Thursday, December 6, 2012

Team 1 - Vasa*



My name is Tammy Vasa.  I live north of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Riding is my passion.  And when I'm not riding, I am talking about it on my website, Horsetrailriders.com, or on the Distance Derby site or our list serve, Horsetales.  I love to talk and write about as much as I love to ride.

This is my 2nd year in the Distance Derby, hoping to finish out DD 2012 in the Top 10.  There are three weeks left, so it's anybody's race right now.  I do know that because of the Distance Derby, I rode more miles than I have in the last dozen years.  We will finish out around 1,200 miles and a little less than 400 hours.  I was lucky enough to ride this past year in seven states, all of those surrounding mine.

Windy, my home-grown, coming 11 year old quarter horse mare is my main mount.  She is my {heart} horse.  We have shared the trails since she was 3 and have grown together as a team.  She tests me, I test her; and I think she loves me as much as I love her.  :)  It'a a great partnership.  I also enjoy putting time on my husband's mare, 5 year old, Fancy.  We have 2 other quarter horses, Butter and Blue, and a Belgian-x draft mare, Baby.

I have dabbled in Competitive Trail, sponsor a Trail Challenge for our local Trails Committee but most of all, enjoy loading up and riding and camping with my husband and friends.

I chased the miles for the Derby in 2012.  This year, I'll gather them organically.  I'm just going to ride!

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2012 / 1235.80 miles /  8th Place

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69 comments:

  1. Tammy Vasa
    I am in the 2013 Derby!

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  2. I am going to kick your butt, my way of saying hi to the 2013 derby, lol

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  3. Thanks Tammy, this is awesome!

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  4. First ride of the year on my best mare, Windy Poo.

    01/01/13
    .15 minutes
    .80 miles

    Aiming for one short bareback ride but the iPhone froze up at .80 and I wasn't going to stand out in the cold waiting for it to warm up. Sticking it in my pants didn't help! LOL.

    Happy New Year! May you all ride safe and your horse stay sound and stay in the saddle and off the ground! Cheers!

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  5. Fancy / Field
    Sun, Jan 6, 2013 4:40 PM
    53:30 Time
    4.26 Distance
    4.8 Av Speed
    16.8 Max Speed


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    Windy / Pasture
    Sat, Jan 5, 2013 4:30 PM
    45:11 Time
    3.66 Miles
    4.9 Av Speed
    15.0 Max Speed


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    Windy / Arena
    Fri, Jan 4, 2013 5:21 PM
    19:10 Time
    1.02 Miles
    3.2 Av Speed


    Wow. Its pretty awesome to be recording only my miles and not everyone else's. Now I know what it feels like to wait for the Leader Board.

    I've sure enjoyed seeing all the miles being posted. It is even more fun to read your comments about where you rode and with whom.


    My first 2 rides were on Windy. Tonight I did a little time on Fancy. I have to say it was probably one of our A rides. If this is what its like in January, it can only get better.

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  6. Tammy,

    Hi I am new to the Derby this year and am trying to decide on GPS unit to use for tracking miles. If you don't mind me asking what do you use to track your miles? Any information would be helpful.

    Thanks,
    Christi

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  7. Hi Tammy,
    I'm new to this, as well as to your blog. Just wanted you to know that I'm really excited about being a part of this and that your blog has been really helpful as I look for places to stop over on my way to the Black Hills this summer.
    Cheers,
    S'nK Team 94

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    1. SnK - thanks so much and glad you could join us in the Derby. We had a lot of fun last year and I think it inspired a lot of riders to do more of it. Enjoy the Black Hills! We are going back this year, too. Great place to ride.

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    2. I noticed Juanita and I have both been slacking...ok, mostly me. :)
      But maybe the weather will be more pleasant this month...probably not, but a girl can dream. I'm sure my EMS instructors or work won't be real sympathetic if I ever decide I'm "sick" and come back in the next day or so with an impressive sun burn!

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  8. Fancy - Two Rivers
    Sat, Jan 19, 2013 1:47 PM
    Time 2:21:32
    Miles 9.16
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    Windy - Roads
    Fri, Jan 18, 2013 1:36 PM
    Time 2:45:18
    Miles 10.85
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    Windy - Pasture
    Thu, Jan 17, 2013 4:51 PM
    Time 43:28
    Miles 2.50
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    Fancy - Arena
    Wed, Jan 16, 2013 5:17 PM
    Time 25:42
    Miles 1.10
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    Total Miles to Date: 33.35


    Thank you so much, Diane, for taking over the reins of the Distance Derby. I am thrilled with the number of riders who are participating this year and hope you have as much fun with it as we did last year.



