Monthly Archives: May 2011

Therapy Cocktail.

Yesterday after work mom and I went in to the MHC workshop with an esport physiotherapy specialist (http://www.esportphysio.ca/). It was very interesting! A lot of what the clinician covered was stuff that I knew from my coaching courses in University (nutrition, fatigue, basic muscle training, etc), and another good portion of it was stuff I’d experienced and still am experiencing myself. She provided me with many exercises that I’m sure will be beneficial to my riding!  Another point she brought up was that sometimes riding habits/errors can’t be fixed by the rider and coach alone. It sometimes does take a athletic/physio therapist to target muscles that have been injured or strained at some point in time. I can vouch for this, as my riding has definitely improved since I started athletic therapy.  Of course there is more benefit if the therapist has some idea of what the sport entails, but in Manitoba this is very rare. My AT is very good at figuring out what I do, and what I need to do. I think she is the best I’m going to find right now, and she’s been doing a great job dealing with me so far!

Today I decided to take a trip to my chiropractor (who I haven’t been to since December), because my lower back has been a little bit annoying the past few days. I wanted to see if getting adjusted helped some of my other issues, because it did in the past-before I started AT. I think it did too. I mean, I’ll definitely be sore tomorrow -he wasn’t gentle- but the shooting pains down my hip are gone, where they’d been constant all day. He suggested that I consider combining his treatment with my AT’s treatment, which I agree with. The better I feel, the better I ride. I’m determined to make BOTH betters happen. Nobody can perform up to their full potential when dealing with even a small amount of pain, and I’m tired of trying to disprove that fact.

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Ready

I realized driving home from the city tonight how absolutely ready I am to get out of this place for a little while. I never thought I’d say this. I mean, I love it here, and I love all the people of course, but I just neeed to go somewhere else and find out who I am without everybody else I’ve known my whole life. You know? Everyday I’m growing as a person, and I really think that moving across the planet for a while is going to help that process reach it’s full potential. Whether the experience is good or bad, pray it be good, I’m ready for it. Bring it on.

My AT worked her magic tonight, and I’m feeling much better. My leg was going numb because the major nerve that runs down the leg goes through this muscle in your butt, and that muscle was rather tight in my ass so it was squishing that nerve.. causing the numbness and tingling. For the moment that is gone! Yay! My hamstring was also super tight, which is new. So I’m going to have to remember to stretch that out more. If anybody out there is in need of a fantastic athletic therapist, I have the perfect one for you.

After my AT session, I went for supper with my dad at Stella’s (yummy), and then booked it over to Jysk and Winners to get some pants for me, and some shower gifts for my co-worker Jolene! Got home at 10, and now I’m thinking seriously about bed. Mmmm. yeah.

Willard heads off to a show in Birds Hill tomorrow with his part boarder. I’m hoping he behaves himself for her this weekend, and I’m nervous for them both. Hopefully this weekend goes better for them then last weekend did for us. I’m sure I worked out most of the first show jitters for the horse last weekend though. *crosses fingers*

110 days. Let’s go.

Fizzle

I just baked some peach poppyseed muffins, and of course I had to taste test (more like eat half of) the batter. My burps now taste like baking soda and vinegar. And yes, they are fizzy ass burps. Not my best scheme. Still, tastes good.

  In other news. Went out and hacked Willie tonight. He was a prince. Fantastic collection and on his back end nice the whole ride. Which I appreciated, as my body isn’t really cooperating with me lately.  The leg/foot numbness is back, my hip is causing pain down my whole leg, and my shoulder is still being all angsty and sore from the weekend. Going to AT tomorrow after work to see if we can get these issues looked at and maybe fixed.. again. My upper back has taken to really seizing up tonight too. Hopefully that’s just temporary. Don’t really want to deal with any more issues any time soon.. Grr.

So ready to be healthy again.

Brrraahhh.

Left here Friday, and ended up getting to the show too late to do schooling rounds. Didn’t worry me too much, as none of the jumps were anything Willard hasn’t seen before. And it was a three day show, so I used Saturday as my warm up day. The whole weekend turned out to be a giant schooling day as we discovered that one strides and us didn’t work well.

On Saturday morning we competed in two 2’9 jumpers, the first of which went very well.  Will jumped around like a champ, handling a two stride with no problems! The second round went alright, except we stopped out at the once stride.  Later that day we moved onto our hunter rounds, two 3ft classes. My first round was decent, the second round was going well until we got in close to an oxer coming out of a line and he kinda bull dozed through it, and because of the copious amounts of rain falling, my foot slipped and I literally slid out of the saddle. I managed to land in a way that didn’t hurt my back, thankfully. I as a little (still am) sore, but nothing too worrisome.

