Sunday, December 16, 2012

Team 54 - Rolling Thunder

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My name is Natalie Herman and I live in McKinleyville, California.  This is my first time entering the Derby (how fun!) and I figure it will give me motivation to ride and really get out and condition my horse better.  I am hoping to do the Tevis Cup with her in 2014 (was going to try 2013, but my calendar around this year's T-day is just too full!) and I need her to be more up to snuff than she has been.  I tend to be fairly lax about conditioning since I don't ride 75-100 milers and ride way in the back of the pack on all other distances.  I also want to have a motivation to update and maintain my blog for Eowyn (http://eowynsthunder.blogspot.com/) which totally fell by the wayside after the 2011 XP ride.

My teammate is my 7 year old Quarmorab (father Arab, mother Morgan/QH), Ewoyn's Thunder. I own her mother and specifically bred Eow to be my endurance partner and hopeful Tevis horse.  Her mom, Hoanna, is a smooth, calm and fun little mare to ride.  She is excelling in Trail Trials right now, on lease to a horse crazy teenager.  Her father was the highest mileage AERC stallion and Hall of Fame horse, DR Thunder Bask, that I chose for his mileage record.  My main goal is to have a horse to ride for 10,000 miles and years of fun, not to win any races.


I am a natural hoofcare provider on the coast of far northern California (no, San Francisco is not really northern CA...we are another 6 hours north of that! LOL) and am always endeavoring to learn as much as I can about whole horse healthcare.  I recently began learning equine bodywork and it has made my mare's life, and my clients', much happier! 

 

I also own a KMSH stallion, Intrigue's Firestorm (http://stallionadventures.blogspot.com/) that I want to start up in endurance again.  We had an injury set us back in 2011, then in 2012 I was too busy keeping Eowyn going to do much with him later this year.  His blog has also been sorely neglected, so hopefully I will get some motivation up to keep his going as well.

 

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107 comments:

  1. Hey, glad to see another Californian on the Distance Derby (though I am actually a Nebraskan who happens to now find herself living in CA)! I'm located between Sacramento and Lodi, in a little rural area called Herald. Doubt we'll ride together, being six or seven hours apart, but I look forward to seeing more of the Tevis Trail in 2013! I've only been from No Hands Bridge to Auburn so far..! I'm team #7-- Shoofly.

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  2. Hi! Well, I ride in quite a wide range...down to SoCal for some of the winter rides (eastern Mojave, etc) and into Nevada and even Utah/Az for XP rides. So if you find yourself at endurance rides, I might see you there :) I also am running a 3-day endurance and trail ride (we offer 6-15 mile trail rides each of the days as well as endurance) in July, so if you ever want to see the mountains up here (near Ruth Lake, off Hwy 36), come on up :)

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  3. I don't do endurance, but the July trail rides sound fun! I might surprise you and show up! :) Hope you'll give details for it when it gets closer to the time. My sister from Seattle area might be interested, too.

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    1. for details, just look us up on facebook: Trinity River Challenge...we post updates and such there :)

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  4. Natalie
    --I am in the Derby-- (aka Testing, 1..2..3..) :)

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  5. Jan. 8....8.7 miles.
    YTD:...8.7miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/118114885

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  6. Jan. 10...10.5 miles (or so...says 12, but forgot to turn GPS off until I drove a mile or so down the road)
    YTD: 19.2 miles

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    1. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/150460710

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  7. Jan. 12...20.8 miles.
    YTD:40..wow, that math came out great, LOL :)
    A great ride at one of the local wonderfully beautiful places. Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Fun day with fun friends, even ran into snow! Ok, don't laugh, but for us coastal California peeps, snow down near the coast is a novelty! :)

    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/150936901/7974880

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  8. after reading a few posts and then going to FAQ (duh), just now realized that arena work counts.. hmmm... will be interesting to see how an hour in the arena, equates to an hour on trail, mileage wise! Now, here is a question though...what about 'non-riding' arena work? I have started adding long-line and in-hand work with my mare, and we spend a fair amount of time doing that. Technically I am not 'in the saddle', but I am 'with my horse doing forward motion'...and eventually I want to cart-drive her too..so does driving count too?

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    1. Oh ja, should I also post which horse I am riding? Are we doing any counting with 'most miles total' vs 'most miles on one horse'? I have two I 'entered', but since I mostly only ride my mare, will likely have most my miles on her (so far all the above miles were her)..but I can tag on which one I am riding, if needed..

