Re: [RC] [Guest] 100 Mile Rides - Joe Long
On Thu, 17 Oct 2002 16:01:23 -0600, "Heidi Smith"
>>Wendy Merendini wendy.merendini@xxxxxxxx
>In my experience the pace is determined more by the terrain, the
>conditioning level of your horse, the weather, rider bravery, than the fact
>that it is dark. I have done eight and even 10 mph pace in the dark quite
>easily IF the conditions allow. I just trust in my horse and they seem to
>do just fine.
>Wendy is correct that terrain has a lot to do with determining pace. But as
>for riding speed, I'd point out that Wendy is speaking here as a front
>runner. I've gone considerably faster in the dark than the 3 or so mph
>average, too, but I dearly love night riding and learned a long time ago to
>take advantage of darkness.
Ya got that right. The dark is my friend, I've used it to get away
from competitors. More than once Kahlil and I hit a brisk canter down
a forest trail with no lights at all (so that other riders couldn't
see us). I remember once we crossed a little dry creek ... I didn't
see it coming, of course, he just sort of dropped out from under me
and came up under me again on the far side (at least that's what it
>I can vouch for the fact that those who exceed
>3 mph by very much are the exception rather than the rule, though, in the
>scores of long nights I've sat at finish lines, knowing full well how long
>it is in from the last check, and what time the horses left there. I used
>to really fret about it, knowing I'd likely go faster myself out there, but
>after enough years of it, I finally realized that it was normal, and got to
>the point that once the front runners were through, I could just about peg
>the times on the other finishers using that 3 mph figure.
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