I got my base-line time of 1:25 at the endurance ride. I have done much longer in the past, but always with the crutch of holding onto the mane. With my new-found determination not to grab mane this year, I’m back to a pretty crappy base-line.
Then Stephanie blogged about her plan for improving and my thought was “oh, shit; I don’t have a plan.” I seriously just thought I’d improve through the power of montage. I mean, it works in the movies:
So, I thought 1:25 was bad until Wednesday evening when I went out with the plan of practicing and found I literally could not even.
I tried to do two-point going up a (very slight) incline and realized I lack the ability to do two-point for more than 2 seconds if not on flat ground. I think I may be the first person in the history of two-pointober to regress.
So new plan: I’m going to do some two point while holding mane to get my muscles working. Then I’m weaning off the mane.
I will only use whatever time I get without mane for the contest.
makes sense to me! gotta build those muscles somehow, right?
ahahahahaha. Yeah. I had no plan either. I was flummoxed at the (very smart and obvious!) idea of making a plan. So…I am sort of half-assing a plan now. Better than nothing, right?
ps – I am the only person ever for whom two point is easier in the walk than the trot, so I feel your pain about inclines. sigh.
I think we ought to all take many pictures and videos of ourselves and put them all together as a montage with an inspiring song. Future Two-Pointober contestants will be so motivated!
Holding it without the mane is a lot harder since you have to use your core only to hold you up. It'll get better!
I don't think it's easier, but it isn't difficult for me to do two-point in the walk. But I apparently can't do it going uphill.