BU baseball, accountability, etc.

Last night: Bradley Baseball played its home opener (they are having a good season so far). They beat Chicago State (a team that has won a few games and been competitive in others) 16-1; the BU starter struck out 9 over 5 innings and allowed 1 hit; the game was called after 7 innings due to the score.

Though college baseball is high level and a lot of fun to watch, I did notice that some of the outfield hits would have been “outs” at a Chiefs game; at that level (“low” A), the fielders are a bit faster and get a better jump on the ball.

And that is something about sports: there is performance. If one cannot practice due to life problems, illness, or whatever, one’s performance will suffer and there will be consequences, even if the circumstances are not the fault of the individual player.

On the other hand, in the classroom, all too often students see their grade as some sort of “sign of virtue” (they tried therefore they deserve…) or a “commodity” that I have and that they want rather than a score of how they did and how much they know. Time and time again, students have told me “this is hard for me” or “I’ve got so much going on and I need this grade” as if those statements should have an effect on the grade they are assigned. They do not; I use a spreadsheet and take the names off (split screen view) ..and once in a while, I am surprised that a student gets assigned the grade that they got.

A grade can be very much like a finishing time: you run and there it is. You can’t argue that the clock keeper should spot you a few seconds because “you need it” or “you tried hard”.

Workout notes: swim, then a run/walk. The foot was a bit sorer today;

swim: 250 warm up (bad), 5 x 50 fist/drill, 500 (chased Jason; kept within one body length), 100 back, 100 breast, 4 x 100 IM (bad), 200 swim/drill, 200 (3:40), 100 (1:50), 50, 50 c/d
run: had to quit .25 miles into it..but the foot loosened up and then 2 miles in 22:50. Foot was starting to “work” so I stopped, went to the track and walked 2 miles (16 laps, lane one, plus the straight away) in 28:45. Foot felt great afterward.

I did limp just a bit coming home (at least at first).


March 23, 2018 Posted by | baseball, running, social/political, swimming, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

Voting: it matters.

We had primary elections yesterday; none of my major candidates won (or even came close), though the incumbent governor almost got beat in the primary by a whack-job.

So, now it is the “battle of the unqualified billionaires” for governor.

But of local interest, there was this referendum on the ballot: should Peoria County make “auditor” a professional, non-political position (one that is appointed). I voted “yes” to make the auditor to be a professional, appointed job rather than an elected one. More than 22,000 people voted and “no” won by 14 votes.

14 votes!

Workout notes:

weights (usual pt), pull ups (5-5-5, 5-5-5, 10, 10) decline press: 10 x 135, 10 x 165, incline press 4 x 155, 10 x 135, military (standing: 10 x 50, 10 x 45), seated: 15 x 50, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm) with dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

abs: twist crunch (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (10, 10), moving bridge (3 sets of 10), headstand (tough to get into), plank 2:20, side plank

run: treadmill: 5.1-5.4 5 minute froggy, then 6.1 then 6.2-6.5 every .25 miles (31:58), 32:55 for 5k, 45:25 4 mile (walk final .9 miles).

foot: ok, iced.

March 21, 2018 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Back for round 2

Back in town…finished grading some exams.

The drive there and back: as easy as I have ever had. I was surprised. Now I am going to work on the book Shattered (about the Clinton campaign…so far..what I expected as far as strengths and weaknesses.

Workout: hotel treadmill again; 3 miles on the treadmill (33:50) then 1 walk: 47:45. The heel, while not well, is doing better. No NSAIDS over the past 4 days. Medium distance running appears to be ok.

March 19, 2018 Posted by | running, travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

Cleveland trip..

Workout notes: 4 miles on the treadmill in 46:40; 3 run in 32:50; 33:50 for 3.1 (breaker trip at 2.55 at 28:10; 6.1-6.2 to get to 3.1, then walked.

Later: Rocky River Park stairs (note: 2 minutes per uphill walk, steady, not fast, but deliberate).

Overall, it was a nice visit with Olivia and Barbara was great company as well.

Yesterday: Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Brunos.

Today: Rocky River Nature Preserve and lunch, and Half Price books.

We took a trolley tour of Cleveland afterward. Note the colorful blue paint on the bridge.

They had all sorts of fish.

Note the size of this could take air from the surface too.

The shark tank was interesting.

Yes, you could put your hand in the water to pet the stingrays.

Handsome toad.

At Brunos.

At Rocky River

The Nature Center has lots of rocking chairs and some animal exhibits.

The Stairs: 2 minute walk up. I did this 3 times, just for the heck of it (some ice still left). Great views from the top.

March 18, 2018 Posted by | family, hiking, running, travel, walking | , | Leave a comment

To Cleveland…

I’ll post a few photos later. But yesterday we drove to Cleveland for a short visit.

Yesterday: weighed just under 199 prior to my workout: weights only; 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, decline 8 x 165, incline 10 x 140, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, rows; 3 sets of 10 x 50.
abs: twist crunch 50, 24, moving bridge (3 sets of 10), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10), headstand, plank (2:15), side plank.
usual pt.

Today: 3.11 miles on the treadmill: 33:54; 32:53 at 3. Lady helped me see the power strip was not turned on…foot felt ok.

Oh heck, here are Instagram photos:


Outside of the city aquarium

Exhibits 1
Exhibits 2
Exhibits 3 (they let us reach into the stingray pond.
Italian food afterward

March 16, 2018 Posted by | family, running, travel, weight training | Leave a comment

“College” basketball?

Hmm, at the very top levels, is it really “college” basketball? Even some of the “perfectly legal” practices are really not what college athletics are supposed to be about.

