Workout notes Yesterday: Wildlife Prairie Park Floodplain Trail; untimed. I head a large bullfrog. It got hot toward the end. (so: 4 miles of easy walking). Here is the course; it was much greener yesterday.
Today: 4 mile Peoria Chief’s walk in 43:06; it was hot and sticky though we missed the thunderstorm. 10:35; then my shins just killed me (not enough warm up nor speed work). 12:03; then 10:55 and then 9:30. That last mile, though accurately measured, was a bit of a sham. It was a shuffle/ugly power walk; Barbara said that I looked like I was running. But it was painless; right now it is about conditioning and not causing pain.
After the operation I’ll have a ton of technique work to do. In the mean time I can do leg weights and toe raises by the hundreds.
Barbara did the one mile walk and Tracy did the 4 mile run and won an age group award.
Not much going on right now; if the thunderstorms hold off we’ll do a local race (Barbara: 1 mile, Tracy and me: 4 miles). I’ll walk; we’ll see how fast. I’d like to walk in the 41 minute range but it is warm outside.
Injury: shoulder not 100 percent; this week I’ll return to oh-so-slight swimming and rotator cuff exercises; maybe more.
Basketball: the President is not right about everything.
Now Obama expects the Lakers to beat the Boston Celtics, assuming they meet in the upcoming NBA Finals.
“Boston surprised me,” Obama said in a TNT interview with Marv Albert. “They gelled in the playoffs in a way that they hadn’t all through the season. (Rajon) Rondo’s become one of the best point guards in the league in no time. I mean, when he gets a real jump shot, he’s going to be unstoppable.
“But I’ve got to go with the Lakers again. I think (Pau) Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He’s different from Dwight Howard, but he’s (got) unbelievable footwork, speed, savvy. He’s playing magnificently. Kobe (Bryant) is the fiercest competitor in the league, and they’ve got what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now in Phil Jackson, so they’re going to be formidable, and I think it’ll be a tough series.
“Boston’s a veteran club, but the Lakers are looking pretty good.”
World events: not pleasant photos, but they show some of the environmental damage from the BP oil spill. Here are two; surf there to see the whole set (upper one is from the Coast Guard):
Science, technology, environment and health news and discussion from the makers of the NPR public radio program Science Friday with host Ira Flatow.
Jerry Coyne has more here: he thinks that this will be some sort of mating call (a ‘froggy flirt”) and goes on to talk about scientific papers and how to “sell” your work to the journal.
In case you are wondering how a 50-32 team goes 4-1, 4-2 (against a 61 win team) and 4-2 (against a 59 win team): how about a great coaching job?
With a month left in the regular season, Doc Rivers gathered Paul Pierce(notes), Kevin Garnett(notes) and Ray Allen(notes) in his office to tell them how they would be champions again. They were so far away, so uncertain the possibility remained plausible. The longer the season had gone with worn legs, beat-up bodies and bad losses, the clearer the truth had become for Rivers. They would stop angling for playoff seeding and home court, stop treating the regular season with urgency.
Doc Rivers has guided the Celtics to the NBA Finals in two of the past three seasons.
(NBAE/ Getty Images)
“Listen, we’re going to practice harder, you’re going to play less and there’s going to be a minute restriction,” Rivers told them. Garnett’s and Pierce’s faces grew long, and Rivers punctuated his declaration with the obvious: “And I know you’re not going to like this, but the only way you’re going to win is healthy.”
“I thought it was the right plan, but it didn’t look right because we were losing,” Rivers said. “But guys were resting and conditioning, and I thought that was the only chance we had.”
So, Rivers would watch Garnett seethe on the bench and wonder whether they would ever get through this and into the clear. “Kevin doesn’t have a shut-down button,” Rivers said. They took him out of games, lost leads and Garnett would deliver that icy glare that demanded Rivers return him to the floor. It felt like the season was slipping away in March and April, but it turned out that it was just getting started.
