Bruce Lamb's Eventing Blog - June 2013

June 29, 2013 - Speed Work: It has been quite a few weeks since we did speed work. We don't need to do more than 3 km in our competitions, so I've topped out his workouts to 6 x 1 km repeats with a 2 minute break in between each repeat. Here are our splits from tonight:

1:50
1:44
1:37
1:37
1:34
1:35

I was aiming for 1:35 per split, so I was happy with how we ended. I'm not too concerned that we didn't hit the target time for the first two repeats, since we really only build muscle at the end of the workout.

June 24, 2013 - Tempo Run: We did a jumper training round yesterday -- 3 rounds at 1.1 m and 1 round at 1.15 m. and he was good. Refused the first two fences in round one at 1.1, but then went clear without touching a pole. Knocked a pole in another 1.1 round and in the 1.15 m. round, so only had 1 "clear" round of the 4, which is frustrating.

Anyhow today the goal was to make sure he remembers how to go "Prelim" speed (520 mpm or 1:55 per km.). It was humid and we were doing the workout in the morning, so I didn't push it. Here are our kilometre splits:
2:36
2:00
2:03
1:52
2:06
1:53

He was labouring a bit with the thick air, so I didn't push it. It was good to get the workout in, though.

June 29, 2013 - Speed Work: It has been quite a few weeks since we did speed work. We don't need to do more than 3 km in our competitions, so I've topped out his workouts to 6 x 1 km repeats with a 2 minute break in between each repeat. Here are our splits from tonight:

1:50
1:44
1:37
1:37
1:34
1:35

I was aiming for 1:35 per split, so I was happy with how we ended. I'm not too concerned that we didn't hit the target time for the first two repeats, since we really only build muscle at the end of the workout.

June 24, 2013 - Tempo Run: We did a jumper training round yesterday -- 3 rounds at 1.1 m and 1 round at 1.15 m. and he was good. Refused the first two fences in round one at 1.1, but then went clear without touching a pole. Knocked a pole in another 1.1 round and in the 1.15 m. round, so only had 1 "clear" round of the 4, which is frustrating.

Anyhow today the goal was to make sure he remembers how to go "Prelim" speed (520 mpm or 1:55 per km.). It was humid and we were doing the workout in the morning, so I didn't push it. Here are our kilometre splits:
2:36
2:00
2:03
1:52
2:06
1:53

He was labouring a bit with the thick air, so I didn't push it. It was good to get the workout in, though.

June 16, 2013 - Wits End: This weekend, I did the Preliminary Regular division at Wits End, northeast of Orangeville. It went well until a brain lapse in XC. Our mark in dressage was 62% (56.7 penalty points), which put us 9th out of 14. We lowered just one rail in Stadium, but that bumped us down to 10th. In XC, I had a brain lapse -- forgetting the jump number I had just completed and looking elsewhere for that jump. 70 seconds later, I figured out my mistake and got back on route. Gamble did everything though, so I was very happy to have our 3rd (of 3) XC rounds without jumping penalties.

I ended up in 10th -- but if I hadn't had that brain lapse, I would have been 2nd with zero time faults. Here is the XC round:

Here are the results.

June 7, 2013 - 6 x 1 km Repeats: 1:35 per km target, a 2 minute break between each repeat. Here were my splits:
1:37
1:33
1:35
1:32
1:36
1:34

Quite happy with his pace. He cooled down fairly quickly afterwards. It was a cool evening -- roughly 17 degrees c.
A 1:35 per km pace equates to a 630 mpm pace -- so _way_ faster than I'll need to do at even an advanced level (570 mpm) -- although I didn't have any jumps to contend with here.

June 6, 2013 - Dressage Lesson: Went well. We worked on details -- going dead straight down the centreline with no head weaving/bobbing. Straight/square halts. Keeping him "uphill". Lesson went well. I didn't have the 1* star test printed so we didn't actually do a practice test. I'll work on it this weekend.

June 5, 2013 - Jumping Gymnastics and Extreme XC: Today I did some gymnastics in the valley behind our house. Vertical - 1 stride to - Vertical - 2 strides to - angled coop -- 3 strides to cedar rails. We worked up to doing all 4 fences, and it went well.

Then I did the Corner fence and Gamble knocked it hard. It is meant to give, so while it didn't fall over totally, it was disrupted, so I got off and but it back together as it was before the knock. We did it again, and he cleared it no problem.

I did the log jump into water and Gamble had no problem with it. I did the log-ditch-skinny and, again, no problem.

Then I put it all together -- this time including the big table fence. So the course was:
Vertical-Vertical-Coop-Cedar Rails
Log-Ditch-Skinny
Triple bank up
Double-Drop (bounce)
Small vertical to max sized Table
Log into Water
Corner

Gamble did everything perfectly. And then we want over to Rapport's water park and he jumped into about 2' of water with no hesitation.

A great jumping session!


June 3, 2013 - Pace Gallop: Today was all about endurance and pace. I need to do 520 metres per minute during my XC rides at Preliminary Level -- which translates to 1:55 per kilometre. The longest I'll need to do is a 3.5 km ride -- but he needs to do 18 to 30 jumping efforts along this ride, so it he needs to be more fit than the gallop alone would demand.

So we went out for a 4 km, 5 km or 6 km gallop, aiming for 1:55 per kilometre pace. If he was labouring too much after 4 km or 5 km, I'd stop. But he wasn't labouring at all. Here are my splits:

1:55
1:54
1:57
1:49
1:55
1:55

The best part was that he was breathing normally within a couple of minutes and was cool by the time I walked back to the barn!



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