Change I do NOT like: treadmills with loud beeps!

I always try to grab the older model treadmills as I find the “beeping” of the newer treadmills to be very annoying…why beep ever time you change speed or incline? And I try to choose a treadmill away from the newer “beeping” models. Who thought this was a good idea anyway? Do people actually LIKE this?

Yesterday: was a bit of a yoga fest. Yoga in the early morning, then Vickie’s 5:30 ICC class, then partner yoga. That’s all good. But I have a massive deficiency: I cannot sit on my heels. This may be my next project.

Workout notes The yoga last night, of course, and then this morning (weight: 192)

rotator cuff, pull ups 10-10-10-10-5-10 (55) went well, incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 150 (tough), military: 7 x 95 barbell (standing), 10 x 85 (standing), 10 x 45 dumbbell (standing), 10 x 40 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110.

Then to the treadmill: 5.2-5.7 (every 5 minutes) for 30, then to mile 4 in 42:32 (6.1-6.5 final mile): 11:30 mile 1, 10:50 mile 2, 10:30 mile 3 9:42 mile 4. I felt better than expected..better than yesterday.

February 13, 2019 Posted by | running, weight training, yoga | | 2 Comments

Adjusting to fair changes that you don’t like

This is a metaphor that uses a university gym experience to make a point.

Way long time ago, I used to love to get to the gym as soon as it opened; the primary reason is that I got my workout in before an unexpected demand of the day could take it away. But the second reason is that it was empty and relatively quiet.

But then came the university ROTC group…

Still…noisier but for the most part, I could avoid them.

Now we have groups of young “workout bros” coming in. They are NOT rude ..they use the equipment properly, etc. But dammit my solitude is gone, and once in a while, I need to adjust my plan because a bench or piece of equipment is being used.

And yes, most of the experienced ones are…well, much stronger than I am (as they *should* be ..being that there is 38-40 year difference in age)

But..this is *fair* change that is, well, not actually inconvenient for me (I still get my full workout in) but..slightly less pleasant.

But there is NOTHING unfair about this change..NOTHING. I was never entitled to an empty gym just for me.

And yet, I feel resentful…a little bit.

I kind of wonder if similar happened when so many voted for Trump. They saw changes in society…not necessarily *unfair* changes but changes that made people’s worlds a bit less pleasant..and a bit of this resentment lead to “ok, I’ll make their heads explode by voting Trump.”

Life marches on. And yes, my strength, speed and endurance continues to decline. Entropy sucks.

Body Yes, I spent some time with a woman yesterday, and I left with a small bruise and a scratch on my back. Yes, there was physical contact..from partner yoga.

In one case, my arm got bruised from a rough grab..and the scratch came from my teacher’s toenails in “dancing dogs.” (errant foot placement). I noticed the bruise when I did pull ups.

Dancing Dogs

Assisted Bow

Workout notes: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 7 x 165, decline: 10 x 165, military: 8 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing, 3 sets of 10 x 50 rows (dumbbell), plank, headstand, then 8.3 miles on the Expresso Bike (love…took me 34 minutes (best time for others was 18…damn I am slow).

February 11, 2019 Posted by | Friends, social/political, weight training, yoga | Leave a comment

What. A. Stretch.

OMG…wonder if I can con my yoga teacher into demonstrating that one for me.

February 11, 2019 Posted by | big butts, yoga | Leave a comment

Weekend workouts (February 9-10, 2019)

Personal and trivial:

Saturday: started the day full of bluster…ended up…running 3 miles on the treadmill (34:10), 3 on the track (31:52) mostly lane 2-3 of Markin..last mile (+) was 9:45. It was a sorry effort; I got bored on the treadmill and on the track. Couldn’t make myself walk outside. But that was 18 miles of running for the week.

Sunday: partner yoga with Ms. Vickie. Then..because it was snowing..4 miles of walking on the treadmill prior to the Bradley basketball game vs. Evansville (women).

She did not use her hand puppet during our practice.

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February 11, 2019 Posted by | Friends, running, walking, yoga | Leave a comment

Not losing one’s temper

I walked to the gym to do a few treadmill miles..only to find the upper level in disarray. Evidently they thought it was good time to move all of the equipment, including the treadmills. Figures…couldn’t do it when the gym was closed, I guess (eyeroll).

So I shuffled 5.1 outside on my hilly course and cut the grass; got some heat conditioning out of it. I should be good to go for a 20+ this Saturday.

Body weight: 194.6 before running. Still too heavy but I am making progress. I want to be in the 180’s again.

Last night: yoga then a ball game with my teacher.

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Chiefs with Vickie, after yoga class.

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Homerun! 6 to 4 Chiefs.

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This was a crazy game. We missed the first 3 innings but caught the Timberrattlers in the 4’th; they got a 3 run home run just inside the foul pole to take a 3-1 lead. But Peoria responded with a barrage to regain the lead 5-3 and went on to win 7-5; the Chiefs…er…Distillers got 15 hits!

July 26, 2018 Posted by | baseball, running, yoga | | Leave a comment

The athletic struggle continues

It seems as if every few years, I hit a sports low…only to rebound a bit…then sink again.

I am having trouble getting out of this particular low; in part it is caused by weight gain. I was 199.1 this morning, before running.

I really want to be 10-15 lbs. lighter but lose no upper body strength. Is that possible?

Today: I started my “Steamboat 15K taper” and did the following:

treadmill: 5 minutes at 5.2, 3 at 5.3, 2 at 5.4 (11:16 mile 1), 5 at 6.1, 5 at 6.2 (21:03 for 2) then 10 at 6.7 (29:56 for 3); walked to 3.1 then walked 2 miles outside.

18:40 for 2 miles was the main set (or about 2.14 in 20 minutes). It was enough.

Yesterday, before yoga class, I tried “shoulder stand” while keeping my legs vertical. That lead to huge cramping in my abdominal muscles. I also need to review crow pose.

Forecast for Saturday: dreadfully hot. Typical Steamboat weather. I can see why this race is dwindling.

June 12, 2018 Posted by | running, yoga | Leave a comment

Why is twitter so toxic?

I’ve decided to try to act civilized on Twitter; only respond when I can civilly and to speak to the facts. Example: Newsweek prints a headline that says:

The article itself mentions that Trump’s approval rating is in the low to mid 40’s. That is hardly a “majority”.

The Real Clear average is 43.5 and the Five Thirty Eight average is 41.2, both up .5 to 1.0 points or so. There HAS been a slight uptick..not much of one though.

I’ll say “that isn’t true” and put a link, or maybe post an average of polls when someone tries to cherry pick a favorable poll.

But for me, name calling is out. Ok, I’ll tell Sen. McConnell that he is the “king of obstruction” when he complains about the Democrats. Ok, maybe, henceforth, I’ll just point out that he obstructs.

But here is what I won’t do: I won’t act as if I can make an inference about a person from a tweet (too much ambiguity) or pretend that my opinion of a person should matter to them.

Now, I WILL use Twitter during ball games; it is a great way to communicate stats, etc.

Articles are good too.

Workout notes weights then an easy 2 mile walk.

weights: usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, decline: 10 x 155, military (standing) 10 x 50 dumbbell, 15 x 45 dumbbell, 10 x 180 machine. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer.

abs: started with 2:30 of plank (it sucked) then usual abs with headstand.

Note: yesterday’s lower loop run plus the hard hill repeat actually left me sore (no swim; pool was closed)

Weird note: when I signed in I found out that the name of the hottest yoga student in the class is “K. Johnson”. Oh..when I saw “Johnson” I sure hoped that it would be “Carmen Johnson” wasn’t. That would have been hilarious.

May 3, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training, yoga | Leave a comment

Not quite with it…here is what I think is going on…

I’ve felt off during my past 2 workouts.

This morning: 2200 yard swim, (2 km), 3 mile run, 2 mile walk (mostly outside). The run: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 for each mile but didn’t enjoy 5.4 mph, so I just stopped, walked .25 miles, then 1.75 miles outside in the wonderful weather.

The swim: 500 free, 250 of drill/swim (fins), 250 of fist/free, 5 x 100 IM (free in place of fly), 200 pull, 200 fins, 200 swim, 100 swim. 200.4 before, 198.8 after the swim.

Yesterday: weights plus 4 miles of walking (3 on the track was at 15:00 mpm). I had tried to run..but didn’t like it.

