Nov Link Luv
|December 4, 2014||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
The list for Nov is admittedly short, having been distracted by Early Grey’s new trick (a subject of a future blog post), receptions, tests, deaths and a multitude of other happenings that have me emerging from November a bit battered but whole nevertheless.
So what did Mel read this month when not impersonating a rather comatose vegetable on the rare occasions there was a moment beyond eating and sleeping (and threatening Earl Grey)?
I was never told in lessons to drop my heels, which I found perplexing at the time, knowing my heels were not in the ideal position – but I was told to make other multitude adjustments such as relaxing my thigh. Reading this article helped me understand why that works, and perhaps the wisdom in treating heels as the product, not the goal.
Lucy writes an excellent article on how she found her way into 100 mile endurance rides.
Usually we get such a story from some sort of second-hand source – even if it’s a reporter directly interviewing those involved. This first hand account of what sounds like a very public tragedy with some controversy was very interesting.
In the last couple of years I’ve really tried to squash my inner pessimist when someone shares a dream or a hope. This was a good reminder.
That just sucks.
Some good strategies for how to train for the difficult times to invariably appear in rides or long runs that are hard to duplicate in just “regular” training. We’ve talked about most of these on the blog.
The question of shoes in running always remind me of the great saddle debates in endurance.
Because of a run earlier this month I have a new appreciation for this.
One year ago: gold rush shuffle ride
Two years ago: tess gives her opinion
three years ago: cool Vetmed facts
four years ago: pigeon fever update
five years ago: shameless plug
umm.. wow, this post is all over the map… seriously .. are you ok??lol!
I’m pretty sure labor is just a different kind of endurance event, but I can’t wait to tell you all about it, lol. (Literally. The uterus is closing for remodeling in one month, lil dude.) I can’t really picture the middle distance, just “one day soon I can bend over and put on my shoes without grunting” and “hundred and/or trail marathon in 2015 or 2016 depending on catastrophes.” I certainly can’t imagine winning a gold medal for sprinting a couple months after giving birth, wow.
Loved the Outside article. I love adventure disaster porn like some people love true crime stories.
Shoes/saddles – “Require Kilian to use only products which were in existence 40 years ago and he would certainly still be one of the top runners in the world. It’s hard to think of any other sport in which this is the case.” I kinda think endurance riding is the same. Hoof boots have done amazing things for longevity among some horses, but the top horses and the top riders just aren’t doing things that much different than they were in the 70s.
Yeah. I think the top horses today using the latest tech would still be top horses among their peers decades ago. I know that in some cases the tech isnt that different but my point is that beingbabtop horse isnt about finding the right saddle etc. Alot of it is just raw talent and the accessories are just icing on top.
Thanks for the article on fitness after having children. I’ve got two months to go and feeling increasingly panicky about getting back in shape afterwards! Made me feel a bit better about things! 🙂
For those of u catching up on the blog today (friday 12.5.14) I’m at the testing center about to take my boards. Its an all day affair and I think im prepared. Wish me luck. Looking forward to getting back to blogging, running, and my horses when this is all over.
I was just going to comment on the horrific adventuring racing story, but then saw you are taking the test today, oh my! Hope it went/is going well, can’t wait for an update!
A lot of cat questions. And parrot questions. Sigh.