I had talked about going with my daughter to orientation.
Needless to say, I thought about my undergraduate years.
I was last in the classroom, as a student, when I took some masters degree classes in industrial engineering. I stopped and never did the thesis. I took 33 hours; 4.0 but never did the thesis or project. But…my classes were mostly applied statistics; it wasn’t as if I was learning something that was completely new to me.
So…the fantasy that THIS TIME, I’d do it right, carry my undergraduate knowledge straight to grad school and then kick butt and finish at the top…are BS. Eventually, I’d bump up against my natural limitations, just as I did before.
I had my chance and now it is time for the young people (such as my daughter) to have their chance.
You cannot go home again, and there is no “starting over from scratch with a young mind”; I can only go forward from where I am now. 😦
I wish I had done better but I suppose that is common.
Weights only. I was sort of distracted; I went at noon and there were people there. One young man did vertical sit ups while hanging upside down from a bar…with extra weights.
I wasn’t that impressive. 🙂
Hip Hikes, Achilles, Abs (3 sets of 10: v. crunch, crunch, sit back), squats: 4 sets of 5: 45, 65, 95, 95. The last sets were easier.
Pull ups: 2 sets of (3 x 5), 1 set of (2 x 5), 1 set of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
incline: 7 x 150, 5 x 150 (very distracted on the last set…my head wasn’t in it)
seated military: 3 sets of 12 x 50
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
curls (pulley) 3 sets of 10 x 57.5
I am going to have to jazz it up a bit. I appear to be “stuck”.
The weather was pleasant so I just cut grass and gave the legs a day off. I ran on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
I had some conversations with my daughter. I warned her that there is a difference in depth of knowledge and how one uses it.
There is the level of knowledge in that you can, say, “do” a physics problem that is presented to you.
Now given a general problem and figuring out WHAT physics problem it is: that is a higher level knowledge.
Higher still: is having that knowledge as a daily working part of the brain.
Here is an example of this in action:
Imagine a ball on a string that is going around a center pole (like a tether ball). If the string is suddenly cut, how does the ball travel: in a curved path or a straight line? Answer: find out here. For many of us, our “common sense” tells us that if the ball has a curvy path and then the string is cut, the ball still has some “curviness” left; it is an “impetus” type of physics.
What is going on? Well, part of it is that it takes time for new knowledge to seep though the brain. Part of it is that new knowledge is often taught in simplified form.
Example: when we do the “fire a bullet straight up in the air” problem, IF we neglect air resistance, the bullet returns to the muzzle height at muzzle velocity. Now when we factor in air resistance, that isn’t quite true, but it does come down fast enough to be lethal in some cases and fast enough to cause injury in any event.
Still, you can’t convince some people that firing a gun into the air is NOT harmless!
I also remember the days of discussing curveballs in baseball. Yes, they do follow a “curved line” path (the spinning ball causes pressure differences which moves the ball sideways) but, in spite of how they look to a batter, they do NOT go straight and suddenly shift direction.
And if you think that moving objects is easy to analyze, read this article about boomerangs.
So my summary:
1. It takes time for classroom knowledge to become everyday working knowledge
2. One has to be intellectually mature enough to know what simplifications are made in the classroom and how they affect the predictions that one might make. Reality often induces a need for correction factors (e. g. friction, air resistance, etc.)
Still, there are some who will NOT change their minds no matter how much evidence to the contrary is presented! There is a fine line between rejecting a general principle based on either an exceptional event or a “false positive” and hanging on to a long discredited hypothesis.
IMHO, a conservative is someone who is prone to making Type II errors and a liberal is prone to making Type I error.
This bird will lure you away from its nest…and even feign injury to get you to attack IT and leave its eggs alone!
Workout notes: This morning it was cool and drizzly. I ran 21:00 out (20:30 for 2 miles), 20 minutes back (18:09 for 2 miles; included 4:20 half, 8:34 at one mile; had to walk at 10:20; walked again a minute later and ran it in from 13:40 on. It was “almost tempo”.
I finished the second day of orientation and had a lot of fun with my daughter; I then drove her to the airport.
