417 feet of climb; it took 1:05:31 which is one of my better times, even though it took 10:17 for the first 1.03 or so and my legs felt heavy. In fact, I went out thinking of doing only the 5.1 but felt good enough to add the 1.3 loop. Running is feeling a LOT better lately.
Posting is light as I am writing mathematics and doing some clean-up stuff.
I’ll add this to the post though:
Though I can’t comment on the Constitutionality of the Health Care Reform measure, I can say that many don’t seem to understand the issue of the mandate (that forces people to carry insurance). Here is an explanation:
This is the problem: if not every insurance company has to take those with preexisting conditions and some do, those that do will be overwhelmed by sick people and will fail (business wise). If every company has to take those with preexisting conditions and there is no mandate, then there is the potential that too many won’t sign up for health insurance (thereby pocketing the premiums) and the system will be overloaded by people who are prone to being sick.
In insurance, the healthy subsidize the chronically sick (and the occasionally sick), period. Example: in my case, I went for about 20 years before I used my insurance for my knees.
Of course, as a candidate, then Senator Obama proposed a plan with no mandate but with a public option; Senator Clinton’s plan had a mandate (that was the main difference) and what we got, after negotiation with other members of Congress and the insurance/pharmacy industry, was a plan more similar to Senator Clinton’s.
Personally, I’d like to see single payer (Medicare for all) but I am NOT holding my breath.
Workout notes So far, swimming (2200 yards): 500 warm up, 10 x (25 drill (3g or fist), 25 swim), 10 x (25 side, 25 swim), 10 x (25 long, 25 swim) on 1:05, 200 of alt 25 fly, 25 back.
Maybe I should check it out: (in each case, click on the thumbnail for the larger version at the source)
Yes, I know that Crossfit has some serious workouts; the three people that I know who have tried it tell me that it is hard, and each of these people has completed multiple 100 mile runs.
No, it isn’t for me; some of the exercises might aggravate my tender areas (knees, shoulders) and I am better off keeping the movements slow and controlled.
But in all seriousness, I can see the appeal. There are some of us who take pleasure in doing what is difficult; that is, doing what most others cannot do…and if one just looks at the “hard bodies” in the larger photo sets I can see someone saying “hey, that is a group that I want to join.
But the more a grow grows, the less exclusive it gets and the less it means to be a member of it.
I saw one of my old marathon result sheets; it was the 1981 San Antonio Marathon. I finished in 3:48 (blew up after going out WAY too fast) and finished 459 out of about 880 or so. Imagine where such a time would rank someone in most marathons these-a-days.
This is not a surprise:
Each year, an estimated 1.7 million U.S. college students are steered to remedial classes to prepare them for regular coursework. But a growing body of research shows that the courses are eating up time and money, often leading not to degrees but student loan hangovers.
The expense of remedial courses, which typically cost the same as regular classes but don’t fulfill degree requirements, runs about $3 billion annually, according to research by Complete College America, a Washington-based nonprofit.
The group says the classes are largely failing the nation’s higher education system at a time when student-loan debt has become a presidential campaign issue. Meanwhile, lawmakers in at least two states have pushed through changes, and numerous institutions are redesigning the courses.
“Simply putting (students) in three levels of remedial math is really taking their money and time with no hope of success,” said Stan Jones, president of Complete College America.
Yep. The dirty truth: yes, there are SOME who have the ability (and the desire) to succeed and need to start with remedial classes, but they tend to be the rare exceptions. There is such a thing as “talent”.
Classes are being rethought. Jenkins recommends doing away with the one-size-fits-all college algebra requirement and having math classes tailored to a few broad areas of study. For instance, those studying history, law or psychology might take a math class focused more on statistics.
The Complete College America report also says research shows that half or more of remedial students would be better off placed in required classes and having the schools building in extra help, such as tutors or more frequent class meetings.
The report said institutions that have used those approaches have seen their unprepared students succeed at the same rates as their college-ready peers.
I’d like to see the results in mathematics, because that is NOT what I’ve seen at all. I wonder how this study is designed and the results measured. But I can agree with the “using the slower approach” with remedial students; that is, giving them two semesters to grind through the first semester of calculus.
