Activists: my lack of patience with them

Workout notes I did an 8 mile course in 1:47 (8.08); to Bradley Park via the usual way, 2 lower loops and 2 full upper loops (past the bathrooms) and back; last “mile” was 12:53.
Interestingly 3 weeks ago, I “ran” a similar 8 miles in 1:33; as you can see my brisk walk pace is only a little bit slower. My department chair says my run gait is pretty much the same as my walk gait.

The difference: the degree to which I bend my knees. Sad, I know. :-)

Yes, tenure is good job security, but it is far from perfect. If you anger enough people, they’ll find a reason to get rid of you. They used her classroom language as an excuse, but my (very uneducated) guess it was more this:

In a letter that day to Buchanan, Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education, said “multiple serious concerns” had come to his attention, including “inappropriate statements you made to students, teachers and education administrators,” as well as conflict with Iberville Parish Superintendent Ed Cancienne.

“This behavior is completely unacceptable and must cease,” Andrew wrote.

In an interview with The Advocate, Cancienne said he called Andrew because he’d received complaints about Buchanan from a couple of his teachers and felt it was his duty to alert LSU. LSU then asked him to put his concerns in writing, he said.

“When I think there’s a serious issue, then I have to communicate that to them,” he said.

Iberville continues to participate in the selective PK-3 Teacher Education Program that Buchanan founded.

Buchanan said Cancienne had asked repeatedly for her to send teachers to Iberville Parish, but she’d resisted because it’s a relatively low performing district, and her students teachers need to see standout teaching so they know what to do themselves. She said the program got off to a rocky start there, but she denied any unprofessional behavior.

She said she voluntarily agreed to no longer supervise the LSU student teachers in Iberville after Cancienne called her to complain. She said she thinks Cancienne’s complaints, and LSU’s desire to placate him, had something to do with her firing.

Buchanan said the selective teaching program she ran is demanding, likening it to a medical school internship, making her unpopular with some students.

“I have very low tolerance for poor teaching and very high standards,” she said.

Yes, she is suing.

Activists I have no patience for stuff like this: a woman climbed flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol and took down the “confederate flag”. This was viewed as a good thing by many of my social media friends, but not by me.

Yes, I am gladdened to see calls for the flag to come down and I hope that the South Carolina state legislature does the right thing.

But to me, this is just another “know it all” deciding what is right (in her opinion) and just making a unilateral decision. I don’t think that the people of South Carolina elected her or appointed her. So I am fine with her getting the appropriate legal punishment (proportionate to the act, which I consider to be a relatively minor nuisance).

Oh sure, this was far, far, far worse and I have much greater contempt for this action.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | education, political/social, quackery, social/political, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

TCU last day

We had some thunderstorms last night, but the rain ended just after I started this morning’s walk:


Total time was 1:03, but my timed segments were 14:56/14:21 (29:18 for 2); I started out very slowly. It was humid and some of the course was slippery.

Talks: have been very good; I’ve gotten something about of each talk, which is rare. Most people have made attempts to tell you something.

June 27, 2015 Posted by | travel, walking | | Leave a comment

Hot time at TCU

I got in late last night; flight landed at 9:50; bags came at 10:00, then I made the rental car place by 10:30; arrived on campus at about 11:30.

So no run or walk this morning; I waited until 5 pm to walk 4 miles (4.1 actually) in about 1:02:


It was 95 F (35 C) with 41 percent humidity. Fortunately there was some shade on the course, but alas, many of the neighborhood streets did NOT have sidewalks. I hope to get an easy 3 tomorrow morning.

The talks were fun; I got the gist of many of them and I got to look up stuff.

I ate at a salad joint for lunch and at a fast food Mexican place for supper.

June 26, 2015 Posted by | travel, walking | | Leave a comment

Ready to head to Froggy Land (aka TCU)

I always enjoy mathematics conferences: I am about to head to another one. Yes, this time I am giving a talk.

So, I am all but packed (need to pack documents) and ready to go.

Workout notes
rotator cuff
pull ups: 10, 5, 10, 5, 10, 5, 5, 5 (55 total); varied the grip quite a bit.
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 3 x 180, 10 x 160 (note: by myself so I didn’t push my limits)
military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 dumbbell, 10 x 40 dumbbell

Track: 4 miles (middle lane)

14:31 worth of drills
12:56 1 quicker, 1 easy
24:59 (12:33/12:26) steady and intentional 52:28 total.

Not “fast” but, given where I am, respectable. I need to smooth out my form if I wish to walk a “fast” (read: sub 5:30) marathon this fall. My plan is to do one long walk on Sunday (20 miles or 5 hours), one “pace” workout (10-12 miles) during the week, and fill out the rest with easier walking, running, 5K races, swimming and lifting.

