still ill..sort of

Workout notes: 4 mile treadmill run in 44:15 (5.1 for 10, then up .1 every 5 minutes to mile 3, then up .1 every .25 to the end). And yes, THAT WAS ACTUALLY WORK; I am a bit of a physical wreck. Then 1 mile of cool down walking.
Weight: 201.3 with shoes (about 5 lb. down) so that is headed in the right direction.

Social note: yes, classes start tomorrow, and this will be different as last semester, I taught calculus III (vector calculus), differential equations and Statistics II. I was dealing with the most talented students we usually see. Now, I have larger classes of more inexperienced students, along with one advanced class. The larger classes requires a different mindset from me; I’ll adjust but I am going to have to be very intentional at fist (e. g. get in the habit of explaining things more slowly, including the details that come naturally to experienced engineering and science students).

August 22, 2017 Posted by | education, illness, running | Leave a comment

Corporate America: more responsive than Congress?


Now think about it: the Louie Gohmert’s and Joe Shimkus’ of the Congress really don’t care about what I think; they reflect their own constituencies. But a corporation very much cares about sales; it really doesn’t matter if they sell the item in Oklahoma or California. The profit is roughly the same. So here, the number of people who have money to spend matters, hence the opinion of such people matters. There is no gerrymandering to skew things, at least for national brands.

I know that this is not perfect, but wow…

Workout notes: weights then running on the treadmill:
weights; usual PT stuff (shoulder, hip, feet), pull ups (5 sets of 10; less rest…very tiring), incline presses: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 140, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, Hammer machine rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200.

Then treadmill run: 4 miles in 45:09. I did 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 (increase every 10 min to 3 miles) then increase every 0.25 miles. That was my first “run” in a long time; I thought that I had lost the ability to run.

Weight: more or less the same; ok, down slightly.

August 16, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, running, social/political, weight training | 1 Comment

Misfiring …

Some workouts: well, you did it, and in this case, 4 miles is better than zero. I wanted to run and 1.5 miles into it…I just wasn’t into it (treadmill)
so I walked: 1 lap focus, 1 lap off (34:52, not that bad). Then 3 sets of 10 goblet squats: 50, 60, 60.

Zero energy today…it was almost as if I were perpetually sleepy.

On the good front: it appears that I made some progress on a paper.

August 4, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Chicago day one

Took the bus from Peoria to O’Hare airport (got a bit carsick) then the L from the airport to downtown (went fine). Sox vs. Cubs tonight; lunch with an old friend tomorrow!

On the L; a lady went to sit next to me but lost her balance a bit and fell partially into me. She apologized (and yes, I had my wallet; this was really an accident) but hey, worse things have happened to me. 🙂

So it is day one; I should practice my talk a few more times.

Workout notes: though the gym is extra, it is a genuine gym. So I got 56:30 on the treadmill (threat of thunderstorms kept me off of the Lakeshore path, which I hope to visit later today or tomorrow) and I did 2 sets of 10 squats to the 20 inch box (50, then 60 goblet style). The run felt good, for a change. I varied the pace, starting at 5.1; I did back off a bit in the final .75 miles.

July 27, 2017 Posted by | running, travel, weight training | Leave a comment

Unreasonable anxiousness

It seems as if, more and more, I get a bit anxious before I travel. It usually goes fine and I suspect that this trip will as well.

Twitter: I kind of stepped into it:

Wow..almost 1000 likes. Oh, I’ve heard from some..well, I’d assume second rate Russian bots and some not-so-bright dissenters too.

Problems of people with small butts
We often hear about the problems of those with big butts Well, those of us with small butts also have problems. For example, if I forget to tighten that drawstring on my shorts, the shorts start to slide down when I do pull ups or rope skips! And there are flip turns in the pool…

Workout notes: hip hikes, rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline presses: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 8 x 150 (hips were fine), military (dumbbell) 15 x 55 seated, supported, 20 x 40 standing, machine: 10 x 200. rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine. Headstand (went ok), 20 rope skips (shorts started to slide)

run: 11:37 first mile on the treadmill…just was NOT into it, so I walked 3 more miles outside, focusing on posture. They were taking down a tree in upper Bradley park.

July 26, 2017 Posted by | politics/social, running, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

Serving two masters

Politics It is a shame to see Senator McCain let himself be used by Senator McConnell to try to “shame” the other Republican senators into holding the line and moving forward with the “motion to proceed”. Courage in battle doesn’t translate to “courage in politics”.

That is just too depressing to think about.

Workout notes
The bad news: my running has taken a major nosedive. It is tough to do more than easy treadmill running.
The good news: walking is improving (right knee: slightly sore…)

today: I felt a bit bored with working out and so did a “jog two laps, skip rope 25 reps (had two misses in my skips)” then attempted a run on the treadmill. that turned into a run/walk for 1.25 miles.
Then I quit that, went to the track and walked 4 miles of “walk 3 laps steady and deliberately, 1 lap to recover the mind” and that took me 51:45 (13:27, 12:50, 12:51, 12:36). This was NOT at interval intensity.

So..I emphasize walking and the running suffers. But the walking improves. Go figure.

July 25, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, running, walking | Leave a comment

Why do people lie about dumb stuff?

Yes, I can understand (but do not approve of) lying for gain and maybe even lying to not hurt someone’s feelings (in subjective matters…say, giving a sympathy “like” to someone’s …let’s just say, less than attractive selfie or “less than impressive but they appear to be proud of it” performance. No…I am not one who does this…ok, I might do this on very rare occasion but rarely with someone I consider to be a friend.

But why lie about..say, a time you ran, a weight you lifted, a team you claim to have played for, etc.? After all, someone who knows enough to be genuinely impressed will know that you are full of crap, and others..well, why seek approval from someone who doesn’t know the area?

Sometimes I wonder if it a sort of see if you’ll attempt to “one up them”, in which case, they’ll know that you are a liar. It might be a way of sizing you up.

How I handle it: with someone I don’t know, I might say “wow…I’ve never even been close to is what I’ve done…” and give them an honest accounting of what I’ve done.

It is amazing how many “400 lb. bench pressers“, “12-13 minutes per mile walkers”, former “NCAA/NFL” players there are out there. (*)

Workout notes:

Weights, rope skips, 2 mile run, goblet squats:

weights: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10, good), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 140, military: 15 x 55 dumbbell, (seated, supported), 10 x 45 standing, 20 x 40 standing, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell (each arm), 10 x 110 machine.

2 mile treadmill run: 10:35 mile 1, 8:35 mile 2, 2.1 in 20:00
rope skips: 29, 34, 37 to get to 100. I am spastic….just awful.
goblet squats: 10 x 44 (to 24 inches), 5 x 60 (lower bench), 10 x 62 (24 inches), 5 x 60 (lower bench)

(*) And if you must know: I boxed in college PE class (made an 86 on my final), flamed out in high school sports, (football, wrestling) ran a 5:30 mile, bench pressed 310 (at 230 lbs. bodyweight; current best is 200 at 195 lbs. bodyweight, 57 years of age), 3:33 marathon (lifetime, 1980, 3:38 masters, 2000), 1:34 half marathon (1999, 40 years old), 18:57 5K (1982, 20:37 at 40), 39:50 10k (1982, masters best is 42:27 in 1999) 101 miles of walking in 24 hours (2004), 4:44 powerwalk marathon (2002, not judged), 2:17 half marathon powerwalk (monitored), judged racewalks: 8:31 1500, 18:03 3000, 30:42 5K, 2:27 20K, all between 42-43 years of age.

Swim: 1:36 5K swim (2008 Big Shoulders) , 15:36 1000 (my own), 15:59 official meet.

July 21, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Why Republicans can’t repeal the ACA…

Bottom line: the ACA IS A REPUBLICAN IDEA. Yes, the statement is rated as “half true” but:

Republican Sen. John Chafee of Rhode Island was the point man. The bill he introduced, Health Equity and Access Reform Today, (yes, that spells HEART) had a list of 20 co-sponsors that was a who’s who of Republican leadership. There was Minority Leader Bob Dole, R- Kan., Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and many others. There also were two Democratic co-sponsors.

Among other features, the Chafee bill included:

An individual mandate;

Creation of purchasing pools;

Standardized benefits;

Vouchers for the poor to buy insurance;

A ban on denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

“You would find a great deal of similarity to provisions in the Affordable Care Act,” Sheila Burke, Dole’s chief of staff in 1993, told PunditFact via email. “The guys were way ahead of the times!! Different crowd, different time, suffice it to say.”

That said, the Senate plan from 1993 was not identical to the health care law that passed in 2010. The Republican bill did not expand Medicaid as Obamacare does, and it did have medical malpractice tort reform, which the current law does not. In contrast to the current employer mandate, the Chafee bill required employers to offer insurance, but they were under no obligation to help pay for it.

