Workout: walking on the track; 80 laps around BU’s track (10 miles) (plus an extra):
2:06:27 plus extra lap (2:08:21). 13:19, 12:59, 12:53, 12:42, 12:47, 12:45, 12:37, 12:16, 12:04, 12:01
Yeah, it was sunny outside but there was a bit too much ice on the roads. I might be able to go outside next week, at least some of the time. I’ll still have to do some track/treadmill stuff to save the old joints.
I have the Wichita State vs. Indiana State game on and ISU is hanging tough. I suppose I might be pulling (slightly) for ISU because, if they win, the Missouri Valley would get 2 teams in the NCAA.
I knew that Wichita State was 29-0 and ranked 2′nd. Bradley was excited: they had perhaps the best crowd of the season (though not a sell out) and the students were into it. The atmosphere was electric at first.
But WSU is used to getting the best from the teams that they visited and they were just methodical. There wasn’t much “run and gun”; not much “showtime”; just very solid offensive movement, looking for the open man and for the open lane. And of course, their defense is spectacular. They blocked 6 shots (average 7 per game) and altered many more; Bradley only shot 27 percent.
It was 35-25 at the half and ended up 69-49; BU did cut it to 62-49 with just under 4 minutes left in the game, but WSU did what they needed to do to close it out (made a couple of substitutions).
The game was on ESPN2. Bradley Basketball had made ESPN just the day before, but for another reason:
But it won’t end soon.
Sooner or later I’ll see:
Although, realistically, I’d have zero chance of staying with her at a race. I have to aim for older, slower women with
bigger curvier asses:
I was feeling just a tiny but run down, so I took it easy today:
easy 22 minute 2-mile warm up. I was then just fed up with the treadmill; I couldn’t stomach another minute of it.
So to the indoor track: 3 miles in 27:54 (last mile in 8:52; I was starting to fade.
Then 3 mile walk on the treadmill; 16 minute mile then 26:50 for 2 more walking miles (1.0 elevation; increasing to a 12:30 pace at the end)
I left: 8 miles under my belt and feeling refreshed rather than run down. I think that I needed this.
Still, I am sick, sick, sick of snow and winter.
Tonight: Bradley plays no. 2 Wichita State; WSU is only favored by 12. It will be on ESPN 2 but starts at 8 pm. I’ll sleep in a bit tomorrow and move my weight workout to 10 am. (after my 9-10 class).
My guess: close game for a half; BU gets blown away in the second half.
This 3-mile race (4.8 km) : run on a flat, up a big hill and down it again. This was a vintage 1990′s race; I did it in 1997 (snow), 1998 (dry), 1999 (flat) and then it went dead for a while…and was recently revived.
But alas, my knees don’t handle slippery surfaces well anymore so this event isn’t for me; those who did it raved about it.
Instead I went indoors.
The Bradley U. indoor triathlon was going on so part of the gym was closed (track, some of the treadmill areas) but there were treadmills available the entire time I was there.
My workout: running: 2 miles in just over 22 minutes. Then I did 4 more in 35:24 (2 in 8:57 (6.7 mph), 1 in 8:49 (6.8 mph), 1 in 8:41 (6.9 mph)); I kept it at a 0.5 grade to compensate for the lack of wind resistance. So it was 6 miles in 57:30 and I did enough cool down to get to 10K in 59:50.
Then I changed treadmills: 2 mile walk in 29:50 (16:40 for the first mile; I started to walk slowly and picked it up).
I saw there were only a couple of open treadmills left, so I went onto the machines…then ALL of the treadmills emptied!
I did 15 minutes on the AMT and 15 minutes on the elliptical trainer (I did not use the arms)
After Indian buffet, I saw a bizarre basketball game (women) between Bradley and Loyola. Bradley committed 23 turn overs and shot 29.2 percent from the field and was held to 54 points. But they won 54-49; they made 13 of 23 free shots as opposed to 7 of 14 from Loyola. Loyola took and missed a lot of 3-point shots and turned it over 26 times.
I’ve never seen a game quite like this one; but down the stretch Bradley seemed a bit more focused and confident than they were earlier in the game. That was Bradley’s 3′rd conference win of the season; coming in Loyola was 6-7 in conference play.
