Stings, yellow jacket and piriformis

Yesterday: PT was productive. I also found out that I have trouble getting my glutes to fire independently; I either fire one other muscles OR both at the same time. I also found out that I do “clamshell” with the correct motion but I tend to use groin/thigh in addition to the glute.

Then, when I took out the trash, I found out that yellowjackets were making a nest in the trashcan and got a sting on my ring finger on my left hand; it surprised me. So I got some stuff for them.

Today: yoga with Ms. V (lots of IT/piriformis), attempted walk (just over a mile; yeah, it was hurting at the very end; should have kept it to 10-12 minutes) then 45:30 on the bike (14 fake miles) at the Riverplex. Note: the home bike (which we bought for B) is adequate for what I want to do; the only beef I have is resistance goes from “easy” to “impossible” very quickly; hard to fine tune.

Weird…the shoulder doesn’t have nearly as much sensation, but, in some sense, the glute is more troublesome but possibly further along.

No motivation

I basically did nothing all day. Ok, I worked out…walked 1 km at 15:30 mpm and got to “tingles”

pull ups: 30 singles on 10 seconds, 10, then 2 sets of 5 chins

3 sets of 40 sissy push-ups

curls (4 sets of 10, 1 of 5 with the multigrip bar), 3 sets of 10 x 134 rows

32:30 on the home bike (10 miles..10 fake miles anyway)
OMG, my body looks like crap…arms look like mashed potatoes.

Frivolous weekend

No issues to discuss in this post; I am mulling over a few things…knowing darned well that they aren’t going to change.

Yesterday was the Steamboat Classic 4 mile race; there were 918 finishers of the 4 mile. I was not one of them. I went to cheer on Tracy and snap a few photos and videos; these are “public access” (start video is here, stills: here, here, here)

Strangely, I really didn’t miss being out there. Walking has been so painful for so long, I almost felt relieved to not being compelled to do it…BUT I am also hopeful for a recovery. I AM feeling better.

Me: I cheered, stressed the priformis a bit with lots of standing and walking, walked .92 miles and did 57:30 worth of stationary cycling at the gym. (ok; just over 14 miles; slow lap over 9 minutes, fastest 7:40…fastest recorded (by others) were low 4 minute laps.

Today: deadlifts:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224
“on the 3”: 3 x 256, 3 x 256, 3 x 256, 3 x 256, 3 x 261 (too much back on this set?)

high: 3 x 274, 3 x 274 (these felt good)

Yes, I saw a couple of Chiefs games: last night: sparse crowd saw the Chiefs get blown out 15-8 in an affair that saw both teams hit multiple home runs. Still it was 8-0 at one point and 15-5 going into the bottom of the 9’th. This was with Tracy; attendance was low.

Today: the Chiefs played better and won 6-3, getting good pitching from the starter and relievers. Attendance was somewhat better; this one was with Harry and Vickie.

Lifting: shown is 10 x 224, the 4’th set of 3 x 256, 3 x 261 and the first set of 3 x 274

Chiefs came:

Saturday night:

Sunday afternoon:

Discussions in bad faith

One of the things I’ve followed, at least a bit, is the issue of requiring “diversity statements” from job applicants (common for academic jobs in this era). Here is one example.

What I find discouraging is the bad faith in the discussion. Someone says “I don’t think diversity statements are a good idea” and immediately the crowd attacks them for supporting White Supremacy …or something.

It seems to be “situation X is bad/problematic/should be changed and therefore I propose policy A and if you disagree with policy A, it MUST be because you don’t see situation X as a problem.

And as evidence that policy A is good, they point out self selected testimony from groups affected by situation X think that policy A is a good idea.

Now, as far as the diversity statement stuff: if this policy was billed as “ok, we’ll try this and reassess to see if it worked” that would be one thing.

If they said “after requiring diversity statements”, we saw some tangible improvement, say, better minority student retention, increased minority student GPA, more minority student graduates, or say, a more diverse faculty, or a more productive minority faculty..or more of the “diverse faculty” choosing to stay, then hey, count me as a supporter!

But this business about “you are bigot if you are skeptical of this” or for waiting to see if things change for the better…well, the wokes are acting more and more like the old religious nutters.

too lazy…

Yesterday: painful 1.3 mile walk (pain started at 1.05 miles; 16:00) but the exercise bike 40:20 for 20k, was fine.

Then came the PT appointment; new stretches, massage, and the PTA got right to the point; she was able to reproduce the pain almost exactly with pressure.

Hope is on the horizon.

Then, I went to a Chiefs game with Ms. V. The Chiefs had a good first inning (home run on the first at bat) and lead 2-0. But a bad top of the 5’th put them behind 6-2…7 of the 9 innings were scoreless. So the Beloit Snappers won again, as they did on Wednesday night (9-4). There were more people at today’s game than Wednesday’s; 2-4 dollar beers is better than 1 dollar hotdogs?

Wednesday night: pretty empty

Thursday with Ms. V.

Today: lazy…stayed up too late watching another Bond movie. I think I like the cheesy ones better now…that I EXPECT them to be cheesy. This was “Never Say Never” again.

Today: limited walk (.75 miles; tingles but not the onset of pain…after a lot of stretching), PT/Rehab and

pull ups (10 singles, 10-10-10, 5-5), sissy pushups (3 sets of 40), curls (4 sets of 10, 1 of 5; last two with the curl bar and first 3 with the large multi-grip bar), 3 sets of 10 rows, more rehab.
outdoor stuff: lots of power tools…ugh…

More hope?

My walk was a “nothing walk”

Yes, my prewalk rehab was longer than the walk itself; I had to do 15 reps of the exercises (3 sets each) and hold each stretch for 30 seconds.

This one was new for me..but it was excellent.

So..1.2 miles is better than zero.

I also did weights; pull ups (50 reps, 1 set of 10, 8 sets of 5), push ups (3 sets of 40 sissy push ups), dead lifts (4 sets of 10: 134, 184, 224 low, 251 high…NO BOUNCE), and 3 sets of 10 curls, as well as rotator cuff and upper pec tendon stretches.

I also have to remind myself that I couldn’t do 225 (HIGH) even ONCE..back in August, 2019. So I am stronger…albeit not strong.

Wokeness and Q-anon

This article makes it clear as to what is bothering me: I often attack the excesses of wokeness because that is what is in my world, and I believe that any change for the better has to be inspired from the inside.

So yes, I believe that right wing crackpottery is the much greater threat, no conservative will care at all what I say. A fellow liberal might.

Politically, this will be a tough fight. Though the Republicans are truly dreadful and believe nonsense that puts even the most woke to shame, they will point to things like this when they warn about the perils of government controlled by Democrats.

Some hope on the horizon

38:30 for 20 K cycle before yoga, then yoga.

Then a lot of doctors and PT:

shoulder: I may have injured the large tendon in the front of my pectoral muscle and that refers to rotator cuff pain. So I have some new PT exercises and progress is expected to be slow for this one. Later: possible MRI to see how damaged the rotator cuff is.

glute: PT thinks I can start walking NOW but very limited amounts AFTER a ton of stretching; he notes my piriformis and IT band are inflamed. But I have to be willing to start at ground zero, so I’ll keep the cycling up too.

Why I feel hope: the glute exercises actually made me tired in a good way; I do have some weaknesses that can be corrected.

Activists, low stakes discussions, etc.

Plan: lift in the later morning, then do 45 minutes on the exercise bike. Hips are a bit sore from the weekend of walking (absurdly low mileage) and the toe ached a bit..probably related to my glute pain.

Yes, I saw the Chiefs lose 8-4 to the Quad Cities, though I did see a couple of huge home runs; glad I went to the game and walked, even though the walks were painful.

Attendance has been lower than in 2019; prices have not gone up by that much, but I do wonder if the lack of group trips (often arranged in the preseason) is hurting attendance.

Yeah, I love the leg room, but I want the Chiefs to succeed ..I’d miss them if they were gone.

Of course, I actually like the live baseball (I don’t watch much, if at all, on TV). But the Chiefs, or Bradley Basketball, or even Bond Films and their fans gives people a low-stakes topic to talk about. And I think that humans need that; if our team loses, or if the fans rate this Bond actor better than that Bond actor…it really doesn’t matter. But it is good exercise for our brains..very light limber-up stuff.

It is not advanced mathematics, and it isn’t something that one’s livelihood depends on (unless you work in that industry).

And that leads me to an emotional/heated discussion I had on Twitter.

Now, I think that this cartoon misses the mark…sort of.

Yes, it raises a point: there ARE some grade school texts that sanitize slavery and Jim Crow; no doubt about it. And yes, there are some school districts where slavery was portrayed as mostly benevolent; you can see some of the text excerpts presented in this thread.

But I honestly feel that much of the pushback against “Critical Race Theory” ..well, I admit that most don’t really understand that academic sub-discipline, but what is being pushed against is NOT the teaching of the history of the evils of slavery or Jim Crow.

Rather, the pushback is related to what is said here:

It is “what to do about said history.”

I think that the “poles of the mainstream” are these:

  1. The legacy of Jim Crow is so strong that we need continued effort and resources to overcome this. These might include “reparations”, reminding non-Blacks that they haven’t had to deal with such legacy and current discrimination and unfairness, enhanced diversity and inclusion programs, and it is fair and just to ask those from the majority culture to make this sacrifice.
  2. Yes, the history was brutal and unjust, but that was then and this was now. Most of our ancestors had to endure some hardship..yes, some more severe than others. But where does it stop? Black immigrants do well …and we have affirmative action programs, safety nets and the like. Heck, this country elected a Black President twice; progress has been enormous. Let’s face it; we’ve reached a point to where if you fail, that is on YOU..”their” attitudes are holding “them” back more than anything else.

Again, I see these as “poles” of the mainstream; few are exactly at either pole and I honestly think that most people differ on “degree.”

The other thing I’ll talk about is where “the Trump voter” is. Frankly, many voted Trump for the continued business deregulation, business friendly judges, tax cuts, and because their stocks/retirement accounts were doing well. The “racism”, for some, just wasn’t a major issue (“meh, Hershel Walker supports Trump, doesn’t he?”) “hey, the wokes complain about everything….and yeah, the police screwed up when they killed George Floyd but he wasn’t exactly a model citizen….probably not MY issue.”

It isn’t as if said Trump voters were hostile to the “anti-racism” agenda of the activists..they were mostly indifferent to it…with the main effect being things like snarled traffic from the protests and the damage caused by the associated looting and riots (ok, often not done by the actual protesters)

Deadlifting after hiking

I am thinking about walking to the game, but I’d have to leave early and give myself time to stretch out. Yes, the piriformis WILL hurt but I’ll be sitting afterward…I might just gulp from naproxen and do it.

Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224

work set (on the 3) 5 sets of 3 x 256 (12:20 for all 5 sets)

high set: 2 sets of 3 x 284 (lead to tired back muscles…I think my low handle stuff is leg/glute dominant)