Today was as pastoral and quietly peaceful as yesterday was industrial and insanely noisy. Thirty two kilometres along lovely flat country roads bordering vineyards and fields of tomatoes, corn and poppies culminated with a couple of kilometres straight uphill into Santarém. The physicality of walking a Camino is all about endurance, stamina and sheer doggedness with very little cardio except for those last few uphill kilometres. Core work is somewhat lacking. Thinking about this today, Dayton and I were worrying about how five weeks of not 'working out' would mean we would probably be in sad shape when we get back home.
Maybe it was a touch of sun stroke or heat exhaustion but we starting thinking up our own High Intensity Camino Cirucit Training workout.
Start with a 32 kilometre walk carrying 30 pounds (scaled to 10-15 for females)
High curb rhythmic step ups
Backpack laden pilgrim planks
Hiking Pole overhead lunges
Backpack overhead squats
Four kilometre hill climb
Follow up with vinho branca (white wine) biceps curls
End with svasana
Today's blazing hot sun called for extra sunscreen protection so my umbrella became my parasol. It may look a little silly but it works.