So, it did have a great deal in common with the Heritage Foundation plan. And, as Paul Krugman points out, all three pillars: mandate, community ratings, subsidies, are necessary.

Workout notes: 41:55 for 4 treadmill miles: 5 minute froggy for the first 20 minutes, 2.5 minute froggy for the next 22. 11:45, 22:10, 32:25 or 30:10 for the final 3..about 1 minute slower than my last 2 5K “races”.

July 19, 2017 Posted by | health care, politics/social, running | Leave a comment

Going on and one when you don’t know..

Ok, yes, at baseball games, and football games, I sometimes wonder “why did the coach do that?” But I admit that I don’t understand the reasoning; not only am I not around the team that often, I also have only a “fan who played a bit in high school” knowledge of the game..and that was the game back in the 1970’s. So I’d never tell a coach how to run his/her team, even if I do offer some advice from the stands.

I did that last night during the Chiefs 10-3 win over the Lake County Captains.

There were stories aplenty. The Chiefs got 3 home runs, 2 hit by the guy who had his mother at the game. The Chiefs had a nice (but hardly insurmountable) 6-3 lead, after a 3 run 7’th inning which featured 2 home runs.

Then in the 8’th, the Captains got themselves in trouble after retiring 2 of the first 3 Peoria batters (one walk). Another walk brought on a new pitcher and an infield hit loads the bases. Then the pitcher walked 3 batters in a row! Another infield hit brought in another run before a strike out.

It was kind of nice to see the other team’s bullpen self destruct, though the Captains made one infield error and some of the “infield hits” appeared to be misplays to me.

It was very warm; that plus the long game (3:17) took a toll on the fans (and pitchers)

Now back to the original headline we see that higher education is under fire from the rank and file Republicans.

Why? My guess (from attempting to talk to some of them…OMG that was painful) is that they see some very real, very bad things and conclude that colleges and universities are basically students go there to learn how to become sensitive, get offended and to demand “safe spaces”.

And so many who have rarely, IF EVER, actually set foot on a college campus TELL ME what is happening on college campuses.

Yes, the stories one hears are real and troubling, and yes, we can (and should) do better. But these stories constitute only a tiny fraction of what goes on; evidently such critics have no idea at the amount of important learning and research goes on (engineering, science, languages, history, culture, etc.).

They KNOW what they read and see, and they see fit to tell me what …well, happens in my own workplace?

At times, it appears that those who know the least have the strongest opinions.

Workout notes 2 mile run in 22:50 (second mile was “run 200, run/walk 200”..just wasn’t into it) and goblet squats: 10 x 44, 50, 53, 5 x 70 (touch the bench).

I know; it is this Sunday that counts.

July 13, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running, social/political | | Leave a comment

Most vicious people on Twitter are…NOT Trump supporters…

Ok, it is amateur hour in the White House and now we are getting “he is too dumb to have known better” defense (with regard to attempted collusion with the Russians)

And yes, it appears that actual campaign laws were broken.

Now of course, this needs to be investigated, sorted out and appropriate legal penalties should be applied.

As far as “ending the Trump presidency”: really, the way we can do that is to win a bunch of seats in the 2018 midterms, and yes, win the 2020 election. Forget President Trump being removed from office; even with a potential Democratic House, we are never getting a 2/3 majority of the Senate.

We need to win at the ballot box, and investigations can help us have a more fair election next time.

Now about my headline a fellow Democrat pointed out that the people nastiest to them were not Trump supporters but rather Sanders supporters! And yes, I can believe that.

It seems that many of the Bern victims just “know” that if their message got out, people would just flock to Bernie’s platform because it is just so righteous, just and, well, “reasons”.

Trump supporters might not like people like me, or see me as naive, wrong headed, or whatever. But they will admit that there are lots of people like me out there. Bernie supporters: well, if you don’t support Bernie, it is because you don’t know Bernie, or because you are some establishment dupe, etc. For many of them, it is “all slogans, all of the time”.

Workout notes 4 mile treadmill run in 42:50; 30 minutes of “5 minute Froggy” then 12:30 of 2:30 Froggy. Then a 1 mile cool down walk.

4 miles at this effort was once 37-38 minutes (in 2009) Oh well.

July 12, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political, walking | , | Leave a comment