Tired from last weekend

I went to the Peoria Chiefs game last night; the Chiefs lost to Cedar Rapids 7-3 (Cedar Rapids is a playoff team). Most of the damage was done in the second inning where the Chiefs gave up 6 runs (5 earned); there were several “ground ball hits”, one off the wall triple and one (of 2) errors by the all-star second baseman. It was that kind of night.

But I noticed I was very tired; I had thought about going and doing a tune-up marathon and, while I hate to admit this, the long stuff takes a lot out of me. So I’ll stick with my plan to just do long training walks.

This morning: too tired to swim so I lifted and did a light 15 minutes on the bike, as well as some yoga. Headstand is getting easier.

rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10, one of 5 (as my last set of 10 was sloppy). These were difficult.
Super set: machine rows, machine military presses, machine pull downs: 3 sets of 10 with 110 (row), 2 sets of 10 presses (100 each arm), 150 pull down.
Dumbbell military: 10 x 40
incline press: 10 x 135 (hard), 4 x 150, 3 x 150 (fatigued)
10 x 70 dumbbell bench press

bike (15 min, 4 miles (15:20)

I felt better afterward.

Posts Jerry Coyne presents a nice chart that shows the gap between what scientists believe and what the general public believes. And as far as what the public runs with? Well, it is an influence of many things, including religion and the American public believing that expert opinion is not really more valuable than “what makes sense to me”.

August 31, 2015 Posted by | science, social/political, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

56 years old and…

Well, I woke up and was on my walk by 6:45 am. I started from the Riverplex:


Around the goose loop, around the ball field wall, up to the track, 4 laps there

27:30 (2 mile, lane 2)
27:57 (2 mile, lane 2)
2:02 (from the track to the Heights tower park via the path; a few bikes here and then back)
29:02 (2 mile track, lane 2)
36:51 back, which included a short out and back from my car to the edge of the lot

Total: 4:40:41 for 18.63 miles, which is 30 km (the 6 miles on the track was 6.07). Pace: 15:04, which was too slow. However I had stomach trouble; I felt a bit bloated from yesterday.
Weather: 69 F, 90 percent humidity at the start, 75 F with 76 percent at the end. It was sort of sticky. I was not feeling great on the “out” part but then realized it was just the long climb.

I did the track segments to “shame” myself into walking faster; doing nothing but slow walking on the long walks doesn’t really prepare you for the marathon.

August 30, 2015 Posted by | walking | , | Leave a comment

The Genius of Donald Trump, a Sanders score and teachers…

Workout notes: 3 mile walk (to lower Bradley Park and back) followed by weights:

5 sets of 10 pull ups
rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 3 x 185 (bodyweight: 187, home)
incline: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 10 x 85 barbell, 10 x 40 dumbbell (standing)
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm, 10 x 110 machine
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 160, 10 x 150 alternate machine
yoga with head stand.

Gym: pretty empty.

Teachers: there is now a teacher shortage; frankly few want these jobs anymore. My prediction is that the same will happen for higher education, at least at the non-elite, non-Research I institutions.

Election 2016: this is hilarious; the liberal social justice warriors can’t seem to figure out why everyone else isn’t outraged that Donald Trump isn’t following their approved scripts.

And, of course, why is Mr. Trump getting away with it when others can’t? There is a method to his madness, as Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) points out. I disagree on one point though: if nominated, Trump will lose and lose big no matter who he selects as VP.

Bernie Sanders: calls out CEOs who call for austerity. Sen. Sanders is correct here.

1. While these CEOs are business geniuses, running a national economy is different than running a business. Example: government spending can percolate up and have a multiplier effect.

2. A CEO can be indifferent to the fate of laid off workers. A government shouldn’t be.

Good for Sen. Sanders for calling out these people.

August 28, 2015 Posted by | education, politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How 5K races have changed for me over the years

Workout notes: wore sleeves; it was that cool. Couldn’t make myself go in for track work; I stayed outside.

I was 27:59 leaving the neighborhood, 54:30 at Heading/Western, 1:38 to Bradley Park, 40:43 for the Cornstalk out and back and 12:15 for the final 1.03 (52:58 for the final hilly 4). This was a decent walk, but I probably needed a couple of more 12:xx miles thrown in.


