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hanging on

I admit two things:

1. The fatigue of last weeks 24-30 hour bug is still with me…somewhat.
2. The foot is not 100 percent well; it was still oh-so-slightly sore from yesterday’s 7 miles.

Today’s workout was ok though sluggish: 2200 yards: 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 swim/drill, 200 in 3:36, 100 in 1:50 (fading), 100 back, 100 breast, 100 swim/drill, 7 x 100 on the 2:10 (1:50 each; one “lazy” one), 100 back.
I got through it ok with no “pop”.

Bike: 38:50 for 10 miles; I started so damned slowly it took me almost 5 minutes to go the first mile; didn’t average 15 mph until mile 7 (28:00). I was kind of dead afterward and ended up taking a nap! Had it not been spring break, I would have had do have done only one of these activities.

Politics: is sure looks as if Lamb pulled it out in PA-18. But he was the right kind of candidate for THAT district. The Republicans can spin it any way they want to, but the shift is toward the Democrats, though we should realize that the “red region” Democrats will be more conservative than I would like.

Personal Tomorrow, Barbara and I will have been married 22 years. We celebrated yesterday as we’ll be on the road. We went to one of our favorite restaurants and exchanged cards…and we got each other the same card! That is hilarious…

(the theme: seeing your spouse in a crowd coming toward you and just feel good when you spot them)

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March 14, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, Personal Issues, swimming | , , | Leave a comment

This funk is becoming normal…

I have been in just a weird mood. Some of it is related to my personal life (no worries..”First World Issues”) but some of it, I think is about our country’s social situation.

I’ve heard about polarization and yes, there were times when this country was even more polarized (think: civil rights era, Civil War). But get a load of this:

Yes, one current wrestling “villain” (aka “heel”) is the outspoken liberal!

And yes, if you listen to the comments, it is “those libs” who try to tell us “how to live our lives”…which I suppose means that they want to teach creationism in their public schools, discriminate against gays under the law (yes, there is fine line between “freedom of private association” and what a public business is permitted to do), etc.

And those who ARE of liberal mind who have the means often leave such places to go where they fit better:

We’ve talked to death the fact that America’s rural areas have been emptying out and filling up the big urban areas across the country. Within those urban areas, liberals are not well represented in the suburbs in most cases; voters there tend to be older, married, white homeowners of a distinctly reactionary bent. In other words, the author is right that there is little organized liberal presence in a lot of these places…because most of the liberals are gone.

Where, then, are these liberal ground-up organizations supposed to come from? As the second quote reveals, Democratic campaigns have a kind of “surge and recede” dynamic; they fan out across the country for election years and then pack up and return to California and the East Coast until the next election. That’s ineffective. The problem is that there’s a reason all of those people live in California, New York, Boston, and DC – they’re probably from the Muncies and Rockfords of the world and they got out the second they could. Going back simply reminds them of why they left.

Not to make the author personally responsible for solving this problem, but there must be some reason she’s at Harvard. Certainly University of Illinois would be equally happy to have her. Oh, right, I forgot: central Illinois sucks. That’s why she’s not there.

Who’s left on the liberal side of the spectrum in these unorganized places where the Democratic presence has atrophied? You’ve got younger people who are itching to get out and generally do so at the earliest opportunity. Then you have the 30-55 aged liberals who are living in a sea of red for job-related or personal reasons. Most of them are pretty tired of showing up to school board meetings in Keokuk, being outnumbered 25 to 1 and ostracized for suggesting that maybe the Bible isn’t a science textbook. If you’ve never had the experience of being in a small town and being one of a small percentage of educated liberals, you very well might believe that it’s possible to rally these people into action. But if you’ve had that experience, you’re probably not eager for more of it.

And while I find the company of *some* conservatives to be pleasant, they tend to be conservatives of a certain type. They can read a graph, know basic terminology and can rebut my argument with facts and reason (or at least attempt to 🙂 ); they “play by the same rules”.

So..enjoyable, fruitful dialogue is difficult to come by and more and more, I am keeping opinions to myself

And some on the left are downright shameful. (I say *some*)

I still believe that these are an ignorant, misguided minority. How dare THEY tell me what I am allowed to hear!

And yes, I know, not everyone is entitled to a platform, and people have the right to make the case to “not choose this speaker”. But once they have the proper invitation, those who WANT to listen to what the speaker has to say should be allowed to. And yes, this means even, say, a Bible club creationist speaker.

Anyway, the current situation depresses me.

On a positive note

The heel is continuing to heal (pun not intended). After weights, I had a treadmill walk and the pain was, well, just enough to be noticeable at times. In most times, I wouldn’t notice or think about it much.

weights: usual PT, pull ups (2 sets of 5-5-5, 2 sets of 10), decline presses (10 x 135, 10 x 165), incline presses (5 x 155, 10 x 140), military presses: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, goblet squats: 10 x 50, 50, 60 (to the bench).

Abs: 50, 24 twist crunches, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of 10 moving bridge, 30 seconds of boat, head stand (decent), 2:15 plank (tough final 15 seconds) side planks.

