Good-bye wintertime blues! My cabin fever broke last week when I attended a jackpot for the first time since Fall. It has been a long winter, complete with cold weather and uncertainties, and I’m so glad to be back in the saddle again!
I ran two horses in a double header jackpot last weekend. The first two runs, my legs felt good, but I had to rubber band my stirrups for my third run. That run was on my red rocket and he packs a lot of power into his turns. With that in mind, and noticing that my left leg felt weak, I felt it was prudent to use the rubber bands. My fourth run was on brown mare and she’s got smoother turns and transitions so I took the rubber bands off before her run. I don’t like to use them unless I need them. Sometimes they break during your run and I’ve heard of them not breaking during falls (I haven’t had that happen to me, they’ve always broke in a pinch).
I think my hips handled the runs just fine, but the drive is what made me sore (the weather didn’t help). It was a four hour drive one way and the weather was colder and damper than what I’m used to. Cold, humid weather always makes me limp. I was a bit stiff the next day, but no wonder with 8 hours in the pickup, sitting at a board meeting for a couple of hours and making four barrel runs in damp Spring weather. I made sure to stretch when I woke up.
I’ve been riding just about everyday since the weather has been warm and my legs seem to be holding up. I get stiff once and awhile, but if I stretch as soon I as I get that stiff feeling then I don’t limp. I also use my foam roller (both the dense black one and the textured one) and massage ball everyday (or a couple of times a day).
I started Piyo on Saturday. I like how it places emphasis on alignment and total body strength without jumping, running or anything else that usually hurts my hip. I’m really excited to see if this program will help me get back into shape since I’ve had to give up running (I really miss it).
I went for a CT on Wednesday and I have my follow-up this coming Wednesday. I will have more answers then. Hopefully I can assess what’s best and move ahead with a plan!