Ok, time to get to bed as classes start tomorrow.
I’ve had some interesting political discussion today and…ok, watched a lot of short videos about some of the “100 greatest NFL players” and focused on the linemen, especially the offensive linemen.
Workout notes: 5.1 mile Corntalk course; jogged to the start of the dogpark hill, and then ran the uphills hard; walked, then jogged to the next uphill. I did that workout on December 31’st. Felt good.
Time to get it..lots of admin stuff to do.
You can tell that the games are good when I get nervous watching them…and none of the games involve *my* teams (*)
Packers vs. Cowboys: a classic; 3 50+ yard field goals in the final 1:38. The Packers were leading 21-3 in the first half, but the Cowboys rallied to tie it.
Here is a close up of the catch from the NFL’s Instagram feed:
Steelers vs. Chiefs: also a good one. The Steelers moved the ball up and down the field but had to settle for 6 field goals. The Chiefs got the only 2 touchdowns but still lost.
A key play came late in the game when it appeared that the Chiefs had tied the game on a 2 point conversion. The left tackle was flagged for holding which forced the Chiefs to try the 2 point attempt from further out:
Sorry, but that was totally holding; he had his arm wrapped around the front of the body from shoulder to shoulder, THOUGH I’ve seen linemen get away with worse.
(yea, in HS, I’ve gotten a few of these calls…due to my slow feet)
(*) currently, “my” teams are the Bears )3-13) and the Colts (8-8); basically *my* teams are the ones I get to watch in person.
How they have gone:
early, up until 1975: Packers (dad liked Vince Lombardi)
1975-mid 1990’s: Cowboys. Lived in Texas for much of that time; and while in the Navy, Austin, Texas was my “home”.
1983-1984: Patriots were also my team, as I got a chance to watch a few of their games live in old Sullivan Stadium
1990’s-2009 none, really, “sort of” Bears
2009-2015: Rams; my wife took me to a Rams game and I saw a few games every year
2016-now: switched to the Colts and Bears as those are the teams I get to see.
Side note: I did catch one Tampa game when I lived in Florida, one Rams game back in 1984 and I was on leave near Los Angeles, and one Colts game in 1983 when I was on vacation in Baltimore.
I saw two women’s games in person, and watched part of the men’s game at Indiana State.
Men Fell behind 44-22; rallied in the second half but lost 81-71. If you are 22 points down at the half, you will lose..the vast majority of the time anyway. League leading Illinois State is up (they creamed a good Wichita State team 76-62…saw that one on TV) and I am scheduled to take an Illinois State graduate to that game. Oh boy.
Women Played the league leaders: Drake on Friday night and University of Northern Iowa on Sunday. Both opponents are strong teams who have lost mostly to big-time teams…and it showed.
Drake 93, Bradley 60: in this one, Bradley was never in it.
UNI 71, Bradley 52: in this one, Bradley fell behind 21-10 in the first quarter; hung in for the next quarter and a half, and then got worn down.
The women are trying, but these teams simply had better players; currently there is a talent gap.
Nevertheless, I enjoy the games:
This next photo: shows a math department member (foreground) and some athletic teams that were on hand to cheer the team on.
Third quarter: reality.
In the stands (top row), you can see some of the men’s basketball team on hand to cheer on the women.
Halftime burpee challenge for kids. The Sunday afternoon games are very “kid friendly”.
UNI is tied for the lead in the MVC for a reason.
Today’s 10.1 mile walk took 8 minutes longer than a walk on the same course back on December 29, but it did come after leg work and some intervals two days ago. And this was certainly “comfort, not speed” today. It was just under freezing and there wasn’t much wind. Footing was excellent; almost no ice was left on the sidewalks.
Below is a couple of photos of the “sort-of” frozen Illinois River. In the second one, there is a barge in the distance and some geese (hard to see). This is less frozen than it often is at this time of year (mid January).
1) There are some “labrador black” squirrels in the grass next to MLK just as I was turning onto Moss. They’ve spread; I did not see them 20 years ago; about 5-6 years ago I saw a few in Bradley Park.
2) No runners or walkers on the bike path..with one big exception. As I passed by some flocks of geese, I noticed that they were very, very agitated; much more so than when it was just me. It turns out that the Bradley University Men’s track/XC team was out training (perhaps 5:45-6 minute per mile pace) as a group; I moved over for them and many greeted me. I could lie and say something about age, but when I was their age, my “cruise training” pace was 7:30 mpm-ish…considerably slower than they were going.
Still, there was a “cycle of life” aspect to this encounter though.
Yes, my shoulders have that glow. I slept in and decided to do a weight workout followed by a recovery walk on the treadmill; I don’t know what conditions will be like tomorrow morning (icy roads?)
I did weigh at 197 afterward (no shoes, no shorts) and was 201.5 with shoes and shorts beforehand (thank you chili).
The workout: 3 sets of 10 pull ups (wanted to use the bench), rotator cuff
incline press: 10 x 135, 6 x 160, 10 x 150 (the younger guy getting 6 x 315 on the regular bench didn’t hurt my feelings at all)
2 sets of 10 pull ups
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing, 2 sets of 10 x 180 machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 54 (each arm) machine
legs: sets of 6 goblet: 25, 30, 40, 50, 50, 6 x 45 Smith Machine, 7 x 180 free weight leg press. Heavier on the Smith machine hurt my knees.
Treadmill: Froggy, 3.9 and up every 3 minutes to 4.8, then 1,2,3,4 to 42 minutes; 41:48 5K; 40:30 at mile 3.
Abs: 2 sets of 10: yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunches, exercise ball back stretch
Headstand (easier..harder surface)
I felt good.
I went at a time when more people were starting to show up. My goodness, one exercise class was jam packed. There was a real mix; male powerhouses, bespandexed women, old people, casual people, etc., along with a few people I knew.
I complemented the powerhouse who got 6 x 315 and he said “you can do it”. I laughed and told him that 30 years ago, I got ONE rep with 310 and it about killed me. You should have seen his eyes widen when I said “30 years ago”; he probably had not been born then.
I am finally getting back on track, in terms of sports. Good thing too, as classes start up again next week.
Defined goal: sub 26 5K. I barely made that a year ago.
Priorities: running, walking, lifting, add some swimming (say 20 minute swims)
Today: 21:50 2 mile, which included 2:15 of 6.7 mph running
track: 8 x 200 with 200 walk recovery (25:37): 58, 57, next 4 were 55, then 54, 53. These were efforts; I tried to keep a “less glacial” cadence and to lift my knees a bit. Left hamstring is just a tiny bit tender.
treadmill: 24:50 to do 2.25 miles (walk .25, jog 2).
Just a bit of stretching afterward.
I felt better. Not great, but better. It is humbling to think that I averaged 54 seconds per 200 during my half marathon PR in 1999 and again in 2000, but that is how it goes, isn’t it? But baby steps. Baby steps.
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