Resentment

I am going to have to make my PT routine more efficient. But the quickest I can do it is about 35 minutes..IF I am super efficient. 40-45 is more typical and frankly, I resent doing it. But..If I want to swim and walk..that is what I must do.

And yes, I know that someone with invasive cancer would gladly trade “problems” with me. It is just that I am mentally weak and prone to whining.

Today: round 1 of PT, stretching, 1 mile walk, round 2 of PT, more stretching, 1 mile walk, round 3 of PT (shoulders) Then downstairs:

deadlifts: low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 225 (for real this time..last time it was only 220, which FELT different) 10 x 270 8 inch.

belt squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 72, 12 x 94 (depth was lacking; last time my load pin was hooked in an unusual way which kept it higher up.

I think that I can mix it up; one day do split walks, next day do it all at once. Second walk was the faster of the two.

Note: doing “bird dog” showed me that afterward, my left leg was “heavy”; I am losing nerve signal there. I need to do some open book prior to walking.

not ready for 5K

Ok, how did it go? PT, then out: I’d say the first 2 miles were ok and around 2.3-2.5 I knew I had a decision to make. At 2.7 I knew I needed to head home.

But after 2-3 minutes I was good to go again.

Yes, the pain at 2.86 was similar to what it once was at 1.8 or so; 50 percent improvement. And I recovered quicker; the second walk WAS faster and easier.

Afterward, I fought off fatigue (embarrassing that this little workout fatigued me so) and did 60 reps of pull ups (10 singles, 10 singles, 10, 6 sets of 5 with various grips)

5 sets of 20 push ups (final 20 inclined)

bench: 6-6-6-7 with 150

rows (dumbbell) 3 sets of 10

curls 3 sets of 10

high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 94

Shoulder slightly sore afterward (later)

Like voting: not all unicorns and rainbows

It has now been two weeks since my injection. So the report: definitely better, but not perfect.

Example: I walked home from the gym without fear of pain; I wasn’t limping when I got home. I can handle six 2 mile walks per week. Less pain when doing the crawl.

BUT some pain is there (in dulled form) and I have to mind my posture. And it is still 40 minutes of PT every danged day… that is not going to change.

I can sympathize with those who hate working out at all; my PT is like that: unrewarding but necessary.

And voting is like that. You aren’t going to get everything you want. If you get even a 1/3 or even a 1/4 of what you want, you chose wisely, especially if that fraction is from your most important items.

Workout notes: started my PT late and didn’t walk before..didn’t want to walk in the rain after.

Swim:

600 of the usual alternating side and back

200 of the usual front kick, free

200 in 3:38 with 50 back (too slow but I had no one to chase)

200 in 3:32 with 50 back (better)

100 in 1:42 with 50 back

100 in 1:42 with 50 back

50 in 0:48 with 50 back

50 in 0:47 with 50 back

200 pull in 3:36 (easy effort)

Weight: 205 afterward (probably bloated again)

Noticing

Ok, 2 weeks. As I type this, the glute is sore.it feels like the nerve root, but that is sometimes hard to distinguish from genuine glute pain.

What I did: I walked, and did some belt squats (at greater depth..albeit light) and a set of 10 x 225 low handle deadlifts. Is that the culprit?

I felt ok after the workout though.

What I did:

2:40 worth of: PT, kind of a rough walk (first 1.7-1.8 were fine)

Strength: pull ups: 5, 5, 10, 10, 5 chin, 5 wide, 5 mixed, 5 mixed then 10 singles changing grip with each rep (plus 1 penalty rep)

push ups: 30 incline, 30 decline, 20 deficit, 10, 10

bench press: 9 x 145, 7 x 150, 7 x 150

deadlift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 220 (all felt easy, no residual anything)

shoulder press: 3 sets of 10 x 94

belt squat: better depth..but is this the glute pain culprit?

Not throwing your political money away..

I’ve wondered w-ehat purpose political bomb throwers serve; by “bomb throwers” I mean MTG, Boebert, “Gym” Jordan, and on our side, “The Squad” (AOC, etc.), Bernie Sanders, etc.

They tend to come from “safe districts” (very unlikely to lose in the general), are very, very noisy, seek out cameras, but, ultimately, don’t do anything. Their legislative records are all but non-existent, at least in terms of bills signed into law (they may well “introduce” nonsense bills that never see the light of day).

Part of me thinks that all they are doing is taking up space that might otherwise be filled by a more competent politician.

BUT…there is this:

OMG, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

That would be throwing money way. Boebert represents a “solid Republican” district (per Cook Report and just about every reputable political ratings source)

Sorry to say but outside money supporting the Democrat is basically throwing away said money.

It would be FAR better to take that money and give it to a toss-up race.

I know it is far sexier to feel you are a part of “taking down” some camera hungry blowhard but ..not only is the likelihood low, there are far less sexy but important races where said money would make a real difference, like this one.

