|Warming up - 7-8-2000|
This was the best year that I had with Jas. At twelve, it was her sixth year of competition, she'd completed three-50's so far this season, but it had cost her with continuing concussion cracking on both front feet. I decided to drop down to the 25 since I had no idea what the footing would be, but expected it to be rocky.
|We're a blur! :-)|
|Waiting for the timer's OK to leave!|
Then... I made the mistake - having ridden 50's & not an LD for quite a while... We walked directly over to the water tank as the second place rider crossed the finish line. Before I knew what was happening, I heard that rider call out for a pulse! Oh No! Gail looked up from her seat at the timers table - realized that I hadn't remembered to ask for a pulse & came running at me with a stethoscope! In seconds & just tenth of a second behind - she yelled "Down"! My error cost me first place. It's a lesson I never forgot. Our time was darn fast though - 2:52!
|Jas & Glenda at Renegade|
Renegade became one of my favorite rides. It was where Glenda did her second fifty & even in the years when I melted from the heat, I have to say that it's always a pleasure to attend. Many thanks to Gail & her stalwart crew of volunteers for keeping this Washington ride on the ride calendar for all these years & hopefully many more to come!