Monday – off to the barn to get some riding done. To make life interesting, we made it a hard short ride (alternating trot/canter intervals for 45 minutes – I guess that’s not short for some people’s standards) and I tried to remain in 2-point for as long as I could through the cantering. I need to work a LOT more at this, but I started to find ways to make it easier for me – namely working more to a standing position less forward than 2-point and stretching out to what almost felt like locked knees but loose hips. Did I mention that to make it interesting, I wore a backpack with 10lbs of weight? That likely contributed to the easy exhaustion. Also, I have terribly tight hamstrings and struggle just to get my feet parallel to the ground, let alone heels down. Heather has had me stretching and improving, but I still have a long way to go as I can feel them tiring. Looks like I will have to keep doing this exercise more and more! Both horse and rider worked up a good sweat, but only one actually enjoyed the mud bath that followed.
Home and finish up the night with a core workout and lower body strength exercises (as if my legs needed any more!)
Tuesday – Pop by the gym for upper body workout only – perhaps the fastest I have ever been in and out of the gym. I drove home in my shorts and tshirt with the windows down because that’s what happens when us North Folk get a day above 10C in springtime. Core workout again really fast then I convinced Lee to go for a walk. I spent most of our half hour out struggling with my Garmin which at first didn’t want to locate satellites (for 15 minutes) then died mysteriously twice despite claims of full battery. I am horribly afraid that I am going to be replacing it before the first Ride of the season. I did download a free App for my phone that will track distance/speed but it wont be as handy and durable as another watch. I have made a short-list of GPS options but can’t commit yet. I’m still in mourning.
Then as per the usual Tuesday routine, I went to yoga to do some yin stretching.
Wednesday I rushed home, starving because I had left my lunch by the door that day. I decided the only course of action was to do my bosu squats (strength training) while preparing my boxed pasta dinner. Lee came home early and caught me in multi-tasking like a pro.
After all that was over, I rushed to the barn for my riding lesson. Bentley was being a real crab-cake. First he wouldnt let me groom him (doing circles around his stall) then he nipped me during girthing, they he pooped in the immaculate HP barn – not 5 steps to the door outside – I swear he did it on purpose. Then as I tried to clean it up, he wandered after me and did his best to knock the poop out of the shovel and scatter it around the aisles. Despite his crabby start, our ride was lovely – a quick walk up and down the driveway outside, then a fun games lesson ending jumping a small course with almost 100% perfect spots. We think the explanation may be that he was pissed off at me for not feeding him before riding. My typical routine is to feed him after we ride, but recently the barn staff have been extra efficient and feed when they get brought in. So guessing the spinning was the “it must be hidden somewhere” response and the nip was the “im hungry, you are doing the routine wrong lady!”. Then maybe the poop was a reminder that he was soon to be empty? And if you are worried that he was indeed starving – he had been gorging himself on his personal round bale all day.
Thursday was back to the gym for a short speed run. Then despite my plans to ride, Lee informed me that he can’t subsist on mustard and old almond milk. So it turned into a grocery and chore day. But at least now I have banana bread. So I guess that’s a fair trade off.
Friday was an “off” day and we headed into the city to see our friend’s band TJ Hollywood perform at their CD release party. It was a late night.
Saturday I got my exercise at the barn with my chores and a short ride.
Sunday was a beautiful day and I took advantage both with a long ride on Bentley and a long walk with Lee. Its still too muddy to trot in most places so we only did 15.9km riding, despite riding for 2.5 hours. Of course we had our music going which made the slow pace a little more tolerable. For those of you who were asking, this is the setup I have with my speakers.