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Re: [RC] [RC] 100 Milers - Laurie Durgin

Thanks. I am new, just starting my Ld this spring.I have been riding my gelding 2 years now, with occasional layoffs. When I read the post about (I forgot who it was) rode 3/4 days a week to do 50's and 100's. That's what I was doing last year on hills, about the same distance, just to get a "base" and get ready for a 25. I thought I'd have to do 10 times that!! Recently I realised he could have done a 25 long ago.(course we were working on other trail issues, like bolting for home occasionally, and deciding who makes the decisions and saddle fit. He probably could do a 50 with what I was doing. But he is also not disposable,(except on his "Alpo" days) so I want to have him and me trained as much as possible in as many areas.Getting neither of us or anyone else hurt is my first goal in training, then enjoying it, then finishing, then maybe I'll see how far we can "go".
Frankly I was intimidated till I hear how others have really done it, and not keeeping their training and failures, or weaknesses hidden.
Being honest helps us take care of ourselves, our horses and others.
The personal training gets intimidating too. I know some are "iron people".I keep in good shape, but I am not "gym" person. I am blessed by strong muscles and fair fitness.When younger I did sports, and ran for fun.But after 4 babies, closer to 50,I walk on the treadmill(fitfully), or the first and last 1/2 mile when riding, stay on my feet most of the day, climb my stairs, take care of 5 acres and 4 horses,3 kids at home.(I think walking the 'SuperWalmart' for 2 hours counts too.)Have a few isssues with my metatarsals in my feet and plantar facidus and 'baby bladder' ;
running is pretty much out over long distances.
I too use a stool or rock for mounting (saddle stays better that way).I CAN get up, but it's amusing.Somehow getting my knee up to shoulder level gets harder, forget the "spring" thing.And I am not even a Heavyweight, just an "over 40".
I will probably get up the nerve to ask for help on my rides as I get going, hope I can hook up with someone at rides who pace like I do, Rascal likes other horses, would probably keep him calmer.I may get a shirt that says "Help I am new, or maybe you should watch out":) Laurie and Rascal the hunk





From: Marinera@xxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC]   100 Milers
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 19:11:14 EST

I think one of the reasons for the decline of 100 Mile One Day Rides is that
people are afraid to try them. Back in the dark ages there was only one
rideâ??the 100 Mile Tevis Cup Ride. You did not have choices. Now we are
scaring newcomers to death that you have to be superman on a super horse to
go a hundred miles. You do not. The average rider and the average horse can
manage quite nicely.


I think newcomers to endurance riding figure they have to be in super shape
themselves, work out, run many miles on foot, ride the dickens out of the
poor horse. That is not true. Riding your horse in training will get your
own body ready. Then just make sure you donâ??t bring a tired horse to a 100
miler, one worn out by too many training miles and too many 50 milers leading
up to the 100 miler. But don't be afraid of trying a hundred miler. If I can
ride the Tevis at age 76 as someone who literally cannot trot their horse out
for the vets, who has to stand on a milk crate to get topside, then just
about anybody can do it. The only ingredient you canâ??t do without is desire.
Without it, donâ??t even try. 100 Milers tax you mentally more than physically.
Nobody I know condemns anyone for trying. Failing is not the end of the
world. Daring to risk failure will make you a bigger person regardless of the
outcome. Just remember that your top priority is not crossing the finish line
but being a compassionate rider, a rider who recognizes when his horse has
had enough for that day. You will find that if your horse is up to the
challenge, you will find the inner strength to hang on and go with him.
Donâ??t doubt it for a minute. You canâ??t soar if you donâ??t try. Julie


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