Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sasha - 1 Year Performance Review

Monday marks 1 year since I brought Sasha home. She was a good endurance prospect out of a hunter/jumper program with a very few trail rides thrown in for good measure. When I realized this was the anniversary of a change in her life and fitness, I wanted to look back at the overall, high level view of her year.

I had all Sasha's training rides and competitions in Garmin Connect. I always put the horse's name in the name of the activity, so it was an easy matter to get a list of all her rides. Then I downloaded each activity from Garmin Connect to then import into SportTracks. That was the most time consuming, but well worth the effort.

So here are her stats:

First up is a breakdown of her 619 miles under saddle by speed. How many miles she walked, trotted, cantered.
Walk: 119 miles - 19.26%
Trot: 459 miles - 74.12%
Canter: 32.8 miles - 5.29%

And the breakdown by time:
Walk: 43:19:33 - 32.53%
Trot: 71:24:23 - 53.61%
Canter:  2:56:46 - 2.21%

Average Speed
Walk: 2.75 mph
Trot: 6.43 mph
Canter: 11.1 mph

Stopped: < 1.5 mph 
Walk: 1.5 - 3.5 mph
Trot*: 3.5 - 10 mph
Canter: 10+ mph

*Trot as I've defined it here will include some fast walking and jigging, but I didn't want to add too many slices to the pie. I wanted a quick and dirty look at how Sasha's training over the last year has progressed.

This includes all training rides, 2 50 mile endurance rides, 1 30 mile LD and 3 25 mile LDs. All miles were on trail or road riding. Arena/round pen work and "pasture runs" were left out.

Tools used for this blog post:
Garmin Forerunner 910xt OR
Garmin Forerunner 920xt

Analysis Software:
SportTracks 3 ($79) - Zone Five Software

MPH Calculator (Since ST didn't give me the averages walk/trot/canter speed I wanted)

Horse: 1 awesome 12-year-old Arabian mare
Sasha and me at Iron Mountain Jubilee in August 2015


Alicia Marshall said...

She looks great! What kind of vest are you wearing?

April said...

Thanks! Sasha is an amazing horse. I'm thrilled with how well she took to endurance. The vest is an Airowear Outlyne Body Protector. I generally wear it on the first loop when the horses are fresh and prone to being a bit more silly than normal.