Loyola missed their first 9 shots of the game, yet pulled to 4-2 when they made their 10′th.
We had another inch of the white BS last night…pissed me off.
So I shoveled prior to getting on the treadmill; I was a bit discouraged but told myself to go “at least 1 hour”.
No problem; though my mind wandered I managed a 10 mile walk in 2:08 which, while 10-15 minutes slower than 10 years ago, was just fine for today.
Later, I caught the Bradley basketball game against Evansville and BU won 83-66; I didn’t expect the spread to be that big.
Unfortunately, BU is now 11-14 with 6 games to go and need to do no worse than 5-1 to break .500. Home games: Loyola (Illinois), Indiana State (tough job), Wichita State (would be a HUGE upset). Road games are all winnable: Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Drake. Realistically I see: 3-3 (2 home wins, 1 road win) to finish 14-17 going into MVC tournament play. That would give us 9-9 in conference. No post season for us this year.
Olympics: I was fooled by this; at first I thought this was some sort of skiing suit. It isn’t…
This post will be a “stream of consciousness” post with no set theme; I am reviewing a LOT of job applications and need a release.
Workout notes 6 mile run on the treadmill in 1:01:11; varied the incline (0 to 1 mostly, every 2 minutes) and speed; last 20 minutes I varied between 10:20 and 8:54 mpm every 2 minutes. Then I walked a slow 2 miles on the track; legs were tired so I quit.
Stamina is still low, but blood donation was last Friday.
My back is stiff from sitting too long; so I need to do some back stretches.
Our local university basketball team is playing the number 4 (or 5) team tonight; it might get ugly.
Though this team made the Sweet 16 back in 2006, success after that has been limited and attendance has fallen: (only regular season games at the larger off campus arena were counted):
2007-2008 — 10,114 (+3.1%)
2008-2009 — 10,019 (-0.9%)
2009-2010 — 9,338 (-6.8%)
2010-2011 — 8,450 (-9.5%)
2011-2012 — 7,860 (-7.0%)
2012-2013 — 7,411 (-5.7%)
The 7 games in Carver arena this year: paid attendance (NOT “through the turnstile attendance) averages 6205, but that includes only 2 conference games and includes “winter break” games. Three times, the paid attendance was less than 6000 fans and the largest crowd was the “double header” against Chicago State (6797; this included a women’s game). Also, the weather has been dreadful as of late.
The Longhorns hired Charlie Strong (from Louisville) to replace Mack Brown. Strong has had quite a bit of success with Louisville and is known as an “in your face” coach. I am excited. However his reception has been cool among some big donors and, well, there is this:
Yes, this shirt has been pulled. Personally, I HOPE this is someone saying “cool, things at UT have changed so much we can have a black coach” but…well…I don’t know. This is, at best, clumsy and at worst, racist. I don’t know the intent.
Losers It appears to me that the Republicans, at least the top ones, at their heart, have a contempt for those who haven’t been economically successful. In fact, some conservatives have said that the Republicans should just up and admit it:
In short, the GOP’s attempt to be the party of the common man has backfired. With good reason. Not only have the policies not worked, but the pandering ignores that the “Party of the Rich” label is an aspirational one. It’s a good brand. People like exclusivity earned in a meritocracy, and if the Republicans embrace self-made achievement through policies explicitly geared toward the rich, they’ll be far more appealing. When it comes to giving things away, the Republicans will never be able to match up with the Party across the aisle which is expert at wealth redistribution.
Importantly, there are votes to be won if the Republicans simply be themselves. Per Friedkin it’s apparent that voters sense fraud rather easily, plus it’s probably too easily forgotten that the late George McGovern was shocked during the 1972 presidential campaign when blue collar voters gave a big thumbs down to his proposals in favor of steep inheritance taxes. Republicans need to remember that the American culture is an achievement culture. Americans, as the McGovern story clarifies, at least think they’ll eventually grow rich. When Republicans try to act poor in their search for the vote of the regular guy, it’s arguable that they lose a lot of ‘regular guy’ votes. Whatever their station in life, Americans want to be rich. Because they do, Republicans should embrace their label as the party of the rich in order to attract the achievers, along with those who aspire to achievement.
