Pre semester grind

I can say that teaching online is MORE time consuming that teaching in person. Sadly, I feel it is necessary for the safety for all involved.

Today: I woke up a bit earlier than normal, so I got an earlier than normal start:
warm up (with rotator cuff)
pull ups: I did a “50 however in as short of a time as possible” counting only good reps (gave myself some slack in the wide grip). First 25: 4:40; final: 10:40. Then 10 more (4, 2, 4 singles)
bench press: 10 x 132, 5 sets of 3 x 181 (went well)
shoulder press (outside): 3 sets of 10 x 44 dumbbell (wide), 3 sets of 10 x 30 narrow, rotated grip)
rows: 5 sets of 10 x 60 dumbbell
push ups: 25, 20, 15 (getting better)

Got this in the was so sweet of her.

Trying to figure it out

Ok, the glute pain sort of came back around mile 3-ish..some tingles..yes, this was the day after deadlifts (2 sets) but I didn’t do the “deadlift stretch” either that I did on Tuesday. But it wasn’t bad; just annoying.

I did 3 loops of my course (about 1:31:30 at the end of 3 loops; 30:20, 30:20, 30:50 for each 2.1 mile loop; last mile was a slacker 15:17 mile as I was tired and was just ready to go through the motions.

Still, my virtual FANS 24 hour walk: 7 hours, 3 minutes for 27.3 miles. Yeah, that is pretty bad for a race but what the heck..this is really a participation thing.

COVID19: nah, our country isn’t taking it seriously enough:

Exponential growth is tough for people to wrap their heads’ around:

No, young people will NOT do “social distancing” (not enough of them anyway)

And in Ohio, one person going to church spread it to 91 others. And given a 1 percent mortality rate and a 20 percent hospitalization do the math. He probably killed someone.

3 weeks until D-day

And class prep plus finishing touches on a second paper. We shall see.

Weights only. I did less warm up today:

pull ups: 10, 10, 10, 5, 5, 5, 5, then penalty sets: 5, 2, 1, 1, 1,. Varied the grip; still a decent set.
bench press: 10 x 132, 10 x 160, 10 x 160 (second set: wow..tough)
trap bar dead: 10 x 184, 10 x 217 (in control; focused on form but still a modest effort)
dumbbell shoulder press: 3 sets of 10 x 40, 7 x 44
dumbbell single arm rows: 3 sets of 10 x 60
push ups: I tried to do 50 as quickly as possible: first set of 25 took 49 seconds; next sets of 10, 10, 5 took 2:06
But they did come at the end.

Working out in my noisy neighborhood…

Our neighborhood has too many houses packed too closely together. And it is a constant hum of power mowers, power washers, leaf blowers, etc. Right now, the lawn guy I call “The Murderer” is riding around in the back yard of my Republican “neat-nick” neighbor. I call him “The Murderer” because his hair and head roughly resemble Mr. Kidd, a famous Bond villain.

Anyway, this is why this article in the Chicago Tribune amused me so much. They suggested making a small room in the back yard to be your “work from home” office space.

LOL…just power up all of the leaf blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, power washers (the neighbor on the other side has one of those) and sure…nice little office in a construction zone. Evidently from the comments, my experience is far from unique.

But I did get some workouts this week.

Yesterday: 90 minute weight workout: start with usual warm up and rotator cuff
pull ups: better than expected: 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 5, 5, then 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 (60 reps total)
bench press: 10 x 132, 4 x 189 (ok), 10 x 159, 9 x 159
trap bar squats: 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 10 x 156
rows :3 sets of 8 x 134 trap bar
seated shoulder: 10 x 79, 10 x 79, 10 x 82 (barbell)
push ups: 30, 10, 10, 10

Today: 10 mile walk (waited a bit too late, but saw Ms V.

2:37 for 10.15 by the Garmin; 10.03 by Map My Walk. I had one slow-ish mile, but evidently I can get 10 by including the Goose loop in each direction and lapping around the ball field wall. And yes, that port-o-potty is up.

That is my longest walk in a while and gives me 5:20 toward my FANS 24 hour virtual walk. I think it is the longest I’ve gone since December 2019 and certainly the longest I’ve made since the pandemic hit.

And: NO PIRIFORMIS/GLUTE pain…ZERO. Now that could always change in an instant..but I did add “weightless dead lifts” to my warm up.

Why I think we are struggling with COVID19 so badly

It looks as if we have never quite come down from that first COVID19 wave, and this time, it has spread well beyond the densely populated urban areas.

Deborah Birx, the physician overseeing the White House coronavirus response, warned Sunday that the United States had entered a “new phase” of the pandemic and urged people to take extreme health precautions as infections and deaths rise sharply nationwide.