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  9. Jan 26 - Fancy - bareback in the yard

    Distance: 2.11 mi

    Time: 40:41

    Avg Speed: 3.1 mph

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  10. Distance: 4.34 mi

    Time: 52:14

    Avg Moving Sp: 7.0 mph

    Max Speed: 19.0 mph

    Year to Date 39.9


    Had about an hour on Windy this afternoon. Would have liked to have hauled somewhere and chased a few miles but had stuff to do around here. I think she felt as good as I did about getting out. Did a lot of loping - 7 mph average moving speed! Really moved out across the bean field, too. Pip was with me most of the way. Hang on - winter is coming to call again this week.

    Had 2.5 hrs butt in saddle time on Thursday doing team sorting. GPS wouldn't work in the indoor arena so no miles to report. But a good time was had by all.

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    1. Tammy-did you try your Runtastic ap on the iphone at Chance Ridge? Mine worked in that arena. There are a couple dead spots, it would lose the signal but get it right back.

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    2. I turned it on briefly to see if I could get a connection but it didn't find the satellite. i didnt mess with it too long. figured I wouldn't get that many miles anyway.

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    3. Jessica got miles in our arena the other day with her phone, she said it lost it but would get it back.

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  11. What do you get after riding 1200 miles last year and barely being in the saddle this year? Sore muscles!

    Had a great day with Diane (Team 18) at Two Rivers. I told her that Windy couldn't wait to get in the trailer - I think if she could have opened the door herself, she would have. It was just the two of us, so we could move out quite a bit. There is nothing I love more than galloping down a beautiful trail on my best horse.

    We caught a glimpse of spring - it was 54* yesterday but winter is back today. Temp shows 27* with a cold north wind.

    Distance: 13.08 mi
    Time: 3:24:01
    Max Speed: 27.0 mph

    My iPhone put the max speed at 27. I've ridden that fast before and would be more apt to go with my wrist Garmin which ssaid 20.1.

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  12. 3-15
    And since its the Derby, I can't forget just a portion of a mile. Took Fancy over to Brenda's (Team 14) for some additional training. Was able to pick up a few tracks in the indoor arena.


    Distance: 0.29 mi

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  13. Saturday, March 23
    Fancy - 1.12 miles

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  14. Windy Oak Creek Trail
    Fri, Mar 29, 2013 1:33 PM
    3:07:35 hours
    11.75 Miles


    Fancy
    Thu, Mar 28, 2013 5:37 PM
    42:48 hours
    3.33 Miles


    Miles to Date: 69:33

    Hmmm. Last year miles to date were 235. I'm still running a bit (a lot?) shy. Today I did put some round pen time on Blue but didn't have a GPS on and it wasn't enough to write home about. Just giving pony rides to the nieces.

    Great ride on Friday with Diane, our lovely Derby Hostess. We didn't break any speed records but did put some miles on. My friend, Sarah, rode my Fancy. Its always fun to have more than one of my horses out.

    Spring is here in the Nebraska but we might catch a glimpse of Old Man Winter again tonight. I think after that, we can drop-kick him out the door.

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  15. Windy / Pasture
    Sun, Apr 7, 2013 5:12 PM
    49:28 minutes
    3.96 miles
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    Fancy / Arena
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013 6:39 PM
    52:02 minutes
    3.69 miles
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    Windy / Two Rivers
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013 5:47 PM
    1:52:28 minutes
    5.82 miles

    82.8 miles to date


    I'm slowly coming out of hibernation! Wasn't sure about our opening ride on Wed as the weather was iffy. Glad I made it; probably the coldest opening ride, but good to see everyone.

    Finally got John on the Leader Board today. We did lots of loping in the pasture.

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  16. Still moving slowly....

    1.06 on Windy on 4/21. Moved horses down to MIL's pasture for afternoon grazing.

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  17. First camping trip of the season and had beautiful weather. Lots of great rides with a grand finale of taking a dive off Windy in the river. Can't think of a better baptism.

    4-26 9.97 miles
    4-27 1.9 miles
    5.77 miles
    5.83 miles
    4-28 8.53 miles

    I don't have my spreadsheet in front of me but I am showing a total of 115.86 YTD.