As Garnett and Pierce glared into space, Rivers would hear his assistant Tom Thibodeau and trainer Ed Lacerte bark out the minutes they had played, and Rivers refused to let his thirtysomething stars exhaust their prescribed limits. As a former player with a winning pedigree, Rivers combines the best of X’s-and-O’s acumen with a true understanding of the player’s plight. He’s publicly supportive and privately harsh. He never gets personal with his criticism and never embarrasses them. He treats them with respect, but never reverence.
I remember the Bird-McHale-Parish-Johnson (DJ)-Ainge days where Boston would get the best record only to be exhausted come play-off time. Not this time.
As a tribute to coach Doc Rivers:
(Yes, Rivers played for the Hawks)
12 miles; last 10 in 2:17:41 (1:09/1:08) I had 2 on gravel on the new part of the E. Peoria trail first.
Note: this was very different in Chicago; most people at least attempted a greeting here whereas you were left alone in Chicago. The only two exceptions: a lady in a Texas Longhorn hat and a woman in a tight white spandex skort (who wanted the time).
Also, most people here were out of shape bike riders, (some stopped to smoke!) though a few weren’t. But then, the Chicago crowd was the “do it every day” crowd versus the “once in a while on the weekend” group.
Note: the shady parts of the trail were NICE.
Injury: it hurt just a tiny bit during and some afterward.
We got back in town after spending a few days in Chicago.
Workout notes Three 5-mile walks along the Lakeshore Path. I’ll post a few photos below.
Injury notes The knee (behind the knee) got sore from too much standing around. The shoulder is feeling better with rest.
NBA notes Celtics win 4-2! Tough series; the Magic didn’t fold while down 3-0.
Trip notes (photos to follow)
We took the Lincoln Service Amtrak from Bloomington-Normal to Union Station.
The good: no driving! No Parking! (expensive in Chicago; 30-40 dollars per day!)
The bad: you can be next to a noisy cell phone user. Also, you have to learn to use the transportation or take taxis everywhere that isn’t within walking distance.
Where we stayed: Affinia Inn, on Superior Street (Near Michigan Ave. )
Day One: arrived around lunch time, shopped at the Water Tower Place, took the Architecture tour by boat.
Did some serious damage at the Borders bookstore.
Day Two 5 mile walk on the Lake Shore, (north),
Saw the Field Museum, took in a play: Billy Elliot at the Ford Center for the Performing arts.
The Field Museum: The had the mammoth exhibit; I also spent well over an hour at the “evolution of the earth” display.
Billy Elliot: we saw this by accident. We were confused on which day our tickets were for the play at the Goodman Theater were for. So we walked past the Ford Center and I noticed that Billy Elliot was going to start; someone had extra tickets and sold them to us for 25 dollars apiece. So we lucked out.
This was about a boy from a coal mining town in England during the big coal miner strike in 1984-1985 (Margaret Thatcher versus the Union).
Yes, Elton John did the music.
Day Three 5 mile walk, this time going south to the Field Museum/Shed Aquarium. Then we went to the Shed Aquarium for a while. Then we went to the Goodman Theater for the play The Good Negro.
Shed Aquarium The good: excellent exhibits (I liked the frogs, bigger fish and the underwater views). The bad: waiting to go in, and the Fantasia show was lame; the poor penguins looked scared to death and used the bathroom on the floor. The mixed: this was the “free kids day” so every public school kid from Chicago was there (ok, a mild exaggeration). But if kids bother you, don’t go on this day or wear earplugs.
The play: I enjoyed it, but in the first act, some elderly person’s hearing aide whined loudly.
Day Four 5 mile walk, then went to Hancock, then shopped. I loved the view from the top! (1000 feet up). Then we returned; long line to get on the train but they got us on quickly.
Hancock from the Lakeshore path.
Barbara Looking North from Hancock
Old Water Tower from the Hancock
Looking North from the Hancock; you can see Lakeshore drive and the Lake shore path where I walked.
Big Shoulders Course from the Hancock
The train trip home was fine, though the sorority girl behind us jabbered on and on and on and on and on…on her cell phone.
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