Ready to head to Froggy Land (aka TCU)

I always enjoy mathematics conferences: I am about to head to another one. Yes, this time I am giving a talk.

So, I am all but packed (need to pack documents) and ready to go.

Workout notes
rotator cuff
pull ups: 10, 5, 10, 5, 10, 5, 5, 5 (55 total); varied the grip quite a bit.
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 3 x 180, 10 x 160 (note: by myself so I didn’t push my limits)
military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 dumbbell, 10 x 40 dumbbell

Track: 4 miles (middle lane)

14:31 worth of drills
12:56 1 quicker, 1 easy
24:59 (12:33/12:26) steady and intentional 52:28 total.

Not “fast” but, given where I am, respectable. I need to smooth out my form if I wish to walk a “fast” (read: sub 5:30) marathon this fall. My plan is to do one long walk on Sunday (20 miles or 5 hours), one “pace” workout (10-12 miles) during the week, and fill out the rest with easier walking, running, 5K races, swimming and lifting.

I know that 5:30 isn’t very fast but I haven’t done that since September 2009.

I went to the Midwest (A) All Star game at Dozer park; there were almost 5900 people there. It was a good time. After the fireworks show which ended the evening, I told a lady that I liked her “2012 NCAA Cross Country shirt”. Well her husband is with her and he is Mike DeWitt, a famous racewalking coach who helped out at Augie Hirt’s racewalking group a couple of times. Yes, he actually observed me walking and gave me some tips.

He is now the track coach for Illinois-Springfield and still does racewalking; I feel a couple of paid lessons coming on. No, I’ll never do the judged stuff again (right knee won’t straighten all the way) but I need to smooth out my technique if I am to have success in the longer walks (24 hour, 50 mile, 100 mile); I want to do better at FANS next year.

June 24, 2015 Posted by | Personal Issues, racewalking, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

avoiding tedium

No, I can’t avoid it all, but I am taking a quick break.

Today’s workout: 2 mile warm up walk (33 minutes); this included drills.
24:18 for 2.15 miles (5 x .43)
14 minute walk home

Call it 5 miles. 60 F, drizzle; somewhat chilly.

Later tonight: with the group; IF we walk. Total: maybe 2 miles, as Steamboat is on Saturday. Weather: who in the heck knows? We’ve been rained on pretty heavily, though I could go for the 60 F temperature at the start. This year: jog the 15K “with the group” just to “finish with dignity”.

Random Thoughts

I have a new office chair, though I could really go for one of these treadmill work stations.

Yes, I am doing college stuff. I am glad that I teach mathematics. The atmosphere here isn’t that bad, but I am seeing stories about administration being oversensitive to students being oversensitive. At times, it appears that one can earn “PC cred” by creatively finding a way to be offended by something.

Yes, there are also budget crunches and: well, faculty are asked to teach more students (“while not lowering quality”) because budget constraints preclude hiring new faculty, though not from hiring new administrators. Yes, the article I linked to is “parody…which represents truth” so to speak.

Politics I am pretty bored at the moment, at least with the Presidential election.
Democrats: I don’t know what effect that Senator Bernie Sanders will have; he might be a good debating partner for Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Republicans: I am not sure if I could list all of the “official” and “soon to be official” candidates. I’ll let a conservative sort if all out for you.

Who I am taking seriously: Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Chris Christie (not announced), Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio. My guess: Bush vs. Walker…not sure who wins. Robert Reich thinks that Walker will win.

It is WAY too early to make a prediction
I’ll just say it: I think that the 2016 map looks a lot like the 2012 one; basically Hillary Clinton was stronger than Barack Obama in all of the so-called “toss up” states except for Virginia. My “ridiculously too far out to mean” much call is for her to get somewhere between 320-360 electoral votes (270 needed to win).

June 17, 2015 Posted by | 2016, hillary clinton, political/social, politics, racewalking | , , | Leave a comment

trying to racewalk again

Now that I am interested in walking again, I decided that my technique could use some work. And…well, there was an electrical storm so I couldn’t swim.

14:50 warm up mile (with a few drills)
3.1 in 40:02 (38:20 for 3, 13:02/12:49/12:29 doing 2-1 (Deek))
Then I putzed around with some weights.

I felt very clunky and slow but let’s face it: I am right now.

Otherwise: I did some errands and did some mathematics; I have an interesting topic (I think).

