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Incredible vacation, but I’m glad to be back!

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Lisa, Mary Ann, Lisa's dad, my mom, Lisa's mom and me at Leu Gardens

Lisa, Mary Ann, Lisa's dad, my mom, Lisa's mom and me at Leu Gardens

Ah, it’s great to be back. I’ve missed writing my daily blog!

My vacation was amazing! My mom and her best friend, Mary Ann, stayed with us all last week, and we all had a really enjoyable visit. We spent most of our time out seeing the sights at places like Wekiwa State Park, Mt. Dora, Mead Gardens, Leu Gardens and Winter Park, and we also did quite a bit of cooking together. Of course we managed to sneak in a couple of movies up in the theater, too.

Like I said before my vacation started, I placed no restrictions on my diet and I did not do any formal training last week. Actually I didn’t even manage a single bike ride, but we did do quite a bit of walking. In fact, I actually did some running. Yep, I said running! Those of you who have been following my blog for any length of time know that I really dislike running, but while we were at Wekiwa circumstances dictated a run, so I made the most of it. I’ll explain…

On Monday morning we all set off on a nature hike at Wekiwa. I’ve ridden my mountain bike on the same trails we were going to hike a million times, but I’ve never done just the hiking trail loop by itself. I was not 100% sure on the distance, but I estimated it to be around 5 miles. Well, turns out I was wrong. 🙂 About three hours and 6.5 miles into the hike we still had a little more than a mile to go. At this point we were crossing a paved road that led back to the car, and because some in our group were very hot and tired I offered to jog back, get the car and pick every one up. The offer was accepted. It’s been many years since I’ve done any running, and I was looking forward to seeing how I did. It was just over a mile back to the car, and I jogged about half of it on the dirt and the other half on the paved road. My Five-Ten Impact mids are fantastic mountain biking shoes, but terrible for running. Still, I was happy to see that I completed the mile in just under six minutes. Everyone was very pleased when I pulled up in the air-conditioned car. The interesting thing is that some of my leg muscles were sore over the next few days–particularly those around my shins and even the tops of my feet! In case you are wondering, I still don’t like running.

Three dozen live blue crabs!

Three dozen live blue crabs!

The food we ate deserves its own paragraph. I doubt I can remember everything, but I’ll try to hit the highlights: Santa Fe Burgers on amazing Brioche buns, garlic-dill red potatoes, roasted red potatoes, fajitas, homemade green tomato pizza on freshly baked crust, Maryland-style steamed crabs with homemade focaccia bread, steamed shrimp, homemade chocolate ice cream with toasted almonds, Mahi Mahi fish sandwich, french fries, barbecued ribs, pulled pork barbecue, baked beans, garlic bread, bruschetta, snack mix, popcorn, candy, cheese, crackers, crab soup and a homemade Greek feast that included souvlaki, hummus, fresh vegetables chips, tzatziki, spanakopita bites and pita bread. Whew!

This morning I weigh just over 5 pounds more than I did a week ago. I’d say 4 pounds of that is probably water weight, and perhaps a pound of fat. I’ll be eating very clean all this week and working hard in the gym. Next Sunday’s weekly measurements and body fat reading should give me an accurate assessment of the damage, if any. I will say that I’m glad I was still at 7.2% body fat when my vacation started because that allowed me plenty of room to indulge.

I posted a few dozen other pictures from my vacation over three separate posts to my photography journal. The pictures start here if you want to check them out (high bandwidth–the pictures are large).

I have a huge amount of work to catch up on, so I’m going to wrap this up and get started on it. Have a fantastic day!

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “Incredible vacation, but I’m glad to be back!”
  1. After biking so many miles one would think that you can just pick up running with no muscle soreness but unfortunately that’s not the case. I run in the fall, winter and early spring and bike in the summer to late fall. The transition from one to the other is never without its aches and pains.

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  2. I had to laugh (in a good way!) when you said you completed the mile in just under six minutes. You’re not a runner, and you still went that fast! Pretty impressive, and it just goes to show how an overall level of fitness translates to just about any activity.

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