Certainly, my opinion carries no weight (nor should it). But..since you are reading this, I’d like to see basketball go the way of baseball: let the NBA set up some sort of A-AA-AAA farm system with pro coaches so those who don’t care about academics but want to pursue their dream (and have enough talent to have at least a remote shot at it) can focus, and let the colleges work with student athletes, say the way that my team does. And when the NBA thinks a kid is ready, they can call him up the way MLB teams do. The college kids can still leave but at least this intentional “one and done” farce will be over.

And yes, Bradley’s season is over. I can’t say that I blame BU for turning down the “EIEIO” tournaments. Taking a look at the games: let’s just say that an ordinary MVC conference game has more appeal than those games (that wasn’t always the case). The issue: the NIT now guarantees a slot to every team that wins a regular season conference championship but doesn’t get to the NCAA tournament. So some of the stronger mid major teams in leagues where the regular season champion won their conference tournament get shut out.

This shows a list of who is going where.

Workout notes: spring break. weight: 198.7 before workout (no clothes), 201.3 with shoes. This was after breakfast and coffee. I am still weak and the heel is not 100 percent; slight “burn” during the run..but slight.

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench press: weak. 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (empty gym), 8 x 170
decline press: 4 x 165, readjust, 4 x 165 (empty gym)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45
single armed rows: 10 x 50 (3 sets)
abs: 50, 24 twist crunch, moving bridge, 10 yoga leg lifts (2 sets), head stand (easy today)
plank: 2:15 (made it!), side plank

treadmill run: 22:57 for 2 miles; talked myself out of going longer. Better to be conservative now.

Not 100 percent yet, either on the heel or from last week’s illness.

March 12, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

first run in a while

No lifeguard at the pool. Grrr…but I used the time to get a 2 mile treadmill run (22:20) and 1 mile walk (5K total: 39:20) The heel burned slightly during the jog but it wasn’t severe.
Then 10 miles on a bike in 33:55; the heel felt good then.

So, I am getting closer to be able to train.

Though the run was, well, not very fast, I was a little surprised at how easy it was; evidently the swimming, elliptical and cycling have enabled me to keep some semblance of conditioning.

March 6, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Running and aging: part n + 1

I read the various memes about how one should keep improving, or making progress (however slow) reminds me that I am no longer who running groups market to.

Though my best days were not that good (39:50 10K, 18:57 5K, 5:30 mile), I’ll never see those times again….if I get to race this season (battling a case of..heel pain: spurs? PF?) I’ll be grateful for sub 29 for the 5K and maybe an 8:15 mile?

Yeah, I am too heavy (202; should be about 190 to be in running shape) but the slowdown is all too real and unavoidable.

But..there is something I’ve noticed: at races, older runners..even those who are waaaaay better than I am seem to accept me. There is this “hey, we are still out here” bond that we all hold. And there is something else.

I have this national class racewalking friend who also runs. He is my age and just ran a 19 flat 5K. Yes, I once ran that fast…35 years ago! (he was in the 15’s at that age, I’d guess). He KNOWS that I appreciate his feat, even if the 20-somethings that finished around him do not.

Oh well…I am grateful to be out there and while I cannot safely run right now (I am getting closer though) I can lift, swim, do the elliptical, and the bike.

February 21, 2018 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Quick note

The heel: kind of burned after the workout; enough to make me limp a bit. But…I cannot remember if I took my Naproxen. Not that it matters..

Workout: 5 miles in 54:27 (treadmill); 34:17 at mile 2..I tried to kick in the last mile at 6.7 but couldn’t sustain. I am a bit bloated.
Heel: ok for most of the run..not sore upon waking up.

afterward: 2 miles on the elliptical trainer and some heel pain on LOW incline settings; not any on higher inclines. Going up on the toes AND heel striking seems to aggravate it; it feels best at a medium to “quick” (for me) jog: 10:00-11:30 pace. Probably PF.

Other stuff I admit that I do not enjoy talking politics much anymore. I will not admit that the two sides are symmetric; they are NOT, NOT at all. One side values conformity to the degree that they deny that others live a different existence simply due to who they are (e. g. many of my high achieving black friends have been unfairly profiled by police and mistreated, just because of who they are).

But on the other hand: many on the liberal side deny facts and data that doesn’t suit them and simply refuse to admit that some situations are more complex than they see them.

That is, I am just as uncomfortable talking to those who mostly vote the same way that I do as I am talking to those who vote differently.

And yes, SOME conservatives are ignorant, science denying bigots. And SOME liberals are lazy, entitled, self-pitying slackers. And both groups are very, very tribal.
And when it comes to being tribal, I am as bad as anyone else, though my particular tribe values “knowing what you are talking about” and a ruthless assessment of the available data, even if the conclusions appear to violate what you think “ought to be” true.

And yes, I think that there is, for all practical purposes, such a thing as “objective truth”, though “objective truth” can be difficult to get at…perhaps impossible..and what we have are “good enough for our lives and science” approximations to it.

February 8, 2018 Posted by | running, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Whining about winter is illogical, but I do it anyway…

It is cold and I HATE gets over everything and is easy to track in.
Yes, more is on the way. This is not shaping up to be the horrible winter of 2011, but, well, I got spoiled by the previous 2 reasonable winters.

Yes, I know; it is routinely worse in Minnesota and even we’ve had worse. This was from 7 years ago…

It still sucks though.

Workout notes: 5 mile treadmill run…I was sort of bloated at the start and sluggish. So I didn’t pick it up until the end: 34:17 at 3, 54:40 finish.
Then 1 mile on the AMT and 1 mile on the elliptical; that actually gave me some “leg burn” (in a good way).

Heel didn’t hurt as much as last time; pain is more toward the back; almost where the Achilles meets with it.

I did know that I used the Woodway and a college XC runner got on it when I got off; she was doing intervals. I liked the softer surface.

February 6, 2018 Posted by | running | , , | Leave a comment