I’ve been running public 3 mile/5K races since 1981 and, of course my times have slowed. And the scenery has changed with my times:

Sub 20 minute era


22 minutes


24 minutes


26 minutes


28 minutes


Yes, I had a run slower than 28 minutes this year (had to walk; hopefully no more of these).

August 25, 2015 Posted by | big butts, spandex, walking | , | Leave a comment

slower than I wanted…


Well, this 18.2 took 4:38 to do; my pace was 15:15 mpm which was slower than I wanted. I think that I lost focus on the long uphill segment starting at Springdale Cemetery. It was cool; I saw a few others out there. The threat of rain kept a few away.

But my “after a decent 5K running race” training walks are always a bit slower than those I do “fresh”.

August 23, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized, walking | | Leave a comment

Doing a happy dance….

Ok, I’m signed up for a spandex chase tomorrow. Realistically, it won’t go that well; a pace of under 9 minutes per mile will be a victory of sorts. The good news is that you see the bigger female asses when you run slower.

But today’s weight workout: I had the best bench press set since September 2013…of course I ended up hurting my shoulder during that month so I had better be careful.

Body weight 189 upon waking up.

rotator cuff
pull ups: 4 sets of 10 then 1 more set of 10 after bench presses.
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (yay!) 3 x 185, 7 x 170 (strong)
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 (each arm), 1 set of 10 x 110 machine
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 150 alternate machine

yoga (did some head stand and got it right)
walking: 3 miles (Bradley Park course…too pretty not to)

Of course, many more students are back today, and “no students = no job” so I am grateful. But ALL bring their little smart phones and work their thumbs on them between sets. I do love it when the gym is empty.

August 21, 2015 Posted by | walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

It is real and my slacking has to stop

Workout notes: 5 mile walk outside (14:20’ish pace), 3 inside (middle lane, 12:20 each for 37:00). My goal pace for the marathon is 12:30 so this was an adequate workout, given the tough weekend.
I followed with 10 minute of cycling and some yoga, and another “so-so” headstand.

The University Conference starts in about 50 minutes, so the start of the school year is really here; tomorrow I write up syllabi for my courses (engineering/science calculus II, numerical analysis, theory of interest), make up review sheets, etc. Classes start a week from tomorrow. And yes, unless I am seriously injured or sick, I don’t miss opening day.

Baseball game tonight and tomorrow night; football season opens (for me) on the first Friday in September.

So, it is time to come off of the summer sleep/wake up schedule and finalize my “semester workout” routines…while hopefully fitting in some research time. Of course, administration will try to pile on BS as, well, administrators have resumes to build! So, I’ll practice:

No. No. No. No. No.

Election time
I know that primaries are still a long way away (a football regular season away!) and I seriously thought that I’d be uninterested in this election.
So far: Hillary Clinton is laying groundwork and catching flak for stupid things (she is a flak magnet)
Bernie Sanders is providing fool’s gold our purity trolls.
And Donald Trump is shaking things up on the GOP side. Suck it, Charles Krauthammer!

I just love it that Donald Trump can tell “activists” to just go f**k themselves, whereas the Democrats are oh-so-gentle with them.

No, there is no danger in my voting Republican, unless the Democrats nominate David Duke or some other wacko.

But, I am much more entertained that I thought that I would be.


August 18, 2015 Posted by | hillary clinton, politics, politics/social, walking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Long walk topic: why Donald Trump is better than Bernie Sanders (in a way)

Today’s walk: whew! it started at about 5:50 and ended 4:46:34 later. I had covered 19.2 miles (14:54 pace).
Temperature: 71 F with 87 percent humidity at the start, 86 with 53 percent humidity at the end. Needless to say, I suffered. The shady parts were wonderful.

Course: my house to McClure where I picked up the old Boredom course, which I stayed on until the place where Bishop Hill met the trail (8 miles); I took the trail down to Hooters, going around the ball field wall and the Goose loop.
Then I doubled back (added 3.2 miles) on the trail (to the marina entrance and back) and then took it on home. I suffered on the unshaded parts.


I saw a few runners out there; a strong young man with a pretty woman on a bike pacing him (I hate him! ;-) ) and even a couple of young women in brief jog bras and cropped spandex shorts. And there were a few other old fools (besides me) cluttering up the landscape.

Yes, this walk was significantly better than my previous 19 miler but I was “sort of” spent when I finished (by “workout standards”).

I was thinking about the pre-primary election. Since I am friends with a lot of “progressives” on Facebook (young liberals and old hippies mostly) I am hearing about Bernie Sanders …constantly.

He is “the candidate that can’t be bought”, they say.


Now among my older, smarter friends (e. g. those with graduate degrees and professional certifications), there is a bit of a split. Some really don’t want to be “stuck” with Hillary Clinton; others like her. Though I am NOT a fan of hers, I happen to see her as the strongest, most qualified that we have.

But back to the “candidate that can’t be bought” slogan. That applies to someone else as well: Donald Trump.

There is one important difference though: Trump doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks, whether the other person is a nobody or a genuine credentialed expert. On the other hand, Sanders panders to the liberal base by filing “snowball’s chance in Hell” bills (“medicare for all” and “free college“). I see no difference between these bills and the numerous “repeal Obamacare” bills that the Republicans are always filing: it is a publicity stunt to dupe the less-than-intelligent masses in their respective constituencies.

By the way, I’d actually back both but there is no chance that we’ll see anything like that in the near future. 15 years from now? Who knows.

And just to be clear. If Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, I’ll vote for him (after throwing up and accepting the fact that we’ll have 8 years of a Republican president)

August 16, 2015 Posted by | political/social, politics, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

Clinton and Sanders and political money…

Workout notes: weights then an easy, social 2.7 mile walk with Barbra (Cornstalk classic route with a shorter path to the start of the route)

weight: 189.

pull ups: 5 sets of 10 with rotator cuff recoveries.
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 3 x 185, 7 x 170
military: standing, dumbbell, 2 sets of 10 x 45, 12 x 40
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 (dumbbell, each arm), 10 x 110.
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160

It seemed like more than that, but it wasn’t.

When one tries to compare money and the amount that Bernie Sanders spent compared to Hillary Clinton:

2006, Hillary Clinton won 3.008 million to 1.392 million margin; that is a race with about 4.4 million voters.
2012, Bernie Sanders won 208 thousand to 73 thousand; that is a race with about 281 thousand voters.

So, Clinton’s race was 15.66 times larger than Sanders’ race, and she won 14.4 times more votes than he did.

The point: of course she would spend a lot more and have to raise a lot more money.

This isn’t a put down of Sen. Sanders; I actually like the Senator. But when one wants to talk about political fundraising and spending, one should consider their respective positions and their states.

August 14, 2015 Posted by | hillary clinton, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Running: what today’s routine training run told me

Today’s run: perfect day for it, though some of the drivers in the park were completely careless. The District 150 teachers had their meeting and some drove up the Bradley Park hill too damned fast. But it is District 150 so what does one expect? :-)

Still, the run, while untimed, felt good and not at all like my usual Thursday slog. Reason? My guess is that I walked 3 miles yesterday instead of doing my easy 2, “quicker” 2. That tells me that my usual Wednesday workout really isn’t that easy for me after all.

I also thought about this: of the older guys that I know that are burning up the 5Ks, none ever moved into marathon running. The long stuff does take a toll, especially over time. I am not sure what that means for me, as I am starting to enjoy the semi-long walks yet again.

Politics I think that getting passionate about a candidate or a cause makes you…well…maybe not stupid but it does give you a massive blind spot. And I can see why people get attracted to candidates that make no sense at all.

For example: I honestly DO like Donald Trump, even though what he says makes little to no sense at all and, were he somehow to win the Presidency (and I doubt he’ll even stick it out during the primaries), he’d be a disaster. But in a way, he is my kind of guy; one not afraid to tell mediocrities to STFU.

And as far as the Bern-o-bots, they remind me of the Wendy Davis supporters. Yes, I actually LIKE the candidates and respect what they do or try to do, but I consider their supporters to be off-the-rocker crazy. But I suppose that “FAN” is short for “Fanatic”. And don’t get me going about those “activists”; they are enough to get me to consider voting Republican.

I have to remind myself that not all stupid, know-it-all idiotic activists are liberal:

But, but…”that’s different!”

August 14, 2015 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, walking | , | Leave a comment


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