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Re: [RC] [AERCMembersForum] 100 mile Education - FXLivestock

I forgot to mention the most important part of moving up.....Sixth....JUST DO IT!!!  And don't worry so much about the outcome.  If you complete kudos to you.  If you don't finish, you have just learned a wealth of information about yourself and your horse.  You use a DNF to tweak your conditioning program, to make adjustments, to fine tune what you are doing, etc. 
Overall,  I have learned so much more when I did not finish a ride about my horse and myself.  I have always tried to turn this experience into "what can I change or how can I improve..."  For me, it has made any successes I have had more meaningful.  I guess it is all in the attitude you want to adopt.   I would be lying if I didn't say that I feel disappointed to pull or not complete BUT I never keep the possibility of a DNF keep me from attempting a goal.
In a message dated 10/08/2008 12:13:31 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, fxlivestock@xxxxxxx writes:
If there are any members that are interested in moving up in distance and don't know where to start or can't find information I suggest the following. First, check out the AERC website and click on the education link.  Second, if you don't want to do the web thing, re read past endurance news articles.  Every month the education committee has an article.  There are also many issues that have more than one article that can be useful in moving up in distance.  Third, contact your regional mentor liaison.  This person can put you in direct contact with an experienced endurance rider who is willing to mentor new riders or mentor riders that want to move up in distance.  Fourth, if you are interested in trying 100 mile rides, check out the New 100 mile riders list on Yahoo.  This is not an official AERC list but is a great resource to those interested in the 100 mile distance.  Fifth, talk to local riders who are doing 100s or longer distances and pick their brains.  There are very few riders I know who won't share what they have learned with other riders.
Kim Fuess
AERC #6648

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