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Astro on the AT 2018

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    • Drybones, Good luck figuring it out (JJ provided a lot of good tips). I am already missing the awesome views and it will be a few more weeks before JJ starts posting his.
      It is always neat to see what is ahead for you too.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • jimmyjam wrote:

      Drybones wrote:

      Thought I'd try my sons diet for getting the blood pressure down...80 cal yogurt with berries or nuts for breakfast, salad with spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, onion,cranberries, sunflower seeds, cheese, for lunch and eating half what I normally eat for dinner, I.E. only half a large pizza...blood pressure is down about 10 points.

      Astro wrote:

      Drybones wrote:

      jimmyjam wrote:

      I've been focusing on keeping my weight down too. So far I've been maintaining 167 (down from a record 184 in 2013). And i'm really concentrating on my knees. Knee work outs everyday: step ups, squats, rubberbands, eliptical etc. Trying to cross train my knees every which way I can.
      I lost 12 lbs in a week doing the 100 mile wilderness, combination of no appetite and some tough miles, thought I was turning into a wuss (and may be) until a flip flopper who'd done the south said the section that did me in was the toughest of the AT he'd done, the decent from the rock climbs did a number on the knees.
      Drybones, you have any pictures from Kathadin and the 100 mile wilderness?
      I do, but can't figure out how to transfer from phone to computer, even though I've done it before...may have changed a setting unintentionally.
      You can just email them to yourself from your phone. Or connect your phone to your computer with a USB cord. Or if the pictures are on a microchip get a "chip converter"-basically a regular size chip that you put the microchip in and then plug that into the chip slot on your computer.
      Found my phone problem...saw it in the mirror.
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      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • Monson may now be my favorite trail town, two great hostels and the town folks make you feel welcome, Rebecca at the North Lakes hostel I slept at could not have made me feel more welcome, only ate breakfasts and spent some time at the other hostel but would have enjoyed it equally...one has the breakfast, the other has the dinners...and all are great...first meal out of the woods was a cobb salad at North Lakes...fantastic!
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
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      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • Astro wrote:

      Surgery for torn meniscus scheduled for Wednesday 7/25. Hate to wait two more weeks, but they said that is the soonest they could do.
      Best wishes for a successful surgery and recovery. Don't rush the recovery. It will be painful for a week or so. Get your pain meds on the way home from surgery or before if you can. Listen to your knee.
      "Dazed and Confused"
      Recycle, re-use, re-purpose
      Plant a tree
      Take a kid hiking
      Make a difference
    • What the doctor I camped with one night is probably true...75% of surgeries are not needed. If I had it to do over again I'd give my knee 6 months longer to heal, it's been injured several times and healed, as has the left knee...I can't see where I gained anything.
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • max.patch wrote:

      read this somewhere once upon a time. most common injuries for men:

      age 45-55: knee
      age 55-65: back
      age 65 up: shoulder

      so far i'm 2 for 2. haven't golfed since my 20s or played tennis since my 30s so i think my shoulders are in good shape.
      I am all over the place. Shoulder at 53 (surgery 54), and knee at 56. I guess back issues coming after 65. :rolleyes:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • max.patch wrote:

      read this somewhere once upon a time. most common injuries for men:

      age 45-55: knee
      age 55-65: back
      age 65 up: shoulder

      so far i'm 2 for 2. haven't golfed since my 20s or played tennis since my 30s so i think my shoulders are in good shape.
      I screwed up my back at like 19. I've done PT a few times and "take it easy" and such.....but that included roofing the shop and then the house......when I was in my 30's.
      No knee or shoulder issues..... ;)


      Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
      Pirating – Corporate Takeover without the paperwork

      The post was edited 1 time, last by rhjanes ().

    • I believe that strength training will prevent injury as we age (except for drybones who gives it 200%, even when he’s injured). :)

      But I’m the worst...I hate strength training. The most I do are a few sets of sit ups and (attempted) push ups a few times a week. I did okay this past winter when the weather was bad and I was at the gym more.

      Anyway...after a tough, hilly bike ride on Saturday that made my legs feel like jello and the rough CT hike on Sunday, I’m thinking about using a personal trainer for strength training...maybe in the fall or winter.
      In life there are no limitations. Except stupidity. If you're stupid, you're screwed.

