The Figure Eight, Virtual Trail Report, Tevis Sippy Cup, Miles 67 through 71, September 2020

Training Journal

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

Awareness of the outside world. Whatever: What We Knew, What We Know, and Why It Matters. What he said. I would add that I get the sense Trump wants to win the reelection because it is a contest and he must be victorious in all contests. I haven’t see any sign that he actually wants the job on Wednesday the 4th.


Added a few laps of figure eight by cutting across the middle of the field, thereby adding a touch of fitness work from climbing directly up the hill. Start and stop are in different places due to an early end, see below.

Volcano Canyon/Volcano Creek, noted on map.

Forest Hill, Mile 68. Image source & additional photos, The Tevis Cup: Foresthill.

Daily Log
We are doing our rides in 1/3 or 1/2-mile laps around our pasture. Link to standings, Doctor Whooves, Major Milton, All. Daily screenshots from VTevis results page.

Wednesday, September 23. Today 3.09 miles. Total 69 miles. Time 1 hour 14 min. Pace 24 minpermile/2.5 mph. Half-mile loop laps.

Good ride. Cool weather. Well-behaved horses. Although Rodney kept offering to turn around, if that would be more convenient, you know, if I wanted to go that way instead.

Saturday, September 26. Today 1.49 miles. Total 71 miles. Time 39 min. Pace 26 minpermile/2.3 mph. Two 1/2 mile laps, two figure-eight laps.

Mission terminated due to excessive commotion in cow field next door. Major mooing. Cows would not shut up. Rodney obsessed over missing the latest chapter in the ongoing bovine drama. Rider? What rider? A known issue. Milton less worried about cows; more worried about Rodney. [Saddletime, Secret]

Tried again later in the day. Neighbors had moved on to making miscellaneous loud noises. Milton hates construction noise. Sends him off the deep end. Another known issue. Rodney wondering about noise, but no comparison to his interest in cow conversation. Not particularly worried about Milton’s responses. [Missing Lesson]

We found out later that the neighbors were building a fence in the cow field. Morning noises were probably from a round-up. Afternoon noises were from a tractor pile-driving posts into the ground.

Sometimes it’s better to stop and go home.

“On June 19th to 24th 2016, the American Trail Running Association partnered with the Google Maps team to capture 360 degree panoramic “street-view” imagery of the entire Western States Trail using the Street View Trekker backpack.” The Tevis Cup: Foresthill.

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Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

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