June 13, 2015 Posted by | racewalking, walking | | 1 Comment

Light snowy walk, hot spots on the foot and courses

I stared my walk in chilly temperatures (18 F (-8 C)), flurries) and turned around after 1 mile as I had some pain on my right instep. My guess: the past few days I wore double socks and didn’t loosen my shoe laces. The 2.05 took 29 minutes.

So I went inside, changed shoes and did 8.57 hilly miles in flurries. I was somewhat slow (hills do that) and it took 2:09.

It passed from “light flurries” to “outright snow” by the time I was done.

Course measurements:

House to the start of Bradley Park: 1.02.
House to the bottom of the hill in lower Bradley park (where my loops start) 1.41
Out and back from the bottom of the hill, to Cornstalk, down the hill and across the bridge: 1.12
Full Cornstalk loop (NOT the “classic” loop): 1.38
Lower Bradley loop past the softball field, across the bridge then back around the median: .70
Lower Bradley loop past the dog park (small hill): .75

Now I can mix and match spurs, loops, etc.

Note: the only people I saw: a couple of dog owners and the Bradley men’s XC team which was running as a group. My goodness, those guys are fast.

December 8, 2013 Posted by | injury, racewalking, walking | | Leave a comment

Double walk….

AM: this was tricky. Olivia’s flight was to LEAVE at 5 am so we had to be at the airport just after 4 am…(but her flight was delayed…but she made it to Cleveland anyway….)

So I was a bit late getting out there. I walked a 8.66 mile route (a few hills) in 2:04:00 (14:20 mpm; steady but not hard); I included the Cemetery and the last 3/4 of the “Cornstalk classic” loop.

8.66 mile walk

Then it was getting Barbara ready; Indian food at Puran

Then Barbara wanted some sun (sunny and 45 F) so we went to the paved part of the Rock Island trail; I wheeled her from an entrance to “almost the tunnel under 6” (the top of the small incline) then back to Pioneer Parkway then back; 2.82 miles.

barbara's 2.8

This wasn’t blazing but I did enough to soak through my shirts and sweatshirt. So it was *something* if not much. :-)

December 1, 2013 Posted by | racewalking, walking | | Leave a comment

I need to add walking back to my training

I’ve gone away from walking mostly due to piriformis pain; however the episode with my back suggests that my “not having enough curvature to my spine” was to blame.

So, I need to add walking, especially since that is the best way for me to finish a marathon (or longer) race.

And I had a dream last night: I was walking a marathon and a race walking judge went up to me and threatened to pull me out of the race. I protested: “but judge, this race doesn’t have a race walking division; it doesn’t even have a walking division! It doesn’t matter if I am legal or not!” The judge said that my form was so bad, it didn’t matter that there was no walking division; my form was disgracing the sport of walking!

Seriously; that was what I dreamed.

November 28, 2013 Posted by | racewalking, running, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Fun Fun Fun and Weights…

Workout notes
Very leisurely weight workout:
Supplemental stuff: rotator cuff, hip hikes, Achilles, side plank, light squats (5 x 50, 5 x 75)
The squats were more for stretching than for strength. The goal is to be able to build up to doing real weights.

pull ups: 15, 10, 10, 10, 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170
dumbbell military: 3 sets of 12 x 50 (seated, supported)
dumbbell rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65 (each arm)
dumbbell bench: 2 sets of 10 x 65
ab sets: 3 sets of 10 of crunch, twist, sit back, vertical crunch (curl that torso!)
incline press: 10 x 140, 8 x 140
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
pulley curls: 3 sets of 10 x 57.5

No, I didn’t do this exercise nor did I see her:


Stuff I am signed up to do tomorrow’s Race For the Cure. I’ll have to be careful to not line up too far back as this year, the men and women start together (that is unfortunate). I will of miss running through the wave of 12-13 minute milers at about mile 2 and the 11 minute milers toward the end, as I am doing here in the 2009 race. My time was a mid 24.

Fun I have a fast racewalking friend; her WALKING marathon PR (4:19) is sure to be faster than the one I am scheduled to run in a week. She posted some video of her training. She told me that I’d like it. She made a longer video for her coach to critique. I took the liberty of taking a small portion of it.

May 10, 2013 Posted by | butt, racewalking, spandex, walking, weight training | , , | 1 Comment

Legs, Throwing Weight Around and Kudos to an Illinois Senator

Senator Mark Kirk: Republican Illinois: just came out in favor of gay marriage.

Thank you Senator Kirk. I sent him a “thank you”.

Throwing Their Weight Around Samoan Air decides to charge passengers by their weight:

Samoa Air, flying small jumpers to places like the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, is now charging passengers by weight instead. Online bookings now include weight guesstimates, but that weight is confirmed by scale at the airport when you arrive for your flight.


