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Old 05-14-2015, 11:09 AM   #141
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Feeling the need to do some physical labor I dug 300 foot of trench for a security camera upgrade project on the homestead. Lots of aches and pains over the course of digging and backfilling, but I've found in the last few days that my body is bouncing back from the pains much more quickly than when I started about two weeks back.

So there - I'm pounding my chest and saying I can still do it!

Ouch *@!, dang it that hurts!
Yikes. As a teen, spent one summer digging out footings prior to the concrete pour (among other foundation tasks). Now, at only age 55, I shudder at the impact of spending an entire day doing that.

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Feeling the need to do some physical labor I dug 300 foot of trench for a security camera upgrade project on the homestead. Lots of aches and pains over the course of digging and backfilling, but I've found in the last few days that my body is bouncing back from the pains much more quickly than when I started about two weeks back.

So there - I'm pounding my chest and saying I can still do it!

Ouch *@!, dang it that hurts!
Unless this was a VERY concious choice to get more exercise I would have rented a walk behind trencher. That would be enough of a workout for me! Digging holes (or trenches!) to fill them back up is like that version of hell where he keeps rolling the giant stone up the hill.
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I'm curious - which recumbent trike did you try and what were your impressions?
Huskies are quite heavy-duty, but they are really dogs to pedal.
I couldn't tell you the brand but a friend has a quite expensive recumbent that I rode around town. I just don't like the recumbent position I prefer the normal sitting position of a regular trike.
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Feeling the need to do some physical labor I dug 300 foot of trench for a security camera upgrade project on the homestead. Lots of aches and pains over the course of digging and backfilling, but I've found in the last few days that my body is bouncing back from the pains much more quickly than when I started about two weeks back.

So there - I'm pounding my chest and saying I can still do it!

Ouch *@!, dang it that hurts!
The only chest pounding would be the paramedics trying to get my heart started again...
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Feeling the need to do some physical labor I dug 300 foot of trench for a security camera upgrade project on the homestead. Lots of aches and pains over the course of digging and backfilling, but I've found in the last few days that my body is bouncing back from the pains much more quickly than when I started about two weeks back.



So there - I'm pounding my chest and saying I can still do it!



Ouch *@!, dang it that hurts!

I can't even dig a hole to plant a tree, but here in Pennsylvania we have clay....nasty rock filled heavy red clay. That's what machines were invented for.
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Unless this was a VERY concious choice to get more exercise I would have rented a walk behind trencher. That would be enough of a workout for me! Digging holes (or trenches!) to fill them back up is like that version of hell where he keeps rolling the giant stone up the hill.
Knowing one of my far-from-being-ER'd co-w@rkers had a trencher he had told me I could borrow if ever needed, I called and asked him about it. The one he had was a bit of a monster, one of the largest wheeled models, next size up is on tracks! Didn't want to make that much of a mess of the yard. Checked on a few rental places trying to find one suitable for my project, but I'd eat up the better part of day just driving it back and forth. And yes, it was a very conscious choice to get the exercise, combined with being stubbornly frugal to a fault.
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A little more info on why I am looking at a Husky trike. I'm a big guy at 6'6" and close to 300 pounds. The normal bike or even trike is not rated for that. My old mountain bike is probably 20 years old and I have replaced more spokes and rims than I care to count. The Husky is the only thing I have found that is designed for carrying heavy loads. I am not a cross country rider I just ride around town mostly. I have routes laid out that can give me up to 6 miles just around town. There is also a nice bike trail that runs about 8 miles from town to Icelandic State Park.
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As a teen, spent one summer digging out footings prior to the concrete pour (among other foundation tasks)..........Just completed the same task. Cleared out an old shed footing, concrete and field stone. I am feeling the pain at 57, but consider it a victory.


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No longer drive 12 hours.
On trip to Florida spent second night in Tampa; "only 3 hours from home" takes on a different meaning when you're over 60.
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No longer drive 12 hours.
On trip to Florida spent second night in Tampa; "only 3 hours from home" takes on a different meaning when you're over 60.
I'm very grateful that although DH has had to cut back on a lot due to health issues (and the side effects of meds to treat them), he can still drive long distances. We prefer driving to flying when it's an option and made 12+-hour drives to family weddings, one in March and one last weekend, and he did all the driving although typically it was spread over 2 days. (We did Austin-KC in one shot.)

I'm blessed- I'm 62 and haven't had to slow down that much. I did my last sprint triathlon last year; the water was too cold and my wet suit was probably a bit tight and I just couldn't get a deep breath. I got out of the water and finished the bike ride (12 miles) and the walk/run (5K) but of course my time wasn't official. I sold the wet suit on e-Bay. Of course, the issue was really the cold water; I might be persuaded to do another tri that distance (the swim is 1/2 mile) in warmer water.

So, this year the Tour de Bier was on the same date as the triathlon I skipped. Both were yesterday. I got out on my trusty bike and rode 35 miles with a couple of stops for refreshments (many, as advertised, included sampling beer but I limited mine to a small sample of a dark beer at one stop and had healthier stuff at the others). There are several fun charity rides in this area (one is the Tour de BBQ) and the first one of the season is always a little scary because I'm a year older- but now I'm looking forward to the rest of them!
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When I was 15 a group of us rode our bicycles about 12 miles to the Washington Monument, climbed the stairs (they let people do that then) and walked back down the stairs, then rode our bicycles back home. No big deal, then.

If I tried that now it'd probably kill me if I could do it at all. For sure my right knee would be in agony for weeks.
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I'm curious - which recumbent trike did you try and what were your impressions?

Huskies are quite heavy-duty, but they are really dogs to pedal.

Google for "cargo bike" or Danish cargo bike. These are bikes with two wheels in the front usually with a box ( of various sizes ) above /between the front wheels. These are usually a lot easier to pedal - they're used a lot in Denmark to haul small kids also so they usually designed to be easier to pedal than the two rear wheel kind -


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Google for "cargo bike" or Danish cargo bike. These are bikes with two wheels in the front usually with a box ( of various sizes ) above /between the front wheels. These are usually a lot easier to pedal - they're used a lot in Denmark to haul small kids also so they usually designed to be easier to pedal than the two rear wheel kind -


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I checked them out and almost 2,000 Euros ($2200) is more than I am prepared to pay for a trike.
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