If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.
Awareness of the outside world. How am I doing? Well, earlier this week, there was a nocturnal feline/canine territory dispute, which incited the dog to speak sharply, which startled me, which caused me to wake up screaming. Twice. Yeah, I’m coping real well.
The ride is virtual. The extension is real.
“Due to the ongoing impacts of regional fires, poor air quality, and unsafe conditions, the Tevis Virtual Ride has been extended until December 31, 2020.
This event has always been intended to be a FUNdraiser for the Western States Trail Foundation – with emphasis on FUN, and we want to ensure all participants have an adequate chance to complete their goals in a fair manner.
Entries are still open for those who would like to participate.”
My first impression was that the extension is overly long. End of November would have made more sense? Nope. A) The fires, smoke, and dislocations are not over & B) from what I’ve read, it can take a horse weeks to come back into work after exposure to bad air. December it is. Thank you, Tevis folks.
The purist part of me wants to finish by the original deadline of early November. We are fortunate not to have these horrible conditions as extenuating circumstances. The practical part of me says, if we need the extra time, take the extra time. Be pleased that the time is available.
On the other end of the scale, an option is to complete the ride in 24 hours. Not in one day as in the IRL race, but riding over many days with cumulative time of 24 hours. Maybe for us in some future year if they continue with a virtual option (crosses fingers). Note, with checks and vet holds the actual saddle time of the IRL 100 miles is less than 22 hours. Eeek.
Speaking of options, many folks are doing a fantastic job of creating mock trails. The Virtual Tevis Facebook group has photos of “Cougar” Rocks, painted butt numbers, and creative finish lines. One virtual competitor had their vet hold up a Fit to Continue sign. Clever. We haven’t done any of this. Just getting around is job one this year. Maybe next year.
Virtual Tevis [Archives]
Stay safe. Stay sane.