Prepping for our Friday evening hack. Sunday rolled around and our morning jumpers didn’t go as well. During our warm up, Mike and Charlene set up a one stride to work on. And it went alright. He spun me off once, and I landed on my feet. We went into our first class and for some reason I was riding very defensively, and the one stride didn’t go well. On our second try he atleast got over the first jump, and had the opportunity to jump the out oxer, but he chose not to. Our second round started out alright, but he wouldn’t go anywhere near the one stride. Literally, four strides out he’d stop. My riding had also gotten much to defensive over the two rounds. Charlene and I decided to drop down into 2’6 and 2’9 hunters, so I could re-establish both the horse and I’s confidence in each other. It was nice going around a little course, not having to think about anything but a nice relaxing pace and being chill. By the end of our hunter rounds, both of us were much more relaxed and my riding was getting back to normal.

Monday we scratched our jumpers, and spent the morning just hanging out waiting for the hunter ring to get around to 2’6 cards. Our warm up was so relaxed and chill. Perfect canter and finding distances to everything. Then we went and hung out by the ring and finally went in for our two schooling hunters (2’6 and 2’9). Once again, good rounds and we were finally starting to get back to our usual selves. It was then agreed that we should do one 3ft class, because everything was going well. The round was decent, I added on all the lines, like I’d been doing with the schooling rounds. Just because I didn’t want to press him or myself, and it was a good experience for us both to just be chill.

My shoulder is very sore from the jumper rounds and all the arguing me and Willard did over the one strides. My foot/lower left leg also started doing the numbness thing again over the weekend. Soo getting that checked out asap.

Overall, not ecstatic about the events of the weekend, but satisfied with how the last day went. Learned lots, and that’s whats important. Definitely realized how important mutual trust is in this sport, and how easily it can be weakened. We came away will things to work on over the next few weeks, and that’s never a bad thing!

Rain?

This is Felix, he’s our little project. He’s just a year this month. He’s my mare, Flash’s, replacement. Hopefully he’ll turn out just as talented.

The week’s been filled with sunshine, sunburns, sunscreen, and lots of dust and wind and everything else that comes along with seeding time when you work on a farm. Got lots of overtime from the past few days, so that is a very good thing!

Mom and I are headed out to Birds Hill tomorrow afternoon for the Victoria Day Show. I rode Mr Willard outside yesterday, and he had energy flying out of everywhere. Hopefully he’s a little calmer tomorrow for schooling, I’m sure he won’t be. It never really works that way, does it?

I managed to pull my hamstring somehow over the past two days at work, or last night working with mr hyper. Hopefully that calms down a little before the weekend. I’m interested to see how my hip holds up over the next 4 days. It’s been decent this week, just some random tingles. Not a whole lot of pain. Which is a brilliant change!

117 days!!!

Hey Moon

So it’s Monday.

Yesterday mom and I hacked over to Charlene’s to do some course work. Mr Willard is coming along quite nicely. We had a few mistakes, all easily fixed. I got him into a bad spot coming down a line to a big oxer, so he crashed through that. But he jumped it like a champ the next time around!

  This long weekend we’re headed to Bird’s Hill for the MHJA Victoria Day show, a bronze level show and the first outdoor show of the season. We’ll get there on Friday, hopefully not too late, but I do have to work till 4 ish. We’ll school Friday and then competition starts on Saturday morning and lasts till Monday. Charlene and Mike agreed to let me do some baby jumpers too, so I’m competing in my regular 3ft level hunters (Sr. Low, Adult Amateur), we thought about doing the development hunter, which is 3’3, but it was decided that since this is the first show there wasn’t much point pushing it. My jumpers will be at 2’9 and in my adult amateur divisions. I’m very excited to be getting into the jumper ring, even if it’s at the low levels.

In other news, my back/hip/leg has been feeling at little iffy. Not really pain, but that weird tingling/numbness/stupid feeling. A little bit of random muscle spasms in my back and hip too. I’m not sure if thats just from my long training session yesterday or if things are about to fall apart again. My plan is to see how this week goes, and the show, and then take it from there. There’s not much I can do about it this week anyway. Work is going to be insane with the nice weather making an appearance, and preparing for competition and actually competing for 4 days straight takes up most of my time for the next 7 days. All I can say is at least we’re making progress. However slow it is.

I’ve really noticed a difference in my riding since I’ve started working out and running full time. My core strength has gotten SO much better, which has seriously improved my riding and my confidence. Plus, today, during my workout I did some push ups. Real ones. 3 weeks ago when I started I couldn’t hardly do half of one, due to weak shoulder and core muscles. Now I can do over 5 and hold a push up plank for a lot longer then I could before. I doesn’t sound as impressive when I type it out, but I’m pretty happy with this progress. The best part about working out and putting all the effort into your body and life is when you get to actually witness/feel the results and improvements. Definitely keeps you motivated!