The right wing has gone crazy over the article that pointed out that President Obama is NOT the big spender that they think that he is. Yes, the Washington Post fact checker got offended at what the Press Secretary said and ground through their own calculations, using the President’s proposed budgets (instead of what was actually passed) and used percent of actual GDP for the spending numbers (though they should have uses potential GDP were there no recession).
So, what gives? Bonedad blog gives a careful analysis by…gasp,….looking at the actual DATA, looking at what sort of spending was increased (much of it was obligatory, much of it was from Bush obligations) and noted that the deficit and increasing debt was not merely due to spending but due to DECREASED REVENUE. (duh).
True, some of the President’s economic critics ARE good at running a business, and this makes them think that they understand a national economy. They don’t:
Obama’s Kill Lists
No matter what you feel about President Obama, I’d recommend you read this New York Times article about the drone strike program (designed to kill terrorist leaders). Yes, President Bush started this and while I was always uneasy about it, I admit that my first reaction was “ok, we get the bad guys without risking more of our soldiers”.
There is much to think about. Some issues: what if you get a chance to kill an Al Qeada official and they are riding in a car..away from civilians but there are others in the car riding with him? So, you don’t take that chance, and then he executes an attack that kills hundreds of innocents…(usually Muslims)….and you had the chance to kill him first?
The people with the targeted person: what constitutes being a combatant?
These are difficult questions and the Times article discusses many of these. On this issue, I find myself at odds with some of my liberal friends. But goodness it is hard….if an innocent person is killed on this strike…versus the innocents that are (potentially) saved by killing the terrorist.
Now as to those who worry about people being targets for assassination: who decides? Well, this isn’t a “well, they are official soldiers of a country we are at war with”, but at the same time, this isn’t really law enforcement either. It is sticky, very sticky.
So to those opposed: we send in a special forces team in to “get” the official…what do you tell the families of the soldiers that were killed in the operation..and the people that THEY killed in carrying out the operation?
War is horrible, bloody and messy. I haven’t a clue as the best course of action.
Anyway, read the article…it is outstanding.
Nothing exceptional this morning, though I did “run” 10 miles at the East Peoria Trail (paved bikepath) in 1:44:07 (52:56 out, 51:11 back). 67-72, F, humidity in the 60 percent range. 9:23 final mile.
It was routine; I saw a few grannies, a rabbit and a chipmunk.
It wasn’t hot; however this Washington Post article talks about how the body acclimatizes to heat.
This was not a great run, but it wasn’t taxing either.
I was involved in a rather intense facebook discussion about my beliefs: in particular, why do I call myself an atheist.
What puzzled some is that I said something like this: “I don’t believe in the usual gods, but I have no idea if there is something “out there” that I am ignorant of”. Some thought that this meant that I am an agnostic.
Now by the traditional definition: it does…to a degree. The classical, logical definition of being agnostic means being “without knowledge” whereas atheism/theism deals with belief. So, technically speaking, I am an atheist-agnostic…sort of! 🙂
That is, I reject as nonsense, things like: resurrections, incarnate “sons of god”, virgin birth, miracle golden tablets, flaming chariots, miraculous parting of the seas, etc. I simply don’t take these stories any more seriously than I take the stories about Zeus, Thor, etc. Yes, we can learn from these stories, but I regard them as fiction and myth (myth: story with a deep meaning to many). I can completely understand how one might use these stories to organize some sort of “plan of living”.
But I think that it is POSSIBLE that there is some grand creative “force” (????) or “whatever” that we can’t detect.
So my agnosticism comes from this. I think that it is possible, but I haven’t seen convincing evidence yet (though I am puzzled and bewildered by many things; there are plenty of things that science and reason hasn’t answered as yet (and might not ever?)
I’ll give a couple of analogies to explain how I think:
Suppose we go back, say, 200 years.
Bob tells me: Hey, there are people dying mysterious deaths; obviously they offended God!
I respond: Nonsense. We don’t know why they got sick and died. Go away and leave me alone.
Tammy tells me: Hey, there are people dying mysterious deaths. You can see that there are higher than normal deaths in locations X, Y, Z. I’ll bet that there is some “force” (???) that is being carried in the air and killing these people. But we’ve ruled out these causes…it must be something in the air.”
I respond: well, I am not sure that these deaths aren’t just random (modern statistics haven’t been invented yet) and until you provide me with a mechanism, well, I am unconvinced. I don’t believe it.
Well, 200 years later: I still don’t believe Bob. But Tammy is right! We didn’t know about radiation in those days (e. g. radiation from Radon gas).