From the article:

Not that the idea hasn’t been floated — several times — in the past. In fact, ABC News reported just last week a Norwegian economist was the latest to float the idea of an airline “fat tax.”
The Samoa Air homepage reads “We at Samoa Air are keeping airfares fair, by charging our passengers only for what they weigh. You are the master of your Air’fair’, you decide how much (or little) your ticket will cost. No more exorbitant excess baggage fee’s [sic], or being charged for baggage you may not carry. Your weight plus your baggage items, is what you pay for. Simple.”
“Airplanes don’t run on seats, they run on weight,” Samoa Air’s Chief Executive, Chris Langton, told Radio Australia.
If any airline were to try a pay-what-you-weigh policy, Samoa Air would make perfect sense. Obesity is a major problem in the Pacific islands. The World Health Organization reported in 2010 that 80 percent of women in American Samoa were obese.

There are not currently details on whether or not a particular weight gains you an extra seat for the expense, or whether you’d get a refund if you were lighter than you entered in on the reservation.

Hmmm, will we see people acting like non-heavyweight wrestlers, jogging around in rubber suits prior to flying? :-)

Click the photo too see the blog:

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I’m not exactly sure what that blog is about, but I am FOR it! :-)

(actually, it is about Salt Lake City restaurants and who has the best eggs benedict)

Bad Ass Mice
Yes, some mice actually hunt scorpions!

Species: Onychomys torridus

Habitat: The arid badlands of south-western US and adjacent regions of Mexico, in burrows stolen from other rodents

In the dark expanses of the Sonoran desert in the US, a terrifying creature stalks the night, searching for fresh meat. Anything will do: crickets, rodents, tarantulas – the nastier the better.

Even the poisonous scorpion cannot escape the savage monster’s little pink paws. It fights bravely, stinging its attacker on the nose. To no avail. The mouse ignores the painful venom and cruelly breaks the scorpion’s tail by pummelling it into the ground, then bites its head and feasts on its flesh. Throwing its head back, the murderous animal howls at the moon.

No, it’s not the mythical Chupacabra. It’s the southern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys torridus), the only carnivorous mouse in North America. Its unique biology and resistance to scorpion venom may one day help researchers treat human pain disorders.


Note: this type of mouse has something that keeps the scorpion’s venom from being debilitating or too painful; that is an evolved defense.

April 3, 2013 Posted by | big butts, evolution, Illinois, nature, politics, politics/social, racewalking, republicans, science, social/political, spandex | , | 1 Comment

Thank You!!!!

It finished snowing again. :-(

I admit that it wasn’t always easy to get inspired to get out there. But there were a few factors that helped me keep going:












December 31, 2012 Posted by | big butts, racewalking, running, spandex | | Leave a comment

running and walking mileage

I’ve added the running/walking miles since 1997; note that all miles prior to 2002 were running miles only. I’ll update and repost on January 1, 2013 (provided the world doesn’t end tomorrow)

Year Miles remarks
1997 1378 20:02 5K, 5:54 mile
1998 2129 19:53 5K, 41:27 10K, 5:41 1600
1999 1274 achilles, 1:34 half, 3:45 marathon
2000 1729 3:38 marathon, 1:35 half
2001 2165 1:37 half, 3:40 marathon, 20:47 5K
2002 1967 achilles, walking, 21:37 5K, 3:57 run, 4:44 mar. walk, 6:22 50k walk, 30:43 5K walk (j)
2003 2514 ultras, 2:17 half walk, 30:42 5K walk (j), 8:31 1500 m walk (j)
2004 2714 23:41 100 walk, 12:46 trail 50 walk, 18:03 3K walk (j), 6:20 50k walk
2005 2778 2 trail 100 finishes, 6:29 50K walk
2006 1498 piriformis, 83 24 hour walk
2007 1794 ultra fails
2008 2059 24:22 5K, 2:25 half walk
2009 1934 24:01 5K run, 5:12 mar. walk, 100 mile (47:55), knee
2010 1273 knee, 30 mile trail walk, 17:30 2 mile run
2011 1601 25:35 5K run (end), 54 mile 24 hour walk, 2:22 half m. walk.
2012 1865 (20 Dec) 24:34 5K, 1:23 15K, 6:59 mar. walk(!), 2:24 half mara. walk.
total 30,672 10642 from 97-02, 20030 from 03-12

December 20, 2012 Posted by | racewalking, running, walking | Leave a comment


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