Walk: started out slowly (3.5 mph), moved pace up gradually, finished 3 miles in 44:09, 5K in 45:30. Varied incline from 0.5 to 3, 0 to 4 then 4 back down to 2, then 0.5. The heel felt the best at about 3.9 mph, and at 2.0 incline. (strange that it likes a slight incline better than flat).

This IS encouraging.

March 7, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Underestimating the long workout’s effect on my mood

Sunday (or Saturday) has often meant “go long”; 3-5 hours of running or walking (or some of each). I can’t do that right now due to my heel (I feel it just a bit..it seems to be tolerating what I am currently doing though).

In the past it has meant a long swim (3000 -5500 yards). But that won’t happen tomorrow as I have not built up to that yet; I am hoping for 2200.

So, while I can mix and match workouts (example: 40 minutes of lifting, 1:05 of cycling, 50 minutes of walking) it isn’t the same as that long, steady effort and the brain chemicals aren’t there.

Hence the “sort-of-funk” I am in..just a bit. Oh, the weather is now sunny and I’ve done many fun activities that I’ve very much enjoyed. But I am not getting those endorphins.

I do have some mundane tasks to do tomorrow though.

March 4, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues | , | Leave a comment

A remarkable first week and basketball game

Once again, Barbara has gone on a lengthy winter trip; if memory serves she has done this since 2015. It isn’t a bad time to go as she gets to miss 2-4 weeks of the Illinois winter and one of the more hectic parts of my academic year.

And interestingly enough, instead of being mostly alone, I’ve been more social than normal. Yes, I am dealing with a heel injury, but I’ve also returned to swimming; a long lost friend. I am also getting more into yoga; last Tuesday I had a double class (yoga for the back, then partner yoga) followed by dinner with my teacher.

Then came Valentine’s day.

Ok, that wasn’t exactly true this year. Yes, it was a couple of days after some snow:

Then I went out to dinner (ok, burgers and fries) with my yoga teacher and then to the Bradley vs. Illinois State basketball game. Ms. V. is an ISU alum and I took her to that game last year, where Bradley got blown out.

This year, Bradley is improved and ISU had one starter out and one hobbled with a sore knee. Therefore, Bradley held ISU scoreless for about the first 6:30 of the game and, built the lead to 16 points. ISU fought back gamely but Bradley won 70-58.

Ms. V. wore her ISU shirt with pride…but as the game wore on, she threatened to make me walk home. 🙂

Early action.

This was Bradley’s second best crowd (7700 or so) for the season; but this wasn’t the sell out that this game used to be. Then again, ISU won the previous 8 games in this series so..maybe this might become a genuine rivalry again?

Two days later (Friday): I went to dinner with a dear friend. Afterward, I went to catch the second half of the Bradley women’s game vs. Evansville. The first game (at Evansville) saw BU build up a 60 point lead (not a misprint) and coast to a 117-59 win.

When I turned on the radio…Evansville was a head and lead 31-30 at the half!

In the second half, Bradley upped the defensive pressure. Still, the first 4 minutes of the second half were very competitive. But eventually the short handed Evansville team wilted under the pressure and BU went on a 25-2 run, getting open looks at 3’s, uncontested lay ups, steals etc.

BU outscored the Aces 42-14 in the 3’rd quarter (10 minutes). The Braves emptied their bench in the 4’th but still outscored EU 20-2 in the final quarter (EU was running on fumes).

I was happy for Bradley but I also remember Evansville having a competent women’s team last year. This year has been a nightmare of injuries for them. Oh well; Bradley (both the men and women) had to fight through such adversity in previous seasons.

Today and tomorrow: dinner with Tracy tonight; then tomorrow more partner yoga and lunch with Ms. V.
Somewhere I should get some work done, I suppose. 🙂

February 17, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Friends, Personal Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rotten Mood but…

I was in a rotten mood this morning…for no good reason.

Doing some mind stuff thinking “you know, this anger will kill you…you’ve got a ton to be grateful for” and getting in a good (but not great) workout helped.

Now during the workout, I’ve noticed that some of the guys, who I probably outweigh by 40-50 lbs, are stronger than I am. Ok, they are on the order of 35 years younger too, but still, I don’t like how weak I’ve become. Oh yes…slow..I am gradually starting to accept that.

Workout: usual PT (4 sets for each rotator cuff exercise)
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (not that bad this time)
bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 8 x 175 (so-so..not the worst)
incline: 10 x 135 (good hips)
military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 180 (90 each arm) machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm) dumbbell, 2 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer
goblet squat: 10 x 53 kettle bell (to the windowsill)
Then walking: Froggy (3.7, up ever 2 minutes; 0.5 incline, 14:57 mile 1, 27:41 mile 2 (14:57, 12:44). Got a decent sweat going
goblet squat: 10 x 53 kettle bell (to the windowsill…felt good after the walk..)

Now to think about complex analysis

January 19, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Onward to finals

Today: 4 mile walk (Cornstalk classic) after weights; later yoga with Ms. Vickie.

usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10; later ones were easier), bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185 (couldn’t try for 7), 10 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 90 machine. Rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

Ah…now to finish up writing up exams. I’ve got time.

