Manufacturing outrage

First the workout: I STILL started too late; walk started at about 8 am and it was getting humid. I went with my West Peoria 5.15 mile course and I did take one brief stretch break (1:16 start to finish time; break was 90 second/s)

the discomfort was mild, but I was not in a mood to try to walk through it (while doing posture stuff).

Then resistance training (after a cool down break)

pull ups: 10 single pull ups, 10 single chins, 10 (a few toe touches), 5 pull ups, 5 chin ups, 5 pull ups, 5 chin ups, 2 penalty reps.

Then downstairs: Swiss bar: 10 x 134, then a drop set: 1 x 170, (ugly), 1 x 165 (very ugly), 1 x 160, 3 x 155, 3 x 150, 4 x 145, 5 x 139, 6 x 134

Shrugs: 3 sets of 10 with handles, 3 sets of curls (2 with dumbbells), high incline: 7 x 94, 7 x 99, 7 x 99

Oh well, there are no perfect workouts.

Manufactured Outrage

Last night, I watched this movie made by a conservative activist.

The movie takes about 95 minutes, and to be honest I almost gave up early.

The gist: Matt Walsh (the movie maker) appears to be trying to make the point: the word “woman” should stand for the adult human who produces (or can, in principle produce) eggs; that is sex is determined by the gametes.

And so, if someone says: “transwomen are women” they are being illogical since the ability to produce eggs cannot be changed, so they are not biological women. But if you don’t use “woman” with its biological meaning, then saying “X is a woman because they identify as a woman” is logical nonsense; it is the classical circular definition. Ok, if I wanted to, I could talk about how any logical system has to start with primitive terms; terms that cannot be defined (e. g. like “point” in geometry). But I won’t go there.

Then Walsh proceeds to interview different experts (or “experts”) and others and plays “gotcha” with most of them (save 3 friendly experts.

He isn’t stupid: he knows that society produces (evolves?) social roles for biological males and biological females (the professor he interviews seems to be trying to explain that) and a biological male can be suffering from gender dysphoria and will want to “identify as a woman” (fit into the roles normally filled by biological women) and there is a push to say “if you sincerely see yourself that way, you are a woman (in terms of role in society).

Walsh then visits a society that has not been touched by this sort of ideology in order to drive home that what we have is a recent sociological invention, if you will. Then he talks about two early researchers and presents unflattering personal aspects of them. (note: though he attacks their personal ethics, he doesn’t seem to attack the substance of their work). It is “horrible ideology comes from horrible human beings…which…is ..sort of “woke”…never mind that)

There are a couple of other factual issues: in one place, he shows transwomen athletes competing in women’s division (I think this is unfair) but then adds a photo of Caster Semenya who is intersex and NOT transgender.

And then, in an interview, the “furries” hoax is mentioned (though they don’t get to the literbox claim) and he quickly switches to an adult who has some rather eccentric views about…wolves.

The sad thing is that there IS room for a serious discussion about these topics: sports, age of consent for medical procedures, what can go wrong, etc. And, IMHO the best part was the interview with a very unfortunate transman who is suffering, possibly from the effects of transition surgery and hormone injections. That part was well worth watching.

But instead, the producer appears to want to make himself some sort of cultural warrior hero.

Day off

I did spend some time on my project and I finally saw why one of my “bright” ideas was complete nonsense. At least I can now write up what I have, which, I think, is what I was trying to avoid.

So, about the workout: I did wake up early! And I did start deadlifts early too:

10 x 134, 10 x 190, 10 x 225 low, 10 x 260 4 inch, 4 x 300 8 inch. All were within my abilities.

Then I drove to Forest Park Nature Center and, at about 9 am, started the outer loop. 1:02 (on the button) for the outer loop; I didn’t walk “with urgency” but I stayed deliberate, Then I added the hill on Deer Run, Cardinal, Bee Tree Loop, valley loop and then back with just a bit extra to ensure that I got 5 miles.

Though the mileage was speculative, it more or less matched what the maps have. There was some traffic on the trails but it wasn’t too bad.


We are in for a warm spell. So, I had better adjust. And given our cool spring..

I waited too long to get going (again) and when I finished it was 82 F, 58 percent humidity. I had planned to do 10K but settled for just over 5; I decided against a second full Bradley Park loop.

The online map pedometer gives the start about 1.48 and I did one Cornstalk loop plus a little out and back when I decided against a second loop. I might have tried had I been carrying water.

I got some work done at the office and did a second 2 mile walk just “because”; minor discomfort (no prewalk stretch, a mistake).

Come academic year: I’ll probably do a 2 mile walk after weights, and a 2 mile commuter walk on M, W, Th, F with a longer walk on Tu and on the weekend.

Heat is here

Ok, it was 85 F during my walk (which I did first) and it turned into a “seek the shade” sort of course.

It was NOT fast. Then I waited a bit before I did my pull ups (some young women took a photo of our house?)

Pull ups: 5 singles, 5 chin singles, 10 pulls on 10 seconds, 10 chins on 10 seconds, 5 -5-5-5 alternating sets of 5 pull ups and chin ups.

