Sunday, March 18, 2012

P90X - Phase 2 Complete

I've made it through Phase 2 of my P90X workout!
It's been difficult to stick with it.  I do all my workouts in the evenings because that's what my schedule allows.  Sometimes I'm super tired from a long day, or had an evening obligation and have to start my workout close to 10pm.  I've been sick for nearly a week and have been pushing through best I can.  I just had my "recovery" week for Phase 2 which has less strenuous workouts, but still I did nothing one day and replaced a stretch day with yoga.  Since the stretch day was optional, I'm satisfied with that.

Today I should be starting Phase 3 but I'm feeling crappy so I decided to start tomorrow instead.

I'm seeing some good results. I feel stronger and leaner.  My rep numbers for things like pull-ups are slowly going up, and workouts are getting easier.  Plus in my last few stretch and yoga workouts I was able to touch my toes when doing seated hamstring stretches!  Less than 6 months ago I was 12" away from that.

Phase 3 is going to be tough because we're entering spring and I'll want to spend more time outside, riding muni and doing family/house activities. I wish I had started  P90X one month sooner!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Vosburg Reroute

Vosburg Trail
muddy offender
A few weeks ago I was out touring the Vosburg trails with one of my Friends of Webster Trails buddies.  It's a nice set of trails just off the Hojack Trail at Vosburg Rd.

Most of the trail looked to be in good condition but there was a roughly 25' section that was very muddy.  The best solution looked to be to shift the trail over a few feet  where the ground was slightly higher.  It was evident that some of the hikers had already chosen this high and dry alternative over the muddy path.

This morning I met up with a few FWT members and we rerouted the trail and blocked off the muddy section.

Before and After
 Before and After

The new section was already fairly easy to walk with no major obstructions.  We trimmed back a few twig-sized saplings and raked the leaves to define the trail.  We blocked the old trail with logs and brush.  Later we may come back and transplant some surrounding vegetation into the old muddy area, but for now this will do.  The new trail surface may need some work too but we'll wait to see what's required after a few hundred hikers have been over it.

We also walked through the trails and did some general cleanup and trimming.

Just south of Vosburg, there was a felled tree above the Hojack trail.  It did not appear to be in danger of falling and further, so I hope it can stay as a new interesting feature.