My first ride was last winters LD in Patrick SC, 25 miles, Was a rough start, but got Bo calmed down after we ended up way in back. Got the completion and the turtle Award. At 4:23
Second ride was a spring 50 at Biltmore NC, I let Bo go had a great ride. Fun on the trails,,,,,,,and got pulled at the first vet check because he didnt pulse down. We did the 15 miles at around 10mph. Oops. Bad plan.
Next ride. Jun at Leatherwood Mt NC 50 mile. Huge steep climbs, reportedly worse than OD, yet without the rocks. Again fighting with Bo at the get go. Difference was a 2 mile seemingly straight up climb out the gate slowed him down a bit. My ride plan which I stuck to worked very well and we got the completion although Bo was in pretty rough shape at the end. Finished at 9:21. My basic plan was to hold 5 to 6 mph. Bo of course wants to go faster. Instead of letting him burn himself out I would let him stretch it out, when my average got over 7 mph I would find a grass/ water stop. Stop keep an eye on my average speed, and when it dropped back down to 5.5 or so would head back out. A system of frequent eating drinking and sponging , while not ideal , it worked for us that time at least. By the second loop or so he was fine and in control Second loop was horrendous and all I could maintain was about 5, and that was pushing it in places. One thing in our advantage, only 2 30 minute holds and 64bpm parameters.
Next ride, looking for something easier terrain. Headed to Scioto OH,,, entered the 50.
Few things worked against us, which I figured out too late.
Terrain WRONG !!!!!!!! Very steep long climbs, lots of single track woods not quite the easy rolling romp I expected.
3 holds 45, 45, 30 parameters of 60. That ate up alot of time. (2 hours of holds, vs 1 hour at LW,)
They started everyone on the same loop, not sure why. Also only a 15 minute gap, So about the time I got Bo calmed down and the 50's were spread out, all the 25 milers came flying by.
Bo was a nutjob on the first loop just could not get him to slow down. He gets like that and is completely out of control. It isnt so much the speed its that he is so worked up about horses in front of him that he doesnt pay attention to where he putting his feet. At LW as long as a horse wasnt in sight he was fine, so I could either pass or hang back and let other riders move out. That wasnt working for us. I have no Idea how to manage this. If I hold him back he burns himself out fighting, He was lathered up sweaty not a mile down the trail. Alone on the second loop we were fine and I took it easy that's when I het soem rough steep climbs, about a mile out I realized I was screwed on time, came into the second vet check pulsed down fine but ride only allowed 10 hours max ride time and I was at 5:45 hours and only half complete,,,, Ooops.. yeh not going to kill my horse on the second half (same loops) to make up that 45 minutes. No way to complete so I RO pulled.
If I let him go ummmmm Bitmore. So far only thing that has worked is to RUN stop, Run Stop.
Well loading up for a 30 mile LD at Broxton SC, my GF missed a completion at LW by 2 minutes and is ready to try again. Riding together this time so am not anticipating anxiety issues.