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  18. Fancy on Sunday 5/5
    Distance: 7.57 mi
    Time: 1:56:57

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  19. Blue on 4/30 - his 17th birthday ride


    Distance: 1.12 mi
    Time: 21:03

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  20. Windy / Oak creek
    Fri, May 10, 2013 9:54 AM
    4:37:33
    16.87 MILES

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    Windy / Wildwood
    Wed, May 8, 2013 7:51 PM
    7:30 MILES
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    I am showing my total YTD as 148.72. Diane - Think your program might be rounding it up a smidge.

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  21. 5/12/2013
    2 hours on Windy in John's woods
    7.52 Miles
    156.24 YTD

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  22. 5/13/2013
    Pasture Windy 0.42 Miles


    5/15/2013
    Two Rivers on Fancy 8.60 miles

    165.26 MTD


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  23. Windy / Eagle Creek
    Sun, May 26, 2013 3:49 PM
    1:54:59 hrs
    5.66 miles
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    Windy / Eagle Creek
    Sun, May 26, 2013 9:54 AM
    2:30:57 hours
    7.30 Miles
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    Windy / Eagle Creek
    Sat, May 25, 2013 10:08 AM
    2:11:05 hours
    6.41 Miles
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    Windy / Willow Creek
    Fri, May 24, 2013 9:23 AM
    1:59:30 hours
    8.10 miles



    192.73 YTD

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  24. Windy / at home ponying Butter, Blue & Baby down to the south pasture (separately). It was the first time we every ponied the Belgian. That was a treat (Not!) My little mare held her own to Baby plowing against us and trying to run ahead. Heck, it gave me a workout, too!
    Distance: 3.20 mi
    Time: 50:20

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  25. Butter / Two Rivers
    Sat, Jun 1, 2013 2:58 PM
    2:12:33
    6.29
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    Windy / Pasture
    Sun, Jun 2, 2013 8:18 PM
    43:21
    2.14

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  26. YAY Tammy you made it over 200 miles :-)

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  27. On Vacation. Won't post miles until we return.

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  28. A fantastic vacation in the Black Hills with my husband, best friends and best horse. Rode 70.06 miles for the week.

    Windy / Hay Creek Ranch
    Sat, Jun 15, 2013 7:17 AM
    13:51 minutes
    0.59 miles
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    Windy / Hay Creek Ranch - Elk Creek Trail
    Fri, Jun 14, 2013 9:21 AM
    5:36:03 hours
    13.84 Miles
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    Windy / Hay Creek Ranch - Pink Trail
    Thu, Jun 13, 2013 5:14 PM
    1:53:16 hours
    5.28 Miles
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    Windy / Hay Creek
    Thu, Jun 13, 2013 9:51 AM
    3:19:31 hours
    8.25 miles
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    Windy / Mt Rushmore back
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013 12:56 PM
    3:04:57 hours
    5.74 miles
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    Windy / Mt Rushmore going
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013 9:34 AM
    2:38:11 hours
    5.74 miles
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    Windy / Spokane Mine, Iron Horse 15, Lakota Lake
    Tue, Jun 11, 2013 10:58 AM
    3:34:46 hours
    9.24 miles
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    Windy / Harney Peak - Norbeck Trail
    Mon, Jun 10, 2013 9:56 AM
    6:53:17 hours
    13.82 miles
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    Windy / Soldier Creek - Ft. Robinson
    Sun, Jun 9, 2013 8:03 AM
    2:41:43 hours
    7.56 miles



    Total Miles to Date 274.41

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  29. Diane - forgot to mention that I rode with your friend, Jenn Christiansen, on one ride at Hay Creek. Nice lady, pretty horse. Small world, huh?

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  30. Fancy / Czechland / Rescue Road
    Thu, Jun 20, 2013 6:47 PM
    2:58:43 Time
    9.71 Miles


    284.12 YTD

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  31. Windy / Ithaca
    Sat, Jun 22, 2013 1:53 PM
    2:04:59
    6.52
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    1. The 2.04 is hours and 6.52 is miles. The ipad didn't let me edit my cut & paste. 290.64 MTD

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  32. A Ride From Hell among the nettles! I should get double miles for this one! Enuf Said.



    Windy / Two Rivers
    Thu, Jun 27, 2013
    2:25:37 hours
    5.75 miles

    296.39 MTD


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  33. 7/8/2013 Windy 3.33 miles at home
    7/10/2013 Windy 10.42 miles at Czechland Lake

    Miles to Date: 310.14

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  34. Yay! On getting over 300 miles :-)

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  35. Saturday 9.62 miles at Branched Oak Lake With Teams Boom Boom, Luvriden Jordan and Zuni! :)

    319.76 MTD

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  36. 7/23 1.5 hours on Windy going 7.44 miles

    7/27 4.5 hours on Fancy going 15.51 miles

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  37. It rained on our parade. Planned to ride the Saunders County parade on Thursday. Got just about to the place where the people are lining the streets and a storm was brewing. The police officer stopped us and said the parade is over; head for our trailers quick! 70 mph winds coming straight for us. We hightailed it back and got the horses loaded just in time for the downpour. I laughed when I saw my max speed on my GPS: 85.1 MPH. I don't think we went quite that fast nor did we get sucked up in a tornado.

