Thursday, February 01, 2007

Workouts This Week

Been busy studying this week (anatomy and physiology) and prepping for our trip to Switzerland, so I haven't logged all my workouts. Here's what I've done so far this week (a cut-back week):

Monday: 2 easy miles on the treadmill; lifted back and biceps.

Tuesday: 6.5 miles total: 5 miles continuous running, walked up the steep hill out of the Isar River valley to avoid stressing my left calf, 1.5 miles easy jog home.

Wednesday: Horseback riding. Had a new horse - Napoleon! He was very nice, but a HUGE horse. 1.75 m high at the withers! :shocker!: (The withers is where the neck meets the shoulder on a horse. Germans measure horse height in metres, whereas in North America we use "hands" (one hand = 4 inches). So this horse is 1.75 metres tall at the base of his neck - taller than me! I'm only 1.68 metres tall (5'6").) Even with the mounting block, I still had to let the stirrup down four holes so I could get on! But he was very nice. Didn't like the whip, so I gave my dressage whip to my instructor, and he went very nice. My instructor said he can be a bit lazy without the whip, but this morning he was fine. My legs did get a good workout though! His only real fault is that he doesn't like to stand still at the halt and let you adjust your stirrups or the girth, so he had to be held while I adjusted my stirrups. So now I've found another horse that I really like.

10 comments:

Gattina said...

At least you didn't need a ladder, lol. The name is very famous, Napoleon, but he was very short according to the things he left here in Waterloo. He was about as big as a 10 yrs old child nowadays !

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Wow, that's a big horse indeed! My mare is between 15.2h and 15.3h and I love her size. I haven't been able to ride due to cold frozen ground :(. Glad you like your new lesson horse, that is always very important!

the Lap Lady ;)

Heart of Rachel said...

Sounds like a big, magnificent horse. Glad he was a nice horse and you enjoyed riding him.

You must be excited about your upcoming trip to Switzerland. Wishing you a safe and fun trip.

Liveleantoday said...

I love how you combine different froms of fitness into your life like horseback riding.

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tiggerprr said...

That sounds like a ginormous horse! Welcome to my bloggy spare room, it's nice to have good company over! :)

FelineFrisky said...

It's Tuesday! No kitties?? :( D

Heart of Rachel said...

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Catherine said...

I am traveling to Munich this summer for vacation. I am looking for a place to go horseback riding, on trails.. not for instructions. I just want to ride a horse through the countryside. Does the barn where you ride do anything like that? Maybe a guided tour?