First time in a while. Seemed ok, but now to keep it up. A little tender in the forearms. These are tough times for the forearms, lurching right from laurel wrangling and brush mowing into snow shoveling.
About 6” of wet snow, quite slippery, and can’t say I greeted it with any enthusiasm. Didn’t have the studded snows on yet, and I was sliding around a fair amount in the truck. Shoveling not so entertaining either. Got it done, and glad enough because enough snow melted that the driveway and steps were mostly clear.
Hike1:17:17 4.63 mi (16:42 / mi) +48m16:10 / mi ahr:113 max:127
Weights, in the gym with Rhonda. Deadlifts, squats, some band work
Hike58:46 3.47 mi (16:56 / mi) +91m15:40 / mi ahr:97 max:151
An interesting excursion. Sassy did her usual swimming workout and emerged to ice up pretty much right away. She looked cold. She went off to roll in some leaves, which seemed to deal with her problem, but they stuck to her fur and she looked pretty funny. Anyway, she didn't much seem to mind. The car thermometer said it was 24 F. But kind of raw and seemed colder.
I went out to Rhonda's morning yoga class, but only made it through about ten minutes. It is a normal and congenial event that the ladies chatter about their families and other things of marginal interest, and it is generally pleasant, sometimes humorous and good social lubrication. However, today one in particular was dominating the affair and waxing eloquent about her interior decorating experiences, and the combination of the extreme boredom induced by the painstaking recounting of color choices, etc and the volume control which seemed to be amping up as the dissertation continued was making my head explode, so I made my excuses and skedaddled. Not to mention that this particular devotee has a voice timbre that I find particularly piercing. So good to get away from it.
Hike58:07 3.31 mi (17:33 / mi) +66m16:32 / mi ahr:110 max:175
With R&S. Sassy had an encounter with a wild beast up ahead, and very reluctantly abandoned it to come back and get leashed up. I thought from the distance that it might be a porcupine, but when we got close to the area, it was revealed as a raccoon, and its behavior was erratic enough that I feared it might be rabid, so we kept the dog well leashed until we were pretty far on. Sassy has little to no interest in dogs, but finds wildlife endlessly fascinating. Pretty lucky to get her out of there without a closer entanglement.
Yoga exercise group. This is doing me an amazing amount of good.
Got in an hour of laurel wrangling, in for a call, then back out for an hour of brush mowing, taking down some of the laurel encroaching on the dog loop trail. Nice. Not much mowing left this season.