Counting down the days and doing a very bad job of “tapering”… So no riding to report.
So instead I present for you a random grab bag of thoughts:
On drinking: (Horse not human!) from http://www.fundersgoodidea.com/ on horse hydration over 50 or 100 miles:
30 swallows equals a gallon, and horses lose something like 2 1/2 gallons per hour (I think). All horses get dehydrated over the first 25 miles of a ride, and the ones who’ll do well spend the rest of their miles getting re-hydrated.
This fits with Joe, who doesn’t drink for the first 40 to 50km, but will almost always tank up at at the first opportunity after 50km.
On Fun: I have decided that riding 100 miles is definitely type II fun. It may even verge on type III: this is from a blog on climbing:
I went through the “What the hell was I thinking?” stage just after the 160km qualifier we did in May. It took me a few weeks to decide to put in an entry for the Quilty. Right now, I am back at the “what the hell am I thinking”” stage: I am not at all sure I want to do this, I worry endlessly about breaking (and in my darker moments, about the possibility of killing) Joe. I DON’T worry about myself, Joe will look after me, but I do worry about him.
I worry about failing… We all know that statistically, many of us will. Finishing a 160 is NOT a given, no matter what preparation you do. It takes some effort for that knowledge to sit comfortably with me: I am not good at failure.
All part of my “personal growth” I guess…
On tapering: (also horse not human – I am not fit enough to consider that I qualify for a taper. I am TRYING to continue runing up until the week before the ride):
Does throwing your horse in a 100 acre paddock with his mates and riding him for about an hour at a time when you find the time count as tapering?? Joe and I went out and did 50kms over the weekend 10 days ago (33km Saturday, 17 km of hills Sunday). Since then riding has been patchy at best: we did a 45 minute “reconnect the bits of the horse” arena session last Tuesday and an interval workout on Thursday (4 repeats of 4 minutes cantering, 2 minutes walking, if anyone is interested).
A combination of crap weather over the weekend (however, YAY for softer tracks for the Quilty), a massive workload and family commitments mean that I have barely touched my horse since then. I KNOW on a logical level that he is supposed to be tapering, and that 80km 4 weeks ago plus the 50km over the weekend 2 weeks ago mean that he is fit enough, and that leaving him alone is probably a good thing to do with him right now. but I can’t quite shake the feeling that everyone else has their Quilty horses on a very controlled regime of diet and exercise, whereas mine is standing in the paddock.
Must resist the urge to fiddle…
On the Quilty:
If anyone is interested, here is the official website, with entries list, course details and venue map: http://watq.cloudaccess.net/
Live(ish) updates of riders’ progress will be available here: http://www.aeraspace.com.au/Default.aspx
And that’s all I’ve got this week…