I will get back to some physical fitness talk. Like I have said before, I jog and pump iron as consistent as brushing my teeth. But when it comes to the extra cardio, I get bored like anyone else. For the past few weeks I have had a lot of orders to fill, so not going to gym, I use my stepmill, and use the free weights here. I finally have time to go to the gym, and when I got there I decided to use this Nordic Track. I needed some sort of challenge and it is the only machine that I have not used, or, at least not used in the past twenty something years. Soooooo....I get on this thing, strap myself in, figure level 4 since I am an amateur, 60 mins, and start......Uh, about 3 minutes into it, I stop, clear, and reprogram at 60 minutes, level ONE. I gotta say, that kicked - my - ass! It does not matter how fit you think you are, if you haven't used it, you are sure to have your ass kicked. The funny part about this is, I bought a beautiful Ishmash, Russian Biathlon rifle two years ago with every intention of getting into cross country skiing so that I could enter a local amateur Biathlon. I live one hour away from Steven's Pass, which has a cross country course. However I have conveniently always been too busy, for the beginning of the year my order file is FULL, plus the horses. Well, I am humbled, and thrilled, and I will use that damned thing everytime I go to my Granite Gold's, and my goal is to get to at least level 6 in two months, for 60 minutes. Then MAYBE I will not be afraid to get that cross country ski package. And keep shooting.
NOT - Finished. Here's the best one. I have three different breeds of horses to ride, and just about every type of saddle one can imagine, for I see it the same way a car enthusiast would purchase various cars. For the ride. Every type except a side saddle. So I started doing some research, bought many books, for I know this is not something you can just jump on and go. Surprised, all that know me??? NO, I am not THAT crazy! I have five different books and went online and bought a cheap side saddle made in Pakistan. When I got it, I realized this will only fit my skinny withered Thoroughbred Magnum. Fine. Then even reading the books the girth totally confused me. So I researched some more online. Found www.sidesaddle.com . Of course they have consignment side saddles, so I clicked on. There, before my eyes was a draft horse side saddle. Yea, I bought it. The best part was the lady, Linda, filled me with a plethera of information. So I will be getting that saddle, a Champion and Wilton, extremely rare saddle....THIS COMING WEEK!! So today, I decide it is time to suck up and put the Pakistan side saddle on Magnum.............Oh boy.....humble, humble, humble, ...HUMBLE TWICE IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!! I have never felt insecure on a horses back. We walked around a bit and he was just as nervous as I was. As soon as I got my legs into the position Linda told me to, my gracilus and adductor muscles were fried in less than two minutes! I was comfortable with my balance, but my inner thighs were in agony. Hehe....Then to boot, Magnum decided to freak out and I know it was because of the new girth and the next thing I knew I was in the barn in one of the stalls! Okay, I get some credit because I DID NOT FALL OFF! The whole entire incident I was trying to figure out HOW to fall off. So after I got Magnum to calm down, we came back out of the stall, out of the barn, and walked around a bit more, just so he knew it was all good. He and I will both learn slowly and again, like the Nordik Track, I will conquer this, oh, I say in a few weeks. On top of that, I am SURE the Champion and Wilton, on Sir Tankus will be much easier to learn on.
Mark my words, by June for sure, I will be riding up back in the woods side saddle.
LIFE KISSES US ON BOTH CHEEKS DAY AND MORN,
BUT LAUGHS AT OUR DEEDS EVE AND DAWN.