    Fancy / Gravel Roads
    Sun, Aug 4, 2013 10:02 AM
    1:53:08 hours
    5.94 Miles
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    Windy / Parade
    Thu, Aug 1, 2013 6:17 PM
    47:32 minutes
    1.08 Miles


    MTD 349.74

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  38. I want to order a T-shirt: Short sleeve, Large, Distance Derby, antigue sapphire color. I don't know how to get in touch with you. Where do I send the money? Your address? Phone number? I haven't a clue about Pay Pal.
    Frahm Team 127

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  39. Windy
    Sun, Aug 11, 2013 9:47 AM
    1:56:01 hours
    5.62 miles
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    Windy
    Sat, Aug 10, 2013 5:40 PM
    2:01:36 hours
    6.61 Miles
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    Butter / Windy
    Sat, Aug 10, 2013 11:13 AM
    2:36:40 hours
    8.15 Miles
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    Fancy
    Wed, Aug 7, 2013 3:36 PM
    3:24:11 hours
    9.77 Miles
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  40. Fancy
    Sat, Aug 17, 2013 10:50 AM
    3:14:09
    7.11 miles

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    Windy
    Wed, Aug 14, 2013 6:27 PM
    2:23:16
    8.10 miles


    395.10 ytd

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  41. Windy
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013 6:41 PM
    2:08:01
    7.32

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  42. Miles to date 402.42

    Looks like the weather is taking a big turn for the worse with heat advisories here in Nebraska the next few days and the 90's all week. Blech!!!

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  43. Congrats on getting over 400 miles. :-)

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  44. Windy/Branched Oak Area Three
    Mon, Sep 2, 2013 2:23 PM
    2:08:52 hours
    6.45 miles
    24.2 max speed
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    Wendy/Branched Oak
    Mon, Sep 2, 2013 9:54 AM
    3:03:09 hours
    8.14 miles
    21.0 max speed
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    Windy / Road
    Sun, Sep 1, 2013 7:21 PM
    47:33 minutes
    4.09 Miles
    16.0 Max speed


    421.10 YTD

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  45. Are you still trying to ride everyday in September? I will never catch you!

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  46. Hay! I like that max speed posted on the 2nd!

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  47. Windy/ Road
    Sun, Sep 8, 2013 8:39 PM
    25:46 Time
    1.15 Miles
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    Windy / Branched Oak
    Sat, Sep 7, 2013 1:30 PM
    2:45:00 Time
    7.58 Miles

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    Windy /branched Oak
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013 3:59 PM
    3:58:33 Time
    8.31 Miles
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    Fancy / Field
    Thu, Sep 5, 2013 8:15 PM
    29:32 Time
    2.10 Miles
    4.3
    11.5 Max Speed
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    Windy/ Pasture
    Wed, Sep 4, 2013 7:37 PM
    47:40 Time
    3.34 Miles
    4.2
    14.3 Max Speed
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    Butter/Arena
    Tue, Sep 3, 2013 7:05 PM
    35:12 Time
    3.15 Miles
    5.4 Av Speed
    12.9 Max Speed
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    Windy/Branched Oak Area Three
    Mon, Sep 2, 2013 2:23 PM
    2:08:52 Time
    6.45 Miles
    3.0 Av Speed
    24.2 Max Speed
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    Windy/Branched Oak
    Mon, Sep 2, 2013 9:54 AM
    3:03:09 Time
    8.14 Miles


    461.32 YTD

    Goal this month is to ride every day of Sept. So far mission accomplished. It was very hot and humid today so I didn't go out until after dark. A quick mile bareback around the place.

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  48. Fancy/Corral
    Tue, Sep 10, 2013 8:36 PM
    12:28
    0.60
    2.9
    8.8
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  49. The mileage on the above post was .60. The next is a whopping .32. I did not make my goal of riding every day in Sept. Life got in the way with McCain's sudden departure to the Marines. Taking 2 days to see him off put my own trip prep behind schedule, work behind schedule, house work behind schedule... I know, I am speaking to the choir - we are all busy.

