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post #1 of 15 Old 06-13-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Old Dominion 100 - we did it!!

this weekend was the Old Dominion endurance ride, in the shenandoah mountains of northern VA/eastern WV. dreams and i took on the challenge of the 100 mile ride.

we arrived thursday morning and set up camp. it was hot and humid, with highs in the upper 90s with high humidity--nothing like camping during an "excessive heat warning!" in the evening, watched the thunderstorms roll just east and just west of us, but got the sound and light show.

friday was almost as hot, but vetting in went quickly. then went down the road for a quick swim in the lake (that felt fantastic). ride meeting, dinner, then attempted to go to bed early in prep for the 3:30am wakeup. the first distant rumble of thunder at midnight had me up and anxious.. the rain started in earnest about 12:30. it poured rain right until 4 am (when the powers that be must have heard all our collective prayers to PLEASE not rain on us from the very start!).

we started the ride at 5:15, so before sunrise but light enough to mostly see. it was insanely humid and already 71 degrees. the OD is famous for big climbs, rocks, and amazing scenery. it did not disappoint! we got lucky that storms rolled through during the day, dumping yet more rain for about 3 hours. while very very very wet, it kept the temps in the upper 80s instead of the upper 90s it would have been with the sun. the rain stopped before dark, so everything (including me) dried out.

waiting for the sun to rise:

sun is up by the top of the next climb:


more rocks:

but what views!

all smiles (photo by Becky Pearman):

some great footing too:

the laurels were in bloom:

sunset, 25 miles to go:

the route:

we crossed the finish line just after 1 am. we finished in 10th place out of 37 starters. i couldn't be more pleased with how she handled the trail!! according to my garmin, we climbed 13.396 feet during the ride and had an average pace of 6.1 mph.

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OMG you top 10'd that is AMAZING esp after all you guys have been through. CONGRATS

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Wow, Congratulations!! Sounds like ya'll did an amazing job and those are some breathtaking pictures/video .

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post #4 of 15 Old 06-13-2011, 09:33 PM
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Wow! Good job! How long did you train for that? What was your training schedule like? I don't think I could do that all in one go -- I would break it into two days. For me, not necessarily the horse! :)
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-13-2011, 09:46 PM
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I love the pair of white ears in all your photos. Congrats to you and your equine marathon runner!!
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-13-2011, 09:57 PM
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Old Dominion is beautiful! You must be proud of that belt buckle and of your horse.

I've always wanted to try OD as my first 100 miler in a few years... How tough was it, relative to other rides you've been on?
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-13-2011, 10:00 PM
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That's truly amazing! I really admire people that have the courage and discipline to do things like that! :)

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post #8 of 15 Old 06-13-2011, 11:45 PM
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Congratulations! How awesome....all your hard work really paid off!
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-14-2011, 01:02 AM
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And thanks for making me thoroughly hate where I live! lol

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post #10 of 15 Old 06-14-2011, 01:23 AM
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Congrats! Our surroundings here in western PA are very similar to those on the OD ride...maybe someday Froggy and I will try it!
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