- (I’m still in that phase of trying not to directly tie my full name to my blog. I figure more job hunting is going to be in my eventual future, and I’m not quite ready to be 100% open with everyone about everything I write here. It’s not hard to connect the dots and figure out my name with the information here. It’s just not searchable at this point.)
Where do you live: Bay Area, CA
Family Status: single, with a very tolerant boyfriend. One pony. One cat, who lives with my parents but still claims me as his person.
1. How long have you been riding? Endurance?
I started riding lessons at age 12 – wow, half a lifetime ago. I went to several week-long riding camps in the years before that, so probably age 8 or 9? I rode hunters with an occasional dressage lesson until I started with Confetti.
I did my first trail ride in May 2011 and my first endurance ride in September 2012. That sounds totally ridiculous. I had a lot of support!
2. What does a normal training week look like for you?
4 rides, 25 miles total. Often one fast or long ride with 1-2 medium speed/length rides and one pleasant hack-type ride, slower and/or shorter. In theory I’d like to be doing one fast and one long per week, but I don’t think that happens more than a few times a year.
I’m trying to start running again (3 times a week) now that my foot seems mostly healed from my driveway-fall (back in February). We’ll see how that holds up.
3. Any advice for endurance riding spouses?
Patience is a virtue. I tend towards moderately obsessive and can talk for hours about theoretical training plans and goals and how well she did, or didn’t do, and what I could change, but maybe I shouldn’t… show some interest, but it’s okay to politely redirect the conversation sometimes.
4. Where will this sport be in 10 years?
I feel so very new to all this that it’s hard for me to make any sort of statement, even wildly guessing.
I think vets will be looking at more/different parameters.
I think technology will be more common, but certainly not commonplace – or maybe just starting to be commonplace in 10 years.
5. What was your best race and why (AERC endurance – or if you are primary in another discipline, than your best ride in that sport).
Fireworks this year. No contest. No horse-human fighting. No (horse-related) stress. Casually trotting down the trail, in sync, relaxed and willing. We’re finally starting to feel like actual endurance folk who might occasionally know what we’re doing… at least in-between blips of lameness, scrapes, and random bouts of hives. On second thought, maybe that makes us feel more like actual endurance folks?
Bonus question: What’s your favorite beer?
I’ve never actually had beer. For a while the medications I was taking didn’t mix well with alcohol; now it’s just a lack of opportunities (plus: very twisty highway heading home). I’ve also never acquired a liking for carbonated drinks of any kind. Suggestions appreciated on where I should start – I am running totally blind here, y’all.