1 week check

It has been one week since the injection. I honestly think it has helped; tingles way down, pain way down; not much tightness during my swim.

Weight: 203.1 after swimming.

Swim: 600 of 100 side, 100 back

200 of 25 front kick, 25 swim

200 in 3:28

100 back

200 in 3:29

100 back

3 x 100 swim, 100 pull in 11:50 (9:47 for the first 500)

Maybe tomorrow I’ll see what I can do.

Testing it out.

Ok, there was some mild disappointment with my walk. I did most of my PT first, stretched and decided to do 2 miles all at once.
Ok, it was painless BUT there were some tingles and some post walk “almost pain” (similar to what I used to get with “heavy” deadlifts..after the fact) Pace was not that bad (13:21 for 2 miles) but I suppose I expected rainbows, unicorns..and to be able to 10 miles without any sensation at all

It was my best walk in over 18 months, but…expectations were unrealistic.

I finished PT and ended up with a very long workout: 2:40 or so total?

pull ups: 10, 10, 5-5, 5-5, 5 chin, 5 wide, 5 mixed, 5 mixed

push ups: incline: 20, 30, then 5 sets of 10 with a banded walk, 10 on a step.

bench press: 10 x 145, 10 x 145, 7 x 150 (tired)

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 260 (8 inch); very sloppy (too fatigued ..need to do this set rested)

incline press: 10 x 94, 10 x 94, 7 x 94 (lost the grip)

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

then the belt squat: 3 awful sets of 10 with a joke weight (22 lb) trying to learn the lift. I might try with a plate under my heels; limited mobility (too stripper like)

Reading this, I am surprised the workout took as long as it did, but I did get kind of tired at times.

Jan 6 hearings

I’ve been watching some of the testimony of the hearings. You can find everything here.

Much of it is damming.

But this very person:

Bottom line: this might make Trump more unpopular with those in the mushy middle, and it might hurt Trump’s chances of winning the nomination again. But..it isn’t going to flip a hard core Republican.

Yes, I am worried about President Biden. I like him but he has clearly lost a couple of steps (though he had steps to lose to begin with). But..our political bench is so bare.

Oh..maybe you disagree, but I honestly think that we have a big problem:

Our candidates come from mostly elite universities where the social justice jargon is common (“Latinx”, “BIPOC”, “cis-gender”.. lots of different new pronouns ), all made up by academic “activists” or researchers.

It is one thing to use lingo in one’s academic work or at an academic; yes, I say things like “let X be a compact 3-manifold without boundary and let Y be a topological embedding of S^1” but I’d never speak that way in public.

People who want to be good at politics need to learn how to communicate with the public! They have to say stuff and have the public WANT to listen.

And our instincts are just terrible. For one: if we see a “community” that we consider marginalized, we’ll bend over backwards, often to the point of absurdity to placate them.

And too often, our candidates appear to run on issues that poll well, instead of running on, well, attitude.

Example: yes, raising the minimum wage polls well. And you ask: “Yeah, we should.”

But a candidate that runs on the message: “we will raise the minimum wage and be more generous to poor people” isn’t going to win on that.

After all, who wants to make minimum wage? Who wants to be poor? Sure, we might want to help out, but IMHO, “help the poor” isn’t a winning slogan.

People aspire to do things. They want success. YES, WE CAN: uplifitng. Hand UP, not hand out: yes. No surprise those were the slogans from our most successful Democratic Presidential candidates.

Qualified success?

5 days after injection: I can say that walking is better. Yes, I get after tingles, but the neurogenic claudication is MUCH better; I am not in “pre-limping mode” when I stop with my shorter walks.

Today: PT, with some attempt to squat fully (body still won’t quite do it..ankles?) with my before and after walks (first walk was the faster of the two today)

When will I try to do it all at once? Haven’t worked up the courage..yet. This weekend?

Then I swam 1850 yards: usual 800 yards of 100’s of side, back, and 200 of swim drills and swim.

Then my old 4 x 250 (alt swim/pull) with equipment changes; 4:47, 9:25, 14:14, 18:46 or

Swim: 4:47, 4:49, pull 4:38, 4:32.

Shoulder: not an issue..but we’ll see what the night brings.

Weight: 204.7 after swimming…then again I did have a lot of water before. Dinner with Lynn the night before.

Cautiously optimistic

Well, the epidural injection was Friday morning: single level; 1 mg of dexamethasone sodium phosphate, a very strong steroid. The instructions said that I might feel the steroid’s effect in 3-5 days: so today would be about right (day 4).

And…and…..well, my walks, while 1 mile…have been pain free, and the after the fact: less pain; some stiffness here and there. The neurogenic claudication symptoms feel ..less. But..I haven’t challenged myself.

But…just weightless squats feel a LOT stronger, walking pace is picking up, and less soreness after the walk.

Warning signs: I did feel foot tingles last night around bed time, but some forward bends took care of it.

Side note: my belt squat belt and loading pin are here. I can do belt squats using weight plates as a platform..my step stools should be here soon.

Workout notes

Yesterday: BU was closed so no swimming. Still, full PT and 2 one mile walks: 1 before, 1 after with some POST WALK left hip/IT/glute soreness (similar to post deadlifts in days past) Note: top walk was walk no 2.

