The Overlap, Virtual Trail Report, Tevis Sippy Cup, Miles 35 through 44, August 2020

Training Journal

If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.

Awareness of the outside world. Today is Letterer Appreciation Day. 13th Dimension: 13 THINGS You Didn’t Know About Comics Lettering. What other underappreciated careers need their own day?


New plan.

Our field is basically a rectangle. The lower edge, A to B, is flat. The short sides, B to C and A to D, go up (or down) a slight slope. The top of the hill is in the middle of C to D, to the left of the downed tree. [The Hills]

The new pattern doubles the flat/flatish areas, and bumps each lap from 1/3 to 1/2 mile. We start from A, go all the way around, pass A, get to C, turn around. Then, in reverse, start from C, go all the way around, pass C, get to A, turn around. On the image, from Saturday, you can see where we overlap. You can also see where we wandered around the ring at the end waiting for the GPS to tick over.

The new laps are a wee bit more confusing than simple once around the field. Either we forget where we are in the pattern and turn around too soon, or one of us gets in a daze and wanders past the turn. I tend to announce the plan out loud each time we make the turn as an aid to keeping myself on track.

Base image from Map My Walk.


Robinson Flat, Mile 36. Image source & additional photos, The Tevis Cup: Robinson Flat.

Daily Log
We are doing our rides in 1/2-mile laps around our pasture. Link to standings, Doctor Whooves, Major Milton, All. Daily screenshots from VTevis results page.

Thursday, August 27. Today 2.45 miles. Total 37.2 {36.2} miles. Time 52:54 min. Pace 21 minpermile/2.9 mph.

Friday, August 28. Scheduled day off.

Milton, mile 41.

Rodney, mile 40, looking back.

Saturday, August 29. Today 4 miles. Total 41.2 {40.2} miles. Time 1:24 min. Pace 21 minpermile/2.9 mph. FOUR miles! I can’t remember the last time I’ve ridden for that long. I certainly have, just not lately. Update. Rodney one warm up lap in hand, catching up.

Milton, mile 44.

Rodney, mile 43.

Sunday, August 30. Today 3.01 miles. Total 44.2 {43.2} miles. Time 1:09:54 min. Pace 23 minpermile/2.6 mph. Update. Rodney one warm up lap in hand, catching up.

Monday, August 31. Scheduled day off.

Recent Posts
[Miles 25-34]

County Island: The Tevis Trail: (Un)monumental Thoughts “Or maybe the Tevis trail is more like a state of mind.”

County Island: The Tevis Trail: Big Cats “… virtual (which is a high-falutin way to say pretend) …”

Moonlit Pastures: Virtual Tevis Week 4: Robinson Flat And Beyond

Go Pony: One Mile At A Time (Virtual Tevis weeks 3/4)

Go Pony: First Milestones. With Real Tevis commentary.

[Tevis post archives]

Process Note
Virtual Tevis reports have moved from Thursday to Tuesday. Hence only 5 days covered here. Thursday are my Fit To Ride days, wherein I talk about off-horse exercise. Lately, all of my walking and biking has had a virtual component. So, when Virtual Tevis came along, I put it on Thursdays with virtual everything else. It’s really closer to a show report – remember those? – which used to run on Tuesdays.

Plus, I needed something to say today.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

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