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    A fairly busy day for us, with a trip to the playground around noon, and then when my wife woke up from her post-night shift sleep, we went to a provincial park where we did a walk and another playground. Step count for the day was over 16,000.

    Tonight I did Ultimate Fighter (level I, EC) and Limitless (EC). The first workout got me 90 pushups so I added 10 more afterwards. I did 3 narrow grip pullups between every stretch in Limitless and got 30 this way.

    My wife did her own stuff, but we played a game of table tennis after we were both done.

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      I followed a route this morning from AllTrails, but seeing as I know the general area I should have maybe thought differently about it. It was not a very noteworthy trail and furthermore took me through a block of forest that was crisscrossed by trails and therefore was pretty hard to differentiate one from the other. Of course with that being said, I did get lost for a bit. It was OK in a sense, as it overlapped with my 10 km route, and allowed me to see what was down two different paths that I run by all the time but had never been down. I am still waiting for the download from the FitBit for the actual distance, but I only ran about 100 meters the wrong way on a route that was supposed to be 4.8 km, so tentatively I will say 5 km. The time was 33:50.

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      Last edited by CaptainCanuck; August 24, 2021, 03:36 PM. Reason: GPS info downloaded finally, in fact was just over 5 km.

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        New trails! Nice

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          stephenphillips42 It is a decent app, it has helped me find a few extra trails in the area, where otherwise I thought that I had mostly run out.

          Last year when I was working on construction, one of my co-workers had bought a card at the sole arcade in our city (which is attached to a roadhouse/bar) and then regretted it when he found out that he had not enough money to make it to the next paycheck. I thought that I had about the same amount on gift cards for coffee that I wasn't planning on using, so I offered him a trade (side note - it was actually a lot more on the coffee cards, but oh well). I had taken the kids to that arcade twice before, and I figured that I would use it again at some point, only maybe not as long as what it took thanks to all the lockdowns. Anyway we did the arcade which is full of semi-active games. The boys got really interested in driving games, and as soon as it hit go, so did they, away from the game, leaving me to jump in and play. As usual at these places I tend towards the basketball games, either the Connect 4 themed game, or the game that is simply shooting. Neither one of them is really like basketball, but still fun. On another side note, last week my wife broke the insulated coffee cup that she had gotten in Japan in 2016 (from the Tokyo Sky Tree) and we had enough tokens after the games to get a new coffee cup from this place. I think we had around 680 tokens and it was 675 tokens. I got that many tokens because of one game of basketball where I was playing for about 5 minutes, got over 200 points and about 100 tokens. Without that single game we wouldn't have had enough.

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          Basketball ended up being a theme for the day later as we were meeting a friend at a playground, and my wife spent time with her while I went to the nearby court and shot around for about 40 minutes. Though just a patch of asphalt it was kind of strange as the city is building a splash right next to it, and the entire time that I was there heavy machinery was working on moving earth. It should have been distracting playing in the middle of a construction site, but I actually shot pretty well today.

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          Tonight I did Special Forces (level I, EC) and Power 25 (EC). I got EC on the second workout on a technicality. Extra Credit is for using "the heaviest weights that you can lift" but I am limited here by the weights that I own, which means the regular 20 pound ones. I do need to get some heavier weights soon. Even the 30 pound ones that I had been using at the grocery store got sold. I did 9-8-7 on the "to failure" pullups in the first workout and had to add 6 more pullups and 10 more pushups to get to 30 and 100 for the day.

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            After debating when and where, we finally decided on our second and most likely last camping trip of the year. We had been thinking of heading West but we decided against it for a couple of reason. The first deciding factor is the number of forest fires to the West. The second deciding factor is that heading West is somewhat desolate, and with two young children to entertain, this could have spelled trouble. So we headed to the more familiar section to the East of us which run north of Lake Superior. I wasn't really been thinking of doing a run, but there actually was a run that I had been thinking about doing, and that was over the only notable bridge on Northern Ontario. Though I am not so easy around heights, I don't mind bridges, and even got a fondness for running on them when I lived in Halifax as I used to run across the bridge from my work for a compact workout. On this run I pieced together a few different paths, and even ran up and down the small observation tower for the bridge. This one would have been difficult to tell the distance if not for the GPS feature on my FitBit. It was 4.1 km in 26:46.

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              Right after the run I joined the family for a bit of playtime in the playground and got to use the log rolling simulator that I tried last year, though this time with different results as my legs were already a bit tired.

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              We had a bit of luck with the camping. The park we chose has a first come, first serve policy for choosing spots, except for the covered accommodation, which can be booked in advance. Although these usually do book out, there was one opening, and so we got to stay there (though a bit more expensive). What was interesting about this place is that they had a dump cart for carrying items back and forth from the car, as none of the sites are drive-in. A dump cart has been on my fitness wish list for a long time, the idea being to load it full of rocks and to pull it around over uneven terrain for a functional workout. It was kind of funny and unexpected to see one there though, and although I didn't pull around any rocks, any time the boys got rowdy I piled them in there for a ride to calm them down.

