So, what’s it going to be?

Today: slept ok..but felt not my best this morning…did PT before the swim and some after. The walk: same course as yesterday: 14 seconds slower but the Garmin recorded it as .01 miles shorter (1.68) so over 15 minute miles.

Weight: under that.

The PT: split; some before leaving to swim, some after. replaced leg swings with bosu ball stands, and did the dreaded one leg standing and tapping with the other foot.

Swim: 3 x (50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 side), 100 kick drill

200 in 3:35 (ok, kind of weak) 100 kick/drill

100 in 1:44, 100 kick/drill

100 in 1:43 100 kick drill
100 in 1:44

50 back

75 dolphin kick with fins

25 fly with fins. woo0-hoo

1650 yards total though only 650 of it was crawl. Yeah, I am still playing it safe.

Unable to reject H_0

Well, this morning started great. The evening..kind of sore..too much sitting, I think.

Swim: went well (1500 yards)
400 of 25 free, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free
400 of alternating side and free

500 of 100 swim, 100 fins kick drills (1:46, 1:47)

100 back then 50 drill/fins

50 in 49 seconds (yay!)

35 minutes of PT followed by a walk: 1.69 miles.

The walk was oh so close to being pain fooled me. Walk to work was almost ok too..but the day and sitting wore me down and it was achy when I walked home (not much stretching first)

How wokeness hurts liberals

This was painful to watch:

So, why would she say something so outrageously false? (no, it is nowhere near 365 a year)

If you are unfamiliar with academia: people are divided up into demographic groups (black women, white men, etc.) and are said to have a different degree of “privilege.” So, when it comes to “conversation” (or what passes for conversation) it is considered bad form for a “privileged” person to fact check, question or attempt to rebut the point made by a non-privileged person. Such acts are deemed “microagressions” or worse; you get accused of “tone policing”, “mansplaining”, “whitesplaining” or whatever.

But outside of the Academy…people “don’t play that.”

And, well, let’s face it: we learn and we grow when we correct our mistakes and become more careful in our speech.

Now, before you go “what about how they enabled Trump, etc.” Yes: there is a reason I won’t consider becoming a Republican in this era.

I want liberals and Democrats to do well…but I am afraid that the “don’t challenge anything that a member of a protected class says” is hurting us politically.

27-28 April

Back saga: see the surgeon on June 7. Basically: mild nerve root impingement at L5-S1; injections might work. Still..bummer. Hope more PT (on my own) and modification of my activities will do the trick, but we’ll see.

Baseball: I saw Bradley play Illinois. BU took a 3-1 lead but fell apart in the middle innings (lots of walks) and lost 9-6. It was fun being with Lynn though.

Workout notes:

Wednesday: swim, PT in the park, 1.28 walk.

Swim: 400 of 25 free, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free

200 side

200 swim/kick drills

8 x 50 on the 1:10 51-53 each

100 back

100 dolphin kick with fins

Then the PT, then the walk. The walk was “oh so close” to being pain free. Not quite.

Then today: indoor PT, outdoor PT with pull ups and push ups:

pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 2 sets of 5 wide, 6 and 5 chins

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 deficit, 10 deficit.

indoors; back friendly 10 x 136, 10 x 147, 8 x 152 bench press

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline: didn’t quite like how the leg/butt felt with straining with 10 x 103, so retreated to 10 x 88 third set, which felt very good.

shown: mundane lumbar PT…this is a glute burner.

One mystery solved

The “prostate” problem: all tests back normal..too much coffee.

Oh, the dram queen (me)

Funny, how my life isn’t a lot of dramatic events but mostly a bunch of mundane adjustments and slogging.

Last PT for a while: glute is ok ..left leg just feels heavy and weak. But…

And it is day 1 of no naproxen. Hmmm..

Workout notes: I still did some PT on my own and some experimentation

Pull ups: 10, 15, 10, 10, 5, 6, 5 (did some wide, chins…note at 207 lb…better than expected)

push ups: 40 sissy, “walk 10” (55) with band (5 minutes), 10 deficit

bench press: 10 x 134, 10 x 147, 9 x 152

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline 3 sets of 10 x 103

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (low), 10 x 224 4 inch, focus on glutes and quads

note: this took close to 2 hours as I did stretch AND, no post soreness on the press ups.

Well, it ain’t that…

So, MRI on the lumbar, then a visit about potential prostate problems..not swollen. But coffee might have to go eventually…and Naproxen..too much on the kidneys?

I’ll have to take it all in.

This morning: 1400 yard swim; 1.27 mile walk.

Swim: 4 x (25 free, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free). Then 100 side. Then 200 with fins (100 drills, 100 drill/swim). Then 8 x 50 on the 1:10 (52-54 each) 100 dolphin kick with fins, 100 strokes

Walk: so close to being pain free..not quite..did feel it in the last .25 miles but only mildly. But later in the day: leg hurt..both slightly sore.

Then PT in the playground, then the walk. Weight: 207 (bloated)

Melancholy workout

I am trying not to be a drama queen, and trying not to live in the wreckage of the future, but it looks as if my sports era will come to an end very soon.