I was skeptical of both claims, but I rejected Bob’s claim as being so outlandish that it wasn’t even worth considering. I still wouldn’t consider it unless there was some extraordinary evidence (e. g., Bob had a dream, wrote down 1000 names from that dream saying that these people would be the ones to die and he was right on all details).
Tammy’s claim: incredible to me (at that time) but that is something that I am open to seeing evidence about.
Here is another example: I go to my basement. There is a pipe near the ceiling and there is green around a joint and water pooled beneath the joint.
My conclusion: there is a leak in the joint.
WAYNE, N.J. — Evangelist Ken Ham smiled at the 2,300 elementary students packed into pews, their faces rapt. With dinosaur puppets and silly cartoons, he was training them to reject much of geology, paleontology and evolutionary biology as a sinister tangle of lies.
“Boys and girls,” Ham said. If a teacher so much as mentions evolution, or the Big Bang, or an era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, “you put your hand up and you say, ‘Excuse me, were you there?’ Can you remember that?”
And who knows: perhaps some deity was mad at me and supernaturally put the green at the joint and made water appear on the floor? Or perhaps my wife is playing some joke on me?
Bottom line: I can’t rule out that my wife is playing a joke on me, but I consider that to be unlikely enough to not consider, and the other possibility is ridiculous, at least to people who aren’t fundamentalists believers.
Today’s walk: House to bordem walk (3:19 ; 7:44 to 11:03 “running clock time”); 76 F (24 C) , 69% at the start, 90 F (32 C), 52% at the end. Sunny; muggy. What I noticed: there were more people than usual out this morning; it could be the heat, or that it is lighter earlier or ??? It was pretty, but I carried a 20 oz. bottle of Powerade Zero and drank ALL of it prior to finishing; that is unusual for me.
I saw fewer runners than usual though.
Ok, I was (by my watch) 4 seconds away from a GREAT run (by this year’s standards) but instead had a bad run.
Time: 25:03 (my watch). I don’t know my place yet.
8:08, 8:07, 8:47 (for 1.1); pace averaged to be 8:04 minutes per mile. (7:52 pace for the last mile)
Background: last week’s marathon blow up took something out of me, and last night I had some lower GI trouble (several trips to the bathroom; either too much cheese at lunch or the meal last night). So I was a bit sleepy and not quite 100 percent; I considered skipping the race. I am glad that I didn’t; though I wanted sub 25, this was still my second fastest of the year.
My warm up was about 2 miles and I felt ok during it; no knee pain, no piriformis pain; I wasn’t all that tired. Temperatures were in the high 60’s-low 70’s.
I started out gently and managed to avoid the kid who stopped in the first .5 mile to “high five” some guy in a silver costume who was standing in the middle of the course. But I was able to find a place to run fairly easily and deliberately kept the pace under control. I saw the clock tick past 8 minutes but didn’t realize it was the 1 mile clock; I thought it was the “1 mile to go” clock. Past 10 minutes or so, I saw the lead runner at mile 2 (on his way back) while we circled the park and ball fields.
I had already passed a pack of people who had started out too fast and was gaining on others and managed to pass some.
Finally, at mile 2 I was still feeling ok (16:15) and decided to try to pick it up; I knew that I’d need 8:44 (about a 7:54 mile) to break 25. I came close.
I gained on many and passed about a half-dozen including two women in purple shorts (not running together); one of these women HAD been pacing a young girl. Well, a race is a race, and the one pacing the young girl forgot about her pacing and went after me as did the other lady. Both got me in the last 200 meters or so and I didn’t have the “kick” to get them back.
I did see the clock in the distance but it was hard enough to maintain, never mind “pick it up”.
Afterward, I talked to others; I managed to tease T about her being hung over (she still got 2’nd in her age group) and…in a sort of painful but sweet moment, I talked to the widow of one of my running friends. We hugged; she said that she didn’t care that I was sweaty.
Where to go from here: I need to be patient and add some sort of “tempo” workout midweek (a 20 minute run at, say, 8:20-8:30 mpm or so).
For the record: 6 5K races, mean is 25:09, median is 25:10, one race 31 seconds slower than the median, one 36 seconds faster; the other 4 were within 6 seconds of the median.
Today: 25:03 (8:08, 8:07, 8:47)
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