    As Terri and Juanita mentioned, a lot of us from last year just aren't seeing the miles this year. I've kept track of time and/or miles since 2004 and this is the least I have ever rode. I thought it was just burn out from the year before but it
    Blue / Corral
    Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:50 PM
    9:57
    0.32
    1.9
    9.6
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  50. Oops, as I was saying... for me it was menepause. (How do you spell that??) Those hot flashes were making me crazy not to mention almost ill. They were zapping the life out of me. I knew when I went to S Dakota that things had to change. I couldn't deal with heat and hot flashes - the constant sweating. Thank God for good drugs. I feel like I got my life back. Time to make the best of my favorite time of the year.

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  51. And one more thing, Diane. I am leaving on vacation. My miles might be late next week. :)

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  52. You have a great time Tammy! Wish I was going with you :-)

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  53. Windy/ Big Canyon
    Sun, Sep 22, 2013 7:16 AM
    2:29:27 hours
    6.59 miles
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    Windy / Big Canyon Games
    Sat, Sep 21, 2013 10:02 AM
    2:00:00 hours
    1.57 miles
    0.8
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    Windy / Big Canyon
    Sat, Sep 21, 2013 9:03 AM
    3:50:40 hours
    10.06 miles
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    Windy / Big Canyon
    Fri, Sep 20, 2013 9:59 AM
    6:02:47 hours
    13.45 miles
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    Fancy / Big Canyon
    Thu, Sep 19, 2013 4:20 PM
    2:21:10 hours
    6.46 miles
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    Windy / Lewis Clark
    Wed, Sep 18, 2013 10:25 AM
    2:25:24 hours
    5.42 miles
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    Windy / Gavin's Point NE
    Tue, Sep 17, 2013 3:19 PM
    1:57:44 hours
    5.19 miles
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    Windy / Willow Creek
    Tue, Sep 17, 2013 9:38 AM
    2:36:45 hours
    8.73 miles
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    Windy / Willow Creek
    Mon, Sep 16, 2013 2:09 PM
    2:41:14 hours
    7.69 miles
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    Windy / Two Rivers
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013 6:27 PM
    1:28:36 hours
    4.98 miles




    532.28 YTD

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  54. You rode over 70 miles last week! Loved the pictures, sure wish I could have gone :-)

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  55. Sept 25: Windy
    1.62 miles

    Sept. 28: Windy
    18.21 miles

    Sept 29: Windy
    14.01 miles

    YTD 566.12

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  56. Sept 25: Windy
    1.62 miles

    Sept. 28: Windy
    18.21 miles

    Sept 29: Windy
    14.01 miles

    YTD 566.12

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  57. Hey Tammy, Just wanted to let you know I had my local press shop fix the spelling error by placing a black band over the comp et et itor error. It makes it look like the bottom of the circle. Not sure if you want to suggest it to others so they can still wear their gear. :)

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  58. 10/8 Fancy - Road 4.32
    10/11 Fancy - Indian Cave 5.75
    10/12 Fancy - Indian Cave 19.54
    10/13 Fancy - Indian Cave 1.01
    10/13 Fancy - Indian Cave 14.57

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  59. Diane - not sure where my math is off at but Garmin shows me at 596.81 miles to date through 10/13/13. I hate losing those 15 extra miles but I didn't ride them. :((

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  60. Oct 19 - 5.8 miles on Butter
    Oct 20 - 8.56 miles on Fancy

    YTD 611.20

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  61. Fancy / Kanopolis - CTR
    Sun, Oct 27, 2013 8:14 AM
    4:55:45 hrs
    17.34 miles

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    Fancy / Kanopolis - warm up
    Sun, Oct 27, 2013 7:40 AM
    34:44 minutes
    0.66 miles
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    Fancy / Kanopolis CTR
    Sat, Oct 26, 2013 8:39 AM
    5:36:14 Hours
    20.84 Miles
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    Fancy / Kanopolis Warm up
    Fri, Oct 25, 2013 2:19 PM
    1:02:44 hours
    3.22 Miles

    MILES TO DATE 653.26

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  62. Fancy / Two Rivers
    Sat, Nov 30, 2013 11:36 AM
    2:50:16 hours
    8.16 miles

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    Fancy / Branched Oak
    Fri, Nov 29, 2013 5:36 PM
    2:34:00 hours
    7.90 miles




    669.32 YTD

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  63. Most likely the last ride of 2013. It's been a great year. Thank you Diane for hosting this DD 2013!

    Distance: 8.92 mi on Windy
    Time: 3:13:17
    Date: 12/28/13


    678.24 ytd

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