GE Danex on Cougar Rock in 2019

Like a yearly ritual, I have completed my Tevis Checklist:

  • Horse is optimally conditioned and prepared for the most difficult 100 Miler in the world.
  • Horse has completed other 100 milers, or back-to-back 50 milers, and is sound and fit.
  • EasyCare Hoof Bootsapplied with diligence.
  • 馬鞍貼合和所有釘調整和檢查。
  • 所有補充和電解質容器填充。
  • 各種各樣的不同幹草類型和各種不同的穀物飼料製備。
  • 船員組織和簡報。
  • Ride plan rehearsed.

我忽略了什麼嗎?這一切都看起來不錯。Tevis Gremlins今年會停留嗎?

We arrived at Robie Equestrian Park in Truckee, California, the Wednesday before the 2019 Tevis Cup 100-Miles-One-Day Trail Ride. Global Endurance Training Center started three horses at this yearʼs Tevis. All of them passed their veterinary pre-check. They were all well hydrated, properly fed, and eager to start.

I had my best results at my first Tevis about 20 years ago: 3rd place. Followed by a
4th place, then 9th, 11th, 18th, in the 40ies, then 50ies, then pull, pull, pull, pull…. Seems like the better I know the course and the more often I start, the worse my results are getting. Whatʼs going on?

我的第3和第4個地方獎項可以歸功於初學者的運氣。雖然我所有美國耐力騎行會議(AERC)的整體完成率約為94%,但我的Tevis完成率幾乎沒有30%。我的分析越多,我準備的越多,我越努力消除以前的錯誤,越糟的結果就越多。

True: Tevis is the hardest ride in the world.

True: Tevis has the most elevation gain to conquer (about 36,000 feet).

True:Tevis是最不可預測的耐力事件。

Some well-known riders have had seven pulls in a row at Tevis while achieving a higher than 90% completion rate at all other AERC rides, including other 100 milers. Although I have finished Tevis several times, and many other riders do consistently well at Tevis year after year, I’m clearly missing something. Or is it really just bad luck?

我沒有讚同運氣理論一般。術語“不好的運氣”可以替代缺乏準備,準備差距,減少焦點,分散注意力,製作不良選擇,或缺乏對細節的關注。

When I analyzed the pulls, I found that several were due to metabolic issues. The horses were refusing to drink and eat. Even horses that are eating well during all other endurance events stop eating at Tevis. Why is that? Could it be that the amount of travel time required to get there is making them fall behind in hydration, and they do not have enough time to catch up? Even when they arrive a week prior to the race?

Another possible cause for refusing to drink and eat is the stress the horses experience at the start. Most rides in the USA do not see starting numbers of around 200. Unless the horse is used to large starting numbers, he will likely be unable to recover from the stress and excitement of moving in such a large group.

兩年前,這正是發生在me. My horse, Ozzy, just could not handle being passed by dozens of fast riders during the first six miles of the race. Ozzy is a strong horse with several 100-mile finishes under his belt, but that Tevis start did a number on his mind.

I selected a different horse this year, GE Danex. GE Danex is a superb eater and drinker, and he always takes good care of himself on the trail. He is also not as sensitive or as introverted as Ozzy. GE Danex lived up to my expectations. He ate and drank like a champ. Luck was on my side until it wasnʼt. It was all over for us at the Lower Quarry due to a hind end lameness.

Tevis has 6,000 feet more downhill terrain than uphill. Both the front end and hind end need to work much harder going downhill than level or uphill. There is more concussion, more stress, and more skill required to negotiate steep downhill terrain for seemingly endless miles. Even though I ran all the downhills and major uphills on foot, GE Danex could not deal with the strain. I had to ask myself, did I not do enough downhill training?

There is a saying that horses have unlimited miles of uphill in their tanks, but only limited miles of downhill. It seems like there is a fine line between not enough downhill training and too much.

Many of the top finishers at Tevis are top finishers year after year. The top twenty riders
通常隻是旋轉他們的職位,但它們連續多年可靠地在前二十年中。他們一定會一直在做一些事情,即我無法複製。是時候做一些靈魂搜索了。

如何處理,或者在精神上和情感上如何處理失敗?我可以扔進毛巾,放棄,感到沮喪,或為自己感到難過。或者我可以退後一步並合理地分析發生的事情。

Life is a journey, and every endurance event is a journey. Tevis is certainly a journey. The experience I have while working with my horse in partnership, synthesis, and harmony is the most important element in life. So, in a way, it should not matter if I finish or not, as long as the journey was satisfying.

Nevertheless, I do not believe anybody really “enjoys” a pull. For me, it leaves that nagging feeling that something was amiss or my preparation was faulty. After all, we all invest a huge amount of energy, time, and resources into Tevis.

赫斯基的第3位Tevis完成。

We all learn more from failures than successes. Successes lull us into thinking that all is good, and nothing needs to be adjusted or learned. Success is the pinnacle, and the only way off the pinnacle is a downward trail.

另一方麵,失敗使您認為,重新評估和調整您的方法。失敗是老師。重複的失敗教會了我認為我的馬的技能水平。當我問自己的時候,如果這匹馬誠實地適合Tevis Trail,我正在尋找以下因素:

Mental Toughness

馬需要有成熟的心理來處理the stress of entering a field of 200+ riders and being passed multiple times. Horses that do not care much about what is happening around them and can focus on the job at hand are mentally tough, and they have a much better chance of finishing. A “nose up” attitude means money in the bank.

