Last day of August 2020

This year continues forward…such as it is.

This morning: did some warm up and then pull ups: hot mess.
10 singles, rotator cuff, 10 singles, then 5-5-5-5-5-5
bench press: 10 x 132, 3 sets of 5 x 176 (challenging)
trap bar squat (on 10 kg plate) 10 x 134, 10 x 154, 10 x 164
outside: shoulder presses: 3 sets of 10 x 88
outside: rows, 3 sets of 10 x 60, each arm
pull ups: 5 more (penalty set)
push ups: 3 sets of 20

Whole think took about 70 minutes. It really doesn’t look like much.

61 and counting

No, this was not my fastest walk; far from it. And I didn’t carry water, though the temperatures were reasonable. But the best part: where I did have some tingles, no pain.
I think that I was getting pain from adding on too many miles too soon; in the past I had mixed my modes, now it is all walking.
I need to build up, gradually.
This week: 5, 4, 6, 8 = 23 miles. Maybe I’ll try for 8-10 on Tuesday, and see how the piriformis feels.

I had some slacker miles, to be sure.

Staying silent

Social media: I know that certain aspects of social media make having conversations hard. Twitter is especially bad given the character limits; it is difficult to say thing more that “I am for it….I am against it.”

Take massive protests: we still have COVID-19. Yes, studies have not detected post protest spikes in cities that have had these BUT there were some effects: the protesters were a small part of the population and, ironically, the protests encouraged many more people to really stay home. So, the “no spike” data does NOT mean that large gatherings are safe, as some claim.

And I wonder how effective it is hearing about protest after protest.

Yes, you hear “what about MLK and the Civil Rights movement?” Those were different times, in a different situation (legalized segregation), different media presence AND they were part of a well organized effort (with economic boycotts, highly intelligent legal action, etc.)

It does appear that there is some drop in support for BLM..could be regression to the mean. I don’t see how more protests will help though things like athlete strikes appear to be popular.

But I digress…going back to social media: it goes something like this:

Someone: “Big BLM protest…good right?”

Me: “no…COVID is still real”

Response: But they are protesting racism!

Me: “I don’t approve of looting and rioting”

Response: “So you are ok with cops just shooting black suspects?”

Me: “I think black people are unfairly profiled by law enforcement”

Trumpster response: “So, you are ok with criminals going free? I’m not so I am supporting Trump”

Conversations are increasingly hard to have so more and more I just give heart reacts to goat photos.

I can say that it appears that Trump WANTS protests and is agitating for them to become more violent.

Recent best in the deadlift

Ok, my walk..10K at 16:30 mpm was nothing special (3 loops of my 2.08 mile course) but it came after

Trap Bar Deadlifts (low handles)
Deficit (standing on 10 kg plates)
10 x 134, 10 x 184, 5 x 224
regular: 1 x 244, miss 274, 1 x 274, 1 x 244 (hard), 5 x 224

Note: that 1 x 274 was barely got off of the ground and first and I had to grind it up..somewhere about knee height I knew I had it.

Note: somewhat sore back upon waking up; too much sitting, I think.


August 5, 2019: managed a “handles up” hex dead 225 (1 rep)
August: typical sets were 4 x 175, 4 x 195 (handles up)
September: 4 x 205 head dead (handles up)
November: got 4 x 225 hex dead, handles DOWN
December: got 1 x 225 bar dead, then 4 x 225
December 20, 2019: got 1 x 230 bar deadlift
DEcember 25: got 1 x 233 bar deadlift (home)
Dec 27: got 1 x 235 dead
Dec 29: got 1 x 240 dead (bar)

Jan 11: got 245 hex dead (handles down)
Jan 25: got 255, then 260 conventional dead
Feb 1: got 255, 260 Sumo, 6 x 233 conventional
Feb 8: got 266 conventional, 5 x 238 Sumo.
April 5, 5 x 244
April 18: 5 x 244

Gap for sore back: switched to low handle trap deads

May 23: 10 x 206
June 7: 10 x 217
June 20 1 x 250 trap
July 4: 10 x 222
August 1: 4 x 250 (trap, low handle)

Gap for Virtual ultra (24 hour)

August 22: 4 x 254 (trap..low handle)
August 29 1 x 274 (trap, low handle)

What Black Lives Matter means to me

No, this is not a valid statistical study. But watch:

By the way, they had the wrong guy. Yes, this is a different police force..but..

