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Social Saturday and Bradley Basketball….

Last night: the Bradley women had a tit-for-tat slugfest with Missouri State. The Braves were outrebounded and out shot (slightly; both teams finished in the high 30’s) but made 75 percent of their free throws (24 of 32, as opposed to 10 of 18 for MSU); that was the difference. One forward had a great first quarter; the other two picked up the slack for the remaining 3. The star has 17 rebounds and 21 points. That was enough for BU to pull off an exciting 52-46 victory over the MVC’s no. 3 team.

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Then this morning, Mamma T made some time to do a social 8 mile run/walk with me (she is recovering from an illness)

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It was so pretty, and the company was wonderful..as it always is.

Then a quick bite, followed by a Bradley men’s game. I took Mat to that one.

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Bradley started out well and took an early 7 point lead; Evansville rallied to take a 4 point lead at the half; Bradley’s star forward had early foul trouble. He still finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The point guard hit several 3 point shots during his 16 point first half (22 total).

But Evansville extended the lead to 55-41 with 14 points left in the game. But this time, Bradley did not panic. They slowly chipped away to pull to within 64-61 with 7 minutes to go. They gradually took the lead and extended it to 8 with 2 minutes to go and made enough plays down the stretch to build it to 84-70; they got the last basket to make the score 84-72. Great game!

Mat joked that I should take him to more game, since the Bears won the game I took him to (vs. the 49’ers).

Then it was an errand, followed by dinner with a dear friend. We were supposed to meet at the Indian restaurant but it was closed; so we went to a new (new to me) Mexican plate. The food was good; the company was even better, but the table..was one of those tiny round tables that was too low to the ground; kind of a “ok to have a drink” tables.

Still..’twas a nice day of workouts, sporting events and friendship.

Tomorrow: another woman’s game (maybe a another Bradley sweep weekend?) and then on Monday: the Peoria Democrats Dinner (Tracy is going to that one with me this year)

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February 19, 2017 Posted by | basketball, Friends, running, walking | Leave a comment

Great February weather…

You won’t find me whining all that much about the weather this year.

I drove Barbara to the airport and got a slightly late start on my workout. I ran (shuffled) my 4 mile course and then did some leg weights; 4 sets of 5 squats with a 45 lb. plate, 1 with a 50 lb. dumbbell, then 10 leg presses with 230.

I’ll say a bit more; I’ve been thinking a bit about this topic: free speech (e. g. Milo Yiannopoulos speaking on campus). Yes, I know, he has no First Amendment right to be given a podium on a college campus, and I also realize that if one is teaching a college course, one should not treat crackpot ideas as if they have merit (e. g. creationism). But I still have something to say anyway, and yes, it involves the free exchange of ideas, the taking on ideas and giving them a cold blooded, logical critique, etc.

So more later…

February 17, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Slow reactions..

The workout itself was not the issue today. I’ll report it below:

While I was on the machine, I could see an animated discussion. Then I saw one guy say: put your gooddam shoes on…something else, then walked with the guy’s shoes and put them in the trash. I was a bit stunned; the gym staff guy got there, calmed down the hot tempered guy. I went over and talked to the other guy for a bit; it turns out that the campus police was called in.

Wow..I think that sometimes I freeze while I try to figure things out. No one was coming close to blows though.

weights; rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170,
incline: 10 x 70 each arm (Hammer), rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine, military: 3 sets of 10 with a machine (new to me..has a seat belt): 45, 55, 70 each arm (end: 45 on each side, 25 on each side), 10 x 45 dumbbell

then run: 10 minutes 5.2 to 5.6 every 2 minutes, then 6.7-6.8-6.9-7.0, last min 7.1 for 19:45 2 miles (11 minutes first mile)

February 16, 2017 Posted by | running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Sore butt but…

This is not “butt hurt” in the metaphorical sense but rather “sore gluteal” muscles.

I’ve been trying to do squats

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Main sets 4-5 sets of 5 with 45-50 lbs. done in this style. Lately, I’ve been getting more depth; I am getting below parallel now. In the past, I’ve overdone it and pulled a muscle. So I am approaching it slowly and yesterday’s sets left me a bit sore.

So today’s warm up was a bit sluggish; I felt tugs and pings at first. But eventually I warmed up and I did my “sprint the hills” workout…jogging and deliberately walking a few steps prior to each hill rep and walking a few steps after. If I can keep running after cresting the hill, I did not do the hill hard enough.

The idea is to feel “mile race” intensity during each rep (6 in all; one is a flat rep from the bottom of Cornstalk hill to the parking lot)

When I got going, I was fine. But I wonder if I went hard enough? The total is 5.1 miles and it took me about 1:04-1:05 to finish it all.

We’ll see where this leads; my guess is that stronger gluteal muscles will lead to fewer problems with my back. And the next time my yoga teacher yells “nice ass” at me…maybe she’ll be actually telling the truth? 🙂 Nah.

February 15, 2017 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Administration of Incompetence: and the hard road back

I watched this train wreck: (from here)

This is just sad..and troubling. This administration seems to almost pride itself on incompetence.

The silver lining is that such incompetence might hinder its ability to enact bad legislation.

But, while Democrats are fired up, the way that Congress is set up is a massive wall to climb. Both in the House and Senate, rural areas are grossly overrepresented. So, liberal anger itself will not be enough. We will need some moderate and even traditionally conservative allies.

Workout notes: great weather (24 F, clear) but I was sluggish. 5 miles, slowly. It felt good after 1.4 miles.