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    2. Your butt has to be on a seat of some kind :-) A Team is you - the rider - and any horse you are sitting on or sitting behind driving :-) HTH
      Diane

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    3. Cool :) Now to find a cart...LOL... And to hope she never tries the 'airs above ground' in the cart, that she tries in the saddle, LOL...the cart may not survive :)

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  9. Jan. 19....16.6 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/150936901?country=us&lang=en&measure=imperial&fb_action_ids=4628412822586&fb_action_types=endoapp%3Atrack&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=10150578393999274

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  10. Jan. 27...10 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/154638948/7974880

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  11. Jan. 29.... 3.7 miles (upload to internet failed though)
    Total to date: 70.3

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  12. take a picture of the face of your GPS?

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    1. It's my phone app..no longer on phone. not going to care about less than 4 miles, if it won't count anyway :)

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    2. just let me know if it counts, so I can have the right YTD numbers

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  13. Feb. 1....4.5 miles
    Feb. 3....20.1 miles
    YTD...94.9 miles

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  14. Yes, it counts :-) My spreadsheet matches your YTD.
    Diane

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  15. Feb. 4....9.2 mileshttp://www.endomondo.com/workouts/156715232
    Oh, and Yesterday's link:
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/156430611/7974880
    YTD: 104.1
    Discovering new forest roads around the barn :) nice not having to trailer, though if it rains, the clay will make it horrid riding our there...sigh..

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  16. Feb. 5...12.2 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/156945167/7974880
    YTD: 116.3 miles

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  17. Feb. 12.... 2.6miles played in the arena, though the gps went a little whacko I think, as the tracks look nothing like what I did, and go outside the bounds of the arena too, LOL..
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/158735063

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  18. phone battery died, so last almost one mile was lost on these tracks (it was a loop back on the road to the starting point)... tracks say 10.5, likely closer to 11.5 miles. Take whichever number you want :)
    That would make YTD: 129.4 or 130.4 miles.
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/160341257/7974880

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  19. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/160873047/7974880
    Feb. 20...9.7 miles
    YTD: 139.1 or 140.1 miles

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  20. Feb. 22...13.6 miles www.endomondo.com/workouts/161349123
    Feb. 23...7.7 miles www.endomondo.com/workouts/161612951

    YTD: 160.4 or 161.4 miles

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  21. Feb. 24...10.2 miles
    YTD: 170.6 or 171.6 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/161926699

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  22. Feb. 25...9.7 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/162206882
    YTD: 180.3 or 181.3
    A rare, clear day/night on a full moon, enticed me to hop down to the beach and take my youngster on her first night ride. She did great and we had a blast trotting through the roller coaster dunes and cantering on the wave slope. :) Once the moon rose over the hills, it was plenty light, and we even saw our shadow. I hope to repeat this ride again in the future :)

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  23. Feb. 26...13.4 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/162436232
    YTD:193.7 or 194.7
    More exploration in the 'Back 40'...had lots of technical downed-tree stuff (pickup sticks as I call it). Some REALLY hairy technical stuff on steep downhills on clay...poor pony fell down on her side (luckily I was leading the steep stuff), but was a real trooper (we did not intend to go down there, but once on the trail, it would have been worse turning around and scrambling up it again). Love my levelheaded girl :)

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    1. just checked the board...k, ytd would be 193.7 then :)

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  24. I just read your description! How exciting! My goal is for Tevis soon also... I am doing the Tevis Educational Ride this year. I am riding a Rushcreek mare, and I have some Rushcreek broodmares that will have some foals this summer!
    Brenda, Team 14 Messick

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    1. great! 2014 I am hoping for us :) I want to do the educational ride, but am running a 3-day ride the second week of July. Snow is likely going to be on the mtns late this year, so we will be doing trail work like mad all June! :(

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    2. maybe we'll see each other in 2014! Brenda

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  25. March 1....10 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/163226592
    YTD: 203.7 miles

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  26. March 8...8.8 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/165340547
    YTD: 212.5 miles

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  27. March 10...8 miles
    YTD:220.5 miles
    As I type this, it is 7:23 PST and STILL LIGHT OUT! I absolutely LOVE the switch to DLST, even if the first morning is a killer. Now I can get a few hrs of riding in the evenings, even on days I have to work :) YES!

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  28. March 13....6.3 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/166764358

    Forgot to turn GPS on for the first mile, oh well..then forgot to turn it off while hanging around at the trailer chatting, trimming horses, etc for an hour or more..so the 'time' is way off, LOL... Least this time the elevation is more realistic (love when I go to the beach, and it says I have 6K of elevation change...those would be mighty big dunes!

    YTD: 226.8 miles

    BTW, heading to a 3-eay endurance ride next week...do we count the...'advertised' distance, or what our GPS actually records... could be um...interesting if word gets out on 'real' vs 'advertised' distances, LOL... And hopefully my GPS/phone batteries will last the entire ride each day!

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  29. I'd say count your real GPS miles if you can, but at a sanctioned event we will also take the advertised miles. Have a terrific time at your ride and "to finish is to win"!
    Diane

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  30. Good luck- that sounds like such fun- maybe someday i can try it

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  31. Phone did NOT hold battery well out at the ride site. So no GPS tracks... but ride sanctioned distances I did were (can be checked once AERC has the results up):
    March 22: 25 miles
    March 23: 50 miles
    YTD: 301.8 miles

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  32. Good job Nat! Got over the 300 mile marker :-) How did you place for the ride? What kind of phone do you have? Both the Iphone and Droid have external batteries that you can attach to your phone and keep the battery charged :-) FYI...:-)
    Diane

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  33. I have a Samsung? LOL..obviously not very tech-savy here :) Which is why I like the phone app..just hit 'done' and it posts it to the internet/FB... no figuring how to upload or stuff like with my Garmin, which I still can only do the bare basics on... If someone explains how to get the Garmin upload from my computer (I can get it from the GPS to the comp at least), I can use it on longer rides for tracking...
    As to placing, I am a 'career turtle'...happy to just finish :) Which we did both days,. the LD I actually finished in 12 (a darn near record for me) place, but only cause so many ppl started way later than me..still just plodded along at my usual slow pace... the 50 we were 3-to-last, which is about normal for me :)

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  34. Natalie, if you go to the top of the DD2013 blog page, there is a menu with an option called "GPS Basics". This will walk you through using a Garmin and uploading from your computer to Garmin Connect. Let me know if you need more info.
    Diane

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  35. April 6: 22.4 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/173842470/7974880
    YTD:324.2 miles
    Today's ride was a tough climb up big mtn, then back down the sucker again...lots of walking, but still a great workout! :)

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  36. April 12: 13.1 miles
    YTD: 337.3 miles

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  37. April 16: 12.3 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/177675215
    YTD:349.6 miles
    Hill sprints today :) up and down the same hill 3 times, then a finishing loop...my horse thought it was nuts, and I must have been REALLY lost, lol..but her heartrates and recoveries were AWESOME :) Off to another endurance ride this weekend :)

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  38. April 17... stupid GPS on phone kept 'searching for satellite' even though it normally always has a signal here... so it thinks I did '0' (http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/178145999) miles... tried to restart phone, same deal :(
    I did do my 'usual loop' that I often will hit if I don't have a lot of time, which is the same as this entry: http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/165340547/7974880
    That would make it 8.8 miles.
    YTD:358.4 miles

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  39. April 21...25 miles, screenshot of fellow riding buddy's gps app:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151583847262744&set=a.10151575975897744.1073741835.732202743&type=1&ref=nf
    The e-ride was more than that (in that kinda of terrain the GPS is already off, a phone app version even more so...plus I know how the horse paces..) but a great time was had yesterday. Volunteered the first day, was going to ride the 50, but decided to do the 25 after seeing how many ppl were going close to cutoff and not having fun...that trail was longer than advertised too. All went well on the LD though :) So much for the plan of 2 50's...instead of 100 miles, I ended up with 25, LOL... oh well.

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  40. Had a quick after-work sunset (ok, reality blew in...right along with the fog..so not much sun to speak of, let alone a setting..more like the light just slowly faded away, LOL) ride on the beach tonight. ZOOMED through the dunes and had some fun :) Not far, but a good way to blow steam off me and the pony :)
    April 26: 5.6 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/181909853
    YTD: 389 miles

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  41. April 28: 8.2 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/182736558
    YTD: 397.2 miles
    Dang! Almost made it to 400 this week..should have done that extra side trail after all! LOL :)

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  42. running a bit behind, got busy... went out in the mtns last weekend to find some old trails that we want to add to our endurance ride. We were way in the wrong area the first day, had to double back, and do some searching in another area.. lost part of the GPS when the battery on the phone finally died..we were out there for 8hrs or so. Had to restart the phone once as well. With my friend's GPS, we got the last 5.3 miles after my phone died. Here are the three that I got, which add up to only 19.9 miles. With his 5.3, that would make 25.2..but since we don't have an upload for his, I guess I have to leave it at 19.9? I'll take either, though those 5 miles are straight down, then straight back up out of a river canyon, and the pony would prob love credit for the effort, LOL. Here are my links:
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/185235059
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/185241102
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/185312296

