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resting and more baseball

I wondered if I was getting rundown so I went to the Forest Park Nature Center (left from the Heights tower) and walked 2:12 (about 7 miles). Normally I don’t doubt the distance but this time Wakerobin was closed. So I took Deer run back to Possum Path to the Valley, then to Bee Tree to Cardinal, back to Valley and then to Wilderness (1:05 which is about my outer loop time) Spurs: 23:16 out, about 27 back (uphill..and tired).

Then it was time for some baseball. Bradley beat Illinois 8-6 to win the series 2-1. Of interest was the fielding. One one hand, 4 errors (3 in a 2 innings 5-6) kept ISU in the game. On the other hand, fielding saved the day. The center fielder made an “over the shoulder” catch on the warning track (near 400 feet) with 2 out and the bases loaded, and the first baseman made some great plays too.

A 2 run home run in the bottom of the 8’th provided the winning margin.

A Political Science professor and his wife (also a Ph. D. in political science) sat next to me.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | baseball, hiking, walking | | Leave a comment

Fun with the mundane….

Yes, I ran a 5K this morning. And yes, I cut the grass for the first time in 2017. That wasn’t fun, though I wanted to get a photo of the tulips for Barbara, who is in Cuba.

But I also saw something more gruesome: there were the remains of a bunny that became a meal for a predator. Nature…

No, the yard was not entertaining. But I did have dinner with a dear friend on Friday, and a different dear friend tonight. THAT was fun.

And there was Bradley baseball: it turns out that the starting pitcher and one of the relief pitchers were/are students of mine. Oh the game: that didn’t go so hot; Bradley lost to Illinois State 9-4 based on the first inning (3 runs) and the 7’th (5 runs, all of which came AFTER 2 outs). ISU got 4 hits and 3 runs in the first and were more or less held in check for the next 5 innings. But the ISU starter struck out 7 in 5 1/3 innings.

The day was sunny but windy which made it chilly in the shade; note the fans seeking out the sunny areas.

For a few innings, I had the volleyball team sitting next to and around me (they came next to my seat when I went to the restroom between innings; they were seeking the sunny areas.

So, the loss aside, it was a fun weekend so far.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends | | Leave a comment

Dropping the ball for baseball…

I’ve disconnected a bit due to..well, baseball games. Tuesday night I saw the Chiefs lose to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-0.

The highlights were a couple of great outfield catches; one was just off of the ground and the other was over the shoulder.

Then last night I watched Bradley rally from 4-1 down in the 7’th inning to win 6-4, getting 2 in the bottom of the 7’th and 3 more in the bottom of the 8’th. The 8’th inning was really the key. The first batter singled and the coach put in a fast pinch runner. The next batter made an excellent bunt…but Iowa made a bad throw to first which lead to the fast runner rounding the bases to score and the batter to make it to 3’rd. Then the runner at third was singled in, and another double gave Bradley the padding it needed.

A crowd of 571 enjoyed the game.

I also came to notice that Bradley uses the third base dugout as the home dugout whereas the Chiefs use the first base dugout. It has to do where the respective clubhouses are.

I’ll really OD on Bradley baseball, as there are 5 home games from Friday to Wednesday. I should make 4 of these (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday).

Workout notes: PM: walk with the group; 3 miles. We lollygagged on the way out (27 minutes or so) and then on the way back, Tammy wanted to turn it up a bit; that only took 24 minutes for us.

AM: I slept in (Bradley games are usually about 3 hours; more scoring than in pro ball) So I worked out after my 9-10 class. I’ve got some catching up to do.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 9 x 170 (empty gym, basically), 10 x 135 incline, dumbbell military: 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine rows. Then run: 20 minutes on the treadmill: 2-2-2-2-2 (5.2-5.6) then 2-2-2-2-1-1 (6.7-7.2) 10:57/8:40, 2.04 miles total.

Bodyweight: 195.7 before, 193.8 after.

April 21, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Walk and Baseball…

Today was consumed by a 3:37 walk and a 2:40 baseball game, Indian dinner (plus a good hamburger) and writing up a statistics exam.

The walk:

It was similar to last week’s walk, but slightly slower: 1:46 out (as opposed to 1:41:30 last time) and 1:48 (correcting for an extra loop; I was almost 1:52) back, as opposed to 1:41:30. But the 8 miles the day before did tire me out a bit. It was still an acceptable effort, if a slower one.

It was all but deserted; I saw two pairs of cyclists, one solo cyclist and perhaps 3-4 walkers total.

