In the Night Farm…Your Ride is Here.

How Long the Road

Nearly seven years have passed, but I remember my first LD like it was just last May.  I had so much to say afterwards that I needed two, lengthy posts to tell the tale.  Later that summer, my good friend, a photographer, drove a couple hours on a frigid morning to document my first 50.  That story also took a long post, plus some related posts, to tell.

Since 2008, I have completed 30 endurance rides, plus a few LDs before I gave those up altogether in 2009.  My record is hardly notable — riding with friends like Karen Bumgarner has a way of keeping a person humble — but still, 30 rides will get you a long way down the road.  1515 AERC miles, to be exact.

That’s enough miles to make your average 50 nothing to write home about.  Oh, it’s still one of my favorite ways to spend a day.  It’s still fun and beautiful and painful and sweaty and all the rest.  It still gets my attention and makes me look for ever-better ways to prepare and care for my horse.

But it just isn’t the big deal that once it was.  It isn’t a major challenge.  It isn’t sufficiently HARD.

(Did you notice that, last year, I wrote up only one of Jammer’s six endurance rides?  Yeah.  Partly that was because I was busy playing with whitewater and backpacks and motorcycles, but it was also because there just wasn’t much to say beyond: “We had a great ride!”  Yep.  Sure did.  Next?)

I’ll tell you what’s next.  It’s what I’ve wanted from the day I first learned that endurance riding exists as an organized sport.   It’s the thing that still lures me, still scares the crap out of me, the thing I must do.

100’s.

JammerBW

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13 responses

  1. Jackie Moran

    Looking forward to seeing you accomplish this challenge.

    January 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

  2. Dom

    Yes! I hope to do 100 some day…

    January 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

  3. Welcome back. I promise trying hundreds will challenge you enough to produce a worthy story!

    January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

  4. You seem like someone that would enjoy the challenge. My hubby loves endurance, but has also felt like you. Oh, well, another 50… So now he sticks mostly to multi-days…5 days at 50 miles each on the same horse is a real challenge. But he said Tevis was the toughest. (He will probably do it again though) I’m sure you will conquer the 100 milers!

    January 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    • Tevis is definitely on the radar…stay tuned… As for multi-days — I LOVE those. I’m hoping to do many on both Jam and Maji.

      February 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

  5. Crysta

    The group has been really quiet lately, but there’s a lot of good information here and very helpful and supportive people:
    http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/new100milers/?yguid=309459497

    January 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  6. John

    Yep. Sure missed your writing. Good luck on this next challenge.

    January 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    • 🙂 Thanks, John — I’m so glad you’re still around and reading!

      February 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

  7. cg

    Glad to see your back! Were you at OR100? I spied a really gorgeous grey warming up Sat. morning, my friend and I were both admiring the horse and later I realized- I think I’ve seen that horse before- on your blog!

    January 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    • CG — That might have been us! We were at OR 100 (riding the 50), and The Jam certainly does like to show off before the start, LOL!

      February 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

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