    So for May 4, we have 19.9 or 25.2 miles

    Then on Sunday we went back out to the RIGHT trail head and went poking around to find the trail. Mostly we had to hike (through lots of poison oak) on what was left of it, trying to find blazes and sections of left over trail..it has not been used in 20-30 years we are guessing.. the ponies stay with one of us, then we take turns looking. I put the gps on pause whenever I left the ponies, so it only recorded actual RIDDEN miles..I likely hiked as much as I rode, that day, LOL...
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/185761188

    May 5: only 9.4 ridden miles....

    YTD between the two days is (depending on which mileage you pick from Saturday): 29.3 or 34.6 miles

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    1. woops, that is weekend totals, not YTD :)
      YTD is either: 426.5 or 431.8 miles

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    2. You are doing great, congrats on getting over 400 miles! Gave ya credit for the 5.3 since you did record it on a GPS.
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  43. thanks :) Today we went and cleared a trail (well, tried to..after 2 1/2 hrs of machete wielding, I was DONE! And we only got 3/4 of the way through the 1 1/2 miles at most, long trail..sighh..back again next time.
    May 11: 7.7 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/118114885
    YTD: 439.5 miles

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  44. Rode the long loop at Redwood National Park today...35 miles (ok, GPSed a tad shorter, but we know how the GPS is) on the most beautiful trails in the nation. Giant, old growth redwoods, fern covered creek canyons, and lots of grass to nibble along the way! The local endurance club runs an endurance and trail ride here every year. The ONLY endurance ride in the US, sanctioned within the actual, physical boundaries of a National Park, that I know of...Great day, and my batteries are fully recharged :)
    May 12: 33.2 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/189016943
    YTD: 472.7

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  45. An exploration day...
    May 14: 12.8 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/189893246
    YTD: 485.5

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  46. A bit of puttering around on the beach today.
    May 17: 6 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/191192999
    YTD: 491.5 miles

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  47. May 19: 16.2 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/192046001
    YTD: 507.7 miles.. yeah, passed 500 today! :)

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  48. Congrats on getting over the 500 mile mark!!

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  49. May 23: 6.4 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/193851116
    YTD: 514.1 miles

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  50. May 25: 6.5 miles another short ride today. But I got Storm out for the first time in months again! Poor boy has been so neglected, and has been battling allergies too (think we finally got it cleared up now). He is SO uncomplicated..haven't ridden him in 2 or 3 months, and it's like I rode him last week. Love that stud! Wish Eow were so simple :) http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/194559713
    YTD: 520.6 miles

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  51. Ok, made up for not having any time to ride the last little bit, by heading up into the mountains for "Tevis Bootcamp Training" (for non-endurance riders out there, the Tevis is a 100 mile ride from Tahoe to Auburn, Ca, that is supposed to be the toughest endurance ride in the world...many e-riders dream of finishing this ride). We rode almost 20 miles on the first day, and almost 30 the second (in this crazy terrain, the gps is not going to catch all the mileage, so for one's own training logs, you want to fudge a good 10% or more). We had a total elevation change of about 40,000 ft in those 50 miles... Tevis, has 39,000ft...in 100 miles... so you can imagine how tough the riding is out here! :) Here are the numbers and links (today's is broken in two, as I accidentally hit 'yes' on the app closure thing that reminds you battery was wasted, and had to restart it again)
    June 8: 16.7 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/200742847
    June 9: 28.4 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/201227559
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/201227487
    Year to date: 565.7

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  52. Did our nice, 30+ mile loop in Redwood National Park again. took a bit longer than last time due to much more downed tree stuff we had to saw through. Long, but fun day in the saddle :)
    June 12: 33 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/202623090
    YTD: 598.7 miles

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  53. Took Storm out for an easy stroll..phone died so no gps, but it was one of the 'tried and true' training loops on the Back 40 I have GPSed enough times now: http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/194559713
    June 15: 6.5 miles
    YTD: 605.2 miles Finally broke 600 :) slow month this time...

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  54. Congrats for getting over 600 miles...slow month huh??? :-)

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  55. Still here! But got really busy for 10 days, and then my horse decided to tie up. So she has been on a 2 week rest(related to heat and humidity we had lately and the rest period after a bunch of work..sighhh). Will hopefully begin riding again this weekend!

