My first CTR is in April. I'll probably be going around 15-20 miles a day for two days, for a total of roughly 40 miles over a weekend. Last year was my learning year, and this year I'm in it to win it. Baby Girl's probably last year was simply a lack of fitness.
We already have a foundation for getting in better shape. Baby Girl and I ride a few miles at mostly a walk/flat walk five days a week, with a little cantering and run walk thrown in for seasoning.
So... Any one have a sample program that we can work with to modify? I'm a list marker and a goal follower; I like it when my programs are in "Monday, do this" format.
This is what I was thinking for the first month or so...
Monday: Four miles: 20% walk, 60% flat/run walk, 20% canter.
Wednesday: Flat walk/run walk tree line (which is around two miles in length) at 6-8 mph.
Friday: Run walk/canter tree line (two miles)
Saturday: See Monday
Sunday: Walk trails for three hours.
As you can see, my horse is gaited.
When I say run walk, think trot. When I say flat walk, think really fast walk.