1/3 of the way through

I wasn’t terribly motivated but I did walk 11 miles in 3:00:14. It was the River, Goose loop, Ball field (port-o-potties), Glenn Oak, Prospect, finish via sort-of-Boredom via Broadway (lots of traffic!).

I felt a bit heavy legged. Glute pain: minimal that wen’t away.

Of interest: on the goose loop, I saw another walker who was trying to follow the planets. I directed her to the trail and the small trail past Glenn Oak; that sped me up slightly.

Second: I got some nods of approval from the “Trump supporter gray goatee crowd”..I didn’t understand it until I realized I was wearing a Memorial Salute 5K t-shirt: it was read and has a US flag on it.

I am feeling just a bit guilty relaxing a bit this weekend but, well, I am going to be ready for tomorrow.
Football wise, I saw Texas rally from 56-41 down late in the 4’th to beat Texas Tech in OT, then I saw the Bears rally from 26-10 down in the 4’th to win 30-26 vs. the Falcons. Yeah, this is TV, not in person. I didn’t feel safe going to the Colts vs. Jets. But…if COVID simmers down by March, maybe some ISU Redbird football at Hancock?

Last year’s star Redbird running back is starting for the Jaguars this season.

What is your “max” lift?

Wow…was it 4 weeks when I got 274 in the deadlift? I suppose it was.

Today: slept in, did some deads, and then walked 4 miles in 1:03 (easy)

10 x 134
10 x 184
5 x 224
4 x 254
5 x 244
Note: these were NO BOUNCE sets. Lower, pause, reset, go. But, hamstrings were quivering, and back was working (no pain; just work done by the muscles)

Now to the topic of the post: were someone to ask me “what can you deadlift”, how might I answer? My lifetime PB (415 in the gym) is of no consequence now. I did get 274 (low handles) a month ago, but that was ONE time…on an excellent, low-stress day.

My “on demand” best: oh, maybe 255-260? I did get 4 no-bounce reps with 254. Around 260 it gets “iffy”.


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)

Since then:


Deficit: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 5 x 224
regular: 1 x 244 (grip slip)< 2 misses at 279 (barely got off of the ground..attitude wasn't right)
3 x 244, 3 x 244, 3 x 244


Deadlifts (low handle trap bar)
Deficit (standing on 10kg plates) 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 5 x 222 (used Rage 45 pumpers, old cast iron 44’s)
Floor (low handles still) 3 x 244 (tougher than I thought it should be), 1 x 255 (harder), 2 misses at 260 (didn’t have that “grind gear” past my knees)
Then: 10 x 222.

A week ago (too damned senile to remember..and I forgot to blog it)
I did

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 1 x 224, 1 x 244, 1 x 254
Then I did 4 misses with 279, but I treated these as isometric exercises. I couldn’t even get 244 once after this.
5 x 224 finished me off. I kept it easy due to my virtual half marathon (3:34) the next day.