Even by measures of relative mobility, Middle America remains fluid. About 36 percent of Americans raised in the middle fifth move up as adults, while 23 percent stay on the same rung and 41 percent move down, according to Pew research. The “stickiness” appears at the top and bottom, as affluent families transmit their advantages and poor families stay trapped.
But that is *always* everyone else.
These top two made me chuckle:
Now as far as this next one:
Unfortunately, much of the woo-woo anti GMO stuff you see on the internet is of the above caliber. And unfortunately, my State Senator came out in favor of a stupid GMO labeling law:
In November, Washington became the latest state to reject a ballot proposal that would have required labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients.
At the same time, Maine and Connecticut have passed laws requiring labels on genetically engineered foods. However, their laws won’t go into effect until other states in the Northeast also adopt GMO labeling laws.
Against that backdrop, an Illinois lawmaker said he will pursue legislation this year requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients.
“I’m dealing with this strictly as a consumer right-to-know bill,” said Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria. “I’m not saying yea or nay to the health risks. I’m saying consumers have a right to know and they can make up their own mind.”
Koehler’s Senate Bill 1666 would require that foods containing genetically modified ingredients (usually referred to as GMOs, for genetically modified organisms) carry a label that says as much. The specific ingredients don’t have to be identified, only that GMOs are present.
That is dumb; here is why: would he support a law that mandated labels that contained the phase of the moon at the time of harvest? Of course not: the reason is that this factor has no effect on the product. So, a “good” GMO law would be one that would require a label when there was a SCIENCE REASON for doing so; for example if a particular genetic modification changed how a food is digested by someone with a particular allergy or disorder (e. g. Celiac disease) then yes. Of course, I know of no such modification or even if it is possible.
Liberals drive me crazy sometimes; we can be every bit as stupid as Bible thumping Republicans.
Lululemon stock plunges
Lululemon has had a rough year. Perhaps it is the “transparent pants”:
(ok, NOT Lululemon but hey…)
Some want to claim this is the result of “fat shaming” (yeah right, people who do yoga in 100 dollar yoga pants so want to be associated with the obese)
Perhaps they were overvalued to begin with; they are boxed in the “yoga pants for the beautiful people” market, where they may well continue to thrive.
Back to the job application reading; at least, as mathematicians, we don’t have THIS to worry about. No one wants to sleep with us.
But I did have a math article appear this month and….
Hey, at my age, it is the older MILF and middle GILF crowd. Oh, all right, I got this from here and did a little modification.
Last night we watched Bradley lose to Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne. Previously, they had lost to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on the road and lost to Indiana-Purdue, Indianapolis at home. The Sagarin ratings of the teams that Bradley lost to: IPFW: 168, Milwaukee: 136, IUPUI: 259 and Bradley’s is 187. As expected the games were close.
The local media is carrying stories about “what is wrong”, but is there something wrong? I am hearing things like “Bradley’s talent level is better than this” but I’ve seen little evidence of it. Example: in the preseason, our team barely beat a “decent but not great” division II team (Upper Iowa) and that was with our best player playing the whole game and scoring 30+ points. A better fit for the data: that is the level of this team, period. Our players are trying, but the days of our fielding teams that are more talented than most of the opposing teams are in our rear view mirror.
The games are not well attended; the paid attendance was 5977, but I seriously doubt there were even that many there (in an arena that holds close to 11,000).
One problem as far as the games go: the college referees were instructed to call the game tighter (more fouls in an effort to get teams to play “defense by moving”). Hence there are a LOT of fouls; at times it was a foul every possession. That makes for a very long, dull game. And, well, let’s just say that Bradley’s fan base is old; you see a LOT of white hair at Bradley games.
Of course, anyone can make these observations; solutions are much harder and I don’t have any.
As for me: I’ll continue to watch (and am hoping that the play adjusts to the new officiating standards; there are a LOT of fouls). I can say this: our players are genuine student athletes and I feel good cheering for them. But the days of Bradley as a national basketball power (on a consistent basis) were over a long time ago; we’ve been to the NCAA twice in the 23 years I’ve been here (Sweet 16 once)
I decided to rest my heel by swimming: 500 yards (11:00!), 500 of strokes (200 side, 100 back, 2 x 100 IM), 10 x 50 on the 1:05, 200 drill, 100 in 2:05. 1800 yards, easy. Well, that was my first swim in several months and it didn’t go that poorly. I’ll probably do more of this while my heel bruise “heals” up.
