“College” basketball?

Hmm, at the very top levels, is it really “college” basketball? Even some of the “perfectly legal” practices are really not what college athletics are supposed to be about.

Certainly, my opinion carries no weight (nor should it). But..since you are reading this, I’d like to see basketball go the way of baseball: let the NBA set up some sort of A-AA-AAA farm system with pro coaches so those who don’t care about academics but want to pursue their dream (and have enough talent to have at least a remote shot at it) can focus, and let the colleges work with student athletes, say the way that my team does. And when the NBA thinks a kid is ready, they can call him up the way MLB teams do. The college kids can still leave but at least this intentional “one and done” farce will be over.

And yes, Bradley’s season is over. I can’t say that I blame BU for turning down the “EIEIO” tournaments. Taking a look at the games: let’s just say that an ordinary MVC conference game has more appeal than those games (that wasn’t always the case). The issue: the NIT now guarantees a slot to every team that wins a regular season conference championship but doesn’t get to the NCAA tournament. So some of the stronger mid major teams in leagues where the regular season champion won their conference tournament get shut out.

This shows a list of who is going where.

Workout notes: spring break. weight: 198.7 before workout (no clothes), 201.3 with shoes. This was after breakfast and coffee. I am still weak and the heel is not 100 percent; slight “burn” during the run..but slight.

rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench press: weak. 10 x 135, 1 x 185 (empty gym), 8 x 170
decline press: 4 x 165, readjust, 4 x 165 (empty gym)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45
single armed rows: 10 x 50 (3 sets)
abs: 50, 24 twist crunch, moving bridge, 10 yoga leg lifts (2 sets), head stand (easy today)
plank: 2:15 (made it!), side plank

treadmill run: 22:57 for 2 miles; talked myself out of going longer. Better to be conservative now.

Not 100 percent yet, either on the heel or from last week’s illness.

March 12, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

We looooove being victims

Billionaires. Right wingers. Left wingers.

What they have in common: they are all “victims”. I wondered about what is going on and reading the book Political Animals by Rick Shenkman gave me some ideas.

One of the ideas is about political anger: such anger can be useful and justified when it is used by some honestly oppressed group (think: blacks during the civil rights era) fighting to get the same rights that everyone else has. But it can be toxic and dangerous when it is used to “punch down” by groups that honestly are NOT being oppressed.

Now, of course, the lamebrain activists see this as justification to shout down speech that they don’t like, even if it is a talk that no one is forced to go to.
That is NOT “rebellion” or “civil disobedience” but rather shouting down ideas that you don’t like.

Illness note Not nearly 100 percent, but I am starting to sweat. Forget working out; my target date to return is Monday.

March 9, 2018 Posted by | politics/social, social/political | | Leave a comment

stomach not quite right (TMI)

Sunday: evidently I ate some bad meat; had “the runs” (minor) and I still feel it a little. I worked out with it yesterday and today, I got it. I have minor cramping and it affected my run, just a little.

Treadmill: 1 mile in 11:03. Track: 9:03/8:39 (4:33/4:30/4:23/4:16 were my .5 mile segments, lane 2). Then 2 miles of walking. it wasn’t bad; and by “affecting” my running I am talking about perhaps 5-10 seconds per mile on my run. It wasn’t bad; I was just a bit off.

I should be ok though.

May 24, 2016 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Still a struggle…sort of

I am still not back to where I was.

Weights: rotator cuff
5 sets of 10 pull ups (last set was a struggle)
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 8 x 170 (still a bit off)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing.
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell.

headstand: unsteady, so switched to a harder surface and it was fine.

swim: 500, 5 x 100 drill/swim (fins), 5 x 100 (fly/free/back/free), 100 (side/free), 200 pull.

I got annoyed with Z (Mech. E. prof) and so sprinted a length with him..just because. This was at the end of one of my 5 x 100’s.

Man, I am still grouchy and itching to pick a fight with someone. On the other hand, objectively, I am not doing that poorly. Not sure what is going on. Do I now need more sleep?

March 9, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Little by little…

Not 100 percent yet…but close
Weight: 185.0 prior to swimming.
Weights: sweated all over the place. pull ups; 5 sets of 10 (last set: weak)
rotator cuff
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 150 (not the 8-10 I like), 10 x 140
military press: 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell standing
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine
abs: headstand (easy?), 2 sets of 12 twist crunches, 2 sets of 10 leg lifts

swim: 1000 free (fought off Jason, gained on but couldn’t catch Mike)
5 x 100 drill/swim (fins)
200 pull (tough)
100 back

1800 total. Didn’t cough into the water that much.

Still have night sweats, though diminished.