“I want to be very clear: What we’re seeing today is different from March and April,” Birx told CNN’s “State of the Union,” noting that cases are increasing in rural and urban areas. “It is extraordinarily widespread.”

Birx did not rule out an estimate from former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb that virus deaths could top 300,000 by the end of the year, saying “anything is possible.” Such an outcome would be far less likely, Birx said, if people practiced social distancing and avoided large gatherings.

So why won’t more people do that?

Well, in the US, we darned well know that the “elite” are a “do as we say, not as we do” sort:

Purdue faculty leaders this week were questioning the head of the Protect Purdue implementation team – the one trying to safely reopen the West Lafayette campus during the pandemic for the fall semester – saying he sent the wrong message to students about staying safe off-campus.

Specifically, they called out David Broecker, who heads the Protect Purdue Implementation Team, after he took time during a campuswide forum to detail his self-isolation after dancing and mingling at his daughter’s wedding reception last week.

Also, science is not widely least at how it works. For example: when the pandemic first hit, I mentioned that much of what we were doing would prove to be unnecessary ..but the trouble is that we did not know AT THAT TIME what was the unnecessary part. I got criticized. But this is new to us and very much unlike, say, Elboa, which is has a much higher mortality rate but is not airborne.

That is just how it is..but when the new protocols get announced, the mood is “well, will THEY make up their minds?”

And science is reported by “the media” who, while well intentioned, aren’t exactly bastions of scientific knowledge either. And sometimes science knowledge is lumped together with the postmodernist nonsense that comes from academia.

Add to that with the “you don’t get tell me what to do” attitude and the person we have as President of the United States and, well, our values.

The values: skepticism of those in power (which has its place; people DO abuse their power..all of the time)
And this work ethic: even when it makes sense for the government to pay people to stay home…OMG, the government is encouraging you to sit on your butt..and for many, THAT MAKES SENSE to stop the pandemic from spreading.

Add to that the inability to really grasp an abstract threat that most of us do not see directly: mortality is only 1-2 percent (high for a contagious disease, but sounds low), but the hospitalization rate is 20 percent and of the 80 percent that do not need to go to the hospital, about 1/3 of those will suffer at least 3 weeks; many much longer. So about 46 percent will suffer some reasonably serious health problems; this is NOT just “the flu”. This is one reason athletes are wary.

Not dying does not mean “just fine.” And yes, over 50 percent WILL be just fine.

In a way, COVID 19 is the perfect storm to really beat up the USA.

Workout notes: I intended to go 10 miles; I made half of that and gave up. I never felt great and I got the old ache (glute) at mile 3.5 or so…I just never got into it and wasn’t mentally ready to work through it.
But I had a great set of weight workouts and my reservoir was empty. I have 3-4 quality of workouts to use in a week; the rest have to be easy. W. Peoria course.

And I progress further…

First a few thoughts on the pandemic: yes, I might end up with egg on my face, but as for now, I appear to be gainfully employed, am ok with my job and I do not have the family concerns that those with kids have.
So…so far, so good. This pandemic, while it has affected my routine, hasn’t been THAT bad for me. I am glad that I filled up on games last year though, as I am not getting any this year, even if, by some miracle, they have them. I am sitting out.

One COVID 19 note though: many focus on the 1-2 percent mortality rate (which is high for such a contagious disease). But about 20 percent of those who get infected require hospitalizaion. And about 1/3 of those who do not need the hospital end up with a very lengthy recovery.

So, do the math: you get infected with COVID19: there is a 20 percent chance that you’ll need the hospital and let’s assume that this is where the deaths come from. And if you are one of the 80 percent that doesn’t need the hospital, you have about a 33 percent chance of having a very long recovery. So, doing the math: .2 + .8(.333) = .467 and, well, that isn’t “just fine.” This is nasty stuff. Yes, SOME will be ok, even asymptomatic. But almost half will have a very rough time of it.

Survival is NOT “just fine.”

Workout notes: Deadlifts, then an easy 5 mile walk; saving it for tomorrow. I’d like to go 10 miles tomorrow.

Deadlifts (hex bar, low handle): 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 5 x 228, 4 x 250, (chickened out on 261), 5 x 233; I probably left a couple of reps in me.
The walk: 1:23 for 5.1 miles, a mix of my 2.1 mile course and my 3 mile W Peoria course; kind of slow but deliberate. No glute pain at all.

By the way: my early progression was this:

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

I kind of bottomed out..didn’t progress…then the pandemic hit.

I got 250 a few weeks ago, then went for a double the next week, triple the week after and four today. I have to take heart: I couldn’t do 225, handles down, a year ago.