I have never worn a watch on xc. There, I’ve said it! With my previous horses and numerous optimum time hunter paces where only the MPM (and not the course length or optimum time) was given, it led to what I have to say was some fairly accurate riding. (toots own horn!)
However, new horse. Still don’t own a watch. Her first event at intro was meant to be 300mpm - we had no time faults and I later calculated we ran at 337mpm.
Next show is BN. 350mpm, the speed fault speed limit is 420mpm. I could just go “a bit faster” but maybe it’s time to get a watch and get with the program. Goodness knows getting a time penalty on this zippy little horse would be an embarrassment
Is there still only one watch people buy (Optimum Time)?
Is a halfway marker sufficient at weenie level? Or minute markers all the way?
Count up or down? Add 5 seconds or not?
Or just skip it and let off the brakes a bit