I got my base-line time of 1:25 at the endurance ride. I have done much longer in the past, but always with the crutch of holding onto the mane. With my new-found determination not to grab mane this year, I'm back to a pretty crappy base-line.
Then Stephanie blogged about her plan for improving and my thought was "oh, shit; I don't have a plan." I seriously just thought I'd improve through the power of montage. I mean, it works in the movies:
I'm still not quite so organized as to have a real schedule, but I figured I'd do 2-point every time I ride. That's at least better than my usual signing up for Two-pointober and then then completely falling off the bandwagon and doing nothing all month and not even bothering to turn in my final times.
So, I thought 1:25 was bad until Wednesday evening when I went out with the plan of practicing and found I literally could not even.
I tried to do two-point going up a (very slight) incline and realized I lack the ability to do two-point for more than 2 seconds if not on flat ground. I think I may be the first person in the history of two-pointober to regress.
So new plan: I'm going to do some two point while holding mane to get my muscles working. Then I'm weaning off the mane.
I will only use whatever time I get without mane for the contest.