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Racing the Wild Coast – Movie Coming Soon!

Do you have goosebumps yet?

In October 2016, team riders Sarah and Rose rode in the inaugural Race the Wild Coast from Port Edward to Kei Mouth in South Africa.  Throughout the race, they and ten other riders were filmed on their journey… the product of which will be coming soon to your screens!  Stay tuned here and at the Rockethorse site and we will keep you informed of the release date as it becomes available!

What was it like to be filmed while riding this epic race?

 

Sarah and Asad being filmed during vetting later in the race. Photo courtesy of Rockethorse Racing.

“I am not going to lie, I avoided the film crew at first.  I was worried that taking time to interview with them on my holds would slow down my vet checks – and having efficient vet checks and horse changes was my strategy for the race.  Any time I saw them approaching I would make myself busy… fussing over my horse or my pack.  Once I had my routine down later in the race, I took some time to let them in.”

-Sarah

Sam and Monde catch up to Sarah. Photo courtesy of Rockethorse Racing.

“We would be riding on a goat track the edge of a cliff with a hundred metre drop straight to the ocean.  Then we would hear the whip whip whip sound of the helicopter approaching and just think ‘oh crap, what is coming next?’  ‘don’t spook, don’t spook, don’t spook’ and of course ‘don’t look at it you fool, they told you not to and wave at the cameras.  Slap a smile on your face and pretend that your chafed damp legs aren’t stinging like a thousand wasps got in your pants.  You are having fun remember?’  Later in the race when I was alone fighting to keep Asad moving, the familiar sound of the chopper told me that Sam and Monde were closing in.  It was a telltale sign that something exciting was about to happen.”

-Sarah


Jamie following Rose on her second horse Eclipe into a vet check. Photo courtesy of Rockethorse Racing.

“My headlamp turned out to be water resistant, not ‘swim rivers’ water proof.  The second morning, getting ready in the dark, I was quite happy to have the camera crew following me around with their bright lights.”

-Rose

“At a certain point, I found myself looking for the camera crew when something hilarious or frustrating was happening.  It started to feel like a natural extension of whatever it is that drives me to blog in the first place.  Sometimes when I’m trying to write a blog and reconstruct an event and find the right pictures, I think how much more convenient it would be if I just had a camera crew.  That said, I don’t like seeing myself in photos or on video.  Seeing myself on video, I can’t help wondering if I look that goofy all the time.

-Rose

 


And if you are feeling motivated and inspired by the video, why not apply for a spot in the 2018 race?

Can’t make it for one reason another?  Not to worry, Ashley will do it so you don’t have to.  Help her fundraising efforts by purchasing an ESRR tee or hoodie!

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B’s Truly Couture Cupcakes

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For those of you in the GTA with a sweet tooth, my friend Bisma, owner of B’s Truly Couture Cupcakes is baking up a storm with her Couture Cupcakes for the party.  If you aren’t able to make it to the party (or if you are, but want to pre-order) you can reach her at the following places

B’s Truly Couture Cupcakes
Twitter: @BTCCupcakes

 

She will be donating the proceeds of her sales at the party, or orders placed through my reference to one of my charities, so give her a shout and satisfy your sugary craving 🙂  PS these make great gifts too!

 

Sponsor Alert: Hotcore Sleeping Bags

I am very excited, next week I will be picking up a gift from Hotcore: a Hotcore Roma 200 sleeping bag.

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HotcoreR sleeping bags are designed for the recreational backpacker, camper, and world traveler. Our sleeping bags are some of the most lightweight, compact, and affordable bags available anywhere. We are using high quality siliconized TRUELOFT micro fibre insulation that traps more warm air between its micro fibers than traditional insulations with the same loft, giving you a warm sleeping bag in a compact and lightweight package. TRUELOFT is lightweight, compressible, breathable, and extremely quick drying, all to keep you warm and comfortable.

Hotcore sleeping bags have no cotton content; cotton is terrible for warmth as it holds moisture and does not dry quickly when it becomes wet. Beware a sleeping bag with a cotton or polycotton lining. Our lining is a brushed polyester, a unique lining fabric that is extremely soft and warm, while still being quick to dry when wet.

 

I am going to hold off for now on a review, this will be better done once I have tested it in Mongolia (nights are too warm here for me to really appreciate it!).  What a great way for me to stay warm and save weight!

Product Sponsor Alert: Shockbox

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I first read about Shockbox through the GetMyFix blog.  Go read her article about it, I can’t say it any better.

The coles notes is that it is a sensor on your helmet that can measure the force to your head when you hit the dirt riding.  It can accurately tell you if you are at risk of concussion, whiplash etc, and can come in handy when deciding whether your helmet needs to be filed under G (for garbage).

Of course, I couldn’t get 2 paragraphs in without getting very excited about this new product, and jumping right into emailing the supplier with my excited questions to learn whether it is appropriate for competitive distance applications.  I always read and talk to people asking about what they can do to make themselves safer on trail.  Now remember, this isn’t going to prevent accidents, but it can assist you in taking the right steps to getting the help you need after the accident.

So of course, the first question I had was “will it be set off by tree branches?”   I am sure like many of you, I deflect branches with my helmet on the trails.  Oh the joys of a big trail horse.  The answer was a no, it is programmed to register a minimum amount of force – so unless you get Branched In Face (BIF) hard enough to get a concussion, you won’t get false readings.  Also, the unit can be re-adhered to multiple helmets and reused many many times.  Its also a low enough profile, and adhered well enough that you won’t lose it from a BIF.

Next was what type of phone can be used with it.  This is where it starts getting fun.  Unfortunately my new blackberry is the only brand of smartphone that this doesn’t work with, so when I get experimenting with my shockbox, I will be borrowing Lee’s Samsung.