Then to the Bradley vs. Wichita baseball game; this time Wichita won 8-5 (so BU takes the series 2-1). Wichita had a 4 run 3’rd inning and Bradley could not quite close the gap. Each team hit 2 home runs.

It was a pretty day for a game though:

Barbara joked about “womanspreading”

One of Bradley’s better crowds among the games I was able to make (they had more the day before).

6’th inning action.

April 17, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

A bit of everything in this game: Bradley 6, Wichita State 5

I got to the game at the top of the second when it was 1-0 WSU; I had a meeting and dinner with my wife first. But rain delay pushed by the start of the game (and kept attendance down a bit)

And this game featured a bit of everything. Through 5 innings we had seen (between both teams): 5 errors, 8 runs and 13 hits. Through the top of the 9’th, we stayed at 5 errors, 11 runs, 21 hits, one manager being ejected (for arguing a “step out of the batter’s box strike call”), one apparent home run in which the hitter was called out as he passed the runner on base between first and second:

The Braves added an insurance run in the seventh when an apparent Ivelia two-run homer turned into a single and just one run scored when Ivelia passed Ian Kristan on the base paths and was called out.

And then came the 9’th: Bradley was up 6-4 and had two outs, when Wichita State hit two doubles in a row to pull to within 6-5, but a line drive was caught in center field to end the game. Whew…

One of the mothers of the player cheered …very …enthusiastically and yelled BOOM at just about anything Wichita State did (strike, routine ground ball fielded, etc.) Toward the end, some Bradley fans started to yell BOOM when BU did something..that made me giggle.

Workout notes: 4.2 Conrstalk classic walk in 56:44; 13:30 final mile. Not fast but not the usual slow stroll. I paid more attention this time.

April 15, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

Longish walks, regret, and baseball…

Today’s walk: left the house at 7:15, walked down Cooper, Moss, Union, MLK, Kumpf, Rivertrail around the goose loop (20-30 meters are submerged), ball field fence loop (around the wall..mostly to visit the port-o-potty) then the bike path through the Cemetery to the northern gate. Touch the gate, double back.

VERY consistent: 1:41:43 out, 1:41:17 back for 13.8 miles at a 14:43 pace. That may not seem like much..ok, it is a slower pace than I averaged for a 100 mile walk in 2004…(OMG, I’ve slipped that much!) but it is the best “day after a 5K sort-of-long walk” I’ve done in a while. And, this was nowhere near a hard effort, though it was a deliberate, “pay attention to your walking” pace. If I can work up to adding 7-8 more miles at this pace with this effort, I should be ready for an “under the 6 hour time limit” walking marathon. And hey, I have 5 more months to go.

yes, the days of my just doing a marathon (or 50K) on a whim are long, long over.

Regret: I followed the progress of some of my friends doing a trail 30 mile (48 km)..McNaughton. Yes, I’ve finished several ultras on that course; the fall 30 4 different times, the spring 50K once, the 50 mile twice, the 100 mile twice. So, it isn’t as if I haven’t finished the race, but the reality is that after my 2010 knee surgery, I’ve had 3 very slow 30 mile finishes and two DNFs (once on a 30, once on a 50 ). Mud on the course just kills my knees, so signing up in advance doesn’t work. And now-a-days, going in on a whim doesn’t work either.

So, I miss it, though there is no reason I can’t be a fair weather hiker or perhaps be a last minute sign up for a 30 IF I had a recent marathon under my belt …recent enough to have some conditioning under my belt but not so recent as to come in tired, as I did the last time (11 hours for the 30! that was humiliating)

Baseball
So I saw the Bradley baseball game; good day for it. Bradley took a nice 2-1 lead off of two solo home runs. Milwaukee tied it and then came the 6-7-8’th innings where Milwaukee got most of their 14 hits and 3, 3 and 5 runs respectively. BU got 2 of them back in the 7’th…but the final was 13-4.

Small consolation but BU “won” the home run derby 3-2 though they did hit a spectacular 400+ foot shot to center.

One of the Bradley home runs made it to the dark SUV in this photo

Though I’d rather BU had won, it was a great day for a ball game. My wife is the redhead in the front row. There were 308 at this game. I attend many Chiefs games (one this afternoon) but I’ll get my baseball fix at Bradley games until their home season ends.