I’m loving this beautiful weather that’s come about today and is apparently staying for the rest of the week! There’s also a solid full moon hanging out in my window right now. Awesome summer night! Hopefully there’s lots more of these to come!

Ciao for now!

TGIF

Another work week finished. Finally.

I had a lesson with Charlene tonight. We worked on a two-stride exercise and oxer distances. Willard was a very good boy, and we did quite well. He’s getting so much better at using his hind end instead of just pulling me around with his face. It’s a nice change!

My hip/back feels a little off today. I’m hoping it’s just end of the week fatigue and nothing that’s going to last. However, this does feel familiar. So maybe not so good. Oh well, nothing I haven’t dealt with before. Just a little discouraging. I wonder if I’ll ever get rid of these injury. I guess we’ll just see how the next week goes. Next weekend is my first out door show of the year, The Victoria Day Show. 4 days at Birds Hill Park. My coaches agreed to let me try some lower level jumpers! Super pumped about that! Along with those two divisions I’ll be competing in my regular 3ft level hunters and flats. It’ll be a long weekend for sure, but a good test to see how my hip is going to handle the rest of the summer and how Willard is going to handle the outdoors. He’s usually good. Except when things like rain, bugs, sand… air.. touches his nose. Silly boy.  Mom and I invested in a little fly mask that attaches onto his bridle.. so maybe that’ll make a difference? I have my doubts, just cause I think it’s more of  a mental thing. But I guess we’ll see!

My working holiday visa application was approved yesterday. So I’m all set to go to NZ in 123, just need to finalize my flight! The one bonus of my job is that it gives me a lot of thinking time (sometimes this isn’t such a good thing haha), I can day dream about NZ for 8 hours a day. It’s quite relaxing sometimes. Until it gets tedious. But I’m not going to complain. It’s the best job I can get right now and it’s not half bad either. Definitely made it clear to me that I don’t want to be anything in the agriculture field. So at least we know that won’t cause confusion for me later on.

Anyway, I think I’m going to stop making sense soon if I keep typing, so exhausted. Bed time!

Update!

Past two rides, pain free! First time in at least a month, more like two or three that I haven’t been dealing with pain while training. All I’ve got right now is a little soreness, which is easily cured with some ice and stretching. Much different from what I felt before.

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much, as it has only been 5 days since my last AT session. So the next few weeks will be the real test. It’s definitely much better then normal though.

   Saturday’s clinic was probably one of the best ride’s I’ve had in a long time. Willard was awesome, and my riding showed a lot of improvement. I think the saddle I’m trying out helps a lot. It makes for a completely different ride from my current saddle (which I will be selling, so if anyone wants a size 17.5 exselle debut medium tree let me know).

I beat my average in running by 2 seconds again today, so this is the second week in a row I’ve improved by 2 seconds. This surprised me because I didn’t do much at all last week because my back was acting up. Working out and running felt good today. I’m glad to be busy again. Hopefully I can keep this up!

It looks like I’m booking tickets for NZ for the 14th of September. I’ll be leaving from Vancouver and taking a direct flight to Auckland. So the countdown is on, 127 days!!!!!!

Stages of Riding

Stage I: Fall off pony. Bounce. Laugh. Climb back on. Repeat.

Stage 2: Fall off horse. Run after horse, cussing. Climb back on by shimmying up horse’s neck. Ride until sundown.

Stage 3: Fall off horse. Use sleeve of shirt to stanch bleeding. Have friend help you get back on horse. Take two Advil and apply ice packs when you get home. Ride next day.

Stage 4: Fall off horse. Refuse advice to call ambulance; drive self to urgent care clinic. Entertain nursing staff with tales of previous daredevil stunts on horseback. Back to riding before cast comes off.

Stage 5: Fall off horse. Temporarily forget name of horse and name of husband. Flirt shamelessly with paramedics when they arrive. Spend week in hospital while titanium pins are screwed in place. Start riding again before doctor gives official okay.

Stage 6: Fall off horse. Fail to see any humor when hunky paramedic says, “You again?” Gain firsthand knowledge of advances in medical technology thanks to stint in ICU. Convince self that permanent limp isn’t that noticeable. Promise husband you’ll give up riding. One week later purchase older, slower, shorter horse.

Stage 7: Slip off horse. Relieved when artificial joints and implanted medical devices seem unaffected. Tell husband that scrapes and bruises are due to gardening accident. Pretend you don’t see husband roll his eyes and mutter as he walks away. Give apple to horse.

Order may vary.