December 5, 2017 Posted by | Personal Issues, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Blues and greens…

Well, the Senate passed their version of the tax bill. My guess: the Republican House will rubber stamp it…but..we shall see. I think it is done. But you never know.

But..I have a pretty walk on the way home from the office:

I was struck by the colors.

I shot this through my office window sort of as a joke (my wife is in Florida and posted a genuinely pretty sunset photo) and liked the reflection; you can see the photos that I have on my office board. I sometimes post “fake office wall” photos but this is genuine.

I saw some Bradley Basketball too:

The Men beat a decent Eastern Illinois team and looked reasonably good in doing so.

The women pulled away at the end to handle Illinois-Chicago, in a high intensity game that saw lots of diving for lose balls, players hitting the floor, etc.

This is Kaboom, the Bradley mascot. It is a gargoyle; the name “kaboom” comes from what the Bradley radio announcer yells when someone dunks the ball.

Workout notes:

I did shuffle 5 slow miles on my own though.

December 2, 2017 Posted by | basketball, Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, running | , | 3 Comments

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

My own “triggers” (of knee jerk responses)

I’ve often chuckled about “trigger warnings” and snowflakey things in academia. But I have my own “triggers” which, well, set off an illogical knee jerk reaction in me. NO, I don’t need to be “warned” or protected from them. An NO, this is not the same as what is meant by the way the word is usually used (say, a war veteran being told that a science demonstration will have a loud “boom”).

1. Buzz words. When I am deciding if I want to click on the link to read an article, I look at the headline and the words. And yeah, there are certain words and phrases that trigger a “scroll past” or “look elsewhere” reaction in me.

Among those: “how scientists find that The Bible was right about….” or “privilege”, “patriarchy”, “deep state”, “misogyny”, “cultural appropriation” etc.

What gets me skeptical are titles such as “What if everything you knew about X is wrong”, or “what you don’t know about Y”.

2. People themselves. I admit this (to my shame): when I see a person about my age (or within a few years) who is obese and moving with great difficulty, I feel an automatic contempt. That, of course, is illogical as I know nothing about the history of the person (e. g., they could have had a stroke, injury, heart attack or other unfortunate physical problem) and the fact that I haven’t as yet is mostly due to genetics and good luck more than anything else. I’ve done nothing to merit “good luck” though I do practice decent health and lifestyle habits. Still, those “healthy habits” only tilt the odds in your favor; there are NO guarantees.

So I try to use my mind to get past that. But I can see where the concept of a “cursed person” comes from and why ancient people might ascribe such a condition to having angered a deity, spirit or whatever.

Workout notes; thunderstorm (which cancelled a baseball game) so I did 4 miles of “running” on my home treadmill in 46 minutes.

May 20, 2017 Posted by | Personal Issues, running, social/political | Leave a comment

Ok, Obamacare repeal passes the House..what next? Malthus lives on…

Here are a couple of good articles which explain what must happen for this bill to become law: it needs a CBO score, then it needs to be determined if this bill meets the rules for reconciliation AND it can even get 50 Republican votes. (Washington Post, Scientific American)

My guess: House moderate Republicans changed their minds because, unlike the ACA, this is unlikely to become law in its current form. So, while the ACA passage cost the Democrats many, many seats, this bill, if it dies or becomes unrecognizable, might not cost the Republicans nearly as much.

Besides, the biggest threat to many Republicans is a primary challenge, NOT the general election.

My guess: the Senate will have to make some tweaks to both get to 50 votes AND to meet reconciliation rules, and that tweaked bill might not survive a second round in the House. I’ll be watching carefully.

Oh, my feed is full of “those heartless Republicans” but these pleas are likely to fall on deaf ears. The elite Republicans have always had a bit of a social Darwinist element to their reasoning.

You see life is hard, it is risky and many do not make it. If you are one of those, well, that is sad, and perhaps a charity might help you out. But that is NOT “our problem”.

This sentiment is expressed by former US Representative Joe Walsh:

Republicans in office cannot say this directly, but he can. Believe me, many of the wealthy Republicans think this way.

There are assets and debits. If you cannot contribute due to either age or disability AND aren’t wealthy, well, you are a debit, not a credit. So society is better off not supporting you. Reverend Malthus would be proud.

Workout notes:
rotator cuff, pull ups (ugly got 10-10-10-10-(5-5), incline presses (10 x 135, 5 x 135, 4 x 135, strict hips), military: 20 x 50 (dumbbell) seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 45 standing (dumbbell), 3 sets of 10 x 110 row machine.

2 mile run: 10:36/19:14 via 8 minutes of 2-2-2-2, then 6.7 until mile 1, 6.8-7.1 and 7.2 for the last 46 seconds.

Then goblet squats (100 meter walk recoveries) 50-45-50-60-50-65 (5 reps). Took two sets to get to the proper depth.

Now: onward to see my daughter graduate and finish final exams.

May 4, 2017 Posted by | health care, Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans political/social, republicans politics, running, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment