Workout notes I slept in and intended to drive out to East Peoria. But I found myself automatically driving to McNaughton Park! I turned away when I found that they were having some sort of an event there and didn’t get to the East Peoria bikepath until 8:30.
My first out and back wasn’t that bad (11 miles 1:21, 1:22) But my second one was done in the “just get it over with” mode: 10 miles 1:17, 1:19 (5:20 for 21)
I keep being reminded of why I like to start earlier; this time it got to 85 (low humidity though) but I needed some heat conditioning. There aren’t many people out there and they are mostly friendly; too friendly. At about mile 12-13 I start getting grumpy and am in no mood to smile and say “hi” to those I don’t know; internally I say “Hey, I am suffering, so shut up and leave me alone” inside my head, though I usually manage a grin, small wave and a grunt. But it is an internal thing; I soften up when I see someone who is training (e. g., putting forth some effort)
Anyway, this workout wasn’t exactly redemption for last week, and yesterday’s 13 miles took something out of me. But it was a nice “stiff” workmanlike effort in moderate heat.
And, it was my first 60 mile week in a while; I have to really work up to it slowly.
Football Last night saw some interesting action. Ohio State took out Minnesota 30-7; Minnesota’s uniforms reminded one announcer of “mustard jars”.
USC held off an tough Washington squad 27-24; this makes Ohio State’s big win there (33-14) look much, much better. But what a 4 weeks Washington has had: Boise State (win), Ohio State, UCLA and now USC. I wonder if anyone else has had such a hard month.
Washington wore retro uniforms and looked a bit like Notre Dame.
My guess is that if they don’t all get injured, the Huskies will make it to a nice bowl game.
Of course, Auburn “upset” Florida (one good team beating another); K-State’s loss at Auburn doesn’t look that bad now.
In two other excellent games: Wisconsin edged Michigan State by a field goal, and Cal held off Oregon when the Ducks fumbled while going into the endzone with the touchdown that would have sent the game into overtime.
College photos hotlinked to the Yahoo Photo Gallery.
In the NFL: the Bears got beat by Detroit (I picked the Lions) and the Cowboys routed the hapless Rams.
More action from this Saturday: (photos from Yahoo College Football Gallery)
Colorado takes down Oklahoma 27-24
Texas gets hammered by Kansas State 41-21
Texas was done in by poor special teams play and turnovers. K-State returned a punt for a touchdown, a kickoff for a touchdown, ran back an interception for a touchdown and intercepted 4 Texas passes.
Rutgers goes down to Maryland 34-24
Yes, Illinois beat Penn State 27-20
And South Florida beat West Virginia 21-13
But these latter two results weren’t really upsets; just one good team beating another good team.
Workout notes 10 mile walk (steady); I went via Broadway, McClure, part of Boredom along Forrest Hill to Springdale Cemetery (where I heard a loud great bared owl), back past Wordruff High School to the trail (7 miles at the Riverplex) and then the gooseloop course. After 30 minutes of yoga (no class), 3 more miles back home, past a farmer’s market and an art show.
Photos hotlinked from the Yahoo NCAA Football gallery
I saw some of the first half of the South Florida-West Virginia game.
South Florida won, and I had picked them with the 7 points.
Currently Purdue is beating Notre Dame 20-0 and Notre Dame just fumbled the ball away; this one could get very ugly. I had thought that the Irish might have a chance to pull the upset, given that Purdue has Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa coming up and might be looking past Notre Dame, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. PUrdue cashed in with a field goal to go up 23-0, and there is still time left in the half!
We are on the last drive of the half and Notre Dame is showing signs of life; they have the ball inside the 20. Their quarterback is looking better, though he is taking his lumps.
Ooops, Purdue blocked Notre Dame’s field goal attempt and still have 55 seconds left in the half. Nevertheless, the defense held and made a big interception.
One team that is overlooking its opposition is LSU, who trails Tulane 9-7. LSU will eventually win (even with retro uniforms, white pants and white helmets)
(this photo from the LSU website)
And, the Illinois-Penn State game is a slugfest, with Illinois currently up 21-17.
Update: ND scores a touchdown! Of course, they missed the extra point; but a long drive sure helps things.
Unfortunately, ND cannot run the ball on 4’th and short, but holds Purdue to another field goal. Penalties help the Boilermaker drive.
Michigan is struggling too, currently down against Northwestern:
Update: 26-6 Purdue; Navy takes a 14-10 lead over Air Force!
Update Notre Dame is looking better but missed ANOTHER extra point (this time, a bad snap/holder connection). Still 26-12 is a two score game; Sharpley ( the backup quaterback) looks sharp (no pun intended).
Update ND finally made a couple of 4’th down conversions and is driving with 11 minutes left. ND has actually showed some fight. If ND finishes this drive (on the Purdue 30) this might be an interesting finish.
OMG!!!!!!! Long TD pass while going down, ND has closed it to a one score game!!! What about that extra point? A penalty on ND, now one on Purdue, now it is good and it is now 26-19.
