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Skipped cardio yesterday and lifted instead; Florida is on fire.

Friday, June 17, 2011 by  
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I’d planned to go for a bike ride yesterday morning, but one thing led to another and the next thing I knew it was the middle of the day. I thought about going for a ride during my lunch break, but when I stepped outside the heat felt like a blast from a furnace. Most of the time I don’t mind the heat too much, but I just was not in the mood to deal with it yesterday. I weighed my options: indoor cardio, or lift weights. Moving some iron around sounded really good to me, so I decided to go ahead and do my usual Friday workout (back/biceps/traps) a day early.

I was unable to resist the temptation to deadlift. I didn’t go heavy at all: I did some moderate rep (5×15) sets using light weight (225 pounds) with short 45-60 second rest intervals. This morning my back is bothering me for the first time in months. Sigh. The pain is not terrible, it’s just that familiar cramping ache in my lower back that sucks much of the fun out of long mountain biking rides. I think I’m done with deadlifts and squats for the foreseeable future. As much as I love those two exercises, they are the only two lifts that aggravate whatever is wrong with my lower back. I guess it’s not that big of a deal: I’m not bodybuilding anymore and I can certainly work around those two exercises.

There are 422 wildfires currently burning in Florida.

There are 422 wildfires currently burning in Florida.

Speaking of mountain biking, Wekiwa forest (where I bike several time per week) is on fire. As I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, we’re suffering a pretty serious drought right now, and a lightning strike (which sadly was not accompanied by rain) set the very dry forest burning. I’m not sure if they’ve closed the trails or what, but it looks like the fire is only 25% contained and has already claimed more than 15 acres. I’m going to call this morning and see what’s going on, and if I can help in any way. Just look at this brush fire map… the whole damn state is on fire: 422 wildfires, more than 50 of which are over 100 acres. It just breaks my heart to see this happening.

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