I saw this thread on the COTH forum and that got me interested in what everyone else does during the winter. So let’s talk!
We have a lesson with Trainer J tomorrow, then this Saturday will be our last show of the year. We’re going to do a CT at Hillcrest, probably with some XC schooling after, if I can
coerce blackmail persuade BO to participate (she’s doing the X-Rails CT division). P & I entered BN, which will be a first for us.
After that, we have another lesson scheduled with Trainer J next week, then nothing on the books until Trainer B pops back into town the first weekend of 2018. While we’re staying local for Christmas this year, instead of going to Chicago to see family like usual, we ARE taking the family, along with some friends, on our first-ever cruise from Dec 27th-Jan 3rd. So I’ll get home after a week away on a Wednesday, then take a fresh P to Trainer B’s that Friday. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
I’m in Area II with most of Area III super close by. Aiken is less than 3 hours away, and the Georgia venues are between 4-5 hours, which provides a lot of showing opportunities, both recognized and schooling. So while for many areas, competitions are over until the spring, I’m next door to the winter season that’s just beginning. And it’s oh-so tempting.
But ever since I brought P home from being sold, we’ve been going nonstop. I’m still in the data gathering stage of breaking down 2017, but I think I remember writing down 5,000+ miles hauling in the 9 months since P’s been home. Trainer B really made us work super hard the last 7 months and I don’t want P to burn out. He’s not showing any signs of it- he still meets me at the gate, hops willingly on the trailer, puts the work in at shows and lessons, etc, and seems no worse for the wear. But I’d like to keep him that way.
He’ll definitely get vacation the week I’m gone, but I’m curious to know what everyone else does. Even if you compete through the winter, do you change your ride frequency/intensity up? If you don’t compete, do you just go on hacks/trail rides vs schooling? Or take the off-season as time to work on all the little things and school harder?