Weather Part II (and a sweep)

I slept in too long and decided to do a 3 hour (1:30 out, 1:30 back) turned into a 1:31 out and back to give myself a landmark I could find on the map.

This did not include the goose loop; and it went in front of the Riverplex, not behind. I turned around just before the hill to the mausoleum in Springdale. Then I did a .4 walk to make sure I got 12; that was 3:02 for 12.3, 3:10 for 12.7.

As you can see, it was a bit sticky but nothing like the ghastly steam bath last weekend. My mistake is that I did not drink and made up for it during the afternoon.

But 12.3 at 14:50 mpm on a hilly training walk; (equally paced segments): at this stage, I’ll take it. As much as possible, I’d like to alternate these with traditional longish walks; build these to 4 hours and the long walks to 5 hours.

Baseball I saw the Chiefs take care of business, winning 4-2 over the Bees. I had front row tickets but bought extra back row tickets to get shade.

Bees at Chiefs

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The Chiefs appear to be a very confident team right now. BUT…the Cardinals are good about promoting their players; my guess is that many of these guys will get called up.


June 24, 2018 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

What a difference temperature makes

This morning I shuffled 9 miles in 1:54 (ghastly slow; 56 out, 58 back …I had a couple of runners to speed me up on the way out). Easy, relatively cool temperatures…what I wish I had last Saturday. My legs…ugh…kind of without power. But the good news is that I was 196 on the Riverplex scale PRIOR to running; that is a good number, relative to last year. If I can take another 10..even another 7 off I should be shaping up.

But that is how it goes; after running I saw an old running friend (triathlon really…) and we chatted a bit. None of us were what we once were. I never thought that I’d be “running” 12:40 miles though. Yeah, it was a little humid and I wasn’t fresh, but still…I never thought I’d see the day where a 10 minute mile was “fast”.

But hey, when I was racing 5K’s at a 6:30 pace, I often did runs like these in the high 8’s to low 9’s, and today’s pace was VERY comparable to a 9 minute 5K race pace..which I haven’t actually DONE in a while…hmmm…

Course: Front of Riverplex to Bishop hill via the goose loop in each direction. The “out” part is somewhat up hill…so it is a bit surprising to me that my return was a bit slower, but then again, I had no runners in my sight as I had on the way out.

Saw the Chiefs sweep a double header vs. the Bees last night: 6-1 in the first, 4-3 in the second.

Ok, @babsatlarge saved the day.

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The first game: the Chiefs got all the runs they needed in the first inning, both on plays involving 3’rd base. In one play: an attempt by the catcher to pick off the runner on 3’rd went over the 3’rd basemen’s head allowing the runner to score. Then with two outs, a ground ball got past the 3’rd basemen to score the second run.

The Chiefs were efficient in not stranding runners and the pitcher had a good night, pitching 4 strong innings before being relieved in the 5’th.

Second game: this saw the Chiefs get 2 in the 2’nd, Bees 2 in the 3’d and Chiefs 2 in the 3’d…in all cases, the 2 runs came with 2 outs!

In the 2’nd, there were two outs with no one on and the Chiefs hit back to back home runs to left field. In the 3’rd, there was an out and a good bunt base hit, but the runner was thrown out trying to steal second. So with 2 outs and no one on, the Bees got a single, and that runner scored off of a triple. A wild pitch allowed the second runner to score.

But in the bottom..the Chiefs got 2 runs ..again with 2 outs! That ended the scoring thanks to good relief pitching on both sides..though the Bees got a run with …2 the 7’th.

June 24, 2018 Posted by | baseball, running | , | Leave a comment

Misleading, staged and out of context photos

No, this kid was not separated from her mom.

The widely shared photo of the little girl crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent patted down her mother became a symbol of the families pulled apart by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border, even landing on the new cover of Time magazine.

But the girl’s father told The Washington Post on Thursday night that his child and her mother were not separated, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed that the family was not separated while in the agency’s custody. In an interview with CBS News, Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz, who was among the first to encounter the mother and her daughter at the border in Texas, said the image had been used to symbolize a policy but “that was not the case in this picture.”

Ruiz, who was not available for an interview Friday, said agents asked the mother, Sandra Sanchez, to put down her daughter, nearly 2-year-old Yanela, so they could search her. Agents patted down the mother for less than two minutes, and she immediately picked up her daughter, who then stopped crying.

This one is flat out staged.

This was from 2014.

Yes, there were differences between the Trump and Obama policies.

