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Shoulder ping…dang it…

Ok, in Friday’s swim, I pinged my right shoulder; I could feel it when it happened.

It isn’t bad but it did make me use a LOT of caution today.

Pull ups: 5 sets of 10, done SLOWLY. Wow…that increased the good burn too.
rotator cuff: did the pulley (3 sets), dumbbells (3 sets) and “shrug presses” (3 sets)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (careful), 7 x 170 (careful); I did not push myself
inline press: 10 x 135 (slow)
standing dumbbell military press: 3 sets of 10 x 40
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm
core: headstand (distracted…had to focus), planks: 2 minute front, 30 seconds each side.

I was drenched with sweat afterward; keeping the movements slower and more controlled helped. And my shoulder didn’t hurt.

Swim: felt it a bit.
500: alt 25 free, 25 back (felt the free just a bit)
500: alt 25 drill, 25 swim (fins); 4 were front, 4 were side, 1 was sfs.
That’s it for today.

Such it is with me as an older guy; a bit of hypochondria now can save a month long forced lay-off later. 🙂

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April 25, 2016 Posted by | injury, swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

This coming Tuesday

Workout notes: weights and a swim; I got a right shoulder ping during the swim. It is slightly achy right now.

Weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups then rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 9 x 170
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50
plank (2:08), side plank, headstand (ok)

Swim: 4 x 250 free, 8 x 50 drill/swim (fins), 2 x 50 side/swim (ping came here) 100 back, 100 pull, 4 x 25 fly (fins)

Politics: this Tuesday we have primaries in Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Here is how the delegate math is stacking up. It is essentially over for Sanders if this is close to being true.

It will be time to speculate about VP picks, at least on the Democratic side.

April 23, 2016 Posted by | injury, politics, swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

More energy than I thought

I had a decent weekend of longer workouts and ended up napping yesterday afternoon.

This morning: still a bit bloated (187-188 prior to swimming) but the workouts were fine:

weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok), rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (good reps), 8 x 170
inline press: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 (seated, supported, dumbbells), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbells (each arm)
headstand (went well), plank: 2 minutes front, 30 seconds each side, extended arm, stacking the ankles.

sideplank
twist crunch (2 sets of 12), yoga leg lifts, (2 sets of 10), moving bridge recoveries.

swim: 500 free, 10 x (25 drill, 25 free) fins
4 x 100 (fly/free/back/free)
400 free.

April 11, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | Leave a comment

Snowy baseball

Workout notes: weights plus swimming.
Weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10), rotator cuff, bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, incline press: 10 x 135, military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 1 set of 10 x 40 standing (dumbbell), 3 sets of 10 x 50 rows (single arm)
headstand (trouble getting into it), forward plank (2 minutes), side planks (30 seconds each, stacking the ankles) twist crunch (2 sets of 12), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10)

Swim: 5 x 100 warm up (ragged), 5 x 100 (alt side, free), 4 x 100 IM, 4 x 100 alt fins, pull.

I was just “off”.

Baseball: I caught the Bradley game this afternoon; there were periods of snow and sun.

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Bradley lost to Missouri State 8-3. It was 4-3 going into the 9’th; Bradley had one lead off triple that resulted in no runs, and one “two single” inning that resulted in no runs. But things completely fell apart. And yes, each team hit home runs on the cold, blustery day.

April 9, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Too much Indian Buffet (TMI)

Ate Indian buffet the previous two days.

The bad: bloated; I weighed 188 this morning prior to my swim. Fact: during yesterday’s 3:30 walk, I drank nothing and still had to use the bathroom thrice.

The good: workout this morning wasn’t that bad:
pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok; better form than usual)
rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (strong; watch the hips), 8 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military press: 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbells (each arm)

headstand (good?), planks (front: 1:30, side, side, stacking those ankles; none of that “two footed BS”)
twist crunch (2 sets of 12)
yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10

Swim: 500 free, 10 x 50 (drill/swim, with fins), 4 x (25 fly, 25 free), 4 x (25 back, 25 free), 2 x (25 side, 25 free), 100-100-100 (pull, free, pull)

It was all ok.

April 4, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | Leave a comment

Math-y Bernie and Stanford

Workout notes: weight, 186. eek!
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (ok), rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (strong), 8 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military press (dumbbell): 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50
twist crunch: 2 sets of 12
yoga leg lifts: 2 sets of 10
moving bridge
headstand
side plank 30 seconds, front 30 seconds

Swim: 500 free, 10 x 25 3g/5g, 25 swim (fins), 8 x 50 (side/free), 100 pull, 100 free, 100 pull, 100 of fly/free

Math: yes, the delegate math works against Sanders (though he will probably win Wisconsin by 5-10 points) but not catch up enough on delegates. Yes, he has run an excellent campaign:

The first thing to say is that it’s still very unlikely that Sanders can win the nomination. Don’t tell me about national polls (and cherry-pick the polls that show your guy getting close); at this point it’s all about delegate counts, where Clinton has a substantial lead with the voting more than half over. The Times’s Upshot has a nice calculator that takes account of what we know about demographic factors – Sanders does well in very white states and in caucuses, not so much elsewhere – and lets you experiment with various overall leads in what remains of the race. To overtake Clinton in pledged delegates, Sanders would need to win by about a 13 point margin from here on in […]

at this point it’s something like a 90 percent probability that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Anyone denying that arithmetic is basically pulling a con job on Sanders supporters.

So what does that say about appropriate behavior on the part of her rival? Two things, I’d argue.

First, the Sanders campaign needs to stop feeding the right-wing disinformation machine. Engaging in innuendo suggesting, without evidence, that Clinton is corrupt is, at this point, basically campaigning on behalf of the RNC. If Sanders really believes, as he says, that it’s all-important to keep the White House out of Republican hands, he should stop all that – and tell his staff to stop it too.

Second, it’s time for Sanders to engage in some citizenship. The presidency isn’t the only office on the line; down-ballot races for the Senate and even the House are going to be crucial. Clinton has been raising money for other races; Sanders hasn’t, and is still being evasive on whether he will ever do so. Not acceptable.

And speaking of math, get a load of some April Fool’s demands made on the Stanford math department. (all in good fun)

April 2, 2016 Posted by | humor, politics, politics/social, social/political, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Think that Sanders is going to win the nomination? Take my challenge.

Workout notes
weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (tough)
rotator cuff
incline presses: 10 x 135, 7 x 150 (bad), 10 x 140
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 (seated, supported), 7 x 85 (barbell)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm)
head stand (almost went over at first)
twist crunches: 2 sets of 12
yoga leg lifts: 2 sets of 10

swim: 500 (chased Jason at the end)
5 x (50 drill (fins), 50 free (no fins)
5 x (25 fly, 25 free, 25 back, 25 free)
100 pull, 100 free, 100 pull

I was just off.

Democratic Race The polls have done a good job (save Michigan) except for the caucus states. (via Sam Wang):

The most important quantity for prediction is the accuracy of all the polls aggregated. The delegate-weighted sum of polls is Clinton +17.9%. The delegate-weighted voting result is Clinton +14.8%. The difference, 3 percentage points in Sanders’s direction, is greater than the ~2% that one would expect from sampling error alone. However, it does not come anywhere close to the 22-point swing that I calculated is necessary for Sanders to get an overall majority of pledged delegates by June 7th.

But alas, there are those who “just know” that Sanders is on his way to winning the majority of pledged delegates.

Though I have no problem with people saying that they like him better than the alternative, I do get tired of the ill informed and the mathematically illiterate saying stupid things on my wall. So I issued a challenge:

Ok Sanders supporters, I’ve had enough of your trash talk. So it is time to put up or shut up.
If you are sure that Sanders is going to win the nomination, let’s make the following bet:
If Sanders wins the nomination, I’ll give his campaign 100 dollars. If Clinton wins, you give her campaign 25 dollars.
That is 4-1; how magnanimous can I be?
I’ll make that bet with the first 5 Sanders supporters who are willing to put their money where their mouth is.
Update: let me be clear. I have no beef with those who either like Sanders better or who don’t like Clinton. Here, my beef is with those who dispute the fact that Clinton has an all-but-insurmountable lead in pledged delegates; those who claim that the media (fivethirtyeight.com, Paul Krugman, etc.) are lying when they say that she basically has the nomination wrapped up.
THOSE are the people who I am calling out here.

Note: I had to add the update because the less-than-bright seemed to read this as a “how dare you say something positive about Sanders on my wall”. I was addressing those who deny the reality of the pledged delegate situation.

Of course, I had no takers; I didn’t expect any. All bluster…with nothing to back it up.

March 29, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

No, this is not ok…

Workout notes:

weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10: strong)
rotator cuff
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 140
military press (dumbbells): 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge recoveries, headstand.

Swimming: 500 easy, 5 x (25 fly, 25 free, 25 back, 25 free), 5 x (25 drill, 75 free) fins, 100 pull, 100 free, 100 pull.

Politics: Marco Randazza, a prominent First Amendment attorney, wrote about the violence we are seeing at political rallies:

When free speech is a casualty, we should not be dividing into tribes and pointing the finger. Trump may be cultivating this intolerance, but no matter whose team you are on, you should be outraged that a political rally was canceled — and you should be outraged at those who celebrate that fact.

And, before you blame Trump and the extreme right, you should make sure that your “team” is clean, too.

After all, a few weeks ago, when six lonely, sad, and pathetic Ku Klux Klan members tried to march in Anaheim, they were descended upon by violent counterprotesters. They acted with as much beastly violence as the awful Trump supporter who allegedly sucker punched a protester. Meanwhile, anti-KKK protesters in Anaheim might have killed their victims, had a Jewish expert on hate crimes not ironically and heroically intervened.

When right-wing activist Ben Shapiro tried to give a lecture at Cal State, those who wanted him silenced resorted to violence as well.

I think that one problem is that people don’t “get” abstract thinking. They don’t see that if one can block traffic to a Trump rally, then Bible Thumpers can block traffic to a conference on evolution or feminism.

Silencing speech that you don’t like is not civil disobedience.

March 21, 2016 Posted by | morons, politics, politics/social, swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Interesting model for Democrat primaries

Of course, one runs the danger of “overfitting” when one tries to explain what happened in this past. But this is just a simple two factor linear regression based on “north vs. south” and “percentage of Democratic voters who are nonwhite”: (created by Alan I. Abramowitz)

The prediction for Tuesday: easy wins for Clinton in Florida and North Carolina, narrow win in Illinois, and narrow Sanders wins in Ohio and Missouri.

Personally, I think that the polling in Michigan was bad due to Michigan not having had a competitive Democratic primary in a long time (they lost their delegates in 2008 and then Senator Obama wasn’t even on the ballot). But we shall see.

Paul Krugman notes that this means that at the end of the day, Clinton will have widened her lead in pledged delegates. However IMHO Krugman is overreacting to some of the nasty comments on the Sanders twitter feed.

Workout notes: routine 1 mile swim; 1000 easy, 2 x 100 alt side/free, 4 x 100 alt fly, free, back, free, 100 pull, 100 fins. Just got it in; resting for the trip to Cleveland.

March 11, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, swimming | , , | Leave a comment

Still a struggle…sort of

I am still not back to where I was.

Weights: rotator cuff
5 sets of 10 pull ups (last set was a struggle)
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 8 x 170 (still a bit off)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing.
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell.

headstand: unsteady, so switched to a harder surface and it was fine.

swim: 500, 5 x 100 drill/swim (fins), 5 x 100 (fly/free/back/free), 100 (side/free), 200 pull.

I got annoyed with Z (Mech. E. prof) and so sprinted a length with him..just because. This was at the end of one of my 5 x 100’s.

Man, I am still grouchy and itching to pick a fight with someone. On the other hand, objectively, I am not doing that poorly. Not sure what is going on. Do I now need more sleep?

March 9, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment