I stayed up late with a guest and didn’t have enough sleep when I woke up this morning.
My goal: 20 miles or 5 hours. I started to walk in Bradley Park (started at 8:45 or so) and found it being prepared for..what appeared to be some off road cycle event. By the time I got there the park was becoming more populated; vehicle traffic picked up. I saw one guy driving with a dog leash out and the dog..walking. I said (loudly) “That is just a FAIL” …but my face…probably a smile. He yelled “I’m not lazy..the dog…” and I didn’t hear the rest.
I walked back (and did a grass section to get behind the woods as it was chilly and..the bathrooms were boarded up for the winter.
I walked back along Parkside and saw the people putting more of the cycling course up on the grass…and there was the house where some Downs Syndrome (I think) girl was swinging and yelling her head off as she frequently does.
I did once see her walking with an adult (parent? caretaker) and the person with her had that resigned look. People can gush about how “special” such kids are, but in reality, it much be a draining chore to be a caretaker. I can only imagine the strength of character that it takes.
Then I walked to the university gym to get in some “higher intensity” hill work; I did 4.1 mph for 4 miles going 0.5-1-2-3-4-5-0-1-2-3-4-5-1-2-3-4-5-5-4, took a 4.0-4.1 mile, then did 5 more varying the incline between 0.5 and 3, 0.5, 0.5-3 then 0.5 4.1-4.2-4.3.
That got me to 15 miles and allowed me to see the Lions rally from 21-0 (where I picked it up) to beat the Falcons 22-21, with the winning field goal (one of 3) being made on the last play of the game. The Falcons self destructed to let the Lions back in it.
So now I am at 15 miles and I decide to walk outside and attempt the final 5: I could barely move. It was either the “dead man’s 20 minute per mile shuffle” or just go home; I chose the latter.
I think that last weeks half marathon run took something out of me.
So my longish walks (by weekend):
27 July: 18
3 August: 17
10 August: skip (travel)
17 August: 18
24 August: 15 (hot)
31 August: 20
7 September: 15 (half marathon walk)
14-16 September: 16
21 September: (taper) 10
28 September: 14 (half marathon: supposed to be goal marathon; got sick)
5 October: 16 (hills)
12 October: 20 (hills)
19 October: 15 (half marathon run; hilly)
26 October: 15 (hills) Race in two weeks.
So I am not optimally trained but I should be able to finish the McNotAgain 30 in under 10 hours or so. Going out easy will be the key.
Workout notes Weights then 10 miles on the indoor bike in 35:45; some stretching.
weights: 5 sets of 10 pullups (sort of weak); Achilles and Hip Hikes
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 8 x 160 (sort of weak) rotator cuff
military: couldn’t get 50’s. Did 3 sets of 6 x 85 standing, 10 x 40 dumbbells standing
pull downs: 3 sets of 7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200, Hammer.
Note: I have a slight tug in my skin of my right ribcage; not sure what that is.
Performance notes: one of my high school classmates ran a 43 minute 10K. Of course, this woman looks like an athlete; very strong. It seems as if I’ve grown to accept substandard performance in myself as “normal”. I need to work on leg strength.
Bears: well, three turn overs in the last 5 minutes of the game managed to turn a 3 point lead into a 7 point loss.
Rams: yes, it is great that they didn’t quit when down 34-7 but when you go down by 27 points, you will all but certainly lose the game. It did finish 34-28 but still…
Bears at Panthers: we have two 2-2 teams; the Bears won both road games (49’ers and Jets) and lost their home games. The Panthers won their first two and got blasted in their next two. Who knows: I don’t know how healthy Cam Newton is either. Call it: Carolina in a narrow win.
Rams at Eagles: Eagles are 3-1 with a recent narrow loss to the 49’ers on the road. Rams: 1-2; narrow loss to the Cowboys at home (blew 21-0 lead); humiliating loss to the Vikings in the opener; narrow win against Tampa on the road. I have to pick the Eagles here.
