So L from Viva Carlos didn’t actually issue a challenge but I’m in anyway.
As I’ve previously mentioned my leg is not what it used to be. Sad face. I used to have a leg that was rock solid. It never moved. And my heels never saw the sun.
If you look at some of the photo evidence on this blog you’ll notice a lower leg that sometimes swings back over jumps. WTF leg muscles!
And according to my coach my heel is starting to come up. That’s annoying. My guess is that it’s because Tucker takes so much leg and my leg is a little on the long side. So bringing up the heel is the cut corner way of getting the response I want. Bad rider! I’ve now got to teach myself to keep my heels down (again) and open the knee a little to squeeze properly.
My old lady joints are screaming. They’ll just have to suck it up. I have a feeling sorting out the heel issue will also help sort out the swinging leg issue.
On top of figuring that out, some no stirrup work would not go amiss. I know I’ve said I’d be adding in no stirrup work before. I did… for one or two rides and then I fell off the wagon. Bad rider is very bad! Lazy corner cutting you know.
This is one of the reasons why I love reading all your blogs. It makes me want to be better. You all are so motivating. So L, I’m joining your no stirrup September.
Not quite to the extreme of removing my stirrups though. A girls got to work up to that level. The last time I dropped my stirrups I pushed myself for 5 minutes. It was rough and it wasn’t pretty.
So, I’m setting myself a goal with the possibility of a step up. I want to be able to ride with relative ease without stirrups for 15 minutes by the end of September. The step up will be 20 minutes. The reason for not just going for the twenty is because 1. I want to ride the 15 with ease, none of this rough struggle do it just to say you did it once crap and 2. classes start next week so I’m not quite sure how much time I’ll have to actually get up to the barn.
Starting part way through September 15 minutes seems doable to me. I just stopped myself from saying something slightly negative here. No more negativity! This is happening! Watch out September 30th I’m coming for you!
How often/long to you drop your stirrups?