Today: indoor PT, walk 1, outdoor PT with pull ups, push ups), walk 2.

Then indoor weights.

Yes, the pace is improving..probably because my legs are finally getting nerve signals.

The weights:

pull ups: 10 singles, 10, 6-4, 5-5, 5 mixed, 5 mixed, 5 wide, 5 chin

push ups: 30 incline, 4 x 10 with banded walks, 30 decline

indoor: bench: 10 x 134, 10 x 145, dead: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (focus on leg push and straight back), curls 2 sets of 10 x 50, high incline: 2 sets of 10 x 94 Swiss bar.

All in all..sweaty mess and maybe I did myself some good.

Back again

Ok, Friday was sort of a black hole.

It was not that big of a deal; took a few minutes; the doctor took a good look at my MRI and decided to put the steroid right at S1; I could feel some pressure in my left glute. I didn’t do much the rest of the day. Had some mild back ache.

Saturday; full PT, and an easy 1 mile walk. Felt pretty much nothing.

Highlight: Lynnor Visit.

The ball game: 8-2 Chiefs win..Chiefs got 8 runs in the first inning. I did meet some internet friends there.

Last night: I did feel it when I got out of bed to walk…in the glute.


About 3/4 of my PT

1 mile walk

Pull ups, push ups and more PT. Pull ups: lots of sets of 5 with full stop, 1 of 10, 2 sets of mixed grip.
Push ups: 30 incline, did 40 with banded walks, 20 and 10.

1 mile wak

3 minute plank.

Note: both walks were painless; I did feel some oh-so-slight pressure at the top of the hip, front.

Ball game: 7-5 loss, but still fun.

It is too early to tell if this will work or not, but early signs appear promising. Walks to the car were no big deal.

day before

Got back from a 12-9 Chiefs win…Chiefs were down 5-0 but then rallied…first runs came off of 3, 2 and 3 run home runs. They added a solo. Now watching the Celtics attempting to come back..looks unlikely.

Workout: weights then a 2 mile walk..note I had minimal shoulder pain (a good thing)

The workout: full PT,

pull ups: 10 singles, 10, 10, 10, 5-5 chins, 5 wide, 5 chins

push ups: 30 incline, then with an extra 2 sets of banded walks: 8 sets of 10.

bench: straight bar: 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 8 x 150

high incline: Swiss: 3 sets of 10 x 94

curls 3 sets of 10 x 50

rows: 3 sets of 10 one armed rows with light weight

dead: low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (appeared to have better back position)

10 x 260 8 inch.

Then the walk. Walk: very little pain until 1.5 or so.


Form comparison: 10 x 184 vs 10 x 228

A bit better

late start…full PT, then a 1850 yard swim: 600 of side/back, 200 25 kick, 25 free, then 1000 in 18:50 alternating 250 free, 250 pull: 4:45, 9:25, 14:14, 18:50 which breaks it down: 4:45, 4:40, 4:49, 4:36 or 9:34 for swimming, 9:16 for pulling.

Weight: 204 after swimming. Then a walk:

It went better than expected; started to feel bad at 1.6 but it never got terrible.

Note: shoulder tired out…sore afterward but felt good with a stretch.

Workout catch up part n+1

Yesterday: I did some work on my outstanding paper (as in “overdue”) and the workout was: PT, 2 mile walk (warm), 1800 yard swim.

Swim: 600 of side/back (100 breast too)

200 of kick/swim (no fins)

5 x 100 swim, 100 pull (19:15)

slight shoulder soreness the next day.

Today: weights only; PT, pull ups: 5, 5, 10, 7-3, 7-3, 5 wide, 5 wide, 5 mixed, 5 mixed. Push ups: 30 incline, 30 decline, 4 x 10 during the banded walks.

bench: 3 sets of 10 x 134 Swiss bar

deadlift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228 (note: lot of lumbar, but I felt GREAT afterward???)

curls: 3 sets of 10. rows 3 sets of 10 (light weight..focus on the back0

high incline 3 sets of 10 x 93

Come on now

The following reared its ugly head from the period July 2020 to July 2021. All are chronic and have been symptomatic from: back: 1978, shoulder: 2000, knee: 1978. They all finally became chronic in this period..right after turning 60.

Nevertheless, I still lift 3-4 times a week, walk 4-5 times a week, swim 3-4 times a week…not that I’ll win any athletic awards. But I’ve really had to manage my activities.

Above: my spondylolisthesis at the L5-S1 (L5 is too far forward and my S1 (top of the tail bone) is tilted forward . I’ve had this since the mid 1970s but it finally became a chronic problem in July 2020 or so

See the top of my shoulder (acromiale bone)? That is supposed to be straight. The os segment never fused properly. This has caused me rotator cuff problems off and on, and it came back to haunt me in April 2021

Knees: that right knee has been operated on 4 times: 1978, 1979, 1984, 2010. (left only once in 1984). Well, the wear and tear finally caught up to me in July 2020. When I ran, I could feel the pain go down to the top of my shin bone.

Notices in the flexed position, the spacing is all but gone.