Weights: usual PT, usual abs afterward, 5-5-5, 5-5-5, 10, 10 pull ups (good), military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing, (dumbbell), 20 x 40, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer. bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 155, 5 x 155 (careful and conservative to protect the shoulder), 2 sets of 10 x 140 Hammer incline press. The shoulder is healing.

Later: yoga; Vickie did more of a traditional class I remember.

I had told her that I thought she had “gotten soft”. 🙂

What is going on with me: for the past couple of days, I’ve felt achy..a bit tired but not extremely so. Digestion is not smooth. Old injuries hurt just a tiny bit.
I wonder if I have a mini-bug OR if Tuesday’s run was, well, tough for me. I remember doing a similar run on Thursday of last week and then struggling in Saturday’s run.

April 12, 2018 Posted by | running, swimming, walking, yoga | , , , | Leave a comment

Believing the worst about those you hate..

First in the news: yes, the FBI raided the office of one of Trump’s lawyers. No: you do not have attorney-client privilege if you are trying to use a lawyer to commit a crime or cover it up.

This is old news, but I saw this on a friend’s Facebook wall:

There are a couple of things wrong here. One: not all of us would consider one unkind mocking a disqualifying event “on the spot”, though, IF true, it is a bad thing. This isn’t the same level, but remember Obama apologizing for making that “Special Olympics” remark (about how bad of bowler he is)?

But, more importantly, there is quite a bit of evidence that Trump uses this mannerism to mock *everyone* he wants to mock.

So, I really believe he was just mocking a reporter.

Now if you want to say that mocking people in this manner isn’t “presidential” behavior, well, I might agree with you.

I think the lesson here is that I (and many others) really want to believe the worst about those we dislike. Therefore, I must approach all “did you see what Trump just did” stories with a bit of skepticism.

Note: I really do not believe that Trump will be removed from office; I see that as a very remote possibility. And it probably isn’t helpful for Democrats to run “on impeachment”..especially those who are running in Republican held states and Congressional Districts.

But I do think things like this MIGHT help us beat him when he runs for reelection.

Personal and workout stuff (TMI)

For the past couple of days, I have not felt “Right”; lower GI while, not bad, I ache more than normal (joints, old injuries) and last night, after yoga, my right knee was somewhat unstable (too much kneeling in class?) The stomach stuff: probably our campus tragedy …that really, really bothered me. It still does..I just felt dejected .

Yesterday: weights and bike. Weights: usual PT, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (slow), military press: 10 x 50, 10 x 50, 15 x 45 (all standing), rows: Hammer: 3 sets of 10 x 200. bench press: dumbbell: 2 sets of 10 x 40 (full motion). incline press: Hammer: 10 x 90, 10 x 140 (45 + 25). full ab set (2:30 plank). Then 34:40 for 10 miles on the bike. Evening: yoga.

Today: swim: 250 (slow, off), 250 (better), 5 x 25 fist, 25 free, 5 x 25 drill, 25 free (fins), 3 x (100 free, 100 pull), 4 x 100 modified IM (free instead of fly), 100 pull, 50 free, 50 side.
run: 10 min: 5.1, 5.2, 5 min: 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6..up to 44:50 (4 miles), then 6.1-6.4 (every .25 miles) for 54:32

Note: this morning, my heel hurt a bit..was fine on the run for the first 30-35 minutes, then “there” for “faster” (less glacial) paced running.

April 10, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, running, social/political, swimming, weight training, yoga | , , , , | Leave a comment


Long afternoon meeting…sigh….

I’ll say more later…

Workout notes: weights only, then some self yoga which included abs. I do have a tug in my low right hamstring when I go into triangle pose on that side. See the arrows.

But I don’t have that pain in pyramid pose.

Parsvottanasana Yoga Pose_9.jpg

It is the legs spread at an angle that makes the different?

weights: usual pt, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 4 x 185 bench, 8 x 170 decline, 10 x 140 incline, dumbbell military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45. One armed row: 3 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 110 machine.
the yoga included my usual ab set (twist crunch, yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, head stand, 2:20 plank, side plank).

Heel was a bit fatigued.

March 24, 2018 Posted by | weight training, yoga | , , | Leave a comment