I know that 5:30 isn’t very fast but I haven’t done that since September 2009.

I went to the Midwest (A) All Star game at Dozer park; there were almost 5900 people there. It was a good time. After the fireworks show which ended the evening, I told a lady that I liked her “2012 NCAA Cross Country shirt”. Well her husband is with her and he is Mike DeWitt, a famous racewalking coach who helped out at Augie Hirt’s racewalking group a couple of times. Yes, he actually observed me walking and gave me some tips.

He is now the track coach for Illinois-Springfield and still does racewalking; I feel a couple of paid lessons coming on. No, I’ll never do the judged stuff again (right knee won’t straighten all the way) but I need to smooth out my technique if I am to have success in the longer walks (24 hour, 50 mile, 100 mile); I want to do better at FANS next year.

June 24, 2015 Posted by | Personal Issues, racewalking, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

still recovering…

Weather: beautiful outside. Still my legs were sore so I did my running portion on the treadmill/track:
1 mile in 11 minutes (treadmill)
2 miles 17:18 (8:38/8:40) (this is uncomfortably close to the record for the Steamboat 4 MILE)
then 4 mile walk outside; steady. I felt the thighs on the downhill.

More stuff today…

June 23, 2015 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Lifeless legs..

I started out walking…even 16-17 minutes per mile took a modest effort.

So I cut it short today; only 5 miles. I might do some yoga later this morning.

Tomorrow: swimming and lifting..then yes, the dreaded blood donation.

June 21, 2015 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

A day without rain?

Walked to the W. Peoria track; did 5 laps (2.1 miles) of drills, quick step, focus on push-off (27:43) and then walked back home and did a little bit of yoga.

Call it 3+ miles, which is good enough for today.

We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately but none last night; so the track (paved asphalt) was mostly dry.

Hmm, it appears as if the University of Texas athletic director is alienating fans, alumni, coaches, faculty and…the college president?


Lindsey Graham:

Sorry, but most everything I’ve read has the murderer being a white supremacist of some sort. But it appears to me that conservatives are tip-toeing around the idea that racial bigotry was a driving factor.

June 19, 2015 Posted by | racism, republicans, social/political, walking | , | Leave a comment

Recovering…a little…

I am still a bit heavy legged, and it was sticky outside: 77 F with 76 percent humidity at the start, 82 F with 69 percent at the end.

I strolled via my W. Peoria course to the cemetery, one loop there (1.3) and then hit the W. Peoria track (pit stop), then 14 laps of the .43 miles to the lap track.
32:13 to the Cemetery, 21:21 in the Cemetery, 3:33 to the field, 3:42 to the start of my laps, 1:01:13 for the first 10 laps, 23:07 for the next 4 (picked it up), 11:49 home.
Total: 10.7 miles in 2:37:00 (14:40 pace) though the first 6 miles were about 15+; I picked it up when I finally started to feel “right”.

It looks as if my body is transitioning to “ultra mode” in which it takes an hour or so to get going.

June 14, 2015 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

A good post about politicians (and why we elect the ones that we do…)

Workout notes: 3.3 mile “run” (4.2 classic cut short by skipping the last Parkside loop), quick meal then weights:

pull ups, 3 sets of 10, then 2 sets of 10 supersetted, rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 180 (hip cramp), 8 x 160
military: 3 sets of 10 with 40 pound dumbbells (standing)
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 137.5, 10 x 130 different machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 55

When home and picked up debris from our recent storms (lots of small branches from trees; enough to fill a trash can.

Walking: from last week’s FANS 24 hour event:

median male runner: 68.4 miles (61)
median female runner: 67.9 miles (26)
median walker: 74.5 miles (13)

It was that kind of event. There were a LOT of tough walkers there.

This is a nice article about why we elect those that we do. Upshot:; we like affinity, we want to be told what we want to hear, and we overvalue confidence.

June 13, 2015 Posted by | political/social, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

trying to racewalk again

Now that I am interested in walking again, I decided that my technique could use some work. And…well, there was an electrical storm so I couldn’t swim.

14:50 warm up mile (with a few drills)
3.1 in 40:02 (38:20 for 3, 13:02/12:49/12:29 doing 2-1 (Deek))
Then I putzed around with some weights.

I felt very clunky and slow but let’s face it: I am right now.

Otherwise: I did some errands and did some mathematics; I have an interesting topic (I think).

June 13, 2015 Posted by | racewalking, walking | | 1 Comment


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