Realized I haven’t been on Tumblr in a loooooong time so just thought I’d post a little update for those who might care.
This summer has been fantastic in so many ways. I’ve been galloping horses at a training farm, making good money, doing something I’ve always wanted to do, and getting to ride young (and older) racehorses in the making. Many of the babies I’ve galloped since the beginning of the summer have recently left me to go off to Churchill and Saratoga - I feel like a proud mom. I’m very blessed to be doing what I’ve been doing. This week marks my last galloping (for now), as I will leave to go back to Georgia next Monday to get ready for my newest adventure, the Darley Flying Start program.
I’m excited to see my family and friends next week and be able to relax and recharge for the crazy beautiful adventure that is Darley Flying Start. I will be heading off to Ireland the 17th of August and will be there for three months. Over the two years I’ll be in Ireland, England, Kentucky, Australia, and Dubai. I’m so honored to have been chosen for this program - I still have to pinch myself that this is real…and it still probably won’t hit me until I am on the plane to Ireland haha.
With my job being so physically demanding this summer, I haven’t crossfitted or worked out really since the beginning of June. Whaaaaaaaat?! I know. Crazy. But when you’re galloping up to 13 horses a day, I gotta be honest, you don’t HAVE to workout because that IS your workout. It’s AWESOME. Now, I miss lifting a ton, and I’ll be back into it once I get back to Georgia (no racehorse riding there. sad.), but it’s been a nice mental break this summer for me.
Leaving Kentucky next week is going to be very, very bittersweet. I miss my family and home a ton so I’m excited to go back, but I can’t even say how amazing this summer has been yet again. The good thing is I’ll be back next January, so I won’t be away from My Old Kentucky Home for too terribly long :)
Here’s to a great last week galloping and a great time back at home!
morningline asked: Haha, I don't - I need to put a copyright on all of mine, too! I think photoshop has some kind of option. Tumblr is essentially the new flickr anyway, lol.
Haha, for real! I might just use the wonderful Google machine to see if there’s an easier way!
morningline asked: not sure if i've told you before but i love your blog! do you post your photos anywhere else? and disappointed i never ran into you at keeneland, woulda been neat to meet you!
Aw - thank you! And yes it would have! I love your blog too by the way. I haven’t posted my photos anywhere else really, just on my facebook page, but I’m starting to think that putting them up on Flickr could be a good idea. In fact, I’d like to do that but putting my copyright on them always seems to take forever on my Picasa program! You wouldn’t happen to know of any easier ways to put your copyright on photos, would you? Because I sure don’t! haha
For anyone who cares, the reason why I haven’t had many (or any) crossfit posts on my blog is because I have taken a break from it. I know - the sky has fallen and pigs have suddenly sprouted wings, but it’s true. Since moving to Kentucky for the summer, I have accepted a job as an exercise rider galloping young racehorses at a training farm. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and love so much, but unfortunately that doesn’t leave much time or desire to crossfit. I still eat clean and primal, that is one thing that won’t change. But I almost think this is a good thing….I had been having a weird mindset about crossfit for the past few months. I was so afraid that one day of not working out or one cheat food would wreck all my progress and wreck my body appearance. That’s not normal and it’s unhealthy. Yes, if I wasn’t galloping horses I would probably still be struggling with finding a way to crossfit in a globo gym (money probz, ya’ll), but that’s not the case now. I LOVE my job and it happens to be good exercise. Exercise riding young racehorses isn’t a sit on your butt and chill sort of thing. It is hard and taxing. But in a way, I’m almost glad I’m doing something different. I was becoming so insane about things that it wasn’t good for my mind - and that’s a body part that’s just as important as any other. I still love CrossFit, I really do. I think at this time in my life now, however, a break is needed.
I’m so happy doing something I love. Instead of sitting here on my one day off thinking “God - I should go for a run or do some air squats because I haven’t crossfitted since Preakness…”, I’m thinking “Enjoy this lazy Sunday because you have worked hard this week and your body and mind deserve the rest.”
Happy Sunday, everyone. Enjoy it and be happy!
Tiznow - Dual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and “The Big Horse Sire”, this afternoon at WinStar Farm. All photos (C) Brittlan Wall.
Oxbow during Preakness week. All photos (C) Brittlan Wall
Good to be back in Kentucky for the summer :) Approaching Baltimore as we speak for the Preakness now though. Go Orb!
Chalk over blush. Any day.
eventingpharmacist asked: OMG as a fellow uga student and equestrian I totally fangirled when I found your blog!!!! Love it!!
Haha! Glad you like it! It’s such a weird mix of horse racing and Crossfit but it works. I actually just graduated and am no longer a student-athlete for NCAA equestrian there - what year at UGA are you?
samsonspassion asked: you went to Georgia? Congrats on graduating. I went to UT. Go Vols!
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