Illinois vs. Purdue. I have tickets to this one; last year, Illinois got their only Big Ten win at Purdue. The spread is Illinois by 10, which is too much. Illinois has wins over FCS Youngstown State (27-16), Conference USA Western Kentucky 42-34, Sunbelt Texas State 42-35; each time Illinois had to rally in the 4’th quarter to win. The losses were huge: Washington 44-19, Nebraska 45-14.
Purdue: respectable losses to Iowa (24-10) and Notre Dame (30-14); embarrassing loss to Central Michigan (MAC) 38-17 at home; victories over Western Michigan 43-34, FCS Southern Illinois 35-13. This is Purdue’s second road game and their first visit to another team’s home.
Illinois should pull this one out…narrowly…not by 10. Call it 24-20 or something like that.
This is the 11 am game so I won’t see any of these 3:30 games:
Texas troubles are well documented: blowout loss to BYU at home; tough loss to UCLA, easy win over North Texas (Sunbelt) and Kansas.
Baylor: highly ranked but untested; rolled to a win over a FCS program; big wins against a downtrodden SMU squad and Buffalo (MAC team); win over Iowa State.
Baylor is a 17 point favorite, BUT Texas has played far harder teams and is playing at home. I have to pick Baylor to win, but maybe not by an outrageous score.
Navy vs. Air Force
Air Force is 3-1 with a loss to Wyoming (not a strong Wyoming team); Navy is 2-3 with victories over Temple and Texas State and losses to Ohio State (34-17), Rutgers (31-24) and Western Kentucky (puzzling; 36-27).
Still, Navy is favored by 5 and has played tougher competition; I look for the Mids to win this one.
Notre Dame vs. Stanford
Stanford has a easy wins over a FCS school and over Army, as well as a tough win against Washington. Their loss was to USC.
Notre Dame: large margin wins against Rice, Purdue, Michigan and Syracuse. Washington and USC are better than anyone that ND has played, though ND’s weakest opponents are stronger than Stanford’s weakest opponents. Stanford is favored by 2, which appears to be right on.
I’ll call it: a narrow win for Stanford, though ND pulling it out wouldn’t be much of an upset.
Navy’s loss to Western Kentucky surprised me a little. Navy doesn’t appear to be quite as sharp as last year, though Ohio State is a good team and Rutgers is respectable. But WKU: lost to Illinois and…
Illinois: the 45-14 loss to Nebraska was all-too-expected. Expectations are so low that the Champaign Newspaper gave the Illini team a C- for being…competitive in the first quarter? The reality is that Illinois would be a strong Sun Belt or Conference USA team; we don’t have the over all team talent to compete with Big Ten teams ….save perhaps…perhaps Purdue.
But Purdue has at least played well against Iowa and Notre Dame; I am not so sure that Illinois would have stayed that close.
On-field results, however, weren’t the only factor that cost Weis his job. Kansas announced an attendance of just 36,904 for Texas, even after Weis pleaded with fans leading up to the game to fill Memorial Stadium.
Ugh…I know of a team that I follow that is having that sort of attendance at home games.
Notre Dame: quietly having a good season. But how will Notre Dame do against a strong Stanford squad next week?
Other notes: though my pick of Duke over Miami was a miss, my pick of Minnesota over a reeling Michigan team was right on.
I was also surprised at how easily Northwestern handled Penn State. I saw that one; they physically whipped them.
The Rams were off. The Bears reverted to form (38-17 loss at home to the Packers) and Tampa Bay rebounded from a 56-14 defeat last week to beat the Steelers 27-24; the defense got the ball back in the final minute and the offense scored with 7 seconds to go.
Of the teams that I follow (more or less):
1. Notre Dame (easy) 3-0 Predicted record: 10-2 (loss to Florida State and one other stumble somewhere)
2. Navy (two tough losses to Big Ten teams though) 2-2, Predicted record: 8-4 (loss to ND, one upset along the way)
3. Texas (38-7 over UNT, played UCLA tough) 1-2 Predicted record: 5-7: losses to Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and one more.
4. Illinois 3-1 (probably the nation’s worst “power 5 conference” 3-1 team) Predicted record: 5-7. Purdue (home), and possibly either Minnesota (home) or Northwestern (away) are the possible wins down the stretch.
