Do you know your cross country speeds?
Pace training isn’t the sexiest thing in the world, but it’s key to finding success as you step up the levels (and even before). I know I’ve always struggled with that feeling of, “well, it felt fast!” out on course, and balancing that with the notion of not wanting to crack on out of control. I needed to get more comfortable with the meters per minute for my level — and it wasn’t about “making the time” (let’s face it, at lower levels, making the time isn’t typically an issue for a reason!). Rather, it was about understanding that I needed to be more comfortable going forward, learning how to feel my pace.
This tip video taken from a British Eventing training playlist (you can check out the full playlist on YouTube here) has some helpful advice on learning speed and pace — at the end of the day, it’s about balance and adjustability! Save this one to practice with on your own.