June 23, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political | Leave a comment

I am reluctant to read…

I am working through a sticking point and think that I have it worked out. Think…but I need to read the literature to see what was done in similar situations. I really do not want to though.

Workout notes: weights then a 2 mile walk outdoors; I was ready to go on the track but my thighs were quivering from planks.

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10: reasonably good today)
bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 9 x 170
decline: 9 x 165
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 45 standing dumbbell
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer
usual abs, headstand, planks REALLY sucked today

Then the walk.

June 22, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Rubbing it in our faces…

I still remember Trump’s first primary debate question and answer and the reception it got:

And that really set the tone.

Now I know that I live in a somewhat different world (academia) in which someone from a recognized protected class can pontificate without being challenged on their assumptions and logical errors (and most of us, myself included, make these from time to time). We are told to “shut up and listen” and the person pontificating is lauded for “their courage in speaking out”.

Let me be clear: I DO think that many of us (myself included) sometimes overlook the very real extra challenges that others have (example: spending a few weeks pushing my wife around in a wheel chair opened my eyes to accessibility issues..issues that I have over looked prior to that)

But I do think that there is a way of speaking about these issues, and few respond well to angry finger wagging and “shut up and listen”. Yes, an employer can silence and employee but getting them to buy into it is a much different matter.

So, I wonder if “getting the heads of liberals to explode” is a type of pushback?

(note: the “womp womp” may have gone too far, as families of all political persuasions have loved ones with Down’s syndrome)

My opinion: unless you have something someone values (a job, status, money, valued companionship, votes), there is really no reason for others to care if you are upset or not. These message “I just HATE you” yield a “so what”?

And given that liberals, while very noisy, often do not show up to vote, or those we advocate for don’t show up to vote…why should they care if we are angry or not?

June 22, 2018 Posted by | political/social, social/political | Leave a comment

Tough medicine from a tough meme

Ok, I deleted the face as I do not know this individual and have no desire to ridicule her (I do not know what her sign originally said) and yes, I couldn’t resist the correction.

Yes, it was one on my conservative female friends who posted this.

Now let me be clear: I believe that there ARE many legitimate feminist issues (equal pay for equal work…though the gap isn’t what many activists say that it is, everyone should have the freedom to work sans sexual harassment, etc.) I believe that there are legitimate civil rights related issues, etc.

But on the other hand, I’ve seen people use their “status” as “aggrieved victim” as an excuse to be rude, make sweeping generalizations, think in a sloppy manner, and make illogical arguments only to cry “XXXsplaining!” when they are called on their illogical arguments.

I know for a fact that I do better when my mistakes are pointed out (by those who know what they are talking about, and yes, often unsolicited advice comes from a sanctimonious “activist” that really doesn’t know what they are talking about)

June 22, 2018 Posted by | social/political | Leave a comment

I need some motivation …

I am chasing my tail in my research project; my “shortcut” was really a dead end..but presents a nice direction for future research. Back to my more involved proof (which I liked better anyway).

In one part of my proof, I show that there are only a finite number of solid tori (an object that is shaped like a bagel or doughnut) that contain this knot in a non-trivial way (1 or 2, depending on the stitching pattern). That is only part of the proof.

Workout notes: 4 mile run on the treadmill in 41:36 (11:30, then 22:12, 32:03); go from 5.2-5.4 in 5 minute increments, 10 minutes at 6.1, 5 at 6.2, rest at 6.3. Then 2 mile walk outside. Left upper calf is a bit tender.

June 21, 2018 Posted by | mathematics, running | Leave a comment

Cornbelter Baseball and other topics

I think that I need a better summer plan. I waste too much time. I did go back and realize that my proof was not wasted after all; my other idea did not “survive the convergence test” (something that holds for a finite number of iterations need not hold for an infinite number of iterations)

After doing some committee work, I finally got to see a Cornbelter game (Normal).

I saw the end of a 7-4 win vs. the Southern Illinois Miners but then saw a 5-4 loss in the second game, which was delayed by a potential passing storm. There was hardly anyone there as this second game was unplanned.

The Corncrib is a decent, but very basic stadium (with a completely artificial playing surface); it isn’t as fancy as Dozer but still a good place to watch a game. The teams play in the Frontier League, which is independent professional baseball though this league is geared toward young players. With an exception made for an occasional “old star”, the teams are required to consist of “half rookies” which can mean R-1 (someone who had never played professional before, or only played under so many innings) or R-2 (one year of experience). Many of the R-1 players played college ball in 2018 (the league starts play in May, so those college players whose teams didn’t make the NCAA can join right away). The R-2’s consisted of team holdovers from the year before, or those who played on major league farm teams (rookie through A).

