In August, I took a teaching job. Along with riding my horses during the week, giving lessons on weekends and evenings, I am teaching a 5th grade classroom from 7:30 in the morning to 4pm in the afternoon. A steady paycheck is nice. Less riding time is not so nice. Last week we had a holiday. I got to ride a lot. By the third day, I was far too sore. Tonight I will re-initiate my pilates floor exercises a few nights a week and compliment it with cardio on the spin bike.
I'll do this while helping maintain a household, spending time with my family, oh, and how could I forget, planning a wedding!With just a few things dividing my time, I can say I have a very healthy respect for amateur riders. They juggle family, work and horses in a delicate balance while striving for personal goals in all areas of their life.
Here is a cheer for the amateur riders out there. As someone who now does not get to ride all day every day and is still attempting to be competitive at Prix St. George, it is a daunting task.
But, life is rich and there is a lot to enjoy. Enjoy it. Laugh at anything you can. Love your family. Ride like their is no tomorrow. It will come and it will be all the better for it.