And I’ve become grumpy (more so than normal); I’ve got to learn to chill out.

March 7, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Walking, Illinois Football…personal…

pre fpnc

I was a bit heavy legged. I decided to take advantage of great weather (above freezing..some breeze) to walk a bit on the roads and a bit on the Forrest Park Nature Center. I did a 4.6 mile out and back (2.3 each way) from the Tower Park to the first road past Midstate and back; lots of women out there running! That took 1:08:31 (14:53 pace).

Then I did the 7 mile Tower-to-FPNC with the spur, outer loop (Wakerobin) spur and back. 29:47 to the outer loop, 1:01:18 outer loop, 31:36 back. (3:11:12 for 11.6). It was a good hike; I balked a bit at doing the rugged Forrest Park Nature Center 10K but it went fine. I was 41 minutes at the end of Wakerobin; not quite the sub 1 hour I like but good enough. And minimal coughing.

Ying-Yang: well, the spousal unit has been back for a week. On one hand, week nights are better as I have a couch buddy…and it is a bit tougher to blast myself out of bed. That warm body is tough to leave.

Yang: well……I won’t go into details. I will say that it is sad for me to throw away my pocket basketball schedule, but it won’t be that long before the Chiefs start up again (low-A baseball).

And there is Illinois football. I did NOT agree with extending Coach Cubit to 2 more years; I like him but he did get fired from Western Michigan…a MAC program. But to fire him NOW? I suppose that the AD has an ace up his sleeve; Lovie Smith?

March 6, 2016 Posted by | walking | , , , | Leave a comment

Not the smartest thing I’ve done…


TMI Post
Two weekends ago, it took me 3:01:30. Today, the same course took me 3:04:25 (12:05 pace, not a misprint). I was 1:32 at 7.6 miles. 3:00:21 at 14.95 miles. The return was slightly faster and when I finished, I had a deep cough and drainage all over the place. It was disgusting.

What was fun is that I saw some other runners along the way and passed a couple of pretty bespandexed women on the way up from Affina to the Tower section, and then I ran into T and her crew at the tower. Sadly, T had the “dreaded coat around the waist”…that made me sad.

And when I got home…it wasn’t quiet like it was in recent weekends but instead there was the drone of Barbara babbling on the phone and waiting for kids/grandkids, etc.

March 5, 2016 Posted by | Personal Issues, running | | 1 Comment

Inching my way back

Not 100 percent. Weight: just under 183.0 after swimming.

Weights: rotator cuff,
pull ups (5 sets of 10: weak first and last set)
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 185 (weak), 7 x 170 (weak)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: standing, 8 x 85, 7 x 85, dumbbell: 10 x 40
rows (machine): 3 sets of 10 x 110
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, headstand (surprisingly easy)

swim: 500 (held off Jason)
5 x 100 drill/swim (fins)
4 x 100 (fly, free, back, free)
4 x 100 (alt 100 pull, 100 free)
1800 = 1 mile.

Early day.

Yes, I missed the Republican debate; attacks on Donald Trump appear to be ineffective.
I did watch Bradley go down fighting during the first play-in game vs. Loyola. I think that next season will be much, much better. Good kids and some talent; I am already looking forward to next season.

Great advice, but right now, I am not there. Not even close. My usual reaction is “I don’t do THAT to (person X); why do they do this to me?” But this gives a great personal goal; maybe I can get there someday.


March 4, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

not quite there yet

I overslept a bit but had enough time to do a treadmill workout.

11:10 warm up mile (5.2 and up every 2 minutes)
2 at 6.7 mph, 1 at 6.8-6.9-7.0-7.1 (every .25 miles), .1 at 7.2
total: 37:42 for 4 miles (26:31 3 mile), 38:31 for 4.1 (27:21 for 5K run)

Not much coughing during, but some afterward. I am not 100 percent but a 8:38 final mile after 2 sub 9 minute miles isn’t that bad for me at this stage of my life.

I am getting there.

March 3, 2016 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Not in denial…

Weight: 183.5 prior to swimming (Bradley scale); not that bad, given how much I ate out while my attention magnet was a way.

Swim: strange. I felt a weird soreness in my lats and arms for the first 250. I did the second 250 “side/free, back/free” and then was able to stay with Mike (just a little ahead, actually) for the next 500.

Then 500 of drill/swim (fins), 100 pull, 100 free, 100 pull.

It wasn’t much but it was a “welcome back to swimming” workout, and I am relieved to not be 300 pounds. 🙂

PS: that didn’t take long; I am now seeing “Hillary Cheated” from some Bern Victims. eyeroll.

March 2, 2016 Posted by | swimming | | Leave a comment