The vastness of North Maine Wood’s 3.5 million acres. The 87,000 acres on donated land, with $40,000,000 by a private citizen to maintain it is the deal of my lifetime. Support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. I did by sending my letter of support in the 60 day comment period. https://wabi.tv/2017/05/08/national-monument-designation-public-comment-period-to-open/
Many of us struggle with deciding how much time we should put into exercising. The truth is a bit difficult to put into practice, due to our busy lifestyles. You may be dismayed to learn that it takes serious time for your efforts to translate to better health and improved longevity. In my case, the 75 minute a day target significantly turned health bio-markers around for me, via moderate walking, backpacking ,or biking .
Check out the FACTS below. Note that you can watch the video or read the transcript of the video.- T. Jamrog
Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities—recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us what the science says, and letting us make up our own mind.
The weather this looks decent, except for a morning shower, for me to attempt a 2 day weekend hike of this local trail. Since there is no camping on- trail and I have been unable to secure a local place to put down my sleeping bag, I have a couple of options lined up. It’s an admittedly bold agenda- with two 24 mile days planned. Time for a local microadventure! Stay tuned for a progress report.
The first 2017 group ride with The Bubba to the top of Mount Pleasant in the Warren/West Rockport area had it all- mud, ice, stream riding, and even more snow than expected. The approach from Route 90 departed from the old parking lot at East Coast Rover’s now defunct location, newly recycled as another car/truck repair facility. Thanks to Bubba management for gaining permission for us to park there after work hours.
I was very pleased with my ride today- the most successful technical excursion up and down Pleasant ever for me.
Very pleasant on top today.
Not only did I clear the challenge of ascending Baby Head Hill, I was finally able to loft the front end of my Surly Ice Cream Truck up a pesky little ledge on the section from the Three Way op to the power line after the screaming descent off the summit.
Here is a video of the crew maintaining a controlled skid on the steep, rock-strewn line off the summit itself.
Today, it might have even helped to have stable ice and refrozen snow smoothing out the trail a bit. The Bubbas take climbing in stride- in fact if you can’t tolerate climbing forest trails in this part of Maine, you’ll stay home. S
Most of the Bubbas carry folding saws in our packs. We clear trails as we go, especially this time of year.
Later, we transitioned to riding up the stream that put us on the backside of the mountain just below the blueberry field that set us up for the finish of the ride.
This last wet climb set up a relatively long decent that was a fitting ending to a spring day blissfully absent of the impending blackflies, mosquitoes, and heat.
A most Pleasant morning was spent at my personal Sunday Church of Two Wheels.
I’m reblogging today’s Twitter feed from Backpacker magazine. Granted, it might have a bit limited an appeal, given that it targets us greying hikers. While I agree with the majority of the points covered, the article contains one glaring piece of medical misinformation, bad advice that should probably be edited out.
It has to do with point E:
Joints/cartilage/back Wear-and-tear decreases padding in the joints and back, leading to stiffness and pain when hiking. The fix: “Moving a joint loosens it,” Lynn Millar says. At home, guide stiff joints through their full range of motion (arm swings for shoulders; squats for knees) 5 times per day. On the trail, repeat movements in the morning, at rest breaks, and in the evening. Pop 400 milligrams of anti-inflammatories 3 times per day.
I’m not going to Pop 400 milligrams of anti-inflammatories 3 times per day !
I didn’t swill Ibuprofen last June while hiking a month in Portugal, and I didn’t down bottles of the stuff on my 2013 CDT thru-hike. Even though I have a history of inflammation that eventually resulted in surgery on both my knees for cartilage tears, and have undergone two shoulder surgeries for arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis I rarely dose my discomfort with anti-inflammatories.
If you Google for side effects of anti-inflammatories, you will get specific warnings to be prudent about the use of “Vitamin I”, as it is erroneously dubbed by long distance hikers.
Here a quick read from Outside magazine (2014): The Cure for Sore Muscles? More Movement.Throw away your ice packs and ibuprofen if you want to recover right.
In the past three years, there has been increasing evidence of the real damage that can be done with overuse of ibuprofen. From Outside: “Chronic ibuprofen users have some cell damage in their intestines, especially their colon,” says Dr. David Nieman, a professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University and author of several studies on ibuprofen use in endurance athletes. “That allows bacteria to escape in small amounts into the blood stream,” augmenting the inflammatory response.
I just unpacked my 4 person SeekOutside tipi for shoulder and winter season heated tenting.
Don Kivelus of Four Dog Stove is crafting me a tiny custom titanium airtight wood stove for the tent. The total weight of the tipi/stove/stovepipe should come in at around 10 pounds, and will sleep two very comfortably with the stove in use. I plan to use it on winter fat tire bike trips, fall and spring canoe trips, and on winter toboggan hauling trips either solo or with 1 other person sharing the tent.
Composed of a floorless ripstop nylon tipi and utilizing wood-burning titanium stoves, the Seek Outside Hot Tent allows you to carry a heated shelter into the back country.
Good material here. http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/the-thru-hikers-gear-list/
Very interesting research on postal service workers in Scotland, but already on the books.
My ongoing research confirms that brisk walking, while mixing in occasional intervals, and even 30 second run bursts yields greatest health benefits. However, it will be very difficult for most of us to sustain a 4 minute walking pace, for even an hour. A confounding variable here is that the postal workers are also carrying weight on their packs.
Wait! Isn’t this power walking, or heaven forbid, brisk backpacking?
Functional fitness may well demand dramatic lifestyle choices, like moving to the Maine woods and working the land, or living in a city and giving up a car and walking instead of using public transportation. I’m not kidding!
In September I spit in a plastic collection device and sent the saliva to Great Britain to be analyzed by FitnessGenes. The lab extracted my DNA from the saliva sample and analyzed it.
Three weeks later I received an analysis of 40 genetic variations related to the big three of sports types: endurance, strength, and speed. My results also included the types of training that I should undertake, along with specific dietary recommendations and even supplements that my particular body should respond to.
I’m still digesting the results, but the actual data confirmed that I was on the right track with my approach to training and eating even before I learned about what was up, or down in some findings, with my genes.
In sum, I have a profile suggesting that my endurance is stronger than strength and speed. I have been successful in long distance endurance events ( Triple Crown of hiking), so the details of my particular genetic package will be useful in my planning to continue to home my dietary and training choices.
My experience with FitnessGenes led me to understand that there can be no one “true” dietary or training recommendation that fits all, whether it be drinking milk as an adult, or as the following article explains, consuming coffee. There are few things the wellness world is more divided on than morning joe.
I love coffee. I thank my parents, Chester and Isabel, for providing me with a favorable CYP1A2 gene. My AA genotype characterizes me as a fast coffee metabolizer. Forty percent of people are fast metabolizers. About 45 percent have both a slow and a fast copy, and 15 percent carry two copies of the slow allele. Studies have shown that taking caffeine improves performance in sports and exercise. Research also indicates that fast metabolizers, like me, also saw their risk of hypertension fall as their coffee intake rose.
Do read this !–> Is coffee healthy for you, and more questions answered | Well+Good