That’s what it feels like

Short note: doing pull ups felt easier than it has in months. Then I weighed after my weight workout: 195. Ah. Probably artificially low but what the hell.

easy walk afterward in chilly but lovely conditions.

usual pt, pull ups 15-15-10-10, bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 175, 7 x 170 (weak), military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer.
usual abs; headstand was easier and plank (2:30) was hard. I really didn’t want to do it.

April 23, 2018 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | 3 Comments

A few days of contrasts…

I had traveled to Alabama to give a math talk; it was a welcome diversion from, well, the day to day grind of teaching a couple of large sections of a service course. I got back home in time to catch most of Bradley’s 6-3 win over Indiana State in baseball (picked it up in the bottom of the 4’th; saw every run including a loaded bases clearing double. Then I went to a memorial service for an old friend.

I said a “pre goodbye” to a dear friend to is retiring and leaving the area. Then tomorrow, I get to see another dear friend who had left but returns from time to time. All the while, a trail ultra marathon is going on; one that I was once able to do (50 and 100 miles, two times each). My PF problems precluded me from doing one of the shorter distances.

I had 70 F degree temperatures in Alabama; it hit 18 F this morning in Peoria. Oh well.

Workout this morning: weights, then 57:40 for 5 treadmill miles: did “5 minute froggy” for 35 minutes (5.1) then walked to 4 miles (47:10) then jogged it in (10:30 final mile). Left heel: not perfect, but ok.

Weights: protect the left shoulder pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok), military presses: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing), one armed rows with 60 (3 sets of 10), shoulder not ready for incline or bench, so did light dumbbell bench presses: 10 x 30, 10 x 40, focus on full range.


flight to Alabama:

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Leg one: Peoria to Charlotte.

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Mobile, Alabama airport.

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The campus

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Now THIS is spring weather.

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The flier

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I had better not lay an egg.

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After the talk: nice, scenic walk with two mathematicians

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Near the South Alabama campus. Saw an alligator.

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The airport again: (with art)

6 am take off means sunrise photos

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Sunrise…and changing clouds.

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Cold weather baseball

Bonnie’s memorial service:

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RIP, Bonnie Gudat.

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April 7, 2018 Posted by | baseball, Friends, running, travel, weight training | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Ok, now I am working both my left..well, not quite shoulder but pectoral? and my left foot. Hmmm…

weights: I modified it a bit; usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10, NO SWINGING), standing dumbbell military: 15 x 40, 10 x 45, 10 x 50 (all ok), rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 200. Then I used the Hammer incline press machine for two sets of 10 x 90 (45 on each side), striving for slow, full range reps. Yep.the soreness is there and while it isn’t debilitating, it is enough to keep me from straining in that motion.

Did the usual abs, headstand, 2:30 bent elbow plank.

run/walk: 3 minute froggy 5.1-5.3, then up..11:25 first mile, 8:41 second mile, walk 15-15:30, then jog the final mile at 5.2-5.3 going up 1-2-3 in incline (last .5 at 3) to finish 4 in 46:50. Foot: ached the most during the walking phase, not much at all during the run.

I am a mess. πŸ™‚

Later: fly to Mobile, Alabama. Fly back on Friday. It is only a seminar talk, but I am a bit nervous/anxious/excited. This is only my second “invited” talk to a math department (last one was in 1993) and I really don’t want to lay an egg.

What is different is that this is a non-specialist audience so I have to explain what is obvious to specialists (those who have looked at this stuff for years) while not being insulting by giving an undergraduate level talk.

April 4, 2018 Posted by | running, travel, walking, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

Statistical Illiteracy

One of things I am most amused by are approval ratings polls. If you follow the social media of Trump haters (I do not approve of him as president), you’ll hear that his ratings are dropping..always dropping…

But Trump supporters will crow about his ratings…going up and you’ll even hear stuff like this from Trump himself:

Here is what they are linking to:

Yep, he popped above Obama …THIS POLL. Note how the TownHall screen shot managed to put that box right over the recent polls.

