Dressage and Fitness Wait What?

I’ve had a couple Ah-Ha dressage fails moments this week.

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I have this fancy shmancy unbelievably bouncy dinosaur of a horse.

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My struggles to sit his trot have been epic…… mentally and physically.

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While riding our first Prelim test where sitting the trot is……

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mandatory…………..

half way through, I found myself wheezing like a dying animal.

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This was, in spite, of being the fittest I’ve been in decades.

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Let’s face it. My apologies to all the cross fit champion DQs out there….. but dressage is not exactly known for requiring <cough> the most athletic riders of the equestrian sports.  And I certainly didn’t think my severe lack of oxygen had anything to do with fitness.

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Sure! You need flexibility and some core body strength, but not aerobic fitness. Right?

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During the end of season break I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I need goals to keep me motivated and having never run more than 5 miles in my life I decided to enter my first 1/2 marathon. Makes total sense, right?

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So I’ve been running my shoes off………training for my suicide attempt.

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My 1/2 marathon is next weekend and I’m feeling pretty amazing about my fitness.

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When I took my first dressage lesson this week in nearly 2 months, I was prepared for A LOT of suffering. I hadn’t sat the trot in weeks and I assumed I would’ve taken several steps backwards, as if it was possible for my sitting to trot to get any worse. I’ve had flat lessons where the fearless leader told me I could post if it meant I wouldn’t cry during lessons.

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I was braced and ready for the physical and emotional suffering.

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but something very unusual happened.

There was no wheezing………..

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and at least 50% less bouncing…………

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Wait What?!

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Who knew dressage required so much fitness?!

 

 

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One thought on “Dressage and Fitness Wait What?

  1. TeresaA

    Ha- so once I can run a half-marathon I should transform into a magical dressage rider? Crap.

    Congratulations on your fitness and sitting the trot.

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