Update Purdue woke up; they started with a good kickoff return and then drove it 59 yards to make is 33-19.
But ND is responding and has gotten it to the Purdue 35; make that the 20 due to a personal foul on Purdue. Oh well, interception in the end zone; ND got lucky on too many risks and got caught throwing into double coverage.
Update: the final remains 33-19; Navy wins over Air Force 31-20 (14 unanswered 4’th quarter points), Michigan holds on 28-16 over Northwestern, and Illinois holds on to beat Penn State 27-20.
The following photo has nothing to do with any of the games I was following, but is good nevertheless:
Of course, I should have been following this game; I just saw the game winning field goal for Colorado, who won 27-24.
My yoga attitude picked up a bit when, surprise, surprise, I practiced some at home! 😉
But as far as why I don’t enjoy teaching, well check this out from one of the yoga boards (name omitted to protect the guilty):
I am getting older and so I’ve been taking beginner classes in order to do milder asanas. I just wanted to share my experience. I’ve been regularly taking beginner classes (even though I’m not really a beginner) and the teacher is very young and athletic. There is nothing wrong with that I guess, but her class is too challenging for most beginners. She has us do very intense asanas like plank and downward dog and my arms feel like they are about to give out. I have to spend so much wasted time in child’s pose just so that I don’t sweat buckets and/or injure myself. I would prefer an older instructor who knows that beginners shouldn’t be doing plank for so long, but we don’t get much of a choice in instructors around here unfortunately.
So this morning during class I walked in and I told her that I hoped her class would be better so that I wouldn’t have to be in child’s pose for half the class. She pretty much just ignored me and then proceded to teach another intermediate level class. She had us do triangle and some other pose with a mudra and I don’t even know what she was doing with her fingers, but everyone in the class was confused. She tells us that we can take less intense versions of poses or rest in child’s pose, but I shouldn’t have to do that. The class should be for beginners and we shouldn’t have to modify everything. One woman in the class just had foot surgery and the instructor has us all come into a lunge…What could she possibly be thinking? I’m considering sending an e-mail to her boss with a complaint. There are too many unqualified instructors out there and being a part-time instructor myself I know how to judge.
See that? This person is upset that they might have to modify a pose or two, or that the instructor doesn’t modify the entire class because on person has a limitation.
There is nothing wrong with someone having to take a pose off from a routine, or having to do an easier version of a given pose; the idea is that one starts from where they are and gradually improve so they can handle more.
But I suppose that this is something a good teacher can work around; perhaps saying something like “ok, this is what we are going to do (say, plank from the knees); those who are a bit more advanced or who want an extra challenge can go into a modified version (say, plank from the toes, which is really the “correct version”) and that might not bruise tender egos?
Who knows. But this is why teaching yoga is not in my future. 🙂
I admit that I’ve had a rather bad attitude about yoga; it has happened every since I attended a Yoga-Fit Level-I training program back in March, 2007. I’ve gotten into a discussion about it on the yoga.com boards.
Part of the reason is almost certainly that I’ve restarted my ultrawalking program, and that has used up time, effort and energy. Part of the reason is that my swimming took a hit (swimming seems to enhance my yoga, so long as I don’t go at it too hard), and part of the reason is that my reaction to that training was “yuck, just anyone can be called a teacher by these people.”
So, aside from going to classes 2-3 times a week, and aside from doing a few sun salutes from time to time before and after a walking workout, I just quit doing it. The desire just isn’t there.
Yes, I have taught, well, let’s be honest, LEAD a class or two as a substitute, (I am NOT qualified to teach yoga, not by light-years!) but haven’t really enjoyed it.
And I’ve gotten far more critical of my own teacher. I just pick up on every mistake she makes in her asanas and internally go “tut tut…she isn’t that good, is she”. My attitude is just plain rotten!!! 😉
Because my teacher and I have been friends in the past (going to eat after class, going for walks, bike rides, etc.) I wonder if I should say something to her about her errors.
I’ve concluded that I probably shouldn’t; were I to say something what would be the best possible outcome? I really don’t think that the quality of her own practice is that meaningful to her; she is a fitness teacher first and foremost.
You can’t get people to be what they aren’t.
For example, the best walking coach in the world can’t turn me into a sub 5 hour 50K walker! (though I still have dreams of a sub 6) 🙂
Now to go practice some yoga.
Quad Cities Marathon
Bikepath in Davenport (about mile 5?)
Now, at about mile 20-21 (a mile or two before the crash)
Of course, my form leaves something to be desired, but I don’t look like someone who is about to crash.
My guess is that the cold water (from the bottle) taken too quickly is what did me in.
I guess it is better to learn this lesson now than at mile 98 of a 100.
Ok, since I subjected you to some rather unpleasant photos, here is a pleasant one. (hint: shapey female triathlete in a tight spandex tri-kini) 🙂
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