But what about those other polls?

Real Clear Politics polling average; (41.8 as of this writing) (40.6 approval as of this writing)

Trump vs. Obama in the Fivethirtyeight average

What is going on:

Even an average of polls shows some “fluctuation”; the polls go up and down with time, even when the trend is steady. This is due to randomness of sampling and perhaps some sample error. So, if in one poll, Trump is 38 in one poll and 40 in the next, his supporters say “Trump is gaining in the polls”. But then if he goes to 37 in the next one, Trump opponents cry “he is dropping like a rock!”

If you hang around Trump opponents, you hear only about the drops, and if you hang around supporters, he hear only about the gains.

Sam Wang got it right:

Reality: Trump is at about 41 percent approval (low for an economy in this shape) and there will be a few minor fluctuations in either direction that don’t mean much, if anything.

Workout notes; sore shoulder special swim: 250 free, 250 fins, 250 pull, 250 free, 250 free/back, 250 breast/free, 100 fins drill/swim, 100 free, 100 drill/swim, 100 swim, 100 pull, 100 swim 50 side, 50 swim. Just got it in; protected the shoulder.

treadmill run: 5 minute froggy to get to 44:50 for 4 miles, then walking (17 mpm, 16 mpm, 14 mpm, 13:30 ) to get to 59:40 for 5 miles. Foot did ok until the faster walking. Still ok.

April 3, 2018 Posted by | political/social, running, statistics, swimming | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sore shoulder into the end of the semester

Well, that “pop” was real, though weights are going ok. So weights only today.

Rotator cuff
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5 (slow reps)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 10 x 170 (easy today)
incline: 10 x 135
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 standing (dumbbell)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 60 dumbbell (each arm)
head stand: tough to get into, but ok once there.
plank: forward, side, side, forward, side, side
twist crunches: 2 sets of 12
yoga leg lift: 2 sets of 10
moving bridge recovery

And today was the last day of classes; 2 final exams made up and ready to go. One more to make up. Interview to type up.

Then: grading, and then my own stuff. πŸ™‚

May 3, 2016 Posted by | injury, weight training | | Leave a comment

Shoulder ping…dang it…

Ok, in Friday’s swim, I pinged my right shoulder; I could feel it when it happened.

It isn’t bad but it did make me use a LOT of caution today.

Pull ups: 5 sets of 10, done SLOWLY. Wow…that increased the good burn too.
rotator cuff: did the pulley (3 sets), dumbbells (3 sets) and “shrug presses” (3 sets)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (careful), 7 x 170 (careful); I did not push myself
inline press: 10 x 135 (slow)
standing dumbbell military press: 3 sets of 10 x 40
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm
core: headstand (distracted…had to focus), planks: 2 minute front, 30 seconds each side.

I was drenched with sweat afterward; keeping the movements slower and more controlled helped. And my shoulder didn’t hurt.

Swim: felt it a bit.
500: alt 25 free, 25 back (felt the free just a bit)
500: alt 25 drill, 25 swim (fins); 4 were front, 4 were side, 1 was sfs.
That’s it for today.

Such it is with me as an older guy; a bit of hypochondria now can save a month long forced lay-off later. πŸ™‚

April 25, 2016 Posted by | injury, swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Glowing legs

Yesterday afternoon, last night, and this morning my legs just glowed with heat.

Workout notes: Army ROTC infested the weight room.
Usual supplemental,
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
military dumbbell presses: standing 10 x 45, 5 x 50, seated: 2 sets of 12 x 50
curls: machine (3 sets of 10); 1 with the pulley
rows: hammer, 3 sets of 10 x 210
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160
incline press (ok): 10 x 135 (while fatigued); was marginally ok.

Walk: 2 miles outside (neighborhood).

September 9, 2013 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment