Washing vests for endurance riders

@JudyEv (174272)
Bunbury, Australia
October 8, 2019 8:12pm CST
I volunteered to wash the bibs that the endurance riders wear when they compete on long-distance rides on their horses. I made a start on them yesterday and have done about half. The rest are now hanging on the line. There is supposed to be an endurance ride in a fortnight but so far there isn’t much information about it. There is a final ride for the season early in November. In between these two rides, the Blackwood Marathon will be held. This is a four-phase event involving five legs: a marathon (running 12 km), canoeing (8.5km), swimming (1km), riding (16km) and finally cycling (20km). There is a map of the course on the website so we might take a day trip and find a good place from which to take photos of the horse-riders. Some people will compete in teams but some will do all four legs on their own. They’re welcome to it, I say, but it will be a fun day out.
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@WorDazza (12325)
• Manchester, England
9 Oct
My wife complains bitterly when it's my turn to wash our 5-a-side football vests. And yep, you've guessed. There are only 5.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
Five? Goodness, that's hardly worth starting on.
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@WorDazza (12325)
• Manchester, England
9 Oct
@JudyEv You wouldn't believe the whining from some of the players if the vests haven't been washed!!
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
@WorDazza People are incredible sometimes. Give me a goat or a horse any time.
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@xFiacre (8895)
• Ireland
9 Oct
@judyev Passers by are sure to wonder about why the eccentric lady who lives in your house has so many yellow clothes.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
That would be true except that no-one passes by our house - not usually on legitimate business anyway. Mostly it would be young lads trying out their motor-bikes.
• United States
9 Oct
wowzers! seems they'd a huge turn-out fer that ride, eh? ya must be feelin' better, fer which i'm most glad :) sure hope ya do find y'all some good spots fer such, hon. those folks ought'a be mighty tuckered when done with that marathon, lol. i'm tired jest from readin'!
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
The bibs aren't washed every ride. Usually they allocate a group of numbers to the 40 km, and another group to the 60 km etc. Most of the Blackwood will be teams of people. Only a few hardy souls attempt to do all sections on their own.
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• United States
10 Oct
@JudyEv phew, that'd be a relief, lol. sure don't blame folks fer doin' teams either. i'd need somebody to do all that swimmin', e'en prior to health hiccups. e'en though i know how to swim, 'tis definitely not a fav 'f mine.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@crazyhorseladycx I guess they get a great sense of satisfaction from their efforts but as I get older I do wonder if it is all worth it.
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@LadyDuck (246212)
• Switzerland
9 Oct
I hope you can wash them in the washing machine and you do not need to wash them manually.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
Yes, they were machine-washed so it was pretty easy really.
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@LadyDuck (246212)
• Switzerland
10 Oct
@JudyEv The washing machine in my opinion is the greatest invention. I hate to have to wash something manually.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@LadyDuck There is no way you can do as good a job as a washing machine.
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@arunima25 (26495)
• Bangalore, India
9 Oct
That's a lot to wash. But it seems you have enough time to finish them all. Blackwood Marathon sounds so much fun. Are you participating or you will only do the photography. Both ways it will be fun
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
We've just finished folding the last of them. We'll just be taking photos at the Blackwood. We're a bit old for taking part and we've never been particularly athletic anyway.
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@arunima25 (26495)
• Bangalore, India
11 Oct
@JudyEv Good that you are done in time or much before time. You definitely will enjoy doing what you enjoy the most... Photography.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@arunima25 When I have something like this to do, I always like to do it immediately if I can. You never know what might happen if you leave things till the last minute.
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@Deepizzaguy (23620)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
9 Oct
That is very nice of your part washing the bibs for the endurance riders. I like the bright colors of the bibs.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
The bibs have reflective patches on them too. They are really safety vests.
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@Deepizzaguy (23620)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
10 Oct
@JudyEv That is what I wondering if your neck of the woods safety vests are called bibs.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@Deepizzaguy Mostly they would be called safety vests but for endurance riders sometimes they're called bibs.
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@shaggin (47663)
• United States
9 Oct
So colorful. Did they all fit at one time in the washing machine?
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
I had four loads. I hung them up in number order which made folding and packing a bit easier.
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@shaggin (47663)
• United States
10 Oct
@JudyEv wow that's a lot of laundry!
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
@shaggin I guess so but the washing machine takes out most of the work.
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@DocAndersen (9265)
9 Oct
The vests are so cool! I assume bright yellow so the riders can easily be seen?
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
Yes, they're known here as Hi-Viz jackets.
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9 Oct
@JudyEv ah that makes sense. The bright color can be seen at a great distance!@
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
@DocAndersen Yes, that's the idea I think.
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@just4him (175520)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct
I hope there will be good weather for it.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
The weather is improving all the time so hopefully it will be fine.
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@just4him (175520)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct
@JudyEv That's good you've got good weather.
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@DianneN (131105)
• United States
9 Oct
I barely have time to do our own laundry! Wow! Good for you for volunteering to wash all those high visability vests.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
It's easy enough really with a washing machine and in this weather they dry beautifully outside. Then it's just a matter of folding and packing them although they do need to be in number order.
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@DianneN (131105)
• United States
11 Oct
@JudyEv It’s still a lot of work.
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@valmnz (15991)
• New Zealand
12 Oct
That is quite an endurance event! And in the photo above you've proved even quite ordinary things can be made interesting
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
Thanks. I hung them up in basic number order as they are packed away in order.
@moffittjc (60967)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Oct
During the winter, my lifeguards all share our winter gear, as it is too expensive to outfit each of them with their own winter gear. So we have about a dozen sets of winter gear that about 50 lifeguards share (they don't all work at the same time, so the dozen sets is more than plenty for everybody on shift at a time). But because they all share, we try to wash them as often as possible to keep them clean. The clubhouse at our city golf course has a washing machine and dryer, so we are constantly going back and forth washing the gear during the winter.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Oct
That's good that you're able to supply your workers with the gear they need and the facilities to keep it all clean.
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@snowy22315 (76407)
• United States
9 Oct
Nice of you, but that must be a huge task!
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
It's just four loads in the washing machine and the sun dries them for me. They have to be folded and packed in number order but I had three weeks before they were needed again. I've finished them now.
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@CarolDM (45672)
• United States
9 Oct
Good the color is so bright, kind of like hunting vests. What a job, good for you.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
The colour is deliberate in case they get lost in the bush or whatever.
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@Tampa_girl7 (34289)
• United States
9 Oct
I'm sure they appreciate you volunteering.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct
It's something we can do to help and with a washing machine it isn't a huge task.
@JESSY3236 (10384)
• United States
9 Oct
I'm tired just reading all that. I couldn't do that kind of marathon.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
No wonder they call it an 'ironman' or 'ironwoman' competition when one person does the whole five sections on their own.
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@hereandthere (39264)
• Philippines
9 Oct
that's around 40 bibs already. i hope you get good pictures. an individual taking on all four phases would have to be the toughest of the tough. usually it's running, swimming and biking only.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
I've just finished folding up the last of them so they're all ready to go now. Often such events are only three or four phase but the riding adds a new dimension.
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@JohnRoberts (91814)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Oct
That was quite a task.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
Folding and putting them in number order takes the most time. I hung them on the line in order which made it a bit easier.
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@youless (98997)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Oct
Well done! That's great that you are a volunteer for it!
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
It's fun to be involved with these events.
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@wolfgirl569 (24048)
• Marion, Ohio
9 Oct
That does sound like a tough course.
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@JudyEv (174272)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct
It would be a lot to do on your own.
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