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  • Back and Ready!

    Seven days is one exceptional amount of time when it's well spent, and my vacation was definitely well spent.

    I've been in the thriving metropolis of Bloomfield, Iowa at the Davis County Fairgrounds for the annual Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival. For the last seven days, I've been pickin' and grinnin' about four to five hours a day, and let me tell you my fingers are sore and my knuckles ache, and I haven't had that much fun in a couple of years.

    Now since the festival is held on the fairgrounds, a camper trailer or RV is a requirement. There are few motels in the area, and if you stay off the grounds, you miss the pleasure of walking around and meeting some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Many of them are from Iowa, but there are folks from all over the US who come to play music. We even had a couple of Canadians, in addition to folks from Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.

    Beginner or Seasoned Veteran makes no difference, all are welcome to join in to jam and there are workshops for guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin held in the mornings led by the more advanced players. I attended a couple of the advanced guitar workshops, but most of the time I was walking around with my Martin, looking for someone to jam with. Don't think I had to walk too far to find one.

    But I did manage to sneak in my daily exercise routine of Squats, Bend Overs, and Pushups in the mornings, and the aerobic part of my workout was covered by the amount of walking I did. A full circuit of the fairgrounds is about a mile, and I walked it seven or eight times a day with Olivia the Shih Tzu. She enjoyed the attention from the ladies and meeting the other dogs, well, most of them. There were a few who barked as she passed and I had to hold her back. For a nine pound dog, she sure is a feisty one.

    No weights last week, as there wasn't enough room for the Total Gym and the resistance band I brought along with the portable bench didn't provide enough resistance to make a difference. But apparently it didn't hurt me any.

    Today was Chest and Back day, so after my morning 50's and 20 minutes on the Gazelle and the Stationary bike, I mounted up on the bench for Bench Presses, 3 sets of 5 reps at 150 pounds. Next came the Seated Rows, also 3 sets of 5 reps at 150 pounds.

    The second circuit was 30° Inclined Bench Press, 3 sets at 150 pounds, then another set of Seated Rows using the bicycle handle instead of the vertical handle.

    For the last set, I set the bench at 60° and performed Inclined Dumbbell Flyes, 3 sets of 5 reps at 50 pounds each, then turned over and performed Reversed Dumbbell Flyes, 3 sets of 5 reps.

    Like I said, it was a great vacation, but it sure feels good to get back to my routine.

    I hope you are having a blessed and powerful day.

    Fred
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