No, I am not going to sell my equipment; I plan on using it as long as it benefits my health and doesn’t harm it. And I will probably have to order a new set of bands as I broke my second one today. And I’ll be looking for new goggles and swim suits as swimming seems to be doing ok.

BUT: so much of my life, I wanted to either run faster, run longer, lift heavier, do more reps, etc. But now I need to focus on what is good for my health, and that means being risk adverse in my training and *always* leaving something in the tank.

I get my MRI tomorrow AND see my primary care doctor for my prostate and hopefully, finally some answers. What lies in store I do not know.

My guess: a benign enlarged prostate (which might contribute to the “swollen” feeling I sometimes get in my left pelvic/glute area) and some sort of bulging disk impinging on a nerve affecting my left side. (L-5?)

But it could be anything from piriformis/gluteus medius strain/tear, to broken pieces of disk, to prostate cancer, spinal tumor, etc.

The physical therapist says it isn’t spinal stenosis as my McKenzie press ups are way too high.

My symptoms: left leg, tingles down the side, full feeling when I do something like banded walks, some discomfort upon standing still for too long and walking: onset of glute pain after 15-20 minutes if I am stretched and warmed up, 5-10 minutes if I am not. Tingles in the left lower leg/foot at night if I don’t stretch first..knees bent is more comfortable.

Relief: stretching; McKenzie press ups, Open book, yoga pyramid, revolved triangle, triangle help relive it almost instantly; bent forward twists help too.

Ok, there is still a lot I can do, and I can enjoy doing what I can. So what did I do today? I did all of my physical therapy along with:

pull ups: 10, 15, 10, 10, 10, 5 wide, 5 chins (strange I am 206-207..too heavy..but pull ups are going very well??? Improvement on my back?), push ups 30 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 30 sissy, 10 deficit

weights: 10 x 134, 5 x 156, 5 x 156, 10 x 134 (feet elevated)

4 sets of curls with 50

deadlifts: taking care to keep a flat back and use the glutes, hamstrings and quads:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (these went well)

high handle (8 inch) 5 x 260, 5 x 280 (heavier belt) Rule: leave a lot in the tank. Can’t strain the lumbar.

The post lift McKenzie press ups had none of the warning left leg pain that I got when I did too much low handle or tried to arch when bench pressing.

Then a 1 mile walk; not my best as I got symptoms at .7-.8 miles but I got a mile.

Other tidbits: cutting back greatly on caffeine and spreading out my Naproxen dose (1 pill upon waking up, 1 after) and I have an oh-so-slight whine in my right shoulder.

I use an orthopedic cushion at games (watched Bradley softball split with Evansville yesterday with no ill effects)

Answers on the way?

I know..I’ve become boring talking about my back, back, back. I am interested to see what is going on though.

Last night: trouble getting to sleep due to tingles in my left foot; some stretching did the trick.

Today: 1200 yard swim, followed by PT in the park, and a 1.25 mile walk, which didn’t go as well as yesterday, but it went better than other walks.

Note: I did rotator cuff (and back) PT before leaving for the pool and again after swimming.

4 x 100: 25 free, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free (took me about 2:30 each)

100 dolphin kick drills with fins

100 side

100 kick drills

6 x 50 on the 1:10 (1:20 for the last one); 51-54 each.

100 swim/kick with fins
100 in 1:46

That felt good, but was enough.

And now, for some answers.

Ok…MRI Monday. We’ll see. Then another doctor’s appointment.

Workout notes: some early AM stretching, drive to the Riverplex.
1200 yard swim: (zip out of the shoulder):
400 of 25 free, 25 back, 50 side
100 of kick with fins (arm extended)
100 drill swim (fins)
4 x 50 on the 1:10 (52-54)
100 breast
200 drill swim
100 in 1:48

Weight: 206

Then walk (after stretching); almost no pain at all until the Gateway..then slight to the end. I had about 1 pain free mile; that is a 25 percent from before and 1.25 “almost” pain free.
Then home and PT.


My goodness..things are just flying right now.

Yesterday: had a 1.26 mile walk after swimming 1200 yards

200 free, 100 back, 100 side, 100 kick drill with fins, 4 x 50 on the 1:10 (52-54) 100 kick drill with fins, 2 x 100 on 2:30 (1:46, 1:50), 200 odd strokes.

Oh so slight “feel” to the shoulder so I was diligent with PT.

Today: did the mat PT inside, standing PT outside with pull ups (10 singles, 4 sets of 10, 5 chins, 5 wide), push ups 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 15 deficit, 15 flat

bench presses: 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 8 x 150 (feet up)

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 103

Note: today was a low pain day. Changes:

  1. deadflits: anything over 225 is now high handle.
  2. bench: feet elevated, flat back
  3. belt while lifting
  4. limited caffeine (cut down on bladder stuff…not gone though)
  5. swimming
  6. walking: rarely more than 1.2 at a time, no pushing it to the limit reps.

Do these matter? I’ll find out soon enough.