The Big Lonely

Friday, October 14, 2016 One of the highlights of endurance training is getting to do it with good friends! This blog is simply a photo treat of a two day ride I organized to climb some mountains, navigate some rocks, and get some interval training – and also an excuse to have a little girlContinue reading “The Big Lonely”

Power of the Mind

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Seventeen days until our last ride of the season.  I’ve heard Fort Valley is a challenge. As all the Old Dominion rides it’s rocky and rough, and mountainous. The variable however is weather.  The OD in June is going to be hot- only a question of how hot and how humid.Continue reading “Power of the Mind”

Balance Point

Sunday, October 2, 2016 I hope you have enjoyed riding high with me through my blogs lately… as sure as the world turns nothing lasts forever. Balance has been a key theme in my life for a long long time. A long time.  I’ve heard that slightly ‘unbalanced’ people are often very effective and changeContinue reading “Balance Point”

Let go.

Wednesday, September 29, 2016 Khaleesi and I are on a good streak lately: strong connection and great solo rides. I try to use “I” and “Me” because my horse is always perfect. She is a horse after all. She doesn’t lie and she always acts like a horse. She is a mirror at best andContinue reading “Let go.”

And sometimes…

Monday, September 26, 2016 … We dance.  Just as I’d sighed happily and said how blessed I felt to have a horse that runs to the gate to see me and dips her head into the rope halter asking: What wonderful adventure will we have together today? Things change – her hoof soreness has beenContinue reading “And sometimes…”

Testing the Limits

From Iron Mountain 50: Friday, August 26, 2016 7am: I felt the excitement of starting with more than 30 other riders in the morning fog along the New River. That feeling you get when you think ‘I get to ride my horse today!’ only times 100 because you are embarking on a 50 mile adventureContinue reading “Testing the Limits”

Capaill Uisce

Thursday, August 25, 2016 So far this trip has been the smoothest of my ride weekends. I feel a slight forboding as it’s been a little too easy somehow.       I got to the barn and found Khaleesi and Faygo both right at the gate in the early pre-dawn glow (their cycle is usually to beContinue reading “Capaill Uisce”

Dream it. 

Friday, July 29, 2016 I thought the last post would be the final for July but this evenings little 4.25 mile ride deserves mention. First Nette and friends created a custom felt shim pad for me from a template of Pam’s to pull the front of my saddle up just a touch.  We’ve established thatContinue reading “Dream it. “

Why we do it. 

Friday, July 15, 2016 I recently read an endurance news article about “Why we do it” regarding this whole endurance riding business. The article talked about the spirit of adventure and what drives men (women of course included in the generic human term) to strive for great feats.  The famous quote about why climb Everest?Continue reading “Why we do it. “