Trump’s failed war on the NFL

Yes, Puerto Rico is devastated and many lack both power and drinking water. And yes, Trump refuses to waive an arcane rule about what ships can go to Puerto Rico.

But he can attack the NFL and encourage fans to “boycott” and owners to fire players.

I doubt that it is going well for him. I note, with glee, that I now have tickets for 3 Bears games (ok, the Packer game tickets were pricey, but in row 2 of the upper deck); the other two sets of tickets are in the second deck (200); one is in the media deck and the other is the end zone.

I am planning on going to a Colts game as well; maybe two?

Now why we play the National Anthem at sporting events? Here is how it started …not sure why we continue OTHER than because many fans like it.

And as far as the discussion on the protests, just look at the contrast between Obama and Trump. But alas, a big part of our country’s problem is that all too many prefer Trump’s style (“fire that son of a bitch”) to Obama’s thoughtful style.

September 27, 2017 Posted by | football, NFL, politics, politics/social | , | Leave a comment

If you train for a marathon and your bench press improves, you did it wrong…

Postmortem part 2: yesterday, 5 mile walk, with some “cheat walking” (bent knee shuffle) in case I need to do some of that in my next marathon attempt. Course was Bradley Park (lower, 2 lower loops)

Today; weights plus walking. weights: usual PT stuff, pull ups 15-15, bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170 (good), pull ups 10-10, military (dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Headstand. Walk: track, lane 2, 37:14 for 25 laps (5k), 12:29, 11:56, 11:18, 1:29. Yes, the last 2 miles would NOT be sustainable for a marathon (possibly a cool weather half though)

My pull ups and bench press have improved.

Go figure.

September 27, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | | Leave a comment


I was wondering why I ran out of power. Bottom line: I simply do not train enough to have “reserve capacity” to overcome things like hot weather. In the days of old, I had much longer walks (and more total miles) so I would not shut down so early.

I am trained enough to finish IF conditions are not quite this severe. So my options moving forward: find a way to get my body to accept more training, or choose my races more carefully.

Workout notes: weights only; yoga later:
hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline press (one bench was ooc) 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 7 x 150, dumbbell bench press: 10 x 70, dumbbell military press (standing) 10 x 50 (sloppy), 10 x 45, 20 x 40, machine rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Goblet squats: 10 x 44 (sill), 10 x 53 (sill), 10 x 70 (20 inch).

I was ok; that the squats went ok was a pleasant surprise.

September 25, 2017 Posted by | marathons, weight training | Leave a comment

Hot Failure

Upshot: I was doing fine up until mile 16; in fact mile 16 was 15:02, which was only a slight slowdown from my previous pace. It felt very doable though it was getting HOT. The next mile the wheels came off completely; I lost all power in my thighs and legs.

It was 89 F when I bailed. Basically, I took about 20 minutes a mile for 18 and 19, when two ladies passed me. I walked with them (17:xx) and it felt ok; my shirt had been wet down a bit. But then as I dried out and lost shade…BAM …back to a waddle/crawl. So I called it a day at mile 20.

Bottom line: in the past, my digestive system shut down. Today, THAT worked well…it was my legs that just shut down. When it is hot, something will shut down on me.

I hope for cooler weather two weeks from now.

Mat took this photo of Cassie and me at packet pickup.

Note: between mile 9 and 10 we lost several minutes due to a goddamn train. Were I going for a time, I would have been pissed. It didn’t really affect me that much though as I was in it just to finish.

September 24, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking | | 2 Comments

Going to be hot…

first 10: 2:25
second 10 : 2:35
Then 18 minute miles would get it done.

Just be humble at first.

September 24, 2017 Posted by | marathons | | Leave a comment


Well, the Quad Cities Marathon is tomorrow and it is supposed to be as hot as hell. Yes, I’ve faced similar conditions before, (in marathons), finishing the Andy Payne, We Walk, and DNFing at Quad Cities twice (2007, 2016)

Each of these events had two things in common: 1: I went out way too fast for the conditions (12:xx pace) and 2: I had to stop and rest an hour or so.
In my two DNF’s: I was 5:03 at mile 23 and 5:01 at mile 20. But there is one difference this time: time limit is no 7 hours…and I would have finished with a 7 hour time limit.

So, there is nothing more to be said. I HAVE to start out at a slow pace (nothing faster than, say, 13:30-13:45 in the early miles, maybe 14:00 would be better) and if I can get to mile 20 in 5:00 to 5:20 and remind myself that, 2 hours for the last 10K is a 19 minute pace, and 1:40 for the last 10K is a 16 minute pace.

Oh, I’ve finished this course before and I ran the first one in miserable heat (3:55) and the second one in 3:45. My walking PR is 4:44. But that is yesterday’s news.

Do I want to finish badly enough to go out with the proper amount of humility? That is my worry. And no, even this slow time won’t be easy. Well…

workout notes: easy 2 mile walk.

September 23, 2017 Posted by | marathons | | Leave a comment

On the need to prove yourself…

Well, I have signed up for a marathon this weekend, and it will be hot as hell. Still with a 7 hour time limit, I should be able to make it, if I don’t go out like an idiot. 14-14:30 mpm at the start..get to mile 20 in 5 hours and then I’ll have 2 hours to bring it home. That should be doable, even on a hot day.

Yeah, I’ve done a number of these, but with me, the question is “can I do it one more time?” I’ve got that need.

Yes, I’ve done much better in the past (masters PR: 3:38 (2000) running, 4:44 walking (2002); first marathon was done in 1980 (3:33)). Yes, in 2004, I walked 100 miles and *averaged* 6:12 per marathon. But can I finish THIS time?

But not everyone does..and that attitude is what I have to deal with. Where I went to school (undergraduate and graduate), it wasn’t just about learning something; it was about showing that you’ve mastered the material well enough to move on. You had to prove yourself. And, well, not everyone is able to. And so, as a young professor I brought that attitude into my classroom, and it did NOT go well. The old “not everyone can do this…are YOU one who CAN?” just does not play well in most settings. And it was tough for me to adjust to that.

Workout notes; taper mode. I had a full weight workout on Wednesday (the usual; incline instead of bench: hip hikes, rotator cuff, toe raises, pull ups: 15-15-10-10, incline: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 7 x 150, military: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 10 x 45, standing, 10 x 90 machine: rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine, then yoga). Today: taper: 3 usual PT, 3 sets of 10 pull ups (strong), bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185 (good, lots of energy), incline: 10 x 135, military (dumbbell) 10 x 50, 20 x 40 standing, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 110 machine).

September 22, 2017 Posted by | education, marathons, social/political, weight training | 1 Comment

Banned in Pakistan!

Ok, only a page of my blog as banned in Pakistan:

and I am reasonably sure it is because of this cartoon:

Where this might appear to be comical (ironic: a backwards, 3’rd world nation banning something on the internet), this is what happens without free speech protections. And this is an excellent demonstration of a major problem with the Islamic republics.

Workout notes: easy 3 mile walk.

September 22, 2017 Posted by | free speech, politics, politics/social | Leave a comment

What’s going on with health care, elections, Democratic Party, etc.

Yes, the Senate Republicans are trying, once again, to strip health care away from millions. Why? Because people like the Koch Brothers said “no more money until you do”. It is really that simple, I think.

The 2016 election: it was perhaps a bit more than “Comey letter plus “she is a woman”” but, well, here are some charts. The conclusion:

What’s most notable beyond that in some ways is all the things that didn’t happen.

Trump did not, for example, discover that the white population was deep down yearning for crude racism. Some people were — he won the GOP primary, after all. But Trump got a slightly smaller share of the white vote than the more normal Mitt Romney. Conversely, whatever black and Latino voters hadn’t already abandoned the GOP during the Obama era weren’t driven away by Trump, who did no worse with these groups than Romney had.

And while Clinton managed to rally educated white women to her side in a way that previous Democrats had not, she was not broadly more appealing to women than previous Democrats. And, in fact, she did worse with noncollege white women than a black man did four years earlier.

Most fundamentally, even though the extraordinary significance of the outcome seems to call out for an equally weighty explanation, it appears in the end to have turned at least as much on trivial matters as profound ones.

Maddening, huh?

And the way forward? This essay points out what is wrong with what the Bern Victims are trying to do:

Sanders has a response to the political question of how to get his ideas through congress. He says that his “political revolution” will increase voter turnout across the board and usher in a wave of new Sanders-agenda-friendly legislators. But this claim doesn’t even make sense. If he believes both Democrats and Republicans are corrupted by money and special interests, is he suggesting his supporters will replace nearly all of congress? Where are these Bernie-friendly congressional candidates going to come from? What is his backup plan if this “revolution” doesn’t pan out? This plan seems more like an afterthought than a coherent strategy. Perhaps because it is an afterthought. Ideology is most important.
Sanders has it completely backwards. He’s trying to quibble over how to spend political capital that he has not yet earned and has no realistic plan of earning. This is the fundamental flaw with his candidacy. Bernie Sanders is a bad solution to the wrong problem. It’s not that Democrats are spending their political capital unwisely — it’s that they don’t have any. By peddling his ideological purity tests, Sanders is instead contributing to the problem by harming the effort to build a bigger Democratic coalition, which is the actual way to increase voter turnout, earn political capital, and advance progressive causes.

And here we go. Oh sure, you can point to this poll or that poll that says that there is “support for single payer” but..well, checking a box in a poll is one thing. PAYING for it is quite another and using an issue to win an election is altogether different.

Workout notes yesterday, weights only, then yoga in the evening.

rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (15, 15, 10, 10), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 5 x 185, incline: 10 x 140, military (dumbbell, standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40, rows: 3 sets of 10 with 110, then 2 sets of 10 x 50 goblet squats (sill)

Today: 2 mile walk outside, 26:32 for 16 laps in the outer lane (walking), 4 laps on, 2 off: 6:35. 3:53, 6:15, 3:45, 6:01. Just enough to get the heart rate up.

September 19, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Irrational reaction…

Easy paced 10+ mile walk; some light rain (untimed walk; not much of an effort except in spots). This was my “start of Boredom to Glenn Oak to the River course.

Irrational: if it is empty people usually greet me. The most irritating greeting is given by middle aged women ….it is the tone and inflection that set me off: good-murn-ing (can’t reproduce the tone and inflection). When given in that manner, it just irritates the hell out of me; I want to flip her off.

Yes, my reaction is completely irrational; I wonder if someone I didn’t like (when I was a kid) spoke with that tone and inflection. So I force a smile and half wave and move on. Weird.

September 17, 2017 Posted by | Personal Issues, walking | Leave a comment