Maybe another 2 and a half hours of lopping and chipping Some of it involved getting rid of some big piles from Zack's big clearing experiment from last November, the rest just working off a big patch in the 2006 clear cut. Tiring work. In two sessions, before and after lunch.
cycling1:09:50 15.69 mi (4:27 / mi) +281m4:13 / mi ahr:110 max:135 slept:7.5 weight:163.6lbs
I wanted to ride, and Zack liked the idea of picking me up, so we settled on Stop & Shop in Simsbury, as he wanted to go there anyway, and I added a bit to add up to about and hour and a quarter, since that seemed to be an agreeable time frame. Heading that way at traffic time is a bit dicey. When I was barrelling down 309 toward W Simsbury a woman made a left turn close enough in front of me that I had to slam on both brakes. Then on W. Mountain Rd I had a very big SUV pass me within about 12" of the handlebars. Yikes! Better to head the other way, at least at that time of day.
cycling1:05:50 13.33 mi (4:56 / mi) +371m4:33 / mi ahr:109 max:137 slept:9.0 weight:164lbs
In West Simsbury. One of my better rides of this young season, and I think I am more or less ready enough for the upcoming ride in Croatia. Not to say the actual bike riders don't pass me like the Acela.
Another hour and a half or so of rather intensive laurel wrangling with my associate Zack. Very satisfactory. We are now about 80% of the way through a thicket I wouldn't have imagined we could have done. Mountain laurel is mostly air, so the chip piles aren't that intensive, but it a pretty fierce barrier. Now that the area is open, it is really nice.
And one more hour and the area is pulverized of mountain laurel. Very satisfying, although I am pretty tired. About an hour a day is a reasonable amount of this for me, but pretty tempting to continue when I have such good help on hand.
Walking around this morning with the dog, I went to check on an area that Zack and I had talked about clearing mountain laurel from. Got there, and a little disconcerting because there was way less mountain laurel than I remembered. Then I saw the clues, the tire imprints, the aggregation of chips. Turns out Zack went out last night at midnight cut a path in and chipped away in the tractor's overhead work lights. Amazing.
Weight workout in the gym. Pretty good, but felt a little strain in the L pectoral doing knees-to-elbows, so cut things a bit short. DLs (140#), box step-ups with 25# DBs, 3x10 each side, K2E, 2x5 and stopped, GH raises with 12# DB 1 set, did the rest without, pull downs at 8, back squats 65# 3x10. 2 minute plank.
An hour of laurel wrangling, building a pile to chip when it stops raining. Not raining hard enough to make it unpleasant, but best if I keep these sessions to no more than an hour anyway.
Zack is back and we spent a good part of the day with the chipper. I knew he would like it. So maybe a good 4 hours of cutting and chipping, including knocking off the big pile I had left from the last two days, and then some tractor maintenance while Zack cut the grass and opened up a path to get the chipper to a stand of laurel I would like to have disappear. And then a lot of butt rolling to try to get my back gentled down, and various neck and upper back exercises that needed doing.
Dropped Rhonda off at the airport at 5, then home to sleep another hour and a half. Eric was under the weather today, so I did my gym workout on my own, and it went quite well. Started with a bunch of stretching and rolling, then moved on to 5 sets of DLs., working up to 135#. Then alternated box step-ups with 2 25# dumbbells and knees-to-elbows. 3x8 for step-ups, 3x5 for K2E. Then 3x10 with 2 25 dumbbells, alternating squats and bench presses, then back squats with just the bar alternating with 8 BOSU pushups, then 3x10 alternating GH raises and pull-downs on the machine at 9. Finished up with a 2 minute plank. Nice. Much like what I do with Eric, but a little more.
Another hour of laurel wrangling. Saving the chipping for when Zack is here tomorrow.
PT session for my recalcitrant neck and shoulder. Seems that the issue is scar tissue from some old injury in my trapezius, that then radiates everywhere. Some massage, some exercises.
cycling49:17  12.47 mi (3:57 / mi)
Out to route 8 from PV and back. I had ideas of a longer ride and maybe someplace else, but the day got away from me. It was already 6:30 when I started, so pushed the pace to get back.
Second trip to the airport today, 18 hours apart. Makes for a long day. Went to get Zack, who is back in CT for a couple of weeks.