Left: 9 am, sharp. Arrived: 5:20 pm, sharp. That included gas stops and a quick meal while moving.
Whew. I had decent luck with traffic, the only “sort of snag” being the I-44 to I-55 interchange in St. Louis. The ramp is single lane, with a speed limit of 20 mph (very sharp turn), so this is always backed up. This is very, very antiquated. And of course, the I-74, I-155 construction in Morton is STILL going on; it started in the Spring of 2013. I just LOVE our state. (eyeroll).
But the drive was over with and I ended up sharing a lovely dinner with a dear friend.
Now tomorrow: do I embarrass myself with a 5K (20 miles away) or a mile race (downtown); the mile race is more expensive but involves running on Main Street.
I am mentioning it as I like to record how long it takes me to get “back to normal” after a whole blood donation. As far as the process itself: the Red Cross Blood donation site is in shambles (wants a password, then didn’t mail the “forgotten password”) so I called to make the appointment. And they were 20-30 minutes late though I was 15 minutes early.
The Peoria site is not well run, at least from the donor point of view. And I’ll get repeated telephone calls again; they are so much of a pest that I have their number set on “do not ring”. But I do it twice a year anyway as I don’t want to be outdone by social conservatives, who donate at a higher rate (though there may be “eligibility reasons” for this.
This isn’t my photo, but the predawn sky looked a bit like this. I love that. Of course, I was walking to the Riverplex where I swam 3300 yards (3000 meters). 1000 free, then 4 x (5 x 50 drill/swim, 250 free), 3 x 100 IM (ugly IM). I was a little bit off. Drills: 3g for the first set, fist for the second, front kick for the third, catch up for the fourth.
Then I walked 4 miles (plus) outside; basically the length of the “Hooters to ball field” section. Though the river has receded from parts of the path, those sections are now iced over. And the goose loop is still largely underwater. Pace was 14:40’ish.
Commentary: where I live Ok, this winter is actually not bad at all.
But…it is still Illinois and..I think of the times where I’ve been on a road trip and just cross the state line…just to see the highway turn to crap and see an Illinois State Police car ready to pounce on those entering the state.
If Illinois were a single woman on the make, she’d scare away every decent guy out there.
Maybe that sounds like a weird comparison. But these days, states have to look good if they expect to get any attention. In times of yore, people spent their entire lives in the same place. Nowadays in the information age, people can study and compare states just like singles use dating sites. Which would-be suitors might make you toes curl? Or gut hurl?
In relationships, sometimes you hit the road, and sometimes you get dumped. The latter is what often happens to Illinois, according to United Van Lines. Its study released this week shows Illinois ranked third last year among states that were most moved from. In other words, a lot of people want to get the heck away from here, pronto. [..]
Read the rest..there is more.
And yes, I’d love to leave, were I able to get a comparable job elsewhere…one where I could walk to work every day.
Well, I made it out of Peoria ok; but…
1. Between Peoria and the Indiana state line, traffic was shunted to a single lane on 5 different segments. Ok, one was some sort of accident just past Morton…though there was a disabled vehicle on the left side of the road, and about .25 miles further up, on the right side.
2. Between the Indiana State line and Indianapolis, single lane traffic on 2 different occasions.
3. Then on I-70: orange barrels and concrete walls galore, but no single lane stuff.
The irritating thing about I-74 is that the stuff around Morton has been going on since fall of 2013.
4. Going through Dayton; there was a jam going the other way and I counted 100+ semi rigs in the space of well less than 1 mile. It was as if there was a factory outlet nearby.
But I made it to Columbus and hope to make it in to Berea, OH by 11 am or so.
The above was for yesterday’s course.
Today: late start; weight 186 after breakfast.
Weights then running:
5 sets of 10, 1 set of 5 pull ups (hip hikes and rotator cuff) varied the grip
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 145, 9 x 140 (pushed myself a bit)
military press: 7 x 45, 8 x 45, 10 x 40 (standing dumbbells)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 150 (double pulley machine)
Note: I did a super set with the military, rows, pull downs.
Then 1 mile in 11 minutes on the treadmill:
5K (25 laps, middle lane): 28:40. 9:04, 8:42 (17:47), 9:45 (27:33); I walked a few steps two different times on the last mile. I just didn’t have it; the last mile was feeling a bit like a race and I didn’t want that.
I had a good walk yesterday and the weights took a little out of me. Afterward: I cut the grass in the front yard.
By the way, we’ve gotten creamed by rain in June. This was the wettest June on record, and the second wettest month on record (September 1926 was 0.09 inches wetter).
(snapshot from the Illinois Climatology blog run by James Angel. )
I did a poor job of outlining Peoria County (where I live) but you can see that while we were not the wettest region in the state, we were above the state average. We’ve gotten water in the basement almost non-stop (on the order of perhaps 8-12 gallons a night, as measured by buckets and our new Shop-Vac wet vacuum).
And the yard is absurd; the weed trees grow back almost as fast as you chop them down. When you cut the grass, when you finished, the part of the yard you started with already needs to be cut again. (ok, that is an exaggeration…🙂 )
Rain, plus ample periods of sun plus very fertile soil = lots of growth. And the rabbits are having a field day; on Monday I counted 5 in the yard at one time! I wish I could have trapped them and brought them to our yard.
Yeah, I am indeed sick (ill). That “scratchy throat” was what I feared it was. I have some mild body aches, fatigue and a minor cough.
But I feel better when I move and so I went out for a short, gentle walk (about 4 miles, or 6.4 km); I walked to Bradley Park via the university and Parkside. Yes, the gated off pavement is mostly coated with packed snow and ice, some of which was very slippery. I almost went down once but did not.
Still, it was ok to walk and I felt better about getting outside.
Though the snow missed us (this time) it is still cold, even by “Illinois in February” standards. But my mood has not gone south as it has in past years, even though I’ve stayed on the treadmill, indoor track, weight room and pool.
Part of the reason, I think, is that my wife is vacationing in Vietnam and Cambodia. Hence I can curse winter all I want (along with the ice, the tons of laundry, the time spent bundling up, peeling off layers, etc.). Part of is that I am spared the “blended family drama/BS”. And part of the reason is that I can just make the little decisions as to what to do without compensating for someone else’s limitations (e. g. parking .35 miles away from the basketball arena on a night when it was 4 F; I can walk fast enough to not be bothered by the cold.)
But, on the other hand, I am a little bit “out of sorts” as well; there is no denying that.
Yes, I know: I served in the military and deployed for months at a time, and I came from a military family. My dad did two 1 year long isolated tours: one in Korea and one in Vietnam (during the war). I get it.
Nevertheless, I am sputtering oh-so-slightly, the way that an engine that needs oil does.
Yeah, we got 5.9 inches of snow.
One of my women friends (a runner) mentioned that she was going to shovel. Now THAT, to me, is porn…nothing sexier than a woman who shovels snow. I HATE that stuff.
Ok you slackers, moochers, evolutionists, Keynesian economists and other deadbeats: you had better watch out when you come here. I am now a REGISTERED REPUBLICAN!!!!!!
Personal Responsibility! No more welfare! (tax breaks for the
filthy rich job creators are ok).
My vote: I voted for Bruce Rauner for governor. Why? Well…..bootstraps, rich people are the smartest people and all of that ….
(my guess: in the general election he won’t listen to anyone else and end up getting beat)
Now to go run…
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