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Weight is a hiker's & TnT's enemy

Congrats on your weight loss. You appear to be bumping up your miles and elevation quite a bit! It’s awesome to read.

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Thank you! I’m relieved I can still lose weight without radically altering my diet.

Your observation is correct! My joints have adjusted to frequent, loaded walking, and I’m finding longer jaunts emotionally uplifting instead of draining. I still have an eye towards some type of lengthy journey, whether it’s hiking tall mountains or doing a multi-week walking trip, like the Camino in Spain or one of the three multi-state trails here in the States. Because of my (formerly) injured leg, I’ve had to cut jogging again. As long as my ruck distance, pack weight, and average mile time keep improving, jogging isn’t necessary.

I saw you ran 10 miles recently - that’s really, really good. I know, it’s not a marathon, full or half, but that’s still a long distance to run.

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Yeah, it’s a good start for me. I am going to try to push the distance for a bit. See how I hold up.

I’m inspired by your rucking. I just ordered a weighted vest. I’m going to use it during my shorter hikes with my dog.

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Heck yes, congrats! I’m curious to see how the rucking affects you.

9/23/21, Thursday

Lying leg curls

  • 50 x 15
  • 75 x 10
  • 100 x 8
  • 75 x 10

Squats

  • 75 x 10
  • 125, 155, 185, 205 x 2
  • 225 x 3
  • 225 x 3
  • 225 x 3
  • 225 x 3
  • 185 x 2 x 6
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What’s up? Are you off conquering a mountain?

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Sadly, no; thanks for checking! I had a little deload and have been conquering wood flooring removal in my house. Hammer + chisel + flooring pry bar = sore lower back and good forearm workouts. But I returned to exercising today, and it felt great.

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9/29/21, Wednesday

Trail/road ruck

  • 1:18:45, 4.25+ mi, 30lb pack, mid hikers

I haven’t rucked in a couple weeks, so hiking the tallest hill in town was only logical :joy: I’m embarrassed to admit it, but the sand was so soft and the hill so steep, I had to stop and catch my breath before summiting. That’ll teach me a out not rucking every week lol. My phone’s GPS kept losing signal, so the distance is short.

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9/30/21, Thursday

Lying leg curls

  • 50 x 15
  • 75 x 10
  • 100 x 8
  • 75 x 10, supersetted with

Tri ext, laterals, curls, rear delts x 8 lbs x 15

Squats

  • 75 x 15
  • 125 x 2
  • 145 x 2
  • 175 x 2
  • 195 x 2
  • 215 x 2
  • 235 x 4
  • 235 x 4
  • 235 x 4
  • 235 x 4
  • 185 x 7
  • 185 x 7

Push-ups, handles + feet elevated

  • bw x 21
  • 20 x 12
  • 20 x 12
  • 20 x 12
  • 20 x 12
  • bw x 25, supersetted with

C/S rear delt flyes

  • 20 x 4 x 9

The things we do when we don’t know what we’re doing :joy: I meant to rep 225 on squats but failed to add the 5-pound plates I put on the bar which stop it from grabbing the squat stand arms. I noticed they felt heavy last week, and tonight I assumed yesterday’s ruck fatigued my legs. Surprise! I reckon next week I’ll squat 245 x 4 x 2, which I didn’t think I’d be doing til November :slightly_smiling_face:

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Pleasant surprise!

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10/1/21, Friday

Trail hike

  • Around 42:00, 9.5lb hydration pack, I forgot my phone, so other stats not tracked.

Happy October, y’all!

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10/2/21, Saturday

Hilly road walk

  • 55:05, 3.52 mi, 663 ft ascent/ descent, 10 lb hydration pack
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10/4/21, Monday

Mellow trail walk

  • 36:04, 1.86 mi, 444 ft ascent/ descent, 8.5 lb hydration pack

I might try an upper body workout of push-ups and forearm therapy exercises. I still have another month til my ortho appointment, but I’m getting antsy.

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10/5/21, Tuesday

Hilly road/ trail walk

  • 53:13, 3.52 mi, 761 ft ascent/ descent, 10 lb hydration pack
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10/7/21, Thursday

Hilly road walk

  • 1:00:35, 3.52 mi, 771 ft ascent/ descent, 9.5 lb hydration pack

I helped friends move for seven hours today, and the walk time shows my fatigue! Carrying a piano and similarly heavy items into and out of a moving van makes me think weight lifting is superfluous. Just gotta find a job with a moving company. Haha

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10/7/21

Periodic weigh-in

  • 198.2

I’ve gained back 1.2 pounds, putting me down 12 since January but still 8.2 away from my goal. Gonna have to limit my junk food intake (I’m looking at you, vanilla ice cream with mini Butterfinger bars crushed in) no matter how much my body thinks October’s the month for a pre-hibernation feeding frenzy.

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10/8/21, Friday

Off-trail excursion

  • 34:16, 1.78 mi, 539 ft ascent/ descent, 9.5 lb hydration pack
    Soft sand, steep hills, happy trails.
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10/8/21, Friday

Bonus walks

  • 36:11, 1.80 mi, 440 ft ascent/ descent, 9.5 lb hydration pack

  • 46:37, 2.4+ mi, 514+ ft ascent/ descent, 9.5 lb hydration pack

  • Just the hills, GPS kept dropping

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10/10/21, Sunday

Standing OHP w/ EZ curl bar

  • 60 x 10
  • 80 x 5
  • 95 x 5
  • 95 x 6
  • 95 x 7
  • 95 x 8, supersetted with

BPAs

  • 2x red x 5 x 15

Push-ups, handles + feet elevated

  • bw x 4 x 22

I’m testing whether my biceps tendon can handle a bit of exercise. I plan to try an OLAD-style approach for the first half of the week, doing rows and forearms tomorrow and squats on Tuesday. I don’t think pullups or bench pressing are advisable yet, so I’m aiming for a deadlift-based full-body workout Thursday and a long ruck Friday.

Hope we all have a great week!

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10/11/21, Monday

Trail walk

  • 35:18, 2.13 mi, 594 ft ascent/ descent, 9.5 lb hydration pack

No time to lift today. If my elbow feels ok, I’ll row after squatting tomorrow.

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