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  56. Ok, we are BACK IN BUSINESS! :) All is ok now, tie up is done with. I totally forgot to post what I did 10 or 12 days ago, which is a bummer, as I got in around 50 miles or so, but oh well. Back on track now. Going off my friend's phone app as I have a new phone and can't figure out how to get my Endomondo working on it (says I already downloaded the app, but can't find it anywhere on the phone!!).
    July 22: 6.3 miles
    July 24: 8.6 miles
    YTD: 620.1

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  57. You can still post it, because I had you on a hold since the beginning of the month :-)

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  58. Oh,awesome! Ok, well here we go. Also from my friend's GPS (FINALLY got Endomondo going on my phone this weekend though, whoo hoo!):
    July 10: 6.1 miles
    July 11: 17.4 miles
    July 13: 4.2 miles
    July 14: 21.2 miles
    Total: 48.9 miles
    YTD: 669 miles

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  59. this weekend I played in Redwood National Park some. Today was a classic redwood ride...mysterious and cool fog all morning, lifting to a nice, warm (but not too hot) day. Made for some great pictures!
    July 27:14 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/222255544
    July 28:16.7 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/222599021
    YTD: 699.7 miles
    Ohhhh so close to 700! Oh well, next week! :)

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  60. July 31: 6.5 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/224120663
    YTD: 706.2 miles

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  61. Congrats on getting over 700 miles :-)

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  62. thanks!
    Today's ride: http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/226367269
    10.7 miles
    YTD: 716.9 miles

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  63. Went to the Tahoe Rim Trail endurance ride this weekend..the BEST views and footing! Was supposed to do the 30, but took a 'scenic bypass' by accident, and instead of 12 miles home, followed the 50 miler's 20 miles home...oops! Here is what my friend (who also made the mistake) got on her GPS.
    August 10: 38.6 miles.
    YTD: 755.5 miles

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  64. Saw your pictures on FB. Looked like a great ride! Sure glad I'm not the only one who gets lost LOL

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    1. LOL..I only do it when riding with other ppl! Get to chatting and miss a turn, go on wrong ribbons and since all think it is right, we all keep going (that is what happened this time), etc...But it was a scenic detour, so that's ok :)

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  65. August 21: 12.6 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/234204196
    YTD: 768.1 miles

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  66. Rode drag and pulled trail markings at Mendocino Magic this weekend. Great weather, AWESOME trails on some spectacular, private land along the Mendocino coastline.
    8/24 - 21.8 miles
    8/25 - 14.3 miles
    8/26 - 2.4 miles (little ride around camp, with my new Border Collie pup up on the horse with me...the mare was a bit unenthusiastic about the whole deal, but well behaved, LOL)
    YTD: 806.6 miles

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  67. Congrats on getting over 800 miles!

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  68. cazy busy, but finally got out again today.
    9/7- 11.2 miles www.endomondo.com/workouts/240222160
    YTD: 817.8 miles

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  69. Marked some trail for the local e-ride yesterday. GPS phone app totally failed (too much tree cover and creek canyons). But here is the mileage off the official park's map.
    7/5: 14.9 miles
    YTD: 832.7 miles

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  70. More trail marking today...GPS was useless yet again. Went by the park map again.
    9/7: 20.1 miles
    YTD: 852.8 miles

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  71. And the last bit of trail got marked... 12.5 miles today according to the map...only 8-something on my GPS and it didn't even make a 'loop' on the GPS like the ride did...sighh... The phone apps have their limitations if you don't get good cell service...
    9/12: 12.5 miles
    YTD: 865.3 miles

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  72. almost forgot to post... went out and took some ribbons down Sunday...used the map again..more de-ribboning tomorrow and this weekend..
    9/15: 9.8 miles
    YTD: 875.1 miles

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  73. Finally got out again... went out 2 weeks ago and forgot to post. But that was a ride I'd rather forget anyway! Almost 30 miles, rained for the last 4 hrs of it (POURED more like it..miserable weather) and went slipping and sliding for 15 miles. Near the end my horse crashed with me. No serious injuries, but put out a rib and a few other things in her body, so did not ride til my Chiro vet made it up this way again. All good now and we are back in business. Only did a few miles today, and the GPS app as usual was useless (0.4 miles in over an hour, LOL...umm, I can crawl more than that in an hour) but took a route I had done before: http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/user/7974880 the trail has a split at just past the 3 mile marker, and I turned around and came back. So just over 6 miles today.
    10/8: 6 miles.

