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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
2009 Tevis: Merri Melde
Tuesday July 28 2009
Merri Melde - Oreana, Idaho
0 Tevis starts
WHAT?! A BIZARRE TWIST!
Tom Noll was going to ride Nance Worman's horse Big Sky Quinn. On Monday morning, with five days left till Tevis, Tom backed out due to work conflicts. Nance offered her horse to me to ride.
WHAT?! I was stunned with the offer. I'd just told someone the night before that I don't have a burning desire to do Tevis, mostly because the opportunity to do it would be slim, so I've never really worried too much about it. "But of course," I said, and I quote, "if I was offered a horse, and I knew the horse was capable and in shape for it, I probably would not say no." (How could one say no??)
The horse is in shape. I just watched him and Nance finish an 80 mile ride at Bandit Springs, and they finished Tevis in 07, the first for both.
I'm not too worried about climbing on this horse I have never ridden - I've ridden with Nance and Quinn, and I am (pretty) sure he wouldn't buck me off. I think.
Physically I'm not sure about me. You all know how I whine about the heat. I make jokes about it, but it's not just whining - I have a hard time when hits 90*. Tevis is going to be hotter than that. Heat stroke is a real possibility for me, and I'm just not conditioned for extreme exercise in the heat. I have been avoiding the heat, not exercising in it. I'd want Tevis to be fun, not miserable (or worse).
And there's my knee. It's been bothering me on and off for years, and pretty much constantly for the last year. Sometimes I can't walk for a while after a 50 miler, depending on the horse and the saddle. And I think I want to ride for almost 24 hours? Is it worth the possibility of blowing out a knee? (Um... maybe...?).
And there is that little matter of the possibly broken toe, which I still cannot comfortably get in a shoe and hike on. Ibuprofen will take care of the toe, but nothing helps the knee. Pain isn't THAT big of a deal, but the cost of fixing a destroyed knee - and the time lost riding - is.
Another reality IS the cost (registering late, HAVE to have a buckle, HAVE to buy a cool vest or I'd die, etc) - I can ride at least six 50 mile rides (and hurt a lot less, and put real knee damage off longer) for that much money.
Monday afternoon, I said, "YES! NO!"
This morning I said "NO." Then I went out and had a great 12 mile ride on Jose, and thought, SURELY I could eek out another 88 miles out of me on the Tevis trail!? And I said "YES! NO! MAYBE!"
Less than four days to psyche myself up for it, figure out what I'd need, get it together physically and mentally... Oh, and I'd have to leave tomorrow.
I know the horse is ready... I don't know that I am.
But my final answer isn't "NO" yet...
I still have a few hours to decide.
(The picture above is to help me think COOL)
Posted by The Equestrian Vagabond at 2:18 PM
Labels: 100 Miles One Day, Big Sky Quinn, heat stroke, Nance Worman, Tevis Cup, Western States Trail Foundation
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Has your knee condition ever been diagnosed? If it's arthritis, you likely won't make it worse. If it's a torn ligament, I'd guess riding 100 miles would make it worse, but "destroy it" might mean surgery required. If it's cartilage floating around and getting in spaces where it's not wanted, it could be crippling pain or do nothing at all any different than your normal. This is of course a layman's view, post-knee pain. If it's arthritis, go run and get your first SynVisc shot, LOL.ReplyDelete
If it was me, I wouldn't want to be the "weakest link" to that degree, unless you're absolutely able to ignore that level of discomfort. OR, pay to see as big a chunk of the trail as you can. I have friends who get further down the trail every year, usually out on an OT, because they just want to ride it, see it, and don't care that much about their completion percentage. One has crippling, chronic pain from a couple of massive truck accidents and it's pretty wonderful he completes as many rides as he does.
You were gonna buy the vest ANYway. So tempting to do the ride with the crew and logistics in place! Good luck with your decision and see you soon! signed, fellow heat-challenged shooter.
Just do it. :-)ReplyDelete
Go for it!! You can fix the knee later when you're old!!ReplyDelete