The Trot, Virtual Trail Report, Tevis Sippy Cup, Miles 7 through 15, August 2020
If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.
Awareness of the outside world. Sweep Riders of the Sierras.
We have added trot to our repertoire! The possibility had been discussed as a future prospect, but then Milton’s rider got all Mr. Perky Paws and off we went. On our last day this week, we trotted in 6 out of the 7 laps. Just trotting the flat parts of the field trimmed our time down to within spitting distance of 3 miles per hour. Go, Speed Racers, Go!
Plus, adding one lap, 7 instead of 6, will help us gradually pile up the miles. For example, this week we are one mile ahead of the 7-mile-per-week average. A little bit more each day adds up. There’s a life lesson cleverly hidden in there somewhere.
This was another front-loaded week. Blacksmith comes today. Rodney has been taking a few days off after shoeing. Lets hope it’s only a few days off.
Crossing Highway 89. Approx. Mile 6. This involves going under the highway via an underpass, climbing up to the highway, using the highway to cross back over a river, and then climbing off the highway. Glad we are virtual.
High Camp, listed on the map at Mile 13.
Watsons Monument. Mile 14. Highest point on the course, at 8774 ft.
Thursday, August 6. Day off. Punk from vet visit on Tues. Rodney probably could have gone back to work. Milton’s performative pitifulness earned two days off for both horses. [Woe is Us]
Friday, August 7. 10 min light work in ring to get joints moving.
Saturday, August 8. Today 6 laps, 2.05 miles. Total 8.1 miles. Time 51:34 min. Pace 25 minpermile/2.4 mph.
Sunday, August 9. Today 7 laps, 2.37 miles. Total 10.5 miles. Time 57:20 min. Pace 24 minpermile/2.5 mph. Trot test of concept.
Monday, August 10. Today 7 laps, 2.33 miles. Total 12.8 miles. Time 49:05 min. Pace 21 minpermile/2.9 mph. Trot on!
Tuesday, August 11. Today 7 laps, 2.35 miles. Total 15.1 miles. Time 49:46 min. Pace 21 minpermile/2.9 mph. Small add-on to make the distance. Some days the GPS giveth; some days the GPS taketh away.
Wednesday, August 12. Day off. One of us had to be at work early. Horses ready for day off. Horses not the only ones.
Streetview of were we stopped for the week. I think that is the trail on the right. So much no.
Go Pony: Virtual Tevis An endurance rider with several Tevis-related posts.
Moonlit Pastures: Virtual Tevis Week 1: Watson’s Monument Taking the non-rider option.
Stay safe. Stay sane.