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Excellent workout yesterday; Yard work day.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

July
28
2012

I decided for yesterday’s upper body workout to do a very high intensity workout using moderate weights and high reps. The maximum rest interval between sets was 1 minute, and most of the time it was closer to 45 seconds. I also didn’t do any straight sets,: everything I did was a superset, drop set, giant set or “down the rack” set. I felt great in there.

The heat and humidity may not be fun to mountain bike in, but the plants and animals love it!

The heat and humidity may not be fun to mountain bike in, but the plants and animals love it!

I’m sore this morning, and my muscles are feeling fatigued. Unfortunately I’m looking at about 5 hours of yard work today, so I guess I’m going to have to cope with the soreness. As long as nothing starts cramping up I’ll be OK.

It’s not even 9:00 AM, and it’s already very hot and humid outside. I’m very much looking forward to some cooler weather, but the upside to the heat is that all of the plants and animals are absolutely thriving right now! The pond plants have never grown so quickly before, and the landscaping around the pond is very well established and lush. It’s hard to believe I constructed the pond less than two years ago; it looks like it’s been there forever.

Yesterday afternoon I was standing on the path to the right of the showy reddish-orange firecracker plant counting the number of Southern Leopard frogs lounging on the lily pads; I was at 10 (and still counting) when I felt a gentle breeze hitting on my left arm. I looked down and saw a beautiful ruby-throated hummingbird hovering less than two inches from my arm feeding on the firecracker plant! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve seen lots of hummingbirds out there this summer (they love the firecracker plants), but they seem to be very shy. This one was close enough to touch, and she moved around the plant like I wasn’t even there. I really wish I’d had my camera with me. Moments like that make the work I’m about to do all worth it.

The banana plants are about at their maximum height. I expect them to start producing fruit within the next couple of weeks!

The banana plants are about at their maximum height. I expect them to start producing fruit within the next couple of weeks!

I have to give a banana plant update. Our banana plants are located on the north side of the pond, and are doing extremely well this year. I’ve been feeding them 10-10-10 every two weeks this year, and they are absolutely loving the heavier feeding schedule. Based on their height, I’d say they are at least 2 months ahead of where they were last year at this time. In fact, the tallest has now reached about 13-14 feet, and it’s not going to get much bigger than that. I expect them to start fruiting within the next month. Last year they did not produce fruit until early December, and we lost it all due to a hard freeze. I think this year the fruit will be ready to harvest well before any chance of a freeze, and I can’t wait!

Well, I’d better get out there and get this done. Have a great Saturday!

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