The Exercise Thread

I made practice last night. exhausted and hungry after a long day at work;
by the time practice was done, I was done too.
plus a minor casualty.... at some point after a practice hit in the head gone off course, I see everyone looking for my earing...????
I'm like I don't wear earings! hello. and then I see him pick up something off the floor.
Bloody edge of my glasses got broken.
dammit, this isn't my week.
Thursday - Did a brief mountain bike ride and concluded that riding on into the dark on an unknown route would be stupid. Gotta go back early in the morning and try it again because it looks like it could be very cool! 9mi of riding, including some coming back on the pavement in the dark (well, twilight). Managed to get my HR up to 181 right at the end sprinting up the hill to the car.

Courtesy of MarshDrifter I finally sat down and logged into Garmin Connect, which is pretty damn cool!
Hiked Hillsborough River State Park today. all three trails that are within the park. Two are quite easy and one is moderately difficult. Total distance was about 5.8 miles and in 94f heat.





At the end of the Rapids trail is a suspension bridge to the next trail.


I had to cut a piece from a palm to deal with these little fellas that loved to stretch their webs across the trail. I was careful not to hurt them and just cleared enough so I could pass without picking up any hitchhikers.


Crisscorssed by numerous dry streambeds these are only wet in times of heavy rain and flood. Otherwise they make good semi-permanent trails.


Me and my hiking gear.


The park has a remote 'primitive' campsite avail to backpackers. Not a very nice place in the heat it is dotted with old campfires and here a discarded teddy.... creepy.


The marsh north of the campsite. The muck holds so much heat that you can feel it hit you as you walk closer to it. It is like swimming through the air.


Me at the base of an ancient Cypress.
That's awesome, Edit. The scenery is just so insanely different there. o_O

And don't worry, MarshDrifter--I found you still, lol! Wink

I have just spent the last two hours learning new mountain bike rides around town courtesy of this. Turns out you can specifically filter by "Mountain Bike" as the Activity type!
Saturday - 15.9mi of mostly new trails. I went out and did Robles trail system in the Tucson Mountains--almost. There was one part where I got lost and took a trail that goes I-have-no-idea-where. Ended up abandoning it, riding down a telephone line road back to a major street and then riding along that until I got back on course. Still didn't get back until 8:25pm which is mighty dark out! I did manage to escape the single-track for pavement by about 8:10pm or so though, so I sort of had a visual ID of most of what I was riding over right until the end, lol.

One major shortcoming of the Garmin 305—its "Course" mode will show you a tiny map (due to screen size) with a triangle on it to represent where you are, but if you try and zoom up on the map, it zooms to the exact center of the route instead of to the "you are here" icon. Grrrrr. That's how I missed my turn. Haven't figured out if there's a way to fix that or not…
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Originally posted by heavyboots:
One major shortcoming of the Garmin 305—its "Course" mode will show you a tiny map (due to screen size) with a triangle on it to represent where you are, but if you try and zoom up on the map, it zooms to the exact center of the route instead of to the "you are here" icon. Grrrrr. That's how I missed my turn. Haven't figured out if there's a way to fix that or not…

Word on the internet is that the course mode for
the Edge 500 will cause the device to lock up
and lose data. I haven't tried it and will
probably wait until someone sounds the all-
clear.
Deadlifts

135x5
225x3
245x3
265x3
285x3
305x1

The 305 is a personal best. My knees felt a little wobbly though so I didn't finish the movement fully. I may need to wrap my knees for a bit until I get used to the weight.

Ran 1 mile on the treadmill in 12 minutes. No walking, I ran the entire mile which is also pretty cool.
quote:
Originally posted by Marshdrifter:
Word on the internet is that the course mode for
the Edge 500 will cause the device to lock up
and lose data. I haven't tried it and will
probably wait until someone sounds the all-
clear.

Mine already locks up if I tinker with the buttons the wrong way so that's not a huge worry, lol.

Sunday - 9.5mi mountain bike ride up to Deer Camp. Then I got stupid and tried a new route. Like 1/3 of a mile of hike-a-bike so steep that I almost fell while *pushing* my bike, lol. I think the #$%*&^% downhillers do the route in the opposite direction from what I was trying to do. It's basically almost vertical switchbacks.

Still, the payoff was some beautiful scenery from the top of the climb and a mostly easy descent on the 50 Year Trail to the Chutes.
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Originally posted by editengine:
Deadlifts

135x5
225x3
245x3
265x3
285x3
305x1

The 305 is a personal best. My knees felt a little wobbly though so I didn't finish the movement fully. I may need to wrap my knees for a bit until I get used to the weight.

Ran 1 mile on the treadmill in 12 minutes. No walking, I ran the entire mile which is also pretty cool.



Congratulations on the PR! : )
Managed to press overhead 165lbs last night. More than once in fact. New PR.

Trainees hit 175 on the bench, and 245 on the squat, new PRs, and 110 on the OHP, also a new PR. The other one did poorly in squats for form reasons but managed 115 overhead, new PR again.

Mixed results but some new high water marks, so that's nice.

