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Re: [RC] LD/Endurance Defined? - Barbara McCrary

What's special about 10 miles?  Just that your average Sunday rider thinks
it's a long way.  It's interesting how many people are amazed that we can
ride 10 miles!  And....it's just a number I picked out of the hat.  I agree
that endurance has to be defined; it IS defined in our by-laws.  And yes,
we've been through this issue on the board level for many years, and the
board (thankfully) continues to hold to the by-law definition.  If the
definition is watered down, soon, as you say, sitting on a couch knitting
(or watching TV) will be considered endurance.
You have a point that endurance should be defined as at least 100 miles, but
then a great many people will be left out of the sport entirely.  When you
are older and arthritic, you will discover what I mean.  I think 50 miles is
a nice compromise, long enough to be that extra challenge, short enough to
survive in one piece.  You're too young yet to worry about it :-))))


----- Original Message -----
From: "k s swigart" <katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 10:00 PM
Subject: [RC] LD/Endurance Defined?

Barbara McCrary said:

I like the term "distance riding"....it fits LD rides, NATRC rides,
and just plain old Sunday rides of anything over 10 miles.

I am curious, what is so special about 10 miles?

Endurance riding has to be defined somehow, even if it is defined as
anybody who gets on a horse.  Otherwise, sitting at home knitting would
be endurance riding.

It is unclear to my why some people think that 25 miles is a better
definition than 50.  And it is also unclear to me why the people who are
currently in favor of redefining endurance riding to be anything over 25
miles think that this subject won't come up again in a few years when a
new set of novices want to redefine it as anything over 10 miles.

If the word is to have any meaning at all, a totally arbitrary line HAS
to be drawn SOMEWHERE. Make no mistake, as soon as you draw the line,
intelligent people will recognize that it is arbitrary.

50 miles seems to me to be a happy medium.

Personally, I don't think endurance riding starts until you get to 100

Orange County, Calif.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is
noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience,
which is the bitterest.
~  Confucius

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fitness.  A decent set of shoes and a 15 minute dismount here and there
will help. 
~  Jon K. Linderman, Ph.D., FACSM, Assistant Professor of Health and Sport 
Science, University of Dayton

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