Overall the Republicans lead the Congressional generic ballot by about 2.5 points, which is bad news since the D’s typically underperform (Democratic districts tend to be super D, R’s not quite as much)

12 days out

12 days from the injection. What I notice:

  1. day to day activities cause far less glute pain. No more limping home from the office, gym, etc.
  2. Walking: I have not been able to extend my distance, but the level of pain is well down; 2 miles is still reasonably pleasant; before, I had to start pushing through moderate pain in the final .2-.4 miles. Walking pace is faster; more “pop” in my legs.
  3. Post workout pain and night tingles are way down.

So, I’d say that it was worth it.

Still: today PT (full), 2 mile walk

This was my full 2 laps of my H course between Cooper, Laura, Rebecca.

Then 3 minute plank; did some online errands (bills)

Then 2000 yard swim. 700 warm up of side/back, 300 of 25 front kick, 25 swim

1000 of 250 swim, 250 pull in 18:34

4:44, 9:14, 14:04 were the splits: 4:44, 4:30, 4:50, 4:30

Weight: 204.7 after swimming; I am going to have to cut back on food. I have been stuck here for months.

Shoulders: slight soreness…holding up ok.

Weight: yes, some of it is butt and legs, but waaaaay to much is plain old belly fat.

Game changers

Potentially massive shocks to the system here. One of course, is the pro-life ruling from the Supreme Court (I think the pro “can lead prayer in public schools” ruling might have lesser impact).

Then today’s Select Committee testimony was..OMG.

Bottom line: Trump knew the people marching to the Capitol were armed and he WANTED them to go anyway. I did not include the video where Hutchinson said that someone else told her that Trump lunged at the Secret Service driver and had to be restrained; she was reporting what was told to her. I’ll suspend judgement on that part.

Now about the claim it is just hearsay:

Well, these things are coming along BEFORE midterms and can the Democrats capitalize? Maybe..maybe not.

Slow slog toward..what?

Another back progress: the injection seems to help a great deal with the day to day. As to the walking; pain is much less, and there is far less pain afterward, but it is not totally gone. Can I get back to 5K?

I had a bit of a detour as I heard the recycling trucks and realized I had not put ours out as yet. Still..ok, if not fast. Some dull pain toward the end that went away very quickly.

Then the strength part of it:

pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 4 sets of 5 (chin, wide, 2 of mixed grip)

Push ups: 30 incline, 30 decline, then 4 sets of 10 with extra banded walks

inside: deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (felt it in the thighs), 10 x 270 8 inch.

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline press (Swiss bar) 3 sets of 10 x 94

Then 4-5 sets of belt squats ..some with token weight..trying to learn the movement and experimenting.

Can Democrats survive college educated activists?

There is more to the clip than the title of the post, but it does appear that Democrats are finding it harder and harder to communicate to the average voter (addressed in the video: “Latinx”, “men get pregnant too”, “people with a uterus”, etc.)

So, I wonder…if I were hiring staff for my campaign, I’d have my best experienced staff go over how to communicate with the typical voter and explain the difference between this situation and what they experienced as a student.

But there is something else going on, I think.

Think about the younger college educated people. Many can emotionally manipulate their parents and colleges…yelling and throwing tantrums gets them listened to.

So, why wouldn’t the rest of society work like that?

There was a time when you were told “listen more, talk less.” “You are new here; learn first…THEN talk.”

Now…every parent thinks their kid is a genius and, too often, their egos are inflated at college.

The only reason I have hope is that this Supreme Court IS a bit behind the times. Their latest ruling IS unpopular and…there are some hopeful signs:

Now, this could be an outlier poll. BUT…if there is some truth to this..maybe all is not lost.

Not rainbows and unicorns

10 days after the injection:

  1. Night tingles reduced.
  2. Day to day “small stuff” pain greatly diminished.
  3. Swim pain (glute) mostly gone
  4. Ok, walking: 2 miles kind of feels like 1.5 used to and there is far less “after the fact” glute pain. But there are still tingles and duller pain..pretty dulled but still there. I also think that I get more “pop” out of my leg.
  5. Trying to learn how to squat: that still sucks.

Today: most of my PT

2 mile walk (slower)

Two months ago, this would have been exciting. Today is is “meh” due to the gorgeous weather.

More PT then 2000 yd swim:

600 of side/back

200 of 25 front balance kick, 25 free

50 alternating free/back recovery free (49, 48)

100 free, 50 back (1:41, 1:42)

100 back

100 of 25 free, 25 front kick

Then 500 of: 100 pull, 150 swim, 150 pull, 100 swim (9:36)

203.8 after swimming.

On one hand, this swim is nothing compared to what I once did. On the other hand, it is a major improvement from when I started (restarted swimming)

And the shoulder feels great.