Monday recovery

This past weekend was spent hiking the trail system at Turkey Run State Park, IN.

Camping in a two person tent, and spot we were in was ample enough to host two big tents and two cars with electrical outlets to use. The majority of the days were hot, humid, and a beautiful cloudless blue sky.

Spending Friday morning setting up the campsite, and grabbing some snacks here and there in the likes of Doritos, veggie sticks, and of course my Docaff. Delicious, dark, and tastes incredible!

The camping area was huge! I mean it was full of RVs and not a single tent except for the five other couples we went camping with. RV camping was a sight to see. How they managed to park those gigantic things into a very tiny spot is beyond my amazement. Finesse, skill, and not having your neighbors yelling at you to not knock down their tarps, or tent lanyards go a long way to a good weekend of peace and quiet.

Quiet, silence, and hot nights are not synonymous to peaceful nights. A/C noises drowned out nature, and if they didn’t then there were a few yahoos with a blow horn keeping people awake, or waking people up in the am. Oh, well. It’s not like backpacking where you have to pay to camp at secluded spots in a National Park. Trust me, well worth the hike, effort, and patience to find the secluded silent spot.

The trails were groomed and well maintained. Engineered at some points then turned into regular dirt, and rocks. Taking a hike where a waterfall should’ve been, was strewn with slick boulders, and muddy. Not very technical, and within a certain part called the ice box, it was way cooler there than any other place. Caves, shallow ones were cool but not for camping. Possible for riding out a T-storm but that’s about it.

Eating – oh the benefits of being prepared. Friday night was provided by the Dixon’s- smoked BBQ pork. Homemade bbq sauce, and eaten on a bun, topped with coleslaw, and baked sweet potatoes. For dessert we had brownies, and ice cream that was made right at the campsite!

On Saturday, Paul, Kim, Gint, and Tina threw down with a serious breakfast of omelets, hash browns from-scratch, good Coffee provided by Sandra. Man oh man it was good! Now, on Saturday night Selene had prepared tinga at home and was just ready to be re heated –My Latina Kitchen

There was plenty of other food on the table with grilled salmon a lot of greens and a Quinoa salad….. oh, the full tummy and great company! We have to do this more often.

This was a very short period of time sharing life with people that enrich your life, laugh at corny jokes, and get very down to earth honest with the life stories we shared. From all walks of life, we came together not as friends but as family.

Well we are looking forward to next years outing, since it’s so much fun why just once a year? We’ll see…. ha!

Here we are – group pic…. say con Queso!

Magister Nosce

Mean and Lean….

Throwing down this morning with The RuFF crew – Selene, Eric, Weber, and I took on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) scheduled for Today (180612). We (‘Nene and I) had a brutal WOD yesterday so we were pretty sore going into this event.

Glutes were on fire, hamstrings were taught and the warm up was deliberately focused on releasing those tight areas to make this event as successful as possible for everyone involved.

For the push ups, Selene completed all of her push ups as Rx! Yes, this was a tough one for her and we were challenged to get through with minimum amount of rest to get those numbers.

Sit ups made the tight flexors even tighter. Abs fatigued quickly for me, and the resting and lacing of fingers behind the neck was a challenge for a couple of us performing them in that manner. We focus a lot on the midline strength and stability with many exercises focusing on different ranges of motion, sets, and reps to make sure we are able to keep the spine healthy. We’re going to add these sit ups in the future for variety.

Oh, the Run! We ran a two miles for the WOD yesterday so ‘Nene, and I were feeling it even more at the start of the 2 miler. Weber led from underneath the Cermak bridge on Gardner Rd with a decent pace to the Roosevelt bridge one mile turn around point.

Supporting ourselves during everything we do helps morale, and keeps us in the game. Once I reached the 1.75 mile mark I had to surge to finish with a decent time. Lungs, calves, quads burning at the end I was happy to finish my last mile with a 7:44.6 compared to my first mile of 8:33.8.

We had a great time, and it will be scheduled again. So, hope to see you out there.

APFT totals

Mi A Gi 2 mile

First experiences

As the morning of April 2nd came to be I had a chance to see a dream come to fruition. Starting my own fitness business in the woods of Westchester, IL. It is as scary, and nerve wracking as it sounds but you have to jump in both feet hitting the ground and start running no matter what.

Fear really isn’t the first the that crossed my mind that morning only what if the hill isn’t what I envisioned it to be. No one described it to me at all. I’ve only seen it driving past it and over it heading home for two years. With the seasons gone by I never really contemplated working outside for quite some time.

The one thing other than my expectation was what if no one wants to do this (exercise) outside in the real elements. I mean, it’s just cold enough to freeze water outside within minutes and it’s freaking April!!!!! Really, come on man! I expected way more from the weather than the hills/forest!

Regardless, day one was a hit! Our little band of movers and shakers came out and sucked it up with arms opened wide along with their lungs! Yes, we do have fun while we workout and at tines have to crack jokes to see it through. You must learn to get out of your head to get through these uncomfortable situations and stick with the program no matter what.

Mi A Gi