We began our morning with a discussion of when to kayak, when to bike and when to go to the pool. Rough day. We decided to fit the kayak into the morning and the swim into the evening. We were part of a white water rafting/kayaking crew so we got a free ride through the rapids first before they dropped us in our indestructible two man blow-up kayak. For the most part, we floated the final 10 miles without paddling much because we had to keep pace with the rafts and they were moving slowly. Every so often we’d start paddling and I would somehow manage to send our boat spinning the wrong way. We crashed through the final drop, ending up totally soaked but still in our boat. The next three kayakers weren’t so lucky and the final raft had to chase both them and their kayaks further down the river. The low point of the day was realizing my new mineral sunscreen hadn’t worked on either of us. We both have weird burn lines on legs and arms, which I hope I have enough time to get rid of before I wear my wedding dress! Vanity aside, my main goal of all this time spent in the mountains was to thoroughly protect my skin and not get burnt. So much for that!
We ate a late lunch then decided to stay inside until the sun went away. Around 7:30 we trekked across the bridge to the hot springs pool and swam a few laps. 1/2 mile felt easy to me today and exercising in the warm water is easier to deal with when the sun is down. We closed out the pool and would have been closed out of our choice restaurant also if we hadn’t been rescued by two others who’d just been seated for last call. We joined their table and made new friends!
10 miles of easy paddling- I actually do feel sore muscles in my chest from the unfamiliar movement pattern
1/2 mile swim, mixed strokes
mushroom immunity I just realized that the first ingredient in the mushroom complex I take regularly is cordyceps *, which I always take when I spend time at a higher altitude
omega green for cardiovascular support
*Recent research has confirmed that Cordyceps usage increase both the cellular ATP level (Guowei, 2001) and the oxygen utilization (Jia-Shi Zhu, 2004). ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) is the molecule that actually releases energy in the cell. We talk about consuming fats, and proteins and starches to gain energy, but what it all boils down to at the cellular level is ATP. ATP releases energy in the cell by losing a phosphate and converting from a three-phosphate form of adenosine to a two-phosphate form, called ADP (adenosine di-phosphate). When the ATP loses a phosphate, the breaking of that bondreleases energy that is then available for the cell to use. An increase in cellular ATP means a real increase in actual energy, energy that is available for use. -excerpted from Aloha Medicinals