It was a rough homestand for Bradley Women’s basketball. They lost 76-64 to league leading Drake (but lead at first) and then lost today 55-47 to the 3’rd place team in the league (Northern Iowa). In today’s game, Bradley lead a times, and it was tied with 3:30 to go in the game.
Maybe this is a fan’s wishful thinking, but I think that if they play this well in other games, they might win a few of them.
Last night, we attended an event called “For the Love of the Game”; it honored women’s sports at Bradley. During the dinner session, Barbara and I sat with some cross country team members and a couple of basketball players.
In the more close up photo, you can barely make out Barbara’s plaid jacket (NOT the one on the younger woman in the foreground). Here is a take on it via the Peoria Journal Star.
13.3 mile walk in 3:16 (14:45 pace); 1:37 to the end of Springdale and 1:39:30 back (extra loop around the mausoleum. Great day for it; 49…damp but then sunny at the finish. This was like an April day! This is one of the best winters in a long time.
Note: I have 173 miles (running/walking) for 2016, but this is due to having the last weekend in the same month (two “sort-of” long walks).
While I was walking:
Yes, this is so true for me, for a number of reasons. I’ll list a few:
1. Ideas that “just popped into my head” aren’t even “half baked”…they are still raw dough. 🙂 Yeah, I am idiot, but I’d rather not provide extra evidence for it!
2. If it is a personal situation, the vast majority of the time, I don’t have all of the relevant facts and context.
3. And, IF it is a case where I am angry, it is almost always essential that I “zip the lip”. This especially applies in situations where we are joking around and someone says something that just irritates the **it out of me..and this can happen when the person saying it is merely joining in. Often it isn’t *what* is said, but *who* is saying it and my history with that individual. Two people can say essentially the same thing; in one case I’ll give an honest laugh but in the other case, I want to say F**K YOU.
The run itself: nothing special, other than this is January 30 in Illinois, and the weather was sort of March-April like. It could not have been any better; no snow, very little ice, etc.
I started behind the Riverplex and took the Rivertrail path up to and through Peoria Heights, over the Knoxville bridge then to Northmoor (where Midstate College is) and then the sidewalk to the intersection of Sheridan and Northmoor. That was 7.15 miles (1:24). I then reversed course though I ran along Glenn to go through Tower Park where I could make a pit stop..then back along Prospect where I picked up the path again. It was 7.35 back (1:26).
Total time: 2:50:39. (11:46 mpm)
The emotions (the TL;DR part) Though I am aware of my surroundings (I don’t want to get run over by cars or hit by bicycles), I let my mind go when I run (shuffle, or whatever you call it).
Yes, I am grateful that I have the health and means to enjoy this activity. I was a grand day to be out there.
But yes, I regret that I am not better at it. On the way back I was passed by a pretty woman in black running tights; they had become quite clingy..but given how quickly she passed me and disappeared (8:30’ish pace?) I told myself “don’t even think about it”. Damn I hated myself for being so slow!
And when I finished ….I realized my time, 2:50, was for 14.5 miles. Back during my last sub 4 hour marathon (San Diego, 2002), I had covered 20 miles in the same amount of time. Sigh…
But as I exited the park, I saw T and some of her crew either getting ready to run or ..perhaps back from one? It doesn’t matter; T never knew Steve or Jerry; they were “before her time” as a local runner, so to speak. She is part of the “new” (to me) crop of running friends. Time for smiling.
Time and Providence is cruel as far as taking wonderful people out of my life, but they are also generous about adding new wonderful people to my life. I can’t help but “smile through the tears”.
Ok, enough of this; I am still stinky and I want to shower before the Bradley game (vs. Drake on ESPN 3).
Yes, I watched the Republican debate last night and talked about it on Facebook. But it was mostly “Obama sucks, Hillary will be just as bad and we need to spend more money on the military to beat ISIS which is coming to get us”. Fear sells with Republicans. But there was no Trump. Perhaps this was like the wildcard round of the Republican play-offs?
Workout notes: weights then swimming.
pull ups: 15, 15, 10, 10 (great!)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good!)
military presses (dumbbell) 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine (4 sets total)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, head stand.
swim: mundane. 500 free, 5 x 100 drill/swim with fins, 4 x (100 pull, 100 swim), 4 x 100 IM
Afterward I had “the glow” in my shoulders ..I wore a sweatshirt to help keep it for a while.
Now I am into the academic routine with grading, etc. I am still feeling out some research; one sort of “college math journal” type project and one “specialty” project.
Polls and election markets aren’t as reliable for state races as they are for national, and they sure aren’t that telling for something like a primary caucus. I honestly don’t know what to expect in Iowa on either side.
The bookies have Trump and Clinton as favorites in Iowa…but again, we shall see.
Yes, we took Lynn to the game. And it was only 35-32 at the half, as Bradley rallied from an 11 point deficit by getting their offense going. Then in the second half…Bradley actually LEAD 38-37 with 17:25 to go in the game. UNI hit a 3 to take a 40-38 lead and it remained that exact score…until 13:18 was left. Neither team scored for 4:07!!!
Then came a rash of turnovers and the three point shots just rained down. With 3:03 left in the game it was 66-47; it was a 26-9 spurt in that 10 minute segment. UNI was 22-46 in shooting, but a torrid 15-25 from 3 point land (60 percent!) Bradley only shot 37 percent.
Well, BU played a decent “first 30 minutes” …now to make it to 40 minutes.
Workout notes: weights then swimming; I was 185.0 prior to swimming.
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
incline presses: 10 x 135, 10 x 150, 10 x 135
dumbbell military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported (tough), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm.
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, headstand
swim: 1000 free, 500 of drill/free (fins) 5 x 100 of pull-free-pull-free-pull
2 x 100 IM
I’ve got that glow…
Post: Trump doesn’t like the moderator so he’ll skip the debate. Good move or not? This is an interesting take.
A few days ago my wife thanked me for listening to “her troubles”. I said “oh, I am fine..that is the price I pay for…”…well never mind that.
But that did remind me of a scene from a 1971 movie starring Dustin Hoffman: it is called Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Terrible Things About Me? It is a comedy-drama that is about a musician who has emotional and mental issues.
Sure enough I found the movie on Youtube. The Hoffman character is visiting his analyst and he imagines his analyst breaking into the song Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles (17:06 into the movie video)
It is the Ray Charles cover:
And that got me to thinking about my protocol (yes, this meme is a JOKE). Remember the song is about a guy in anguish because his “sweet love” left him, and he just doesn’t want to hear about anyone else’s troubles AT THAT TIME.
Workout notes: 8 mile “run” on the Rivertrail to Glenn Oak Park, up Prospect and into Springdale to the Mausoleum and around that small loop. It was windy and just under freezing; not bad running weather though. The footing was mostly good.
Not shown is the small spur I did on the trail which parallels Perry Ave.; that was iced over so I turned around but I did enough to get 8.
Then I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and a few weightless squats to loosen up.
Note: while out on the “run” I found a dollar bill.
Walk of Shame I took a whole stack of books to the library; they were mostly for a project that didn’t work out. But I did check out a new book to look at something else and what did I find in that book?
I put it on social media but that isn’t exactly “like-bait” 🙂 But seeing that did remind me that I need to get moving. It has been too long since I’ve had one of these.
I am thinking about things and I have a mystery that I don’t understand…yet. For the mathematically inclined: it has to with speeding up the convergence of an alternating series by using Cesàro summation. For the first two examples I’ve tried (one conditionally convergent, one absolutely convergent), the convergence sped up by a constant multiplicative factor. That isn’t very good for computational purposes, but why “that” factor and not some other one?
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