Crashing back to reality

I think that yesterday’s decent (but not fast) 20 mile walk left me a bit overconfident. My mind does that: one “better than recent performances” workout has be back to doing 100 in under 24 hours.
Today was a mere 12 and while the first 3-4 went well..I hit a bottom and had to work through it. I did; it was 12 miles (plus a bit more) in 3:10 time (by the time of day; probably about 3:08 of actual walking time) so it was 15:40-15:50 mpm; slow but an acceptable “2’nd walk of the weekend” pace for me.

Day: humid and overcast, but not the steam bath that I’ve had for the past couple of weeks. was my first “50 mile week” and “30 mile weekend” in..well, forever. I had some hip soreness (right hip); I need to pay attention to my posture.


July 22, 2018 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Progress sans delusion…

Did not get up as early as I wanted to but was on the road by 7:15 or so.

It FELT cool though it really wasn’t: 70F 81 percent at the start, 73 F, 81 percent at the end. But there was cloud cover for most of it.

I had intended to do 18.6 and felt good enough to add on a 1.7 mile loop to get over 20:

2:44 to Northmore/Sheridan (15:18 average), 3:25:34 at Glenn and Central (5 to go) 14:35 to Forest Hill (1 mile), 58:33 for the final 4 miles home, (4:38:44 for 18.6) then 26:03 for the final 1.7
5:04:47 for 20.33

Though it was a bit of an effort, I didn’t strain; I was steady and deliberate. 1:13:08 was my 5 miles to 18.6. I had averaged a hair under 15 for the 18.6 course.

Today, I could have walked a sub 7 marathon and it would not have been THAT hard.

Still, I should not get delusional; “in the day” I did this 5 times in a row at a faster pace. But..this was my best “long walk” in a very long time.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Return home..

I did catch one final talk and one final walk (15 minute pace)

This latter talk was an overview of applications of knot theory; the mathematician giving the talk was very encouraging to me when I was young. It meant a great deal to me.

On the way to the talk, I did see a cool mushroom.

On the WKU campus…what a mushroom!

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And back home, a waitress wore an engineering shirt. (I have a photo of the front as well)

Heart equation with graph…

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The walk wasn’t that much; I did see the football team working out.

Now for something that I hope will be more significant.

July 21, 2018 Posted by | travel, walking | | Leave a comment

Wills and Ways Part II

Ok, I am learning stuff…but lunch was a bit too heavy.

I walked 3 miles just under 15 mpm in the morning (72 F, 76 percent) and then another 4 over lunch 86 F, 47 percent) at about 15:30 mpm. The combined courses are above; I might want to stroll past the Bowling Green Hotrods stadium though they aren’t playing at home this week.

The Western Kentucky University campus does have one wicked hill on it; I wonder how any of their students ever get fat.
Note: while eating at the Student Union, I met the baseball coach.

Two talks; closing up "knotted" strings and dynamical systems.

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Mat presenting his work.

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Knot mosaic number..forming knot projections via certain types of decorated tiles.

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July 18, 2018 Posted by | travel, walking | | Leave a comment


Ok, perhaps it isn’t THAT hot..for my 8.3 mile walk (W. Peoria plus Bradley hills) it was 76 F, 87 percent at the start; 80 F, 76 percent at the end, and for the walk home from Dozer, 89 F, 63 percent.

The walk (in the morning); somewhat tired legs, but still 2:03 for 8.3 miles (14:50 pace) and untimed from the park.

Sunday action at Dozer. Hot.

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A fan got in a quick stretch:

Stretching between innings. Peoria leads 2-1..still.

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And the Chiefs won a fine pitcher’s duel 2-1; the first runner got on base when the batter alertly swung on a wild pitch for strike 3 and got to first; a single got him to 3’rd and a sacrifice fly brought him in.

The heat caused the fans to drop like flies; this was the 7’th inning stretch and even Barbara had gone home.

Baseball commentary I’ve read that actual attendance at games is down. My guess: our part of the country had a frigid “spring” that was really an extended winter followed by a hot, humid summer. This season has not been a pleasant one to be outside (for the most part). Will this be the norm for future years?

Now the walk home: featured Peoria’s perpetually “under construction” streets.

Welcome to my world. This is the norm.

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July 15, 2018 Posted by | baseball, Peoria, Peoria/local, walking | | Leave a comment

Wills and ways …

Today: I was planning on 18 miles but thunderstorms struck. So I walked 5 miles on the treadmill in 1:04:30 (quick, for me), then changed shirts, got a drink and did 13 outside after the thunderstorms had passed. 73 F with 93 percent at the start, 78/81 at the finish. My course: the 10.6 mile course with a detour around the goose loop and an extra 2.1 mile spur along Perry to Springdale (turn around at the road at the foot of the hill leading up the mausoleum. That 13 took me 3:32 by “time of day” (running clock for road crossings, bathroom stops, etc.) and it was slippery in spots. So I walked faster than that.