February 14, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Glorious February Day…

Last winter was not that bad from a weather standpoint. The time period itself had some challenges; some personal, some professional.
But this year’s winter: wow. Yeah, I know; it is bad for the planet. But the temperature isn’t bad and today saw a LOT of sunshine.

Workout: weights, 4 mile run, 4 mile walk.

Weights: the back is 100 percent better; pain is down and flexibility is up. But I am still weary.
rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: very good)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (strong), 10 x 170 (tough)
incline press (really focused on keeping the hips planted) 10 x 135
military press: 7 x 50 dumbbell (standing…careful with the back), 10 x 40 standing, 10 x 160 (80 each arm) machine

Run: treadmill: 5 minute froggy starting at 5.2, then 2.5 minutes to 40; finished 4 miles in 42:14. (about 20 minutes for the second 2 miles)
Walk: 4 miles outside in the sunshine (Bradley Park).

Yeah, I enjoyed the outside part, but it just wasn’t the same nor as much fun as last week…can’t quite put the finger on it… 🙂

February 12, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | 1 Comment

Catching up (workouts)

Yesterday: “full Froggy”..ok, a 4 minute Froggy (5.89 at 1 hour); 1:00:40 for 6 miles; walk jog to 10K 1:03:50). Then light squats: 10 x 0, 5 x 25, 5 x 45, 5 x 45, 5 x 50, then 10 x 230 leg press.
Today: 10.1 mile walk (same as recently) in 2:35:45. Great weather. Previous was 2:30:50, 2:49, 2:41 for the same course. I deliberately sped up on the way back (48:36 for the back of the Riverplex to home; it was 51:10 out…note that the back was net uphill).

I’ll talk about other issues later; this winter has been somewhat “cool spring” like.

On a personal level, I seem to have shaken some doldrums; the body is responding better and my back is much, much better. I’m sure that “this too shall pass”. 🙂

February 11, 2017 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Pavlov’s Dogs, 5Ks and Purple Spandex

On Facebook, I do a series of “You’ve been Dissed” memes; these are memes that make fun of my awkward past when I attempted to date. I had zero confidence in myself and always took rejection hard.

Now I can laugh. So I do. A few ladies allowed me to use their photos for such memes and when scouting the photos, I found a couple which brought back memories.

Back in the mid 1990’s (1995, I think), I bought my then ladyfriend (and currently wife) some purple spandex running tights. Here, she is wearing them in a play where she plays a Peg Bundy type character.

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It turns out that she wore these when she walked a Race For the Cure; she also wore a “long shirt” (snicker) that did not quite make it all the way down; the result was “clear as a bell” VPLs…a nice triangle that I still remember. But alas, I had no camera at that time, but I think that from then on, purple spandex reminded me of that. And now to the photos for the memes:

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The above was taken at the 2011 4’th of July Firecracker race. I was racing T during those days; this time the weather came up sweltering (I do poorly in heat) and I had not recovered from my double red cell blood donation. But I saw her at the starting line and foolishly went out too fast trying to keep her in sight. At the end, I was doing the “walk of shame”.

Then this is Cassie; we often swap workout stories and workout motivation, and she loves to take workout selfies. From time to time she tags me in them or will PM me with one. I felt that this one (purple spandex) would make a good meme.

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February 10, 2017 Posted by | Friends, running, spandex | Leave a comment

Back topics

My back has gotten quite a bit better. Still, I cannot neglect it; it does stiffen up when I sit for too long.

Workouts:

Yesterday: I ran on the treadmill. 5 minutes each (incline 0.5): 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5. Then 2 x (6.7 for 2:30, 5.5 for 2:30), 2 x (6.8 for 2:30, 5.5 for 2:30), 4 x (6.9 at 2:30, 5.6 at 2:30); 1:01:04 for 6 miles, 1:03:20 for 6.21 miles (10K) The back was slightly stiff.

Evening: exercise class with Ms. Vickie (teacher) and Jennifer

Today: I slept in a bit (to 5:30) and went to work early; after 9-10 class I lifted and walked 17 laps (just over 2 miles) in 27:31 (13:13, 12:40 were my 8 lap splits)

Lifting: rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10…easy today.
bench: very gingerly: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (reasonably flat back), 6 x 170 (did not want to push my luck)
incline: 10 x 135 (very careful)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine.
military presses: 6 x 85 barbell, 2 sets of 10 with the machine..very careful

Bodyweight: 192.6 afterward; the lightest I’ve been in a while.

February 10, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Super Bowl Sunday Silliness ….

I started out by going to the gym to lift very gingerly for a few minutes, then I got a nice 8 mile run/walk with the lovely Mamma T. That was a lot of fun.

Back: a bit sore, but I did quite a few back stretches during the lifting portion.

weight: 196.8 prior to lifting.

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pull ups: 4 sets of 10 (not that bad), 2 sets of 5. I kept my upper body more rigid than normal due to back issues and that made pull ups harder.
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bench press: barbell: 10 x 135, 2 x 170 (didn’t feel good so I quit), dumbbells: 2 sets of 10 x 60, 2 sets of 10 x 70 (ok)
rows: 3 sets of 10 with the machine.

Lots of back stuff.

Then I met T and we went from the Riverplex to the place where the bike path hits the road on Bishop hill; it was about 8.3 miles total. We ran and walked and it was just right for me. I hope that T got the workout she needed.

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So, for some silliness: Tracy is coming over for our Super Bowl Party and I am looking forward to it.

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February 5, 2017 Posted by | injury, running, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment