Call me crazy, but I’ve decided to try my hand at reforestation work for next summer. Luckily, I have 8-9 months to prepare.
The work involves 9-11 hour days of planting saplings as fast as humanly possible (you get 9-12 cents per tree and some 5-year vets make up to $600 a day) with 5 days on, 2 days off or 6 days on, 1 day off.
From what I can gather, the biggest problems (with the exception of going a little nuts half way through a 75 day season) are general exhaustion, lower back strain, and tendonitis in the wrists, forearms and shoulders.
My plan so far is cycling 1-2 hours a day to school and back and weights somewhere between 3-5 days a week. In the winter I’ll be cross-country skiing twice a week in addition to my cycling.
The goal would be to increase recovery as much as possible so that I don’t die in the first three weeks of planting. Strength to be maintained with say a PTP program of 5 basic exercises, 3-5 sets, 3-5 reps, yadda yadda etc.
From now until ski season starts I’m thinking doing the “100-reps to bigger muscles” program for upper body while letting that cycling capillarize the lower body. Cross country ski season in November/Decemberish would replace the 100-rep scheme.
Think it’ll work? Think it sucks? Got anything to add?