身體狀況和構象

身體狀況得分為6,7甚至8的馬匹,與身體狀況得分低於4.成功的馬匹代謝並妥善照顧自己的馬匹,對馬匹相比,對Tevis的機會進行了兩倍。他們有很多訓練和框架,以便在許多裏程走下坡。在後腿的短背馬和馬匹似乎有一個優勢走下坡路。

Fear Factor

Horses that are still afraid, be it of other horses, difficult trails, or other challenges such as bridge crossings, have a disadvantage because they are wasting precious energy. Finicky eaters and drinkers or horses with ulcers would do better to stay home and get healthy. Long-backed horses also have a disadvantage at Tevis.

Prior Training

Tevis的大多數跛足拉動是因為右前方或右後緣。Tevis的大多數小徑都以這樣的方式,即右腿位於上坡側,左側位於下坡側,因此負載係數完全不同。在家裏的這些特征的訓練可以更好地為Tevis準備馬。

Genetics

遺傳學是一個不應忽視的強大因素。已成功完成Tevis多年的馬匹顯示遺傳學,這是他們成功的基礎。遺傳學不是保證,但他們是一個良好的起點。沒有培訓和特種補充量可以​​克服不利的基因。另一方麵,盡管準備有錯誤,但偉大的基因可以挽救這一天。

Pacing

Where do I go slow, and where do I speed up? How much time should I spend at the vet check? Tevis puts time pressure on the riders, and many are denied completion because of being over time. Knowing your horse’s strengths and weaknesses will help you plan the pace. Having to speed up during the last third of the race because of time pressure not only puts a lot more stress on the rider, but also significantly increases the risk of injury to the horse.

As I evaluate my horse based on these factors, I need to remind myself of my favorite saying, “Ride the horse you have, not the horse you wish to have!”

I’m already planning for next year’s Tevis. I wonder if I’ll be better prepared, or if I’ll just have better luck.

由克裏斯托弗肖克
Global Endurance Training Center

9 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much
    I have been doing reining for over 20 years. This is a new sport for me.
    i rode drag the last section of Tevis
    然後去森林山看朋友進來。這是一個令人難以置信的
    event. I have been conditioning for
    幾個月,終於準備嚐試
    a 25 or 40 mile ride.
    thank you for your article
    I wish you the best for next year!

  2. Thank you for your insights. It is great to hear from someone who can evaluate things from experience and knowledge.

  3. Christoph,

    我在100英裏endu專業rance race in the 70’s . Rode over 30 of them some fast 10 hours, some slow 21 hours, I rode with the best horseman at the time and with riders that help founded the Tevis(Dave Nickelson, The DuckIn the ole days we would do 100 miles with 501 jeans , tennis shoes, bandana and a sponge.
    Now days the technology has gotten in front of the horsemanship. You need to go back to your roots 20 years ago . You are not going to change your shoes, but the steel trump the new shoe technology. The physics of the foot demand negative feedback and stability from the ground and new technology does not provide that in shoes. Lameness issue, but the most 2 important things you are missing are changing your diagonals every couple of miles both on trot and canter to prevent overuse and tiring of the legs of the horse and the pacing. The Tevis is the same regardless if it was ridden in 1968 or 2019. The horses are the same regardless of 1968 or 2019, what has changed is the technology and lack of horsemanship. The Tevis is ridden at a faster pace. YOu could be dead last at 50 miles at the Tevis and still finish top ten. Riders ride too at the beginning and at 50 miles have no idea how much gas is in the tank. You can be 3 minutes behind a rider and not see them all day long on the trail, but you can catch up that 3minutes in a heart beat. RIDE YOUR RIDE.

    • That’s an astounding amount of generalizations you are making about Christoph’s expertise. As someone who has observed him since 1990, I can assure you that his prep, hoofcare, and horsemanship are optimal. (Not a client, just a ride photographer, saddler and not his either.) And my horses don’t go in boots. The technology is NOT in front of the horsemanship in this person’s case.

    • If what you say is true and the “steel trumps the new technology in shoes” then how do you explain numerous Tevis Cup wins – all of them by horses wearing Easyboots? Honestly. You speak of “technology” as though we in the 21st century use computers to run endurance rides (smiles wearily). And while I won’t claim to be as good as yourself or other experienced riders in the years gone by, I know many superb riders today who most definitely have the horsemanship skills to match any of the cowboys in my favourite westerns.

  4. 嗨克裏斯托。我讀了你的帖子,我唯一可以說的是......繼續嚐試。祝你好運......倫納德

  5. 當他們被旋轉或完成時,通過可靠的遠程感應動物傳播器采訪的Tevis Cup馬匹以獲得所有(或其他此類比賽),這將是有趣的。我相信馬匹將很高興在此事中有一個發言,甚至事先。它肯定是可能的。

  6. 哇!Christoph我已經欣賞了遠方的技能,我已經看到了一些你的Tevis Gremlins蠕動!你分享的一切都是現場與我的新手的想法。代謝拉動通常是舞台神經馬的結果......如何治愈這是我正在努力的東西。

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