Going to the gym today before my lesson turned out to be a bad idea. Work is very hectic right now, so timing-wise it worked out better to go to the gym early in the morning before the demands of work started. I decided to just do a half-hour on the recline bike, thinking that it would loosen my hips up, which would be a good thing. Well, it tired me out. And having to push PJ all of the time didn’t help. Probably in the long run it will be a good thing for my fitness level but in the short term, I don’t think it helped my riding.
I feel so bad for PJ having to put up with my unclear aids. I think, if only he went forward then I wouldn’t have to compromise my position to get him to go forward but by compromising my position I’m encouraging him not the go forward. It’s an endless cycle that can either spiral in together towards good riding or spiral out of control together into worse riding. Today was one of those not really getting anywhere days. Got a little bit better canter departs but lost a little contact. Had him a little more in front of my leg but lost a little on the exactness of my figures. I’m not going to think too much about it. And besides, right now I need to recuperate from all of that exercise!