In the Night Farm…Your Ride is Here.

Decision

Wow!  Am I ever glad I wasn’t in ride camp last night.  Southwest Idaho was slammed with 40 mph winds and pounding rain all evening and again in the wee hours.  The first thing I did this morning was hurry to the window and make sure all the ponies remained secure in their paddocks.

I’ve decided not to take Consolation to the ride.  She seems all right, but between just coming off a period of NQR behavior and a month’s rest, I feel more confident waiting until next time.  A new ride, Cheap Thrills, No Frills!, will be held in the Owyhee Canyonlands in late June.  That’s what we’re shooting for.  (I’d love to haul down to Strawberry Fields in mid-June, but I have a business trip that week; also, as a friend pointed out, Utah may not be the very best place to travel with our horses right now.)

I’m disappointed, but at peace.  I am also determined that this is the year I’ll get at least one more horse legged up — preferably two — so all my plans aren’t riding on a single mount.  More on that soon.

Meanwhile, I do feel comfortable putting Consolation back on the conditioning trail.  Our new pro-fitness, anti-boredom campaign starts today.  I’m on vacation, the dawn is crisp and bright, and we’re going exploring!

Ironman and I went on a trail-hunting excursion recently, literally hopping in the car and heading for the hills, and found quite a few exciting possibilities.  Some look like they’ll offer stunning scenery and technical work, which Consolation enjoys, and all feature the big climbs we desperately need. 

I know, I know.  I’ve long resisted hauling out for conditioning rides because it takes so much time, and I have so many horses needing training at home.  I can get more done in a day if I condition right from my driveway.  However, I’ve reached the limit of fitness Consolation can achieve without more challenging trails.  Besides, she’s bored.  Time for me to suck it up and trailer her to new and better places!

I’ll take my camera.

…Which reminds me, I did order a heart rate monitor with GPS!  My shiny new Garmin 305 with V-Max Adaptor Kit will arrive in a few days.  (Psst, they’re on sale with free shipping at The Distance Depot!)

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6 responses

  1. Ashley

    Of course its too late for you now but you can buy the garmin 305 on amazon for $128 with free shipping (http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Forerunner-Receiver-Heart-Monitor/dp/B000CSWCQA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306419334&sr=8-1) and then just buy the adaptor from distance depot for $75 and it is much cheaper putting you at about $200 for the same set up.

    May 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

    • Hey Ashley! Thanks for the heads-up — yes, too late for me, but I’m going to comfort myself with the thought that I’d have to pay $15 shipping for the adaptor kit. 😛

      SJ — Agreed. We need some new scenery.

      Dom — No kidding! It was NASTY out there last night!

      May 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

  2. sj

    Good decision, T.

    New training scenarios are always good, even if you have to truck a ways. Keeps you both attentive, sharp. Good for making happy new neurons.

    🙂

    sj

    May 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

  3. Dom

    Sounds like you made the right choice. The less miserable one, too 😉

    May 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

  4. Rosanne

    I really don’t like camping in the rain. It seems like you made a good decision…new GPS and heart rate monitor instead. Yay! My hubby got one of those a few months ago and LOVES it!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    • Excellent! I wonder how steep the learning curve will be. 🙂

      May 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

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