I did get in the treadmill and after a step or two said “nah…give it a rest”. It wasn’t that painful but right now is not the time to risk it.
Weather: still snowing. Yuck.
Entitlement My favorite basketball team finished with a 16-16 record. But, because the NCAA takes 68 teams, the NIT takes 32 teams, the CBI takes 16 teams and the CIT takes 32 teams. So that is 148 teams in “post season play” out of 347 Division I teams. My team is ranked 170 but got in the CIT anyway (thanks to people who show up to games) and won their first two games; both at home.
I enjoyed the games, but was a bit “outraged” (at first) when I found out that the 3′rd game was on the road. I wondered “why didn’t we get a third home game?” when I should have been happy that we had ONE, much less TWO home games. Sure, the upcoming opponent swept us in the regular season and beat us by 30 the last time we traveled to their place. But hey…*I* enjoyed the home games!
After yesterday’s 5K, a youngish (30 year old) woman told me: “this time you got ahead of me and stayed ahead of me; I tried to catch you but couldn’t” . We chatted cordially but I couldn’t place her.
Then I looked up the results: I did remember her but didn’t remember her face. I did pass her at mile 1 of a race two weeks ago and then she got me at the very end; but I only remember her from behind! Why? Well, let’s just say that most women who run ahead of me are skinny; she is one of the few ones with a normal size butt (yes, it is curvy). So, she stands out. But I didn’t even recognize her from the front!!!
Today: I attempted the Cactus Classic marathon; at least that is what I signed up for. Yesterday, it was confirmed that the trails were mostly (not completely) snowed under:
“I’m f**ked” I thought….then I thought that it might not be that bad to run on snow that the faster folks had packed down. After all “Weather.com” had predicted dry weather (ROTFLMAO). I should have remembered that weather.com is about as useful as a horoscope.
This morning I woke up to my weather radio alarm: “rain all morning long; possibly ending in the afternoon”. It was in the high 30′s-low 40′s F (3-4 C) and yes, it rained…except when it sleeted. I knew that there would be no way in Hades that I’d finish a marathon under these conditions.
I thought about just rolling over and going back to sleep; instead I made myself show up.
The Cactus Classic bills itself as a tough race on mostly sandy trails. It isn’t really hilly; there are a few rollers.
I’d say that it is tougher than beach sand as there is not much of a “hard pack” to it; it is loose, deep sand that just sucks the life out of you. There WAS some of that…but today’s challenge was mostly long stretches of very wet, very loose, slushy snow.
I’ll have nightmares about this scene.
Anyway, this is what I said yesterday:
I am worried about the piriformis or being too slow to continue the second loop. Then again, a 15 mpm pace might be enough to allow me to continue. We’ll just have to see.
The good news:
1. The faster runners might pack it down for the rest of us. And I’ve had good luck with packed snow with these shoes.
2. If I get in even one loop, that will be a decent training run.
Hopefully one of my favorite milf/gilf’s will wear her tightest, shiniest spandex without that dreaded “long shirt” that covers what I want to look at.
I was out there for 3:45 (not a misprint). That included the course, plus an extra .7-.8 miles or so.
My piriformis didn’t bother me at all. Not a peep; it, and my knee, were non-issues. That IS good news. And no, I took no pain killers or medicine of any kind.
This snow: not capable of being “packed”; this was like trying to run in a “slushie”.
Spandex: yep, there were pretty ladies in spandex but, well, read on. I wish I had stayed a bit closer to a couple of them (it would have saved me 15-20 minutes, at least.)
I was supposed to follow the green/blue dot (part shared with the 10K course) plus the solid blue. I did, but I also added the arrow (and back) toward the end of the loop. %$#$!!!! Yes, that turn was well marked…I’ll tell you why I missed it.
My trail shoes with screws plus gaiters did the job ok; I was maintaining what I thought was an easy lope plus planned walking. I still had dreams (ha ha ha ha) of doing the two loop marathon so I was holding back. As I had to work harder and harder, I eased up on the effort and subsequently many of those who were around me early got away. I didn’t care at that stage; I still..in my mind…was “saving it”. Near mile 2 (27:30) we had some runnable trail; that kept me from just following the 10K course and calling it a day early. I was to later realize that this runnable trail was to be the exception; most of the course was like the photo.