      Stephan Pastis
    • max.patch wrote:

      read this somewhere once upon a time. most common injuries for men:

      age 45-55: knee
      age 55-65: back
      age 65 up: shoulder

      so far i'm 2 for 2. haven't golfed since my 20s or played tennis since my 30s so i think my shoulders are in good shape.
      How my knees survived 33 years of ice hockey, I don’t know. They have been blessed!
      I tweak my back every once in a blue moon, but it is fine.
      Alas, my right shoulder, it is about to stop working any minute altogether!
      Cheesecake> Ramen :thumbsup:
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      I believe that strength training will prevent injury as we age (except for drybones who gives it 200%, even when he’s injured). :)

      But I’m the worst...I hate strength training. The most I do are a few sets of sit ups and (attempted) push ups a few times a week. I did okay this past winter when the weather was bad and I was at the gym more.

      Anyway...after a tough, hilly bike ride on Saturday that made my legs feel like jello and the rough CT hike on Sunday, I’m thinking about using a personal trainer for strength training...maybe in the fall or winter.
      I do not doubt I would benefit from strength training, but for me personally my primary focus is going to be on weight loss and overall physical fitness first. I am sure less weight would put less stress on my knees and other body parts, along with improved cardio conditioning.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Traffic Jam wrote:

      I believe that strength training will prevent injury as we age (except for drybones who gives it 200%, even when he’s injured). :)

      But I’m the worst...I hate strength training. The most I do are a few sets of sit ups and (attempted) push ups a few times a week. I did okay this past winter when the weather was bad and I was at the gym more.

      Anyway...after a tough, hilly bike ride on Saturday that made my legs feel like jello and the rough CT hike on Sunday, I’m thinking about using a personal trainer for strength training...maybe in the fall or winter.
      The first six weeks is tough for any type of training cause you see no results, then in about six weeks you see a tiny lump where the bicep should be, or feel that little runners high for the first time, then it starts getting easier and easier until you're addicted because you start seeing results. Having someone to work out with helps most folks. My advice for anyone physically able who wants to get in shape is to map out 3 miles in a safe neighborhood, get a paper wall calendar, walk the 3 miles and post your time on the calendar, circle it each time you PR, start walking, then do it as fast as you can. My wife was grossly over weight and she went from barely being able to walk it the first time to winning road races and doing 8 miles a day (which, in my opinion, was too much...she was addicted).
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
    • max.patch wrote:

      read this somewhere once upon a time. most common injuries for men:

      age 45-55: knee
      age 55-65: back
      age 65 up: shoulder

      so far i'm 2 for 2. haven't golfed since my 20s or played tennis since my 30s so i think my shoulders are in good shape.
      I'm batting a thousand, torn both knees up several times each, back at least three times, and now the shoulder, don't know if it was the cause but the shoulder started after three twenty mile days of hard kayak paddling, and then I have kept it aggravated with gym work...PT guy told me to stop the bench presses a few days ago...think I'll try that.
      I may grow old but I'll never grow up.
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      Astro wrote:

      Surgery for torn meniscus scheduled for Wednesday 7/25. Hate to wait two more weeks, but they said that is the soonest they could do.
      Astro, so sorry to hear that. Best of luck. Hopefully you come back like Steve Austin, the 'Six Million Dollar Man.'

      Better, Stronger, Faster :)
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
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      IMScotty wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Surgery for torn meniscus scheduled for Wednesday 7/25. Hate to wait two more weeks, but they said that is the soonest they could do.
      Astro, so sorry to hear that. Best of luck. Hopefully you come back like Steve Austin, the 'Six Million Dollar Man.'
      Better, Stronger, Faster :)
      I came back as jimmyjam the Six Dollar Redneck, but hey I'm still a lot of fun.
      "Dazed and Confused"
      Recycle, re-use, re-purpose
      Plant a tree
      Take a kid hiking
      Make a difference
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      IMScotty wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      Surgery for torn meniscus scheduled for Wednesday 7/25. Hate to wait two more weeks, but they said that is the soonest they could do.
      Astro, so sorry to hear that. Best of luck. Hopefully you come back like Steve Austin, the 'Six Million Dollar Man.'
      Better, Stronger, Faster :)
      That is the plan.
      I learned a lot this summer, and definitely plan to come back next summer leaner, smarter, and in a lot better physical shape overall. :thumbup:
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General