A relatively good day.

What went right:
1. ok workout; 4 miles on the bike to warm up, rehab stretches, 6 more miles, stretches, then to the game; walk to and from the stadium was *almost* (Not quite) pain free. It was much better than the last two times.

2. Illinois won, based on 330+ rushing yards, though they trailed 14-10 at the half and were clinging to a 17-14 lead with 1 play left in the third period.

3. Navy came from 30-17 down to win 34-30 over a good UCF team. I was surprised by that.

Now, attendance was very light; 30,000 tickets were sold but maybe half of that was actually there?

Illinois game: first quarter was basically one possession by each team: Illini with a field goal, 49’ers with a touchdown.

Second quarter: it appeared that the Illini were going to take control up 10-7 but a fumble in scoring position wasted one opportunity. Then a long drive just before half put Charlotte up 14-10. Team was booed.

Second half a good drive put the Illini up 17-14 and then Charlotte appeared to be in position to tie or take the lead with a minute or so left in the quarter. But a tackle for a loss forced a 29 yard field goal attempt, which missed. Then next: 80 yard touchdown run.

That deflated Charlotte and the rest of the 4’th quarter was ball control by the Illini and some sacks of the 49’er quarterback.

Dare I say it?

It really does feel as if I am FINALLY making progress toward recovering from my injuries.

My shoulder has been improving, but the glute..well, today it got a mini-test when I walked to my office, up 4 flights of stairs..without my office key. So I had to repeat and it held up.

So…I’d say my shoulder is 85-90 percent, glute maybe up to 75? It is getting there…oh so slowly.

Today: lots of rehab in between main exercises which were:

pull ups: one 5 minute set of 40 singles, 10, then 2 sets of 5 chin ups
push ups: 25 slanted, 25 almost neutral, 20 feet elevated. Much better ROM

shoulder presses: (seated) 10 x 49, 10 x 60, 10 x 71 (decent range of motion)
curls: usual 3 sets of 10

rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134

Pull ups are getting easier..body seems to be responding.