Monday, August 10, 2020

Virtual Tevis Week 1: Watson's Monument

 So many people and bloggers are participating in this COVID induced event. It makes me really happy to see all the updates from people out there plugging away mile by mile. The list of participants is varied ranging from endurance riders who got the entire thing done the first weekend via the Big Horn 50/10 to others are slowly chipping away one mile at a time in the arena or even some who have young horses they are hand walking. I love seeing all the updates fill my feed. 

Some of the wild flowers I saw along the hike on Sunday

For the most part, participants are being supportive of everyone an their level of effort. As is always the case, there are those who seem to be taking this virtual challenge a little too seriously. I mean, the end result is a t-shirt and you have 100 days to complete. There is no prize for finishing first. Yet on the first day there was someone from Australia who posted a screen shot of the "leader board" saying that they were winning and it created a maelstrom of comments about how it wasn't fair because it wasn't August 1st yet here in the States. I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Calm down folks. There are also a handful of people demanding real Tevis buckles instead of the sticker version at the completion. Sigh. I guess they assume riding a mile at a time on local trails is the equivalent of battling 900 others down a mountainous, rocky, dusty trail with a 24 hour window. 

The trail wound around 2 lakes with beautiful views


But in general things are pleasant and fun. I love seeing all the different breeds participating, those from around the world and those on foot. 


Wyatt desperately wanted to climb those mountains in the background. I did some research and found the trail head and we will tackle that next weekend


As for me, I’m doing it on foot in the non rider division. I debated entering Eeyore since we are putting in 2-3 miles in the arena per ride and could accomplish the goal within the time frame of 100 days, but Wyatt heard me talking about it and got really excited so instead we are doing it as a family. 

Fluff is the perfect hiking companion and was basically born leash trained. I've never had a dog behave better and he is only 7 months old with no formal training. 

At bare minimum we have to log 1 mile per night. There is a nice little 2 mile loop from our driveway that I like to do in the evenings to unwind from work and stretch the legs and Wyatt has now been joining me on those walks to get the miles in.

Fuffzilla enjoyed the walk with us. 

Week one has seen us putting in several nights on the little loop by my house after dinner. One evening we got caught in a downpour on the way back but other than that it’s been uneventful. Two days we drove to an outdoor track by the house so he could ride his bike while Dusty and I walked.While going around an oval 8 times isn't my favorite way to log miles, it was nice for Wyatt to get a change of pace. 

Love my little family

We were sitting pretty nicely mileage wise come the weekend with only 3 miles remaining to hit the first milestone at Watson's Monument. A local hike on new to us trails saw that goal achieved Sunday. The virtual site emailed me a nice badge and some information about the location once I logged the miles which was a nice little pick me up. I'm excited to reach the next milestone though at the moment I'm not sure where that is along the trail. I will find out as we go! 


9 comments:

  1. love all the pictures <3 i'm not familiar with this virtual event but it actually sounds freakin awesome! trust horse people to go a little overly-competitive-psycho on it tho LOL

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    1. With Tevis being canceled the organization launched a virtual event that started on August 1. There is a rider division and a non rider one and all that needed is to log 100 miles by the time it ends in 100 days. Do it all at once, large chunks at a time or tiny steps every day. Doesn't matter. You can still sign up too! I think you have until 10.31.2020 to officially sign up. You get a t shirt and a sticker if you complete it.

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    2. Yes! Emma, you should totally sign up!

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  2. I'm really enjoying doing it virtually, since I doubt I'll ever have a horse that could complete it in person.

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    1. At one point I thought about it with Gem. Physically I knew she could do it. But the logistics of travelling there, the hoardes of people and the cost kept it but a pipe dream.

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  3. The hoopla surrounding the virtual Tevis is cracking me up. It's such a good cause so I'm really glad to see it blowing up on social media, but I keep having to bite my tongue. I saw people complaining that there was no way some people had already completed 50 or 100 miles in the first weekend. It goes to show you how little people really know about the endurance world or the magnitude of the accomplishment. I'm bummed because it has to be one horse, one rider (which, if you're going to do it over 100 days, does it matter?) and I don't have a horse of my own to do it on. I probably do a hundred miles a month with my client horses!!! I'm planning to see which client horses I have regularly in the fall, and maybe I'll sign one up once the weather cools. Otherwise, I'll just donate. :) Still, looking forward to seeing your posts as you tackle the virtual trail.

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    1. Dusty is running a 100 miler in October and the first weekend I told him I wished it had been then so he could log 100 miles on foot in 24 hours. Oh the drama it would have caused!

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  4. That sounds like so much fun! What a gorgeous place

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    1. It has been a good motivator to not sit on the couch and eat my body weight in swedish fish after work each night.

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