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  74. Got out for a real ride Thursday. Horses were feeling great, weather was cool and perfect. And...GPS app actually worked! Well, til the phone battery died, LOL..but it only lost the last two miles or so. Afraid to put it in airplane mode to save the battery, as it has a hard enough time tracking in even normal mode! Want my old phone back :( It worked great with Endomondo...now I only get half the tracks to work..sighh...
    11/10 per GPS (not worrying about the lost miles: 18.3 miles
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/256606418
    YTD: 899.4 miles

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  75. last couple days rides were nice :) Some hill sprints, and some fun beach riding...and a near-full moon ride last night on the beach. Loving our beautiful fall weather and having a horse back in working order, LOL...least til the next time she does something to herself.. Endomondo is back to working again for now... hopefully it lasts! LOL...
    11/13: 10.8 miles www.endomondo.com/workouts/257846277
    11/14: 4.1 mileshttp://www.endomondo.com/workouts/258289118
    11/15: 9.0 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/258688474
    YTD: 923.3

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  76. 11/17: 3.7 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/259368551
    Tested out a saddle, horse not happy, ride was short.
    11/22: 5.2 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/261176872
    Friend's greenie's first ride on the beach, went well :)
    YTD: 931.9

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    1. just noticed I said 11...wow, was getting ahead of myself and in November already! LOL... meant 10s for October :)

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  77. 10/23: 5.5 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/261570063
    10/24: 7.9 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/261916594
    10/28: 7.6 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/263342524
    YTD: 952.9 miles

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  78. 10/30: 5.8 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/263970522
    10/31: 20.4 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/264285711
    11/2: 5.0 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/265019332
    YTD: 984.1 miles

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  79. 11/8: 9.5 miles...give or take. Forgot to turn gps off til I hit town, LOL..but you can see my starting point, and where the line comes back to it is about halfway between the 9 and 10 miles point, before I drive down the hill again.
    http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/266987115
    YTD: 993.6 miles

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  80. Almost forgot this one. Still working out saddle/ back issues, so doing a lot more of ground driving work to teach driving, instead of riding. Too bad walking behind the horse doesn't count..likely have at least 30 miles of that in, since I started the driving training a few months back, LOL...
    Did get an almost 9 mile ride in last week..bareback since I am waiting for a new saddle and her old one seems to not be working well. Sighhh..
    11/22: 8.6 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/271361841
    YTD: 1,0002.2 finally broke the 1K mark! Whoo hoo! :) Man, so behind compared to some years, where I was getting way over 1K in competition alone, not counting riding at home! Oh well, maybe next year I will do better.

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  81. Congrats on getting over 1000 miles :-)

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  82. Just a short, bareback beach ride yesterday to stretch the legs.
    11/29: 3.7 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/273295408
    YTD: 1,005.9 miles

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  83. 12/5: 9.3 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/274878219 Another bareback ride, which helped combat the freezing cold temps (ok you ppl living in REALLY cold environments, don't laugh! We here on the Nor-Cal coast think 30s in the day IS freezing and ice on the waters at night for sure! LOL.. been over a week now and we warmer weather types are not happy!
    YTD: 1,015.2 miles

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  84. Almost forgot again, lol.. last week went on another ride. Short, but much better. Finally figured out what my horse's issues were..hock arthritis setting in, Not very bad yet, so with Adequan twice a year I should be able to do what I want still AND have a happy horse. Man...over a year of bodywork issues and back stuff, saddle fit issues, movement issues...all went back to compensations for hocks being sore! Next year should be a much better year :)
    12/19: 8.3 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/278171956
    YTD: 1,023.5

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  85. I kept forgetting to track my arena work..well today I did! The tracks look funny, since it just tracked squiggly circles that are not even in the arena, but heck! Got almost 3 miles in almost an hour :) Will try to track the last few before the year is out! Couple miles is still a couple miles!
    12/29: 2.5 miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/280762787
    YTD: 1,026 miles

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  86. ok, last ride of the year... was not a ride, but a DRIVE! Finally got my goal of getting my mare hitched done! She has now pulled the cart three times :) Yesterday we went out and did our first 'road drive' on a friend's gravel road. The gps only got half as we went out with one horse, then came back and I put it on pause. Then went out again with her mini and I forgot to hit play again. So it is just double of the tracks.
    12/31: 4.4miles http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/281332086
    YTD: 1,030.4 miles
    Looking forward to doing this all again this new year! It was fun and now that I have things figured out more, I should be adding up more miles!!! Whoo hoo to having fun in the Year of the HORSE!

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