Push ups: 30 slant, 30 slant, 20 flat, 10-10 flat (one with hands on the bar)

Downstairs: Swiss Bar bench: 5 x 134, 4-2 145, 5 x 145, 5 x 145

shrugs: 52 lb, 3 sets of 10

high incline: 5 x 105, 4 x 105, 10 x 94

curls: 10, then a set of 7-7-7

End of May

Today: errands, leisurely workout. And I worked past some embarrassing misconceptions.

PT, deadlifts (10 x 134, 10 x 190, 10 x 225, 10 x 255 4 inch), then a 4 mile walk that I altered due to construction, tree trimming, etc.

I am not going to pretend that 156.2 miles is a lot of miles in a month; it really isn’t. I am also struck at how much COVID set me back; I expected the 2 weeks, but I also got a back flare up that I had to work through; I had the 2 weeks of sickness and 4 weeks to build back up.

Weight: 194 in the morning before the workout.


Well, I was going to go on and on..but I don’t have the data to back up my assertion.

I did PT this morning, then drove to the Riverplex and, starting at the gravel road next to the playground, walked to the Bishop Hill road and back, then added a .6 loop to get 8+ (I counted it as 8.2 miles)

My Garmin had it at 8.02 but it was a bit more, though probably not 8.43.

Slight discomfort on the up, felt outstanding on the down.

The online pedometer has the out part as 3.86; Garmin had 3.75, which makes sense. Out was 55 minutes, back was 51:40. 14:15 pace out, 13:23 pace back.

Memorial Day

No game today; might watch the Eastern Conference finals.

PT (lengthy)

pull ups/push ups. Something different.
10 crunch pull ups, 2 sets of 5 attempting to “reset/crunch”; first set sucked.

2 sets of 5, moving the knees slighly ahead. Better.

4 sets of 3 chin ups, again trying to limit the swing

2 sets of 5 mixed grips.

then push ups:3 sets of 30 slant, 20 flat.

4 mile walk; well 4.2 ish: 14:30 at Moss and MacArthur (it wasn’t what the course correction said, but my Garmin was in a “cheat me” mode, and gave me credit for 4.1 when it was really 4.2-4.3 or so.

Note: pain was no factor. Wore heavier shoes and walked steadily. 13:40 final mile; 27:44 for my last 2.

Then downstairs:

Swiss Bar bench: 10 x 134, then a set of 1 x 170, 1 x 165, 1 x 160, 3 x 155, 3 x 150, 4 x 145, 4 x 139, 5 x 134

Shrugs: 3 sets of 10 x 52 handles (each arm)

curls: 3 sets of 10: 2 with dumbbells, 1 with curl bar.

high incline: 3 sets of 7 x 94

Took a long time but..

Fizzle and Frazzle

Well, last night’s game (seen with Tracy): the box score tells the story:

It started very well and in the 9’th: the 3’rd Chiefs reliever (who was good in the previous innings) loaded the bases with 2 walks and a single. Then came the next reliever who got a strike out..then gave up a single to tie the game. Then came strike out no. 2. Then..broken bat hit into right field..ok, that is one run..but the fielder misplays the ball and it gets by him. That allows all 3 base runners to score.

And that was basically the game.

Tracy and I had a nice sunset. B still does not like baseball.

Oh, the workout today:

PT, deadlifts downstairs: 10 x 134, 10 x 190, 10 x 225 low

10 x 255 4 inch, then 4 x 300 8 inch. These felt, well, good.

Then to the Forest Park Nature Center for an “outer loop” plus: 59:50 (49:57 at Wilderness, 40:27 at Possum Path. Total was 4.38 (due to parking lot); extra was Cardinal to Bee Tree..up that big hill again.

The milestones, such as they are: most miles in a month since, well, I don’t know when. I’d say: maybe 2019? Maybe earlier? I am at 139 miles for May with more days to come.

Where these 30-36 mile weeks will lead to: not sure. I can see upping one walk to 10 and another walk to 20 which would be an addition of 20 miles..but that is in the distant future, if it comes at all.

Just enough

I had thought about trying for 8 miles, but given some “oh so slight” off and on ache at 3, I decided to get 5.15 and then see how much more I wanted to do. I added a 1.15 mile loop to get 6.3

I think my watch shorted me at the start; perhaps 0.05 total. Note that the final 3 was faster than the first 3. Cool and breezy and enough for today.

Toward Memorial Day

I am slowly overcoming inertia for a project. I have something to perk me up.

Now about last night: The Chiefs lost to the Loons 2-1 in a game that ended with a double play and the tying run on 3’rd. Harry and Vickie were there, and I got a selfie with Homer:

This morning: I was lazy again; PT, then pull ups outside:

10 crunch singles, 2 sets of 5 crunch chin singles, 7 pull ups, 5 pull ups, 5 chins, 5 chins, 5 singles, 5 chin singles

then 3 sets of 30 slant push ups, 1 set of 10 flat.

Walk 4.1 miles (ok)


Bench: 7 x 134 Swiss, Drop set of 1 x 165, 2 x 160, 3 x 155, 3 x 150, 4 x 145, 5 x 139, 6 x 134

shrugs: 3 sets of 10 with 52 lb. handles

high incline: 3 sets of 5 x 105

curls: 2 sets with dumbbells (22), 1 set with barbell