The lies we tell ourselves..

I had planned to do 6 treadmill miles today, but the day was too pretty to stay indoors.

So I jogged my hilly Cornstalk 8.1 mile course. I didn’t bother to time myself as frankly, I didn’t want to know; but the pace was somewhere in the 11:45-12:00 mpm range. It was a slow but easy “lope”.


It was breezy but perfect running weather.

While I was in Bradley Park, the university track team was doing hill repeats. Yep…they blew past me as if I were merely waddling in place. Wait..that is what I was doing.

Now the reality is that our track team is a strong one; I never was nearly as fast as the men NOR the women; my lifetime PB for the 5K is a hair under 19 minutes and for the 10K: 39:50. That is “young man slow”, compared to serious runners. I last broke 20 minutes for the 5K in 1998. Today’s run: same effort would have been perhaps 1:05 and change.

Now: I am “old man slow” and “old man slow” is slower than “young man slow”. That is really it.


The same goes with the weight room: I never was “strong”; lifetime PB for the bench press was 310, but that was at a much heavier body weight than I am now. At my current bodyweight (or within shouting distance of it), we are talking 260 lbs. Now I do 200 on a good day. That is “young man weak” vs. “old man weak”. :-)

November 19, 2015 Posted by | ranting, running, whining | | Leave a comment


Chilly, rainy day, life contingencies class…yuck.

Workout notes: 2 mile treadmill jog (21:10) then I attempted an all out mile: 2:00, 1:58, 1:58 (5:56) and then…splut. I had to walk and ended up jogging in an 8:26 mile.
I think that part of the reason is that I panicked when I got to that “intense oxygen debt” that one gets in a mile, and I was solo (lane 2).

Then 1 mile walk, and 2 more miles on the treadmill (21:30) to call it a day at 6 miles, plus some yoga.

So I’ll make it an “end of the year goal” to get a sub 8 minute mile; I think that I am about 200 meters away.

Back to class preparation.

November 17, 2015 Posted by | running, whining | Leave a comment

arrrgh…admin nonsense…

Don’t ask. I just spent 2.5 hours working on a binder; my big tasks:

1. table of contents
2. getting dividers arranged
3. using a template to make sure those little divider tabs were printed out rather than simply handwritten…

And not a bit of that time and effort went into helping me do my job better. *&^%$

But that is much of where our time goes, doesn’t it? We are selling our stuff to someone else rather than working to make the product itself better.

Workout notes weights followed by a very hot Cornstalk classic walk (4 miles)

rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
incline presses: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 3 x 160, 7 x 150. Note: The 160 was done by mistake; when I tried I panicked: “oh my goodness, I’ve gotten weaker” without realizing that I had 10 pounds more than I had intended.
military presses: 2 sets of 10 x 40 (dumbbell), 10 x 85 standing barbell
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm (dumbbell), 10 x 110 machine.

Then the walk, then cutting the backyard jungle.

College Football:

Texas stunk up the joint against Notre Dame. ND has a competitive team, but the looked elite against Texas. They aren’t.

September 6, 2015 Posted by | college football, football, walking, weight training, whining | Leave a comment


Note: this joke post makes no sense unless you know that I have a tendency to overreact to small discomforts and that my “online persona” is a very stupid, very smelly, ornery, self-pitying goat. I doubt that real goats suffer from self pity; I probably just offended them. So if you are a goat or love a goat, I apologize.


I feel like complete crap at the moment (cold level crap). So I had enough; I braved the cold temperatures and walked to the slaughterhouse.

The officials sized me up, pinched their noses and sent me away…”too smelly, too rancid, too old for human consumption” they said.

They did drive me to the woods and leave me out where the local coyotes can get to me.

They came up, howled in pain (stinky) and ran away…”too smelly, too old, too rancid for predator consumption” they concluded.


The game warden came by, put me in the back of a pick up truck, tethered…and drove me home where I head butted my way back into the house and am typing this.


February 22, 2015 Posted by | illness, whining | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I am getting too darned old…

1. Yes, I gave blood on Friday. Today is Monday: I got up early, shoveled snow ($%#@!), cleared most of our long driveway with the snow shovel, then lifted weights. This afternoon, I went to write up some early notes, decided to “rest my eyes” for a second and then…zzzzzz……

2. About this article about men who don’t work:


Look at what is considered “prime age”:

At every age, the chances of not working have changed in the last 15 years. Teenagers are far more likely not to work. Older people are retiring later and working more. In the ages in between — the periods of life when most people work — the changes have been smaller, but they are still substantial.

In the late 1960s, almost all men between the ages of 25 and 54 went to work. Only about 5 out of every 100 did not have a job in any given week. By 2000, this figure had more than doubled, to 11 out of every 100 men. This year, it’s 16. (People in the military, prison and institutions are excluded from these figures.)

Of course, the economy was stronger in 2000 than it is today, with a lower official unemployment rate — the share of people not working and actively looking for work — than today. But for prime-age men, the rise in official unemployment explains only about one-third of the increase in not working.

“Prime age men” are men from 25 to 54….. oh *&^%!!

3. I now have received a “senior discount” twice in my life (at IHOP).

4. Look at my weight workout:

pull ups: 5 sets of 10, rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 180, 8 x 160 (rotator cuff rest)
incline: 10 x 135
super set: rows/pull downs/military press: all on the machines: 3 sets of 10 each. (110 rows, 130 pull down, 90 each arm (180 total) military.

My calves felt a bit heavy so I skipped running or walking. I hope to go longer tomorrow, or perhaps do a swim/run combination.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | weight training, whining | , , | Leave a comment

first static shock of the fall/winter season

I sure wish I lived somewhere warm. I hate this static shock…and now it means I’ll have this happening to me constantly for the next 7 months. :-P

October 10, 2014 Posted by | whining | , | Leave a comment

Heavy rain, treadmill and groaners….

We had some very heavy rain last night and more this morning; the streets have standing water.

So I took it to the treadmill and indoor track.

Treadmill: I started at 5.3 mph (11:19 mpm) and increased the pace by .1 mph every .25 miles; I did this until I got to mile 4 (almost 40 minutes on the button). Then I did 4-5 at 6.9 (8:41) and 5-6.5 at 7.0 (8:34); that meant I did a 3 mile segment (3.5 to 6.5) in 26 minutes. Then I slowed down to 10 mph to 7.25 then did the last .75 at: 6.1-6.2-6.1 (average about 9:45 mph) Total: 1:16:30 for 8 miles.

Then I walked 2 miles on the track (29 minutes).

It was enough to be exercise but not enough to sap me.

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Though I’ve been told that I remind people of the “Rat” character, I also have a bit of “Goat” in me as well….:-)

April 3, 2014 Posted by | running, whining | , | Leave a comment

Rocks in the shoe…ok, sand grains really…

Last night: my wife had her phone in the bed room…it kept going off. I ask her to turn it off so she mutes it instead and the vibration wakes me up. Grrrr….finally she shuts the damn thing off…or leaves the bedroom; didn’t care which.

Up in the morning: see an e-mail from a student who flunked exam one; he dropped this course last year with a different instructor. Doesn’t have the prerequisite credentials but told the department chair he was “convinced” that he’d pass with a different instructor. He managed to find an empty slot in my class….

Get outside: fresh snow. :-P

Weight room; had to work through the ROTC group again. :-P

So I did almost a full workout: I only did 2 sets of pull downs and machine rows but did everything else (curls: dumbbells, bench: 10 x 135, 2 sets of 7 x 170, etc.)

Swam: 500 warm up (pushed by a young woman), 500 drill/swim (fins), 6 x 100 on the 2:10 (last two were 1:45-1:46; rest were 1:43-1:44), 100 fly practice (fins), 100 IM.
That is 1800 yards; my first time over a mile in a long, long time. :-)

So…today, no making a mountain out of a few grains of dirt. :-)

February 21, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training, whining | | Leave a comment

Shiver…but yet….the globe warms….

I am delaying going outside. Yes, I am only going to the indoor rec center where I hope to run and walk a bit. I’ll cook up a workout of some sort (tempo intervals?)

Today in Peoria, IL:

(-23 C).

And from my smart-ass California friends;


In fact, we are shivering because of the location of that jet stream; arctic air is cold, even if it is a degree or two warmer than it was a few years ago. So that arctic air mass is parked right over us. :-P

As much as I’d love to ship our snow to those who miss it, it doesn’t work that way.

February 11, 2014 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, whining | , , | Leave a comment


Cold. -6 F this morning (-21 C)

Got to the gym; it was ROTC in the weight room day
Still: all exercises but curls; rotator cuff and abs (full sets), pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench (135 x 10, 180 x 4 (weak), 170 x 6 (weak))
military: 3 sets of 12 x 50 seated, upright rows: 3 sets of 10 with 25, bent over row: 3 sets of 10 with 65, pull downs (sets of 10 with 160).

This took me 46 minutes. Then swimming: 1500 yd.
500 w/u, 6 x (25 drill, 25 swim fins), 8 x 50 on 1:10 (50-52 each), 100 (1:43), 2 x 100 IM on 3.

Got woman was there early and had torn up the kitchen right when I was attempting to get ready ….so while I remembered to pack my lunch, I left in a huff and forgot to eat breakfast.

Last night: e-mail from a student: “I wasn’t there for your 1.3 lecture; could you give me help with the 1.3 homework assignments (due today). I didn’t answer the e-mail.

Even better: this was our SENIOR class, not a freshman remedial class. And this was an international student, not some homegrown “helicopter parent raised” snowflake.

I think that this will be a “NO PARTIAL CREDIT” type of day. :-)

February 10, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training, whining | Leave a comment


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