I more or less settled into what positon I was to be in (for a while) at around mile 5. That came at 1:11, which was 4 minutes off of goal pace. I knew that I wasn’t going to be doing two loops then, but I didn’t care to push it at all.
A lady in black tights and five finger shoes had passed me earlier; then I saw her walking around with her head down, on the side of the trail. I asked if she was ok; it turns out she had made a pit stop but then had dropped her car keys. Fortunately she found them about 30 seconds after talking to me; she remarked that we were near mile 6 as she disappeared into the distance. I caught a glimpse of her later but only a glimpse.
As I trudged toward mile 9 a woman in a bright jacket and black tights yelled at me; she was wearing headphones and had the tunes turned up a bit. I was a bit startled but she looked energetic. We were to pass each other back and forth for the next 4 miles or so; another lady in a blue jacket, water back pack and black tights (obvious vpls) caught us and I traded with her too. She was much quieter.
And so it went over the next few miles; Mile 9 came at about 2:10 and 11.4 came at about 2:50. It was sloppy and my mood was falling. The last I saw of the last two ladies was at the 11.4 station; they were getting ahead of me and so I wanted to catch them. I wish I had made more of an effort:
the constant snow/slush was really breaking me mentally but as I went further, a turn came and there was a long clear shot with little snow. I figured that I’d make up time (while dodging the puddles), but I couldn’t find my ladies! Hey, they had gotten a bit ahead of me but this trail was straight and I could see in the distance….did I slow that much???
Then after slopping around for seemingly 10-15 minutes (perhaps it was less time than that?) I came to an intersection; there were 3 trails and NO markings telling us which one.
I knew that the RD’s were competent; this meant…..there was a reason I didn’t see those ladies.
Then I noticed: no foot prints other than mine….and so I slowly walked back to backtrack. Sure enough…EVENTUALLY I saw the trail markers. But…which way to turn? I didn’t want to backtrack!
Fortunately Beth was moving along; she stopped when she saw me and I yelled “you are going the right way; I got off of the trail”. And so, it was close to 3:25 and we kept each other company for most of the way; she’d jog and get ahead, and I’d do the same. Finally, finally, I got slightly ahead of her, took a turn….AND SAW THE FINISH LINE. I stopped and yelled at her; a couple of seconds she got to me and we jogged to the finish line side by side.
Afterward, I got to chat with some of the other runners; only the marathoners were still out there.
One thing I learned: I think that one of the reasons I suck at trails is because I don’t train on them much. For me, trail running is a type of cross training; I just don’t get the turn over on the trails that I need to run well on the roads.
Also, weather is a wild card. I had a streak of good luck with weather on the trails (2002 to 2005) but I now have a “miserable weather” streak of 3 trail events in a row. I’ll probably still do these, but NOT as “goal events”, and I’ll probably stick to the 10K to half marathon range (mostly).
After I finished, I went home, showered, immediately put my dirty clothes in the wash and caught the second half of a women’s basketball game. Bradley trailed 33-18 at the half, rallied to cut the lead to 1 a couple of times, but fell short 58-53. Like me: they put themselves in too deep of a hole early.
For the second consecutive game, the Bradley men’s basketball team won 69-66. The first time, they beat Southern Illinois University and used hot 3 pont shooting to pull it off. They had a 3 point lead with 14 seconds left and held it.
This game, they beat Missouri State. BU had a 35-20 half time lead, based on 6/11 3 point shooting and strong defense. But in the second half, at least for the first 19:55 of the 20 minute second half, BU got outscored 46-31; Missouri State sliced up Bradley’s interior defense and also hit a few threes. They tied the game at 66 with 4 seconds to go; BU inbounded the ball and got off a desperation 3 point shot…which…banked in (off of the glass). The shot was clearly released before the game ended so it counted.
Lucky? Yes. But this year, Bradley was in a position to benefit from luck; last year they weren’t close enough. All of the lucky shots in the world wouldn’t have let them win. This year, Bradley is good enough to be close enough to an opponent to benefit from a friendly bounce.
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