The good news is that I felt fine the whole way. Bad news: still slower than I’d like.

Yesterday: weights only: usual PT, pull ups (sluggish, got 5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 6 x 175, incline: 10 x 140, military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 90 (machine) rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Abs: 2:30 plank..wanted to be done quickly.

Baseball: got to see the Chiefs win 5-1. Chiefs starting pitcher was just called up from “short season) and threw 7 2/3 innings; in that inning he allowed 2 hits. No walks, no hit batters, 1 run. Chiefs got 2 big home runs, 1 run off of an infield hit, steal, slight wild pitch and wild pitch, plus 2 insurance runs in the bottom of the 8’th.

New pitcher for the Chiefs vs. Lake Captains. Promoted from Johnson City.

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Contest. Reward? Food and the 2 seats next to me. Is that a GOOD thing? 😂🤣

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July 14, 2018 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Some hope for the US?

I follow a couple of pro-Trump groups on Facebook. One showed this video and..much to my surprise, some Trump supporters thought that this group SHOULD have been kicked out due to their behavior! (their continuing to taunt that other woman…personally, I thought “ugh..cigarette smoke” but..)

I think that, sometimes, cooler heads speak up “in private” when there isn’t a fear of being seen as “weak” by the other side. Oh, you’ll get some push back. I got a bit of it for being critical of Maxine Waters urging people to (peacefully) confront Trump officials in public places.

Ok, some of these make me chuckle but it isn’t something that I’d do.

Workout notes: this time I did 6 miles of walking prior to lifting including 10 x 3-3:20 worth of from intervals on the W. Peoria track. Total time: 54:17 (27:26/26:51); this is about 4.2-4.3 miles or just under a 13 minute pace.
The weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 70 dumbbells, incline: 10 x 140, military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 90 different machine, 3 sets of 10 x 110 rows. headstand. Did some 30 second planks: front, front, side, front, side, then 2 minutes front. It was enough for today; the walk took a bit off of my weights.

July 11, 2018 Posted by | social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Turning the corner?

Well, I do have some writing and search committee stuff to do…

But today I weighed in at 195.6 before lifting. Right direction! But that may have been skewed a bit by the weekend.

Workout notes; usual weight workout; pt, pull ups: 15, 15, 5-5, 10, bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, incline: 7 x 150, decline 7 x 170, military 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer. Usual abs, plank: 2:30 not that bad, headstand was easy, then 2 mile warm weather walk.

Last night: actually saw the Cornbelters win 5-3. The first inning wasn’t promising as the Boomers hit 2 home runs (one off of the outfielder’s glove) in the first inning to lead 3-0. But in the 3’rd the Cornbelters hit a 3 run shot of their own plus another.

I'll save you a seat.

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And yes, the Corn Crib has corn growing in the outfield berm.

How many stadiums have acutal corn gowing in them? Only in Illinois. 😂🤣

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Got to love it.

July 9, 2018 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Tammy sped me up…without even being there!

There is something about walking with a better walker that stays with you for a while.

Yesterday, I did a slow slog (10.6 miles in 2:15)..allegedly “running”.

Today: decent weather (73 F, 64 percent at the start, 78F, 48 percent upon finishing) and I walked my 10.67 mile course in 2:27:49. The same course was 2:42 on May 16, in easier weather..with about the same effort.
Attitude and paying attention to technique made the difference, I think.

Put another way: today’s walk was 12 minutes slower than yesterday’s “run” for the same distance.

July 8, 2018 Posted by | Friends, walking | Leave a comment

An unusual walk with Tammy and Calvin

I had a real treat this afternoon. Tammy and her family (husband Loren, daughter Grace, son Calvin) stopped by Peoria and we enjoyed a nice lunch and got in 10K along the Rivertrail. Pace: 13:04 mpm. Note: Tammy is fast; she slowed down to walk with me.

Two more.

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Of note:

1. We were actually offered marijuana on our trip (while we were on Abdington)

2. I got to get glances at her technique (still very good). Sometimes I mimic those around me and I hope a little bit rubbed off.

3. I also understood that I really don’t push myself enough on my walks. But I have to be intentional from the very start. Once I get in a “slow rhythm” it is hard to bust out of it.

July 7, 2018 Posted by | Friends, walking | Leave a comment