I've been thinking a lot about planning my training and racing season next year and one aspect I want to focus on is building functional strength specifically for the sports I do. Basic movements that prepare the body to be strong in sport, as well as help with injury prevention. Which brings me to today...fruit harvesting day at the farm. We started out by checking up on the watermelons, which aren't quite ready yet:
And going to the cantelope field where some of them are ready. Picking them and putting them in my bucket to carry in from the field. Buckets have become my farming best friend!
Below is a cantelope field that's just been planted. There is no machinery at the farm so everything is done by hand. The ground is very rocky so the farmers move the rocks to the side when they plant seeds and the rocks and weeds stay there.
Papaya trees are awesome because they just keep bearing fruit as they grow. They also have beautiful yellow flowers. The papayas and bananas grow in the same field. We harvested some papayas but the bananas are not ready yet.
After harvesting fruit all day, I couldn't help but realize how foundation exercise movements really prepare the body for activities people have to do. Gathering food is a full body exercise and is a great illustration of how functional movements are important to execute tasks. Today, I had to:
-be agile and well balanced to get through the fields without faltering on rocks, stepping on crops or crushing drip water lines
-jump up to pick plums from trees, which also meant having good hand-eye coordination
-climb trees to get higher plums (they wouldn't let me do this! Liability reasons or something...)
-carry buckets of heavy fruit in from the field
This is just one of the many reasons I love farming...it involves physically moving your body to do the tasks required!
Next up, I'll be heading to Provo, the main island in Turks and Caicos for a day at the hydroponic farm.