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        05-21-2014, 10:06 PM
      #11
    Started
    I would start out slower than you think, as much for training as anything else. You can always pick up the pace.

    Good Luck!!

    Nancy
         
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        05-21-2014, 10:12 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I'm cool with slow. I just don't want to disrupt anyone's ride with having to hold Kitty back the first 15 miles, so hopefully whoever takes me on won't get annoyed with me and my angry head-tossing horse.
         
        05-25-2014, 09:17 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    We did it! I our total time was around seven hours, and we came in 11th place.

    It was so. Dang. HOT. Only 13 out of 23 starters completed due to heat stress. We had to ride very carefully. I found a lovely riding partner to guide me through my first loop, but she had to pull at the first hold. I was on my own most of the ride. Kitty did awesome. She pulsed down lime a champ. Even if we weren't "fast", we rode our ride. Everyone was suprised that s someone who had never done AERC would jump right into the 50s, but many ended up saying Kitty looked like the most "fit to continue" 50 miler at that ride. I'm proud I took care of her.
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        05-26-2014, 08:50 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Totally necessary picture of Kitty and I going out for our last loop :P

    Kitty.jpg
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        05-26-2014, 09:01 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Awesome job! What an achievement!
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        05-27-2014, 09:03 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Congrats on riding a smart ride!

    It surprises me that people would think you were "jumping right into 50s" after having done CTRs.. up here there is a lot of crossover. Obviously your ride shows you weren't just jumping into anything and were more than prepared!
         
        05-27-2014, 11:01 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    The ride manager saw I was signed up for the 50 and wasn't an AERC member. So she was all, "Um, you sure?" So word spread around camp about the fresh meat coming in.

    I've done a lot of two day 50 mile CTRs. I figured it would be like doing a two day CTR in one day. (It was!)

    I hope to get the opportunity to compete again sometime. It was a lot of fun.
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        05-28-2014, 05:33 PM
      #18
    Foal
    The training speeds you're doing put you near the front runners. My strategy would be to run the second day of ride.
    Go to awards ceremony the night before. I've found that many people ride both days, so pick out say #5-#10 from first day and approach them. See who's doing a second day. Plug in behind them.

    The first ten miles are usually hang on and pray. After that you have to follow your same training strategy and pace.

    Good luck! If you attend the Big South Fork ride in September - you are welcome to ride with my group.
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        05-28-2014, 05:42 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Are you going to be at any Tennessee rides?
         
        05-28-2014, 06:13 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Gorgeous!! I don't do endurance but she's gorgeous!
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