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              As with any camping trip we got a lot of walking in, though really just on one walk to the beach in the evening. My step count for the day was over 20,000. I did 30 pullups in the morning before leaving the house, and 100 pushups outside of the accommodation when the boys were falling asleep.

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                Part of the reason for our choice of this particular park is because they rent stand-up-paddleboards, something that my wife had been wanting to try since a long time. So after breakfast we rented a paddleboard and a canoe. We did the canoe first and got a decent trip in, probably around 30 minutes. We decided to go as a family this time, which was a bit more nerve racking. My wife was watching the boys while I did all the paddling. As with any toddlers they seemed to have found strength in numbers. On previous canoeing with the boys, they have barely moved, but when putting them together they decided that moving around was now OK. It was not a big deal though, it didn't cause much problem for the boat.

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                The stand-up-paddleboard was somewhat more difficult, probably more so that it was a bit windy out. I tried to do it while standing up and made it maybe 5 seconds before falling in the water. The second try was about the same. So I tried the kneeling version instead and got a fair distance. I took the boys out as well, but they both fell in which cut that short (though my wife did the kneeling version for a bit too). We will have to try again some time under better conditions.

                After this we walked to a different beach and let the boys play. I can't remember who mentioned it last year in a check-in thread, but the idea of running barefoot on the beach appealed to me, only problem being that there are no long beaches around where I live. This beach wasn't that long, just short of 300 meters, but I just ran back and forth 4 times to add up to 2.3 km (time was 13:08).

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                We got a lot of steps in again, including this walk to the beach we did four separate hikes today. Step count for the day was over 20,000. I did 30 pullups and 100 pushups when I got home.

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                  This looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing and much fun.

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                    We've got one of those carts. Dragging it around the garden, loaded with children is a bit of a workout!

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                      mavie Thanks! We had to get one more in, I can feel autumn already creeping in.

                      TopNotch Probably more so that if you compare the various loads, that a pile of rocks won't ever say "More!" or "Faster!"

                      I did a run this morning, and decided to go through the downtown area for a change. I took advantage of the GPS function on the FitBit and went on paths and alleys that don't register on MapMyFitness. I did 7.7 km in 50:32, at what was basically a recovery run rate. It was a cool day, temperature was around 16 degrees throughout.

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                        We stayed pretty close to home today, just because it was a rainy day. We were still pretty active inside as i was busy with stuff around the house, and ended up with over 16,000 steps for the day.

                        For exercise this evening I did Piece of Cake (workout of the day, level I, EC), The Judge (level I, EC) and Biceps and Triceps (EC). I did 6-5-5 for chinups in The Judge and then had to add 30 pullups and 40 pushups to get to my base numbers for the day.

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                          Today was not much better than yesterday in terms of weather, but we did get out for a short walk in the rain and got a few more steps in at the conservatory. I got a decent amount of steps in around the house as usual in the days that I am watching the boys by myself. Step count for the day was over 13,000.

                          Tonight I did The Demigod and Upperbody Builder (EC). I have been working my way through the pullup workouts, but have been putting off this one. The problem with it is the number of raised leg exercises. I generally don't feel specific exercises too much versus my recurring injuries, but raised legs for pushups or planks really make me feel uneasy on my left calf and right hip. So I did a pretty meager amount of "to failure" pushups here compared to what I can do as a max, 20-10-10-10. The 3 minute plank hold, which would not be fun anyway, was all that much worse that I had to hold one leg up. Though I made it through, this is probably one of the technically worse planks that I have done. On the other hand it was necessary to avoid injury.

                          I added 50 more pushups and 6 more pullups to get to 100 and 30 for the day.

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                            Another slow day and again thanks to the weather. By the time it cleared up it was too late in the day to do anything productive. Tomorrow should be better. I still got over 10,000 steps.

                            Tonight I did Samson (level I) and Back and Biceps (EC). I am not sure why I put off Samson for so long, it looked a lot tougher than it was, though not easy. I did 20-16-14 on the pushups. For each of the other exercises I did the same number each time - pullups (6), squats (40), side leg raises (100), flutter kicks (100), knee to elbow crunches (40) and leg raises (20). i had to add 12 pullups and 50 pushups to make the daily quota.

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                              It's been raining a lot here lately as well. Seeing your photos makes me miss Canada, and North America in general.

                              Samson looks like a tough one, well done on completing it.

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                                You probably put it off because it's to failure. Squats to failure can take AGES! And jump squats - well, if that "less than 20 second break" rule that's in Hero's Journey holds true for here too, I for one could do 200. Mind you, the second set would be a LOT shorter!!

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