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    06-03-2012, 08:21 PM
Might sign up for a CTR

I am not a competitive person. I only want to do the ride for something different and to meet some new people. I'm really hoping that at a ride like this, I will meet some like-minded people.

So, if I do this, what kind of speed am I expected to be able to maintain? It is only 25km / 15miles. I can do that with my horse any day of the week, but we generally walk 80% of it or more, so it's a 5 hour ride. For the competition, if I can walk 1/2 and trot 1/2 is that acceptable or do I need to set a higher goal? I have almost 4 months to prepare if I decide to do this. Right now without any training we can easily walk/trot an hour at 40/60 ratio.

I don't want to upset the competitors by being too slow and everyone at the stations having to wait too long for me. But I also have absolutely no intention of trying to place near the front runners. Just somewhere in the hind end of the masses.
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    06-04-2012, 01:16 PM
Green Broke
There are no front runners in CTR, CTR basically dictates your pace. CTR in my mind isnt an endurance event. It is a competitive trail ride. Most of your score has nothing to do with riding speed or distance. Go online and check out the rule book. Generally you will need to maintain 5 to 6 mph. Which on flat smooth ground is easy. On really rugged steep terrain, not so much. Check out the rule book and terrain of the specific ride you are attending.
    06-04-2012, 04:17 PM
Thanks, Joe. I'll see what I can find out from the organizers. 5mph is definitely achievable for us.
    06-08-2012, 09:46 PM
So, I got in touch with the organizers and they are working with OCTR (Ontario Competitive Trail Riders) to set this up. This will be a training race only, with very easy trails and 4 hour "expectation" to complete 25 km. That's nice because it means I don't have to fit train my horse much. She could do that in 4 1/2 hours now without a hitch. The most difficult part of the ride will be a couple of km in town on pavement! That certainly will be the hardest for my horse, as we very rarely travel on pavement. There is always a shoulder or ditch to ride in where we go. So, I guess I'll head out to the paved roads and let her do some miles on the paved parts.

Next year they are hoping to do 25 - 50 - 100 km races and maybe a "set race" where you are given a speed goal. Cool. I may have found a competitive sport I enjoy. I'm looking forward to my training race this fall. I hope it all pans out for me and that life doesn't interfere beforehand!

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