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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pick and Shovel Workout



Tuesday night is my waterline burial deadline. That's when the temperature is supposed to drop to around twenty degrees Fahrenheit. That's too cold for an unburied waterline. After Monday's efforts I'm down to the last eight feet or so. I was debating on whether or not to push on and finish it. Then heavy rain moved in.

Since I was already feeling pretty beat it seemed like a good time to stop. Eight feet of digging doesn't seem like much, but it's tough going. There are roots that need to be axed, and rocks levered out of the way, so it's far enough. After a good night's sleep I should be able to finish the job in a couple hours.

Before my leg injury, the job would have done by now. Being laid up allowed me to get out of shape. It's these little projects that are slowly getting me back into condition. I've never been one to stick to an exercise program. They always seem like a huge waste of time and energy to me. Instead, I move heavy things, split wood, shovel, climb up and down hills, and generally get stuff done.

Then there's the stuff I do for fun, paddling, sailing, bicycling, fishing, hunting, swimming and other activities. Because it's fun, I'll do it for hours. Once I tried a rowing machine. Within minutes I was bored to tears. However, put me in a real rowboat and I'll row all day. It's different when you can feel the wind and the currents while watching the world go by. Put a trolling line in the water and it's even more interesting.

Digging a trench is a pain, but beats working out in the gym.

-Sixbears



10 comments:

  1. I'm with you on "organized exercise."

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    1. I'm not much on organized anything, as it turns out.

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  2. What was that famous quote attributed to Mark Twain about exercise ?

    "I take my only exercise acting as a pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly."

    Your exercise plan sounds like a good one to me. Benefits body and peace of mind, taking care of things which require it.

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    1. That's a great quote!

      Regular exercise combines doing nothing useful with sweating.

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  3. I'm with you. Tried the gym thing...boring. Working out in the yard and cleaning house is enough work for me.

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    1. I think the key is being active and moving.

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  4. You save twice the money and just think how much fun you are having... :(

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    1. At least at the end of the day I've something to look at.

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  5. Hope you get that final bit of distance done before the weather turns. So close, but so far away!

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