ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] re: speed on 25 milers

[endurance] re: speed on 25 milers

Sullys Maze (Sully@forsythe.stanford.edu)
Wed, 31 Jul 96 10:33:38 PDT

-- [ From: ROBERT J MORRIS * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] -- writes:

It bothers me to see riders concerned about speed in a 25 mile limited
distance ride. It is for this particular reason that time is not a
consideration in these rides. The limited distance or 25 mile ride is NOT A

It is not the intent of this format to consider speed because of the
possibility of metabolic problems associated with short races. Please
consider what has happened in the past where speed was a consideration.

-Bob, I have asked this before, and will ask it again. Why would
there be "more" metabolic problems associated with short races?
What is the difference between doing a 25 mile ride in 2 hours, or
a 50 in 4 hours? Both are doing the same MPH. What about when
the 50 is done at a MPH FASTER than the 25 on the same trail?.

-I am not talking about young, or green horses. Why is it
inherently worse for someone to go fast on a 25, then a 50. YOu
are saying there are more metabolic problems? If someone has a
mature, fit horse, and only chooses to do 25 mile rides, what is
the problem?

-What are the metabolic problems?


The best advice for a beginning rider is to go at a speed consistent with
how you have trained and conditioned. The ride is not a speed contest but a
pleasurable experience in partnership with your horse.

To Quote Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith a few years back when asked about speed;

Bob Morris
Morris Endurance enterprises
Boise, ID