Some interesting things happened:
1. At the pizza place where we ate lunch: we were waited on by a young woman who will be taking her orientation at a later time; she got to talk to my daughter.
2. At the airport: many of the NFL rookies at the symposium were flying out. The linemen were HUGE…HUGE. All were buff.
3. At a rest stop: it was crowded and I saw a SUV back out; I pulled into that space. The SUV had a Naval Academy alumni license plate holder.
4. Along one of the highways, I saw the proverbial chicken! Yep; it sure LOOKED like a domestic chicken and it was walking alongside the road.
5. At one rest stop, (off of I-80) a car came in too fast; it pulled into a parking spot and overshot; the bumper went onto the sidewalk. A young woman got out…it appeared as if she had a beer. A young man got out, threw a fast food container onto the sideway (two trash cans just a few feet away) and stumbled to a picnic table. They got back in the car and I walked in front of it, glared at them as I picked up the container and threw it in the trash. They kind of looked back; then the male and female switched places but they did NOT drive away. WTF? Drunk?
When I got home, my wife informed me that someone is having fun at my expense (from May, 2011):
This means: NO partial credit for anyone this upcoming semester!
Workout notes Just over 4 miles on a bike path; 21:30 out, 19:45 back (9:45 pace on the way back); the cool air (60’s, but very humid) felt good compared to yesterday. Note: every .5 mile is marked; I might do some “broken” 800 meter intervals on that path tomorrow.
Today’s run felt better than yesterday’s run, but that was mostly because it was 15 F cooler.
We are at new student orientation. It opened at 8 am; we got there at 8:10 (no line); now it is 8:45 and the line is out the door. I LOVE getting there early; my daughter has checked into her dorm room, has her student ID and is filling out work study paperwork. This is going to happen.
In all honesty, I first heard of Baldwin Wallace when I watched some of the Division III football play-offs. It is a small school near Cleveland, Ohio and about a 7.5 hour drive from Peoria (470 miles via I-80).
I am wearing a name tag with her mom’s first name crossed out. 🙂
76 F, 80 percent humidity. Bleah.
I decided to try to get some steady state running in; I did 7 miles of my 8 mile course in 77 minutes. Yuck. I had just finished all of the hills and had 1 flat mile to go; I started to pick it up and then just quit and walked the short cut home; I have an 8 hour drive to do today.
I was completely drenched in sweat; just drenched.
Going up the hills I cursed myself for giving blood…”why do I care if I help out some (&*^%$#!!) (insert type of person that you don’t like here)”…I thought at the time. I didn’t say I was being reasonable; I was cranky and whiny.
The 10 mph wind did me no good at all; the air was too saturated to have a cooling effect.
But I got my distance in, and I’ve got my running shoes with me. I’ll probably get in a short (3-4 mile) run tomorrow; perhaps a short I or T workout Saturday, and if I am still on the road, perhaps a trail loop on Sunday.
White is in fashion after Memorial Day, no?
And it is raining outside:
Interesting possibilities. 🙂
Workout notes 23 minute warm up jog,
8 x 200 with 200 walk recoveries
23 minute cool down jog (about 10K total)
200’s: 57, 53, 53, 53, 52, 52, 51, 52
recoveries: 2:42, 2:52, 2:53, 2:12, 2:06, 2:26, 2:12, 2:25
76 degrees, 85 percent humidity. But that really didn’t affect this type of workout too much.
Note: I could feel slight tightness in the left hamstring; hence I made an effort to keep a “quick” turnover and to not over-stride, and I did a few yoga stretches afterward.
Note: it always seems as if my first rep is way slower than the rest of them, though all were slow (of course).
The post 200’s jog felt good.
Sure, this is too little but it is my goal to work up.
Each week, do: 8 x 200, 1.5 mile tempo, then I session (say, 8 x 400 or 4 x 800 at 2 mile race pace) or a race, 8-10 mile steady state, then some recovery walks or runs. Build to 10 x 200, 2 mile tempo, 5 x 800, 10-12 long.
My conjecture: at this stage of my life, my weak legs are holding me back. We’ll see; I KNOW that what I am doing right now isn’t enough to get better, but I am trying to build myself up to be able to do real running training.
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