Did some squats and bench as well, but that was just fucking around during the off week.
400M: 2 x 200 (100m free, 50m back, 50 breast)
100M: 4 x 25 dizzy/indian swimming
100M: 4 x 25 back butterfly legs with fins
100M: 4 x 25 crawl arm breast legs
100M: 4 x 25 something I can't remember
250M: 5 x 50 free - maximum (start ever 2 minutes - 41, 40, 44, 47, 45 second swims + recovery)
400M: 4 x 100 medley
50M: cool down
=========
1500M - approx. 1 hour
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Originally posted by editengine:
Hiked Hillsborough River State Park today. all three trails that are within the park. Two are quite easy and one is moderately difficult. Total distance was about 5.8 miles and in 94f heat.




Lovely rivers etc. Looks cracking.

No exercise for me as I'm resting my knee before our NY trip. Just walking the dog a few miles a few evenings a week, taking in the river bank wildlife
quote:
Originally posted by Sentinel400:
Walked up both 'up' escalators at Piccadilly Circus. I will have you know that's a LOT of steps!
quote:
Originally posted by Bictaker:
More than Covent Garden tube?
Hmmm. I'm not sure (I assume you mean the stairs, because Covent Garden doesn't have escalators, only lifts). And unless the answer can be googled, I will never find out. Years ago I walked up the stairs at Covent Garden tube for a quid, just to prove a point. Took about twelve minutes. There was a time in my life when I would do things like that. I wouldn't do it for less than fifty quid now.
Gym today and tried to get a good chest program going. Failed utterly. I hate days like that. Especially on the weekend when the other people at the gym aren't the workers that are there in the week. It is tough to explain the difference but I think it has to do with how people look at exercise. There are those that see it as work, as a duty or an unsavory necessity. they are there monday through friday. Then there are those people that like working out. They see it as fun, as a pastime. They are the ones that comes on the weekends. I generally like that atmosphere but I just didn't really get into it today. Need to get a workout buddy for one. Need to be in a gym with people that I can strive to match, most of the people at my gym are older guys or skinny guys.

Also caught sight of a beautiful thing today that has me planning another hike this week. Came out of a store just as a summer storm was starting. Thick, humid air and fat cool drops of sweet rain. The wind was stirring a stand of cypress across the street. 50 feet high and draped with spanish moss they swayed to the oncoming storm. It was beautiful.
Friday - 20mi road ride up to Star Pass hotel loop. Don't recall my avg HR but I think my max was 181. Had apparently failed to secure my light properly as it bounced off when I bunny-hopped a surprise pothole. Exploded into about 50 pieces in the street, several of which were promptly run down by cars. Luckily, it was the light I hated anyway, but must be more careful in the future!

Saturday - Actually woke up early enough for a 7am mountain bike group ride! We did the AZ Trail from Sahuarita Rd trail out to a "lake", which turned out to be a half-dry cow pond, lol. I was chasing this one crazy guy who is in incredible shape, plus only weighs 115lb so he flies up the hills. Ended up 3rd to the cow pond and back to the car both, with an average HR of 155 for 13mi. The one bad thing about a group ride is that people straggled into the cow pond for the next 25 minutes after we got there. You can drink a lot of water just waiting for everyone to arrive!

Sunday - 13mi mountain bike ride around the Gates Pass/Cougar Trail/Golden Gate Trail loop. Still pretty tired from Saturday's ride so I took it easy and just cruised, but pretty out in the desert at dusk!
Starting a new progression for the trainees last night. Made them do 3 sets of 12 reps of squats at 125lbs (120 was the plan). Made them do them real real slow. Second set was box squats (well, it was a bench, but...you know). Trying to improve their form as we head towards speed\power training in the coming weeks.

Did 195x12x3 for squats myself, slowly, etc.
Rows like 90x12x3
Bench like 130x12x3

Bench form is...weird. Or at least the PL methods I'm trying to integrate are a bit different than how I've been doing it for years.
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Originally posted by Sentinel400:
quote:
Originally posted by Sentinel400:
Walked up both 'up' escalators at Piccadilly Circus. I will have you know that's a LOT of steps!
quote:
Originally posted by Bictaker:
More than Covent Garden tube?
Hmmm. I'm not sure (I assume you mean the stairs, because Covent Garden doesn't have escalators, only lifts). And unless the answer can be googled, I will never find out. Years ago I walked up the stairs at Covent Garden tube for a quid, just to prove a point. Took about twelve minutes. There was a time in my life when I would do things like that. I wouldn't do it for less than fifty quid now.


Yes, the stairs. Exited to find a few hundred tourists waiting for the lift and unwittingly decided to hop the stairs, not having used them before. Only passed 2 other lads taking a rest break half way up. Now thats a workout I'll avoid in future!
I just walk really fast for an hour or so around town. Keeps your mind off things and onto relaxing, looking at nice houses and being out in the city/town. And running hurts like a bitch... But that's a girl's perspective. A lot of guys love to pump iron and drink that protein crap! Just keep it simple and don't eat so much and you'll all be fine.

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