Even though I didn't go to the show I’m still really happy with how most of February went.
Going to the barn is no fun when your human doesn't let you run amok.
Here’s how I did on my goals for the February:
courses seen at show (bonus points to finding/making fake shrubbery to jump
Create a show
mantra. I did! It’s actually my riding
mantra now too. It’s “smile, breathe, leg”.
Do all the
things mentioned here to prepare for
show. Yes, everything but the bath
and the show parts!
memorizing/learning courses (in lessons with Coach D). Check!
over a tiny fence. Heck
yeah! We jumped a little crossrail about 6 times (3 times each direction)
and then the trainer bumped it up to a vertical (18 inches-ish) and we jumped
that 6 times too!
6) Run three days a week. Womp womp. Not so good on this one! I ran twice the first week in February and that was about it.
energy drinks or booze for Kate. (show day is an exception, red bull
gives me wings and I might need liquid courage...) I am super
proud of my success on this. I used to drinks two energy drinks, two
cokes, and one coffee almost every day. I have never been a big drinker but
when I drink anything alcoholic before bed I grind my teeth (so my face
hurts/I’m crabby the next day). I didn't weigh myself in February but I
just did yesterday and I'm happy to report that my sugar detox helped me
towards a 1.4lb weight loss! Woohoo!
at the trainers. Sure did!
More than I thought I would actually.
(ignore my weird voice pls)
9) Participate in plank challenge at the barn. Well... sort of. I did this for about two weeks, and then I tweaked something in my shoulder. So I took a day off... and it turned into the rest of the month.
10) Clean and organize car and lockers. I got started on both and have made significant improvement, but they aren’t as tidy as I would like.
February was a tough but good month. I definitely got in a bit of a funk after Apollo’s splint cropped up. But jumping tiny jumps on Mystic pretty much made my entire life.
I’m kind of going the opposite direction from my super ambitious February goals for March. In March I’m going to “keep it simple”. As much as someone with two jobs and three horses can anyway!
My budget has been incredibly tight lately. Mystic’s trainer is away for the whole month of March and Coach D is away for a week. I’ve decided to take some time off from lessons. Without Mystic’s trainer putting in one training ride a week with her I won’t have as much time to lesson with Coach D anyway. I might try for a Coach D lesson later on in the month and possibly a dressage lesson too. But for sure my first two weeks will be lesson-free.
Posing majestically after our first ever hack last Thursday!
I mentioned here about the cost of improvement and how lessons were so valuable. And they totally are. But at the moment I think I can manage well on my own for a few weeks and the mental break will be nice for me and the herd (and my softly weeping bank account).
Mystic and I are both working on fitness; I don’t really need a lesson to do that. Apollo is just starting back into light work so he’s not really ready to lesson at this point. I think it’s the perfect time for a little break. My bank account agrees!
So here are my simple goals for March:
1) Work out every day. Ok yes this is kind of a tough sounding goal. I live 5 minutes from the gym that I work at. Working out every day doesn’t have to be grueling. I will have some lighter workouts and some swimming days in there too. I have been finding my leg strength for riding has been really lacking (Mystic requires more leg than Apollo, and it’s super hard for me!).
2) Get rid of excess stuff. I have a lot of clothes that I never wear and horse items that I never use. Time for some spring cleaning!
3) Have fun with the herd. This is the only horse goal on the list. I want my focus with the horses to be fun, there will be plenty of hacking and creative exercises on our agenda!
The random title of this blog is a line from one of my favorite songs ("To the Dogs or Whoever" by Josh Ritter).