Link Luv Oct ’16
|October 6, 2016||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
When I was a itty bitty first-starting-out marathoner Meb was on top. Now more than a decade later, 2 degrees later, a kid, a marriage, diving into the ultra world, getting my first horse (and another, and another..) starting endurance, riding 100 miles, finishing Tevis, discovering ride and tie…..Meb is STILL RUNNING at the top levels. Love getting some insight to his “secrets”.
Fig is still too young for this fortunately? At least at next month’s 100….
The lives of working animals are really interesting to me. Everyone should have a job. Here’s some insight to bringing up a new livestock guardian.
Major’s blog has some GREAT aluminum trailer tack room organizational tips. Next on my list once I get the pesky clearance lights working.
Life changes. I used to ride almost every day. Now it’s a lot less than that – once a week is a good week. Doesn’t make me any less of a horse person. On The Bit writes a really good blog post on this.
YES – Patience and deliberate steps back in training. It isn’t always forward motion (with unexpected hills and valleys), sometimes it’s actually going BACKWARDS that gets you where you wanted to go.
Cyd writes her side of the Pioneer Spirit 50 mile run.
Aarene does a spin-off of my post – 10 more tips for endurance riders.
It is my fondest hope that Fig wants to fly, or run, or do anything except horses. Talk about my horse life getting complicated…
NER but a good article anyways. I try really hard not to get sucked into this.
LMAO. Half chewed plastic dog toys come really close.
The olympics is over (it’s what I get for skipping my last Link Luv post) but these questions are still really funny – sample questions for reporters to ask olympians.
I’m constantly reading articles like this one to pick up little tips to make running over trails more efficient.
I agree with most of what Dr. Ramey has to say here about keeping performance horses sound. #anotherreasonI’llneverbearichvet.
LOVE this article about specific training for runners depending on terrain/elevation profile. Would love to see elevation maps available for endurance rides prior to the event so I could prep my horses similarly. Word of mouth about how a ride is isn’t the same.
FREE USGS quad maps. Bookmark this link for sure.
Some interesting concepts in here about tapering. I generally do a 14 day taper for my horses, with a longer taper for a longer ride. At least in running the recommendation here is a shorter taper for a longer run. Based on personal experience I would agree when it comes to my running. One of the best quotes in the article: “Good training is sustainable training,” he says. “Never dig a hole that you are trying to climb out of in the weeks preceding a race.”
When to give up on a horse is something I’ve written about here, and this is an EXCELLENT article that addresses a lot of things I hear from people when being told they should move on.
Pretty sure we have these stages in endurance riding too.
With the update to the ARC drug rules, it’s worth having this discussion again (good article that discusses the same issues in human sports). Why don’t we allow drugs? Even when they are not being prescribed for performance-enhancing abilities? In the human world, people with asthma can with the help of albuterol go on to have high performances. Banning albuterol would discriminate against people with asthma. Can we allow “minor fixes” so that some can rise to the level of their fullest “natural” potential? If something is fixable and manageable should we allow it? It’s a grey area and a slippery slope. Do we allow gastro/ulcergard so that ulcer prone horses can compete? Do we allow Adequan or Pentosan for joint “maintenance”? Where do we draw the line? What does “competing on our own (or the horse’s) merits” really mean?
BTW in the case of biophos drugs (one of the drugs addressed in the recent AERC drug update) I was really shocked to hear people coming forward dismayed that it was being banned, because they used it for “maintenance” on their horses to prevent future issues with bone density being cited as one reason. WTF. Those drugs are NOT benign and we do not know the long-term effects (and in humans similar drugs have definitely proven to be a mixed bag). Just because a new drug sounds promising and has TREATMENT applications in the presence of DISEASE with short-term benefits doesn’t mean we are doing our horses any favors by jumping on the bandwagon.
More NER but I think it applies to lots of people within endurance type sports. (That’s me BTW)
Oh yeah yeah! Free stuff!! Except….that’s right, road marathons are EXPENSIVE. As expensive as a pair of shoes. Maybe I’ll just skip that and do some trails instead.
My advice? Splurge if you have too, buy used when you can, and don’t be too quick try something just because everyone else is. Wait a little bit and see what the fall out is (or the used gear deals from the early adopters!)
Pics from the month that deserve to be seen.