Training for 2017 Competitions – December 2016 & January 2017 Workouts

I’m going to keep a log of what sort of training I do as I gradually get Gamble up to appropriate fitness for Eventing in 2017.  The medium-term goal is to get to Bromont’s CCI 1-star event in June, and then we’ll look at doing some Intermediate or maybe even 2* horse trials after that, likely in the U.S. (New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan).  Assuming, of course, that everyone stays healthy!

As part of this training, I’ll be heading to Aiken SC from mid-March to mid-April so that I can get a jump on the competitive season.

Dec. 26 2016: Training officially started today!  We started with a 4k trot cardio on side of the road, from Baamoral Acres to the corner of Denfield and Medway Roads and back.  4.2K at an average pace of 5:01 per k:

gamble-on-road-hackDec. 27, 2016: Trassage (trail dressage) for 30 minutes.  Worked on collected sitting trot and collected canter, plus leg yields.

Dec. 28, 2016: Rapport died this morning.  A tough day.  Just did a trail ride with Tori and Joey for 30 minutes.

Dec. 29, 2016: 4K trot cardio.  Gamble was a little more confident going out than the first day.  Always faster coming back.  Average pace: 4:42 per k:


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