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Old Sat, May-08-21, 23:17
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I finished with the pine and fir trees (link) four days ago. It was a brutal, long-winded, dehydrating, sun-burning week. The top of my head is peeling, but I got all the slash piles burned before the summer burn ban took effect.

It was difficult and physical but not in an exercise way. More like a long march through a swamp - eventually you get exhausted, but it's not good exercise.

Anyway, it's done (except for cutting the trunks into rounds for firewood) and life is looking up a bit right now.

So tonight I got back to it for the first time in a while, and let's just say I'm not where I was in mid-March.

2 flights of stairs, 20 trips up and down.
Time 12:15 Heart rate 153.

Felt a little slow and winded on the stairs, so I quit that and took a brisk walk

1.4 miles, 24 minutes. Avg speed 3.5 mph.

Good enough for now.

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Old Sun, May-09-21, 22:14
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Stairs again, picking it up a bit

2 flights x 30 trips up and down. (50% increase from yesterday)
Time 17:00 Heart rate 158

It was going reasonably well, and I probably could have done another 10 trips, but no point pushing it. Tomorrow I might shoot for the full 50 trips. It won't be any kind of record time, that's for certain.
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Old Tue, May-11-21, 00:48
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Plan: Intermittent fast/Lowcarb
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I did it! Back to 50 stair trips in one session.

2 flights x 50 trips up and down.
Time 27:15 Heart rate 162. I'm OK with those numbers.
I have to say, it feels good to be back to the routine - both physically and mentally.

As the weather warms (it's currently 45F or 7C - this is North Idaho), I might not be able to maintain this pace, so I'll have to figure out some alternatives that don't generate so much body heat.

I might shoot for a brisk walk around the powerhouse later in the shift - in the earliest morning hours. It's a nice time to walk, sometimes I get to hear owls talking to each other.

EDIT:
Got the walk in. 2 miles even, 3.7 miles/hr, Time 31:45
I jogged a little bit at the end, just to get the 2 miles over and done with. That's not easy to do in work boots with 8" lace up uppers. Broke a sweat!
No owls

Probably no exercise for the next couple of days. We have company this week, and large projects to complete.

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Old Sat, May-29-21, 23:25
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Plan: Intermittent fast/Lowcarb
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It's been a while. Lots going on, and not much of it good. Family member going suddenly into a care facility, good friend with terminal cancer. Too much overtime shifts at work - 120 hours on the last time card (60 hrs per week), and 116 will be on the next one.

I had to put off one of my bucket list items for at least a month. I plan to climb Scotchman Peak.

Pollen has also been insane recently. All the rain puddles are covered with a yellow sheen of pollen, and I've felt like I was fighting 3 head colds at once.

The pollen count seems to be abating, and now I can breathe again.

Got in a 2 mile walk tonight. 3.6 miles/hr average, time 34:20

No need to bother with the heart monitor - it wasn't intense at all.
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Old Mon, May-31-21, 01:36
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Another walk at work.
2.5 miles, 3.7 miles/hr average, time 39:40
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Old Fri, Jun-04-21, 03:24
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Walking at work
2.75 miles, 3.8 miles/hr avg. Time 43:15
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Old Sat, Jun-05-21, 02:25
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Walking at work
2.5 miles, 3.4 miles/hr avg. (was on the phone hehe). Time 43 min.
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Old Mon, Jun-07-21, 02:42
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My hours got changed. This two week time sheet will not have 116 hours on it. Instead it will have 140 hours.
My good friend passed away on Friday. The last thing he ate was a cinnamon roll we shared when I last saw him. His service is next Saturday.
We are now caring for a relative's 12 yr old dog, who is undisciplined, noisy, and apparently not yet house-broken.
It can only get better from here.

Walking again at work, on nights.
2.5 miles, 3.9 miles/hr avg. Time 38:00
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Old Thu, Jun-10-21, 03:07
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3 mile walked at work, on nights.
3.7 miles/hr avg. Time: 48:30
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Old Fri, Jun-11-21, 05:53
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2 mile walk, at work, on nights
3.9 miles/hr avg speed. Time 30:20
Knee was feeling a little twingy. No point making it unusable.
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Our daughter graduated from high school last night, which was awesome and gratifying. It was maybe a bit melancholy as well - there are some great kids and parents we will no doubt lose touch with. Afterwards I took her to the senior sleep-over (chaperoned at one of the local resorts). I stayed awake most of the night, knowing I was coming right back onto night shift after my one night off.

She texted me at 6:30 AM, saying she was ready to be picked up. After I got her home, I napped until about noon.

We had a funeral to attend for a good friend at 1:30 PM, which was followed by a military color guard. They fired a three volley rifle salute and presented the flag to his widow. The soldier in charge of the color guard says, "On behalf of the president of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service". As he presents the flag.

After taps finished playing, everyone was crying a lot. It's been a weird roller-coaster of emotions in the past 24 hours, that's for sure.

After the funeral, we went home, and I swapped out my good shoes for work boots, and swapped out my good shirt for a sweat shirt, packed my lunch, and went right back to it again. Life is a legit nocturnal hamster wheel right now.

Another walk at work, on nights.
Went a full hour (mostly on the phone - bedtime call with family). 3.6 miles, at 3.6 miles/hour of course!

Hopefully I pushed the need for my own military funeral back by another day.

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