Now if we are talking about the nation, as a whole: right now, I’d go with
3. Florida State (played tough opposition)
5. Texas A&M
But there is a lot of football to be played..
How tough is NFL competition? Three weeks into the season, and there are THREE undefeated teams. THREE. Winning an NFL game is hard, no matter who you are playing.
Yes, there is more to talk about, but right now, I’ve got football on my mind.
Actually, I won’t actually watch any high profile games this weekend as I am traveling to my daughter’s “family weekend” at Baldwin-Wallace University. I’ll see a live football game; they are playing Bluffton. This is division III action (non-scholarship). But there will be some other games that I am interested in that I won’t be watching:
Navy plays at Texas State (San Marcos, TX). Obviously, I am a Navy fan having graduated from there in 1981, but in the 1990’s, I lived near San Marcos, TX and saw some of the then Southwest Texas State games. In fact, Dennis Franchione, the current Texas State coach, coached there prior to leaving to coach at New Mexico.
This season, Navy hung with Ohio State prior to going down 34-17, and beat Temple 31-24. Texas State easily beat FCS foe Arkansas Pine-Bluff 65-0 and so has not been tested.
Of extra interest: Texas State travels to Illinois the next week! So, this game interests me on many levels.
Illinois is at Washington. If one just looks at this season’s results: Washington beat Hawaii 17-16 and beat FCS foe Eastern Washington 59-52; last season EWU was in the semi-finals of the FCS playoffs and got knocked out by Towson State. So, this season, Washington’s performance and Illinois’ performance have been comparable. Last year, a stronger Washington team beat Illinois 34-24 in Chicago.
But: over the past few years, Illinois has been a horrible road team; I just don’t trust them.
Purdue plays Notre Dame in Indianapolis. ND is 2-0 and beat Michigan 31-0 and Rice 48-17; last week Purdue got blown out at home by Central Michigan. Should be a blood bath.
UCLA plays at Texas
UCLA beat Virginia 28-20 and Memphis 42-35. Texas: beat a decent Sun Belt North Texas team 38-7 and got slaughtered 41-7 by a strong BYU team (outscored 35-7 after halftime). It would be tempting to say “easy UCLA win” but UCLA has not been that dominant this season. UCLA deserves to be favored but, well, let’s just say that BYU exposed UT’s weaknesses and UT is young on the offensive line and at quarterback.
Rams at Buccaneers: The Rams got drilled 34-6 at home by the Vikings; the Buccaneers lost 20-14 to the Panthers. The Rams are missing an all pro defensive lineman and are scrambling to find a solution at quarterback; they did beat the Buccaneers last season. But this is a different year, and the Rams are reeling.
Let’s put it this way: the Rams-Cowboys game originally had the cheapest tickets selling for 67 dollars. Now the cheap tickets are being offered for 27 dollars.
Bears at 49’ers: are you kidding me? No contest.
NFL: disaster. Bears lose to the Bills in overtime 20-17 and the Rams got blistered at home by the Vikings 34-6. So much for this being a promising season. :-)
Right now: it is 28-3 49’ers over the Cowboys late in the 3’rd; not sure why Fox considered this a national marquee game. The 49’ers are among the NFL’s best; the Cowboys are, at best, mediocre and have been that way for years and years. Ok, make that 28-9, pending the extra point.
Now the colleges:
I rambled on about Illinois yesterday. I was able to follow the scores in Navy’s 31-24 win at Temple.
Then I had time to watch either Notre Dame vs. Michigan or Texas vs. BYU; I chose the latter as Texas games aren’t as easily seen here; FS-1 carried it.
At the half it was only 6-0 BYU; the defenses dominated.
But then came the second half and that was a massacre. BYU just beat up UT at the line of scrimmage (UT had some inexperienced linemen) and it ended up being a 41-7 beat down. Here, the athletic BYU quarterback hurdles a hapless defender.
It was as bad as the score would indicate.
Why I stayed with this game: remember, it was only 6-0 at the half; ND was up 21-0 on Michigan at the half (ended 31-0)
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