downhills, you also get off and walk or run to minimize the impact on the horse’s legs. I ran about 6 miles of this ride but ended up walking where I could have been running so I didn’t drop over dead. So. More running.
- Having everything organized is critical. Sunday morning the trailer looked like I’d gone on a drunken rampage. Exhaustion definitely impairs the brain. My homework before the next ride is ORGANIZATION. There are some things I need to add to my crew bags (kit with horse and human snacks for mandatory vet checks.) And some bins to put together for the trailer.
- Sparta was a bit sore on one leg the morning after the ride. It looked like a muscle stiffness thing. She will be seeing the chiropractor this week, and I will be learning stretches and massage that I can do to help her.
- And here is some extreme cuteness just for your enjoyment.
Sparta will spend the next week at Kingsway Farm in Temecula, CA enjoying a week of rest and munching the excellent grass we have with all this rain!
I’m sitting in Amy’s truck at FITS in Williston, Florida finishing this. It’s raining and Annie is out on her second loop of a 75 mile ride. Lynne Gilbert is here too, so with Amy, we have 3 Mongol Derby 2014 riders here!
Stay tuned for live feeds on Road to Tevis 2017 on FB! And maybe some Guru interviews!