So alright, I've been a slacker. Last winter I put myself on a cardio fitness program and was pumping out about 5-8 miles on my exercise bike per session. It really changed my ability to breath, and hang with a posting trot on the horse. Once I was riding, the riding itself helped me to maintain to the point that I did not hit my exhaustion level until about mile 20. Now you folks trucking it down the trail for 50, 75, or 100 miles are bound to be shaking your heads about the pathetic-ness of this, but it is what it is. Me and the Peanut (horse) are just struggling along, doing the best that we can with what God has given us. My current level of personal fitness one year later with the layoff from cold weather is PITIFUL (Michelle can attest to my gasping and pleading during our ride a few weeks ago). So I'm taking off my slacker suit and committing once again to get some cardio. The bike will only be used as back up since I need the roadwork sessions with Phebes. I will begin a walk -jog- walk program which I can do on our road trips for the AWAY portion, then I will ride horse back. The work out is intended for three times a week, however I'm shooting for one or two, as my third session just has to be a long workout for Phebes and time is limited due to work obligations. The eight week walk-jog program that I've found goes sort of like this.
THE HUMAN WORKOUT
Week one: warm up with 5-10 minutes of walking, then jog for 1 minute, repeat the 5/1 three times. (At this point I will get on the horse, turn her around and trot all the way home).
Week two:Warm up, walk 5 minutes, jog 2 minutes, repeat 3 times, ride the horse home.
Week three: Walk 5 minutes, jog 4 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
Week three: Walk 5 minutes, jog 5 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
Week four: Walk 5 minutes, jog 8 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
Week five: Walk 4 minutes, jog 9 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
Week six: Walk 3 minutes, jog 10 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
Week seven, Walk 2 minute, jog 11 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
Week eight, Walk 5 minutes, jog 15 minutes, repeat 3 times, and ride the horse home.
I might find that once a week won't let me progress, if not I will have to find a way to adapt. The bonus will be regular road work for her. Regular cardio for me. Wondering if Phebes is any good at CPR? ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association