extra miles strategy
My strategy for riding more miles in 2013 is to add extra miles in the winter. I am not fond of cold wet weather, and I usually don't ride much for 2 months in the winter. This year I am trying to at least hop on bareback for a quick ride out and back across the neighboring fields every day. It adds maybe 20 minutes to my barn chores. Not a big deal. Adds at least a mile every day, and boosts my spirits to get through winter! Once I'm on the horse I often decide to ride further. So far, so good. I suspect I will skip days when it is raining, extra windy, or much below 20 degrees. NOT a fan of winter. :/
So far I am up to 9.6 miles... goal for January is a modest 50 miles, then start ramping up with the improved weather.
Of course I will make up lots of extra miles on long rides during the spring/summer/fall. I can't wait. Come on spring!