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Re: [RC] younger years - heidi

I think for most people the change occurs when there's a significant
pause  in doing whatever you're doing, or a backing off from the peak
level you  were doing it.  That reason could be having kids, going to
college, an  accident that laid you up for a while....

I think the continuous doing and total familiarity with the exciting
thing  that's being done is what keeps it more in the excitement side
and less in  the scary side.  The familiarity even encourages a person
to escalate the  perceived risk or danger to maintain that excitement
level.

With a break in the level of engagement in an activity, the skill level
drops, and familiarity and "ho-hum-ness" with that level of activity go
away.  When attempting to get back to it, almost every single person
attempts it at the very same level they left it.  But you aren't at that
 skill level any more.  And that level of activity isn't so ho-hum any
more.

Suddenly you're "overfaced".  The level you were at is no longer pushing
 the envelope, it's a level that's too high, and that's why it's
scary.  That's my theory this morning!

I think you have an excellent point here, Lif.  Before my "riding hiatus"
a few years ago, I HAD dropped down to not wanting to start my green
horses, but was otherwise fairly "invincible" on the trail.  I was also
"tough" enough to just go out and do 100 if my horse was ready, even if I
hadn't been the one riding all the time so that my own fitness level was
not as good as his.

Not so after a few years off.  I started back on an old 4-H gelding (bless
his heart!) and an LD seemed like an insurmountable mountain.  The good
news is that at least to some degree, the familiarity begins to return
with miles and fitness, although I do wonder if the old bod will ever be
as tough again.  <sigh>  In any event, a couple of years of solid riding
have me back to tackling 75s (and wanting to do 100s), and although I
still ride the good old 4-H fellow (he's such a wonderful babysitter horse
for getting the greener ones going with hubby on them!) I am also now "up"
to riding one of the more athletic "quick" ones without worrying about
every little reaction.  I'm still a long way from my former level, and may
never get all the way back to it--but at least I'm to the point of having
a good time on the trail with a quick and capable horse, and even managed
to pick up the pace enough for one Top Ten this year--a pace that was
routine in past years but seems blindingly fast to me now.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and re-introduction of an old body back into
the sport doesn't happen overnight either...  <sigh>

Heidi



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Replies
[RC] younger years, Lori Greene
Re: [RC] younger years, Suzi Maiorisi
Re: [RC] younger years, Lif Strand