The exciting part was when Kelsey told me that they are working to develop the App to work with your phones GPS.

So the idea is that if you fall and have head trauma, the sensor will trigger and your phone will send your GPS coordinates to your emergency contact.  If you trail ride, I don’t need to explain how beneficial this could be.  I have never been alone passed out in the forest, but it is something I always fear.

This feature is still in development, so I hope to have more news on this soon!  I will leave it at that for now.

Online Auction Item: Nux Clothing Gift Certificate

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Is fitness in your future?  Or are you already a die-hard athlete?  Either way, we all can use some fabulous gear so we can feed doubly great working out.  Thankfully, my new friends at Nux can hook you up!

At NUX, we measure our success by the inspiration we are able to evoke.  

Every facet of NUX is infused with inspiration: From our made in the USA commitment to our dedicated team and most importantly our customers.

Whether you are enjoying the supple touch of our body engineered micro fiber nylon, or different fits with our various compression levels, there is an unmistakable common thread: inspiration! 

So if our beautiful apparel can inspire you to reach higher, exercise harder, or if our Nuxology puts a spring in your step, you have helped us succeed- thank you.

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They have donated a gift certificate to be auctioned off,  good for anything on their site.

What you are bidding on:  A gift certificate for NuxUSA’s online store $50.

Starting bid: $10.00

Bid increments: $2.00

Bidding close: Midnight EST September 28, 2014

To win: Top 1 bids at bidding close will win the gift certificate.

(further guidelines can be found on the Auction main page)

Sponsor Alert: The Edge

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This week was like Christmas in April… err I guess that would have been Easter.  With some nervous excitement, I greeted Greg and Stella of The Edge in my friendly local Starbucks.  Turns out they were just as excited to meet me as I was them!  It was a fated relationship indeed.

We talked for well over an hour about The Mongol Derby, Endurance riding, and of course their product The Edge.  Stella whipped out a bowl of this sparkling green miracle and thankfully no staff called the cops at what must have looked like a highly suspicious exchange.

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So what is The Edge are you asking?

THE EDGE(tm) Equine

THE EDGE(tm) is one of Nature’s Perfect Foods. The micronutrients in THE EDGE(tm) are essential for optimum health and superior nutrition. Feeding THE EDGE(tm) Equine daily can help regenerate hoof tissue, improve joint function, reduce inflammation, accelerate healing and recovery, support the immune system, improve temperament, and enhance performance. Add this natural supplement to your daily feeding program – for you, your horse, and your pets.

Yes you are reading correctly, this is for both horses AND humans.  Meaning both Bentley and I will be incorporating this product into our fitness program, and hopefully within a few weeks I can have some reports to share with my readers.

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Here are some of the benefits that will give me an Edge Up in my training and hopeful completion of the Mongol Derby:

  • Improved joint function – those who have ridden with me are likely to know I have a bad right knee.  So much that I frequently prefer to ride stirrupless or run alongside my horse.  So hopefully this will help ease the pain and keep me going a little longer
  • Improved mental acuity – I have to kick this coffee thing, seriously.  The dosage I am on is equivalent to about 25 servings of chocolate.  It will never replace my addiction to chocolate, but perhaps will keep me from serotonin and caffeine withdrawal through my adventure.  Plus, I need to stay sharp!
  • Healing and recovery – a huge endurance plus and a little extra help getting out of bed on day 2, 3, 4… and so forth

Visit their FAQ section to see all the benefits. There are far too many to list here. And check back later to see how I am progressing on it!

 

 

Sponsor Alert: LifeSaving Water

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I received a wonderful gift today – the gift of drinkable water!

Lifesaving water has provided me with an adapter for my hydration pack that will provide safe clean water for up to 4000L.

This is the only product in the world that is portable and will remove all viruses & bacteria.   I believe (now I will have to check with the organizers still) that since it is part of my hydration pack, it is counted toward my riding weight… saving a portion of my 5kg weight allowance for more Ibuprofen and clean undies.

They don’t just make hydration pack adapters, they have a whole range suited for everything from travelers to emergencies/disasters.

 

 

Online Auction: Rocky Boots

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The kind folks at Rocky Boots have provided a generous gift for me to auction off…

A free pair of Rocky boots! (received as gift certificate)

They have everything from work boots to western boots, prices range from $100 to over $250.  Best part is you pick your style, size and width from their entire catalog.

What you are bidding on:  A gift certificate for ANY Rocky Brand boot, direct from manufacturer (valued at upward of $100-$250 CAD)

Starting bid: $50.00

Bid increments: $5.00

Bidding close: Midnight EST September 1, 2014

To win: Top 1 bids at bidding close will win the gift certificate.

(further guidelines can be found on the Auction main page)

Media Alert! – YongeStreet

Earlier this week my friend Sheena messaged me asking about my sponsorship by KnixWear.

She wanted to know if I could provide a quote for an article she was working on about them.  Knowing what a fantastic writer she is, I whooped and cheered and happily took the opportunity!

So without further ado, you can check out the full article here:

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Here is the snippet with my mention:

To test the limits of Knixwear, the company has sponsored horseback rider Sarah Cuthbertson who will be participating in the world’s longest horse race, the Mongol Derby, next summer. She is one of only 35 riders selected to travel to the Mongolian Steppe to ride 1,000 km in 10 days. Some days she will be riding for more than 12 hours. “I am limited to only 5 kg of gear to carry with me,” she says. “Once I account for a sleeping bag, camera, and basic first aid and navigation equipment, there is very little room left for the comforts of fresh clothes. Knowing I can go an extra day…is a huge relief for me.”

Thanks Sheena!!!!!