Winter Wind a-Whining
Aaruba is snoozing in his paddock just now, his jersey cooler rippling in the wind, having enjoyed a post-workout meal of beet pulp and alfalfa. After two weeks’ weather-enforced layoff, I’m not sure whether he or I was more enthusiastic about hitting the conditioning trail.
We went 19 miles yesterday — seventeen at a trot and canter, and the final two at a walk. Though his attitude was game as ever, Aaruba’s aerobic stamina has clearly declined since we last enjoyed a regular conditioning schedule in October. I tried not to be disheartened by this fact as, today, we took our time traversing 12 miles of rolling hills.
I knew this was coming, after all. And, I confess that I enjoyed our white Christmas almost as much as did Aaruba.
Ah, well. At least I have perfected my winter riding wardrobe: heavyweight Patagonia long johns under cotton tights and half chaps, Bridgedale snow sport socks (best socks ever!), silk blend turtleneck, REI windproof fleece, Columbia down vest that makes me look like the Michelin man, fleece riding gloves, and a thin stocking cap under my helmet.
That ensemble kept me warm for two hours today, with temperatures in the low 20’s and 15 mph winds that make it feel like 10 degrees out there. According to the forecast, said wind is bringing more snow. Hooray. _________________________________________________________
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