And listen to a conservative Republican:

So, what does Black Lives Matter mean to me?

It does not mean that I embrace “critical race theory”, Marxism or other theories that a BLM website might have or that others might espose.
It does not mean that I approve of everything that someone with BLM chants at a protest.
It does not mean that I approve of rioting or looting.
It does not mean that I approve of things like this:

It does not mean that I deny that there are Black criminals.
It does not mean that I think that some who are arrested behave badly or foolishly.
It does not mean that I dislike the police. I like the police, in general.

It means that I think, statistically speaking, Black people are treated worse that non-black people in the same situation and I think that is unjust.

Let’s have a more fair, more just society. Let every citizen be judged by their own actions.

And, it sure appears that Black lives are not as valued by society as non-black lives.

13 to go…

Week 1 gone..3 class days. It will be a loooooong semester. But I’ll try to be efficient. And I am grateful for employment; this pandemic has to end sometime. And no, it isn’t over now.


6:10-7:20 (after early warm up)
pull ups: hot garbage at first; quality better toward the end 5-5-5-5, 10 singles, 5-5-5-5
bench press: 10 x 132, 5 x 165, 5 x 171, 5 x 176, 3 x 181, 3 x 181
shoulder press: 3 sets of 10: 79, 82, 88 (seated)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134
pull ups: 5 singles (penalty set)
push ups: 3 sets of 20 on the 2 (start a new set every 2 minutes. Ouch.

It was gross outside: 73 F, 91 percent humidity.

Day one

I’d say that I put out a lot of small fires today, but it was more like cleaning up coffee spills.

Workout notes:


warm up,

pull ups: first couple of sets were hot garbage; 5-5-10-5-5-6-4-5-5 then 5-1-1-1-1-1
bench press: 10 x 132, 10 x 160, 10 x 160 super set with rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134
shoulder presses: 3 sets of 10 x 80? (10kg, 2 kg on both sides + 12 kg (bar and collars) for 36 kg.
deficit dead lifts: 10 x 184, 10 x 206 (out of breath)
push ups: 30, 10, 6, 4 (30 tired me)

Calm before SHOWTIME

Ok, we are starting tomorrow and I am online. It should be fun.

Well, there will be challenges.

I had one slacker mile (3 in 15:06) and as far as pain:
1 no pain
2. tingles
3. could feel it a bit
4. starting to get sore
5. moderate pain

Come to think of it: it was like my walk a week ago, though this time: no NSAIDS and I didn’t do 5 more miles. I did them faster though. z
I feel as if I got shorted just a bit; I was 14:20 at what was 1.05 by google maps and 57:43 at 4.2 (but 3.93 by my Garmin); perhaps I really cut the tangents today. 5.06 instead of 5.16 for the same route before.
Who knows.

stumbling start

Well, classes start in 2 days. And there were problems with Zoom (yes, the app works)

But my back ups are in place.

Yesterday: yep, some glute pain (kind of predictable by now)…back track to less mileage and perhaps some simple jogging to get it cleared up.

It made the hike a bit less pleasant that it would have otherwise been..a few spiderwebs but that’s to be expected.
Then platelets WITH plasma …only platelet person an early start

This morning: 75 minute workout (still made it on time sans shower:
glute stuff
pull ups (15 minutes); 10, 9 sets of 5, some with short rests ..decent 55 total
bench press: 10 x 132 (old plates), 3 sets of 5 x 176 (first set was the worst); still tough.
shoulder press: 36 kg (83.6) 3 sets of 10: challenge
rows (trap bar) 3 sets of 10 x 134
trap bar squats: 10 x 134, 10 x 156, 10 x 156 deficit (keeping as upright as possible)
push ups: 25, 15, 10 (tough)
This wore me out.