It’s Monday March 29, 2010.  I’m getting ready to head to the gym and start my week’s work on the elliptical and rowing machine.  I’ve been ask how I’m preparing for the trip and right now this is the major thing.  Staying fit is a hech of a lot easer than getting fit!  Its not easy, just easer.  I’ve lost track of the hours spent there and that’s a good thing.  It means it’s a habit.  I spend a lot of time working on flexibility because as I progress in the years it is the key.  A very wise woman once told me, “Tommy, you will be as young as your spine is limber”, words I have never forgot.  That was over half my life ago and I embrace that wisdom more now that ever. For that I use my Teeter Hangup.  It’s an inversion table that lets me hang upside down by my anckles like a bat and that streaches everthing!   Oh, I still have the normal aches and pains of a 64 year old but I just fight not to give into them.  I also use the jump rope in my program.  It is the best heart rate raiser so I sandwich it in between the elliptical and the rowing machine.  I hate treadmills even though sometimes they make a welcome change up.  Now that spring is hear I can take it outside when the eager to just run overtakes me.


As the weather turns, I have other projects at hand:  food prep again, a few minor repairs to the “Thumper” the motor home that will carry me back to Goose Bay, the boat trailer I need to launch the CAP’T LEM again and my kayak.


I’ve decided to retire “The Rubber Parrot” the dinghy and replace it with my faithful kayak.   Oh, have I had some adventures in that baby!  I took to Antarctica with me many years ago and kayaked among the icebergs and penguins.  I sleep in it over night in Tasmania and Australia.  Snorkeled from it in Tonga and shot white water on the Spokane River, (Not one of my smartest moves, I must add, but it sure beat trying it in a canoe).   One of the great discoveries I’ve made about water craft is the closer one sits to the surface of the water the more fun one will have. 

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