April 9, 2017 Posted by | baseball, marathons, walking | , | Leave a comment

Bradley Baseball Fun: 8’th inning explosion to defeat Milwaukee 11-5

We had a great day for it; sun and warmth…a bit of wind. Even better: a student I’ve had in class was pitching.
So what went down: Milwaukee opened with some ground ball hits and took a 1-0 lead. The lead grew to 2-0 in the 5’th though both pitchers were doing well. But in inning 5, Bradley got a walk, and the shortstop hit his first (of 2 total) home run to left field to tie the game.

Then came the 7’th when the Bradley pitcher, who was starting to tire, got 2 outs. But a botched play at first on a ground ball) kept Milwaukee alive, and then they cashed in ..eventually driving in a go ahead run. A reliever came in.

But in the bottom of the 7’th, Bradley got a lead off home run to tie the game at 3 (on the at bat where I took the photo).

Then Bradley held Milwaukee scoreless in the top of the 8’th, and then came an 8 run explosion in the bottom; this rally featured 3 home runs. It went from 3-3 to 11-3 very quickly.
Milwaukee rallied for 2 in the top of the 9’th (loaded the bases and got a hit) but BU finished the job.

All in all, this game had a bit of everything; pitcher’s duel at first, then a ton of hitting.

Barbara went with me.

I kind of relaxed so Barbara did a “womanspread” to compete with my “manspreading”.

I wanted a shot of the field; this came just before the home run which tied the game at 3.

April 8, 2017 Posted by | baseball | | Leave a comment

Minor League Baseball and Friends: happy to let them go…

The Peoria Chiefs (low A, Midwest League) start up this month, but I’ll spend most of my “baseball time” watching Bradley and pick up the Chiefs in May.

The Chiefs made the playoffs the past two years. But last year: by the time they got to the playoffs they weren’t the same team; most of their good players had been promoted.

And that is how it goes in minor league ball: you start to get attached to a player and you want them to do well. But when they do well, they leave, as they well should. And though you miss seeing them, you are happy for them.

Sometimes, something similar happens to one’s friends. A few weeks ago, my wife said “you probably won’t be training with X now that they have a love interest that runs”…and my reply was “I hope not.” She looked surprised, but then understood exactly what I meant.

Workout notes Weird. I still have a scratchy, “sometimes” cough and feel slightly weak; this is a continuation of what I had last week. But weights went very well:

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: strong)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190 (wanted to keep the hips down), 10 x 170 (strict)
military press: dumbbell, 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine
incline: 3 sets of 10 x 160 (45/35 on each side) Hammer machine

I tried to run…no dice, walked 5 miles outside instead. The gates to the hills of Bradley Park are now open; beautiful day but some traffic. I got shocked into picking it up on the way back..a young woman who was walking deliberately was gaining on me. My “mind wandering walk” is no longer fast; I have to be deliberate and concentrate.

April 2, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends, illness, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Interplanetary 5K and Bradley Baseball

Ok, given that the Bradley 5K course was just a tad bit long (3.16-3.2 miles) and I did it in 28:03, my 27:18 time for the Interplanetary 5K was right on.

I had felt a bit heavy legged the day before but felt fine on race morning, where it was in the low 50’s and drizzly….while I warmed up.

In a nutshell I may have taken it a bit too hard at the start (8:38) and while my second mile was fine (8:47), I slowed (9:51 for the final 1.1) even though I had a light tailwind.

I had a hard time gauging early pace. At first I followed the lady in orange and black:

But she started to open a lead on me about half way and then blew me away at the end (see the red arrow)

I was about 90 seconds slower than last year, but a bit faster than I was last Thanksgiving. Too heavy? Well, I was also running more last year (2-2:30 training runs for strength plus 8 milers midweek) and I think that I need to do more of the 1:30 duration runs.

Still, socially, it was good to see old friends including the lovely Mamma T and her new-ish friend.

Later, it was time for some Bradley Baseball, where the Braves overpowered NAIA Robert Morris-Springfield 15-0 in 7 innings.

It drizzled for part of the game, which drove most of the fans to the concourse for part of the game. We moved back to the top row under the overhang.

If the weather cooperates, I’ll try to catch the Eureka game tomorrow afternoon.

March 26, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running | , , | Leave a comment

NFL, NBA or MLB: live and on TV: what do you chose?

Ok, I’ll ask a question:

on television, you get to watch ONE regular season game: MLB (major league baseball), NFL (pro football) or NBA (pro basketball).
Which do you choose? Assume that all are equally meaningful games.

Now same question, but this time, you offered a ticket (with companion of choice) of similar level to MLB, NFL, or NBA. Assume equally meaningful games, pleasant weather, etc.

January 6, 2017 Posted by | baseball, basketball, football, NBA, NFL | Leave a comment