Half of the team can consist of “experienced” players, which can include people who have been with the team 2 years or more as well as former “minor league” players (rookie through AA players). No player, which exception of perhaps a publicity player, can be over 27.

In short, the players are pretty good: undrafted but still good college players, rookie through AA players who got released but still want to show their stuff to scouts, etc. I do think that they haven’t practiced together as much as, say, the Chiefs have and will occasionally make sloppy plays (throwing errors).

But there were some spectacular plays too; the Cornbelter shortstop made a spectacular stop on a hard ground ball and threw out the runner from his knees. There is some talent in this league.

What was also fun is that I saw some players I had seen before: the starting pitcher pitched for Illinois State and some of the Miners played for Eastern Illinois. And some of the other players played against the Chiefs when they were in A ball.

I saw home runs (one towering shot by a Miner who played for the University of Tampa in 2018) and a robbery of a home run.

The game: in the 4’th, a single then an error on the bunt put 2 on, and both are driven in with a monster homerun to left field (which cleared a sign on the berm)
But in the 5’th, Normal scores on a couple of hits and throwing errors and adds 2 more in the 6’th to take a 4-3 lead going into the 7’th and possibly final inning.

But…the substitute pitcher throws 4 balls in a row..then an error on a bunt (horrible throw) allows the runner to score and the person bunting to make it to 3’rd. But then there is a ground out, intentional walk, then double play to end the top half of the inning.

Bottom half: Cornbelters get 2 on with no outs. But then a strike out gives one out, then a sharp line drive…appears to be the game winning hit..gets caught by the short stop who makes an unassisted double play.

In the 8’th, a home run gives the Miners the lead, and then the win.

In all, there was quite a bit of drama; I really did not know who would win until the very end.

Note: the box score lists attendance at 2318. I counted 32 fans in the stands at the start of the second game..there were perhaps a dozen in boxes I could not see. My guess: they invited day camp kids to the first game and perhaps many of them were there, at first.

Amusing note: when I walked back to my car, I found a ball under my car tire (see the last photo). I walked back to see if they wanted the ball back, but they told me to keep it.

Got here in time for game 1. Another game coming up. Sparce crowd.

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Workout notes: weights and a steady 4 mile walk in Bradley Park. usual PT, pull ups (good?) 5-5-5, 15, 10, 10, presses: decline 10 x 135, 6 x 175, incline: 3 x 155, 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer, usual abs, (planks suck).

June 21, 2018 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

What to do?

Well, I am at a crossroads with some research. We shall see. I need to rewrite a large section. But the rewrite will be easier than the original.

Workout notes: 3 miles on the treadmill, 3.1 on the track. The track walk came after a break (TMI) and the treadmill run was 10 minute warm up, 10 minutes medium tempo, 10 minutes faster tempo (11:17, 21:06, 29:53; going 6.1 mph for the second 10, then 6.7 for 5 minutes, 6.8 for 3, 6.9 for 2).

Long goal: try to rebuild walking speed then focus on a 2 week cycle with main workouts as follows:

running tempo
walking pacing (sub 13 walking for 4-6 miles)
Then one long workout per week: one week building up to 15 with segments at “marathon walk” pace (say, sub 15 minute per mile walking), the next being a conventional getting in the distance (up to 18-20).
Sprinkle in a 5K here and there for social reasons (and this replaces the running tempo)

Aim for either Quad Cities (late September, 7 hour time limit) OR Des Moines (mid to late October, 7 hour time limit..if QC weather is hot). Tentative goal: 6:20 (14:30 mpm pace).

Now my plan is to get on the road shortly to check out the Normal Cornbelters (independent baseball; Frontier league; roughly low-A level of competition)

June 19, 2018 Posted by | marathons, running, walking | Leave a comment

Attitude adjustment part N

Today’s workout was nothing special. Weight: 200 after working out (weights), but I did have nachos last night and it was after breakfast and a gallon of coffee (ok, latter was an exaggeration)

But the weights: usual PT, abs (and yes, planks suck: 2:30, headstand was good)
pull ups: 15, 15, 10 , 10 (very good; best in months)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185
incline: 7 x 150 (good hip plant)
decline: 7 x 175
military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine

warm 2 mile walk in the heat…social, relaxed pace.

Though my running and walking has decline since 2010 …and REALLY declined over the past 2 years, my strength in the weight room has remained more or less constant; if there has been a decline it has been oh-so-slight. And that is something to savor.

June 18, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment