Monday, September 1, 2008

Getting back to normal...stayed home for the Holiday week-end

Wabakimi Lake, Wabakimi

I decided to stay around home this holiday week-end instead of going up north to Grand Rapids. I’ve been gone to Michigan or Canada for most of the past month. I missed sleeping in my own Tempur-Pedic bed.

This past week I was able to get back on track with my work-outs. I got back home from our Wabakimi canoe trip on Sunday, 08-24-08. I took Monday off from any exercise, but started back on Tuesday. I paddled in my J-193 racing canoe on the Mississippi River for two hours and 15 minutes. There were some small waves and it took me a couple minutes to feel comfortable in the canoe after spending two weeks in a Souris River tripping canoe. It felt nice to feel the speed of my canoe, again.

On Wednesday, I went to LifeTime Fitness and worked out for an hour on the LifeFitness cross trainer machine; then I did some abs, back work and legs.

Thursday, it was back to paddling on the river again. It was only for one hour and 55 minutes, but I did an interval workout.

On Friday, I got out my Mt. Bike and did an hour and a half ride.

Saturday, I paddled for 3:30, went cycling for 1:31 and followed it up with an hour run in the park.

Sunday I just went for a two hour paddle.

Today, Monday, 09-01-08, I got out early for a 2:25 paddle. Then a 21 mile bike ride. I even went to the health club and lifted weights for my whole body. I lifted real light weights just enough to say I did something.

Last night and today I’ve been writing up my trip report for the Wabakimi canoe trip. I needed to take a break from that so that’s the reason for this posting. I just started day four of the narrative and I’m on page 18. This is the first draft. I’m still debating on how detailed I want to be.

I’m pretty sure that I’m going to put the complete narrative on its own blog with photos. Last year I wrote up a long trip report on my Quetico trip and posted it on a website. When I posted all the photos it threw the margins out of whack. I had to have the webmaster for the site correct the problem. I’m not going to go through that again and the fact that the site isn’t geared toward people paddling in Wabakimi.

Chuck Ryan

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