Or is it more accurate to say distance riders have certain attributes? Even among distance riders it is safe to assume their are different "kinds" of distance riders. Now the conversation becomes dangerous.
The Narcissist: This rider will race, highly competitive, though sometimes tunnel visioned,riding point A to point B as fast as they can. Who they beat today is primary. This group will hang together as they are racing each other.
The Planner: This thoughtful type of rider really doesn't have a "goal" they have a plan. What's the difference you might ask? Well, plotting the plan, and carrying out the plan, is probably more fun than the actual distance ride itself. They will have many training miles in comparison to actually competing. May get so caught up in planning that they forget to actually show up and compete. (sound like anybody you know?). They will likely hang out in their horse trailer at rides strategizing (ie. planning) the next day (or the current day). You will find "notes" in their horse trailer.
The Goal-E: It is all about setting goals, and getting those goals accomplished. This rider is structured, and looks for incremental challenge and improvement with each ride season. They make good mentors.
The Plodder: This rider enjoys the view, I mean really enjoys it, and probably enjoys their ride too as they come in and pick up their turtle award. The don't have much of an agenda other than having a nice day, accruing mileage, and the good meal at the awards dinner. Everyone has to like the Plodder, they are just so nice!
The Nervous Nellie: This rider is so stressed out that they can't even remember the ride or why they rode the ride. But they come anyway. A cold beer will help them make it through the day.
The Professional: This rider has been doing it so long and so well they are on remote control. Their horse and crew comes in on a truck, and they fly in to ride, and fly back out when they are finished. The rest of ride camp looks at them in awe, and they are akin to have a ROCK STAR in your midst, except for the NEWBIE who will be clueless.
The Newbie: Watch for the look of panic, it makes them pretty easy to pick out of the crowd. When it gets really tough, the eyes may glaze over. You may also notice a chain reaction of things happening in their midst. These riders have the most complex range of emotions on display. A low heart rate can cause squeals of delight, and a warning from the ride vet may send them in search of a Nervous Nellie for fortification.
Who are you?
Take heart though...we are mostly a group of highly likable people with certain ...uh...idiosyncrasies! That is what makes us so interesting :)
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