Another successful 50 completion under our belts at Valley of the Sun 4 Ride, which starts getting the wheels going…
Sometimes I wonder if I wasn’t too hasty in making my Tevis ultimatum last fall, and pinning all of my future plans on the successful completion of one ride, a notoriously difficult ride at that. I recognize I was in somewhat of a depressive state last fall, and maybe declaring that “we finish Man Against Horse or Tevis is off” might have been extreme. The stars aren’t always in alignment for every ride, and one unsuccessful ride doesn’t mean the end of a career. Who knows what would have happened at MaH if the weather had been better, or we had done better on time?
On the flip side, a grand total of 2 50-mile completions doesn’t mean we can finish Tevis. But I still want to try. If it was closer, and I had my qualification miles, I would do it, just to say my pony and I tried. The 2 day, 800-something miles, $300 in gas trip makes me a little more hesitant. Not to mention I still need 200 more qualifying miles. There’s enough rides between now and then…unfortunately, they’re all out of state.
I’ve got Tevis fever, bad. And the couple months break was good for me. I’ve come back much more refreshed and optimistic again. Pony’s bright eyes and cheerful whinny yesterday were also a good sign.
Part of me doesn’t even want to go there, not even take the risk…but then there’s a part of my that says, “You don’t know until you try. Have faith.” There’s no day like today, and I don’t know where I’ll be at with my life come next summer, or how long it’ll take me to get established in my career and start acting like an actual grown-up, and when I’ll have another horse in that kind of condition. The next few years are going to be hectic as I finish school, move out on my own, and settle into my life and career. I’ll be lucky enough to have time to breathe, let alone get an endurance horse in condition for Tevis.
I promise there will be more to come on this subject as I spend the next several weeks hashing out the pros and cons, potential ride plans, etc. And come up with some fast access to money.