Watching the “Jilted St. Louis” bowl

And it sure looks as if the Rams are getting the better of it.

I timed my workout this morning: 1:25 to do the following:

pull ups: 5-5-10-10-10-5-5-5-5 with rehab in between (bands, hip hikes and one foot stands)

push ups: 4 sets of 25 with rehab (clam shell with bands, dead bugs, side leg lifts, kneeling lunge twists)

The above took 48 minutes

Downstairs: bench press: 3 sets of 5 x 154 (ok)

rows: 3 sets of 10 each arm

curls: 3 sets of 10

shoulder press: 10 x 93, 99, 103

It seems that 85 minutes is too long, but that is what it took; 37 minutes for the basement section.

Another bleah day but

22 more take miles on the bike; half hearted stretching. I’ll have to set up something that works; maybe longer, no bike workouts on M, F, pull up, push up, deadlift, 30 minute bike on W, stretch and longer bike on Tu, Th, and what I am doing now on S, S.

Glute: still tingles. Shoulder: basically well, though going off of NSAIDS has brought my overall body stiffness back! I probably have full body arthritis. I need to keep moving.

Classes start in 3-4 days and we’ll see how a “ok, we are all vaccinated and wearing masks” approach works for omicron…we WILL get some waves…possible enough to put us online for a couple of weeks?

This prof at Ferris State has clearly had enough. Ok, they do NOT have a mask nor a vaccine mandate (we do) but this video, which would get us fired, was about

  1. plagiarism
  2. doctrine of predestination
  3. asking students to take the class online.

Yes…these are weird times. Most have just “moved on” though people are getting sick and ending up in the hospital left and right.

And you see someone (probably anti-vaxx) going on about their wife in serious trouble (ICU/ventilator) and mentioned that they had “gathered together” over Thanksgiving …and giving prayer directions for certain parts of the lady’s body.

What are you going to do?

Life sans Naproxen

My shoulder no longer needs Naproxen. But that “overall stiffness” has come back; wonder if I have an arthritic body. Possible.

Today: deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (all ok)

sets on the 3: 3, 3, 3, 3, 5 with 265 (I did mind my back; no problem)

Then after stretching, 1:04 on the bike (22 fake miles); 4-15-3 was the break down (4 easy, 15 medium, 3 hard)

Some glue tingles.
I did watch a Bradley Women’s game: They lost 68-61 though Bradley did rally to take a brief lead in the second, half, fell down by 14 and rallied to cut it to 3 with 3 minutes to go.

Almost ready

The two days I have to prepare should be sufficient.

Covid still raging.

Workout notes

Pull ups: 5 sets of 10! (ok, not the greatest sets)


push ups: 30, 30 sissy, 20 feet elevated, 25 floor.

Bench: 3 sets of 5 x 154 (fairly easy)

rows: 3 sets of 10

curls: 3 sets of 10

shoulder press: 3 sets of 10: 104, 104, 93 (for better ROM)

This all was done slowly; took about 2 hours. (a lot of rehab); I’ll have to move faster come the academic year.

Note: no noticeable difference not taking naproxen ..glute though: kind of sore from yesterday and 1 foot balances.

Nearing the start

Well, I don’t know what the near future will bring but I will act to minimize my own exposure. Positivity: 28.5

Workout notes: 22 fake miles (1:03; split was 3 easy, 16 medium, 3 hard)
Some rehab…perhaps a bit more serious.

Note: shoulder pain is all but gone; no NSAIDS, and glute: still some minor tingles from time to time.

Still too half hearted

I need to step up my rehab.

Locally: positivity is 29.48 percent, though the recorded number of cases was under 300 today. Fewer tests, I suppose.

I am almost at the point of writing lessons

Workout notes:

pull ups: 40 singles, set of 10, 2 sets of 5 (wide, chins)
push ups: 4 sets of 25 with lots of rest, rehab in between. Included 1:40 headstand.
deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (all easy, sans belt)

10 x 251 4 inch handle. Went great (belt), pain free, but I didn’t want to push my luck.

bike (30 minutes; 10 fake miles, including 3 hard, 5 medium, 2 easy.

My deteriorating attitude

I know, I know…life is as it ever was in “freedom” areas. But I have a higher risk elderly wife and, well, I don’t want this crap either.

And I here of our ICU and ventilators filling up…yes, some vaccinated and boosted but many..the majority..vast majority..unvaccinated.

And there is the temptation to express schadenfreude.
But then I read about the anguish of someone who tried to persuade a dear friend, relative, parent, sibling or offspring to get vaccinated..were unsuccessful ..and then…bam…said loved one is fighting for their life in the hospital.

It is just heartbreaking to see.

And yeah, I am taking a hiatus from yoga classes. The Riverplex has a mask mandate that is enforced at the door but nowhere else. So I know an hour of yoga in my KN-95 is probably safe (class is vaccinated/boosted) but I just get disgusted with how so few follow the mandate; I just don’t want to see them. So my break is more for my mind than anything else.

So…another semester starts. I am sure that there will be some major disruptions this time around; here we are coming off of a delta wave and omicron is just starting…could be a rough 2-4 more weeks. I expect colleagues to have to isolate and students to miss class.

I wouldn’t say that I am running on empty; it is that I won’t enjoy this as much as I would normally enjoy this semester; the things I am teaching ARE interesting and fun. Oh well, just typing that made me smile.

Workout notes: half hearted stretching (felt it on the walk to the office); 22 fake miles on the bike in 1:03; resistance break down was 3-11-8. Time to work on getting more of the harder resistance.

Jan 10, 2022

You can see the progression. Note: last report is for 3 days: 428.3 a day. Last month: 49 deaths. 6 deaths from November 23 to December 10. That is acceleration. Hospitalizations: 9 to 34 to 55

Positivity: 29.5 percent. Area: 179,000 people.

And this is why I am laying low and not doing what I was doing even 3-4 weeks ago. New ballgame.

I also did some minor errands; intense course preparation starts tomorrow; I’ll screw around with m-files and some other things.

Workout notes: weights only: pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 4 of 5 (14 F).

push ups: 2 sets of 25 to the floor, 1 walk 10 (4:48), dead bug, leg lifts, abs, etc.)

bench presses: 3 sets of 5 x 150 lb (keeping a watch on the shoulder)

rows: 3 x 10 of 60 (each arm)

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

shoulder presses: 2 sets of 10 x 103 of questionable depth, the 10 x 98 with a wider grip felt better.

Note: outdoor pull ups are always harder when it is cold.

We are all Florida now

Well, I’ve got a week and 2 days to prepare. I have some work related opinions that I’ll keep private.

Yep…and now you have blue-checks pushing “it is just the flu” stuff; yes, severe illness is less likely GIVEN you catch covid, but many more people are catching it.

Should the strategies change? Of course, but mitigation measures are still in order (e. g. schools should go remote as local conditions warrant..just not longer than necessary).

And yeah, I’d imagine things are tense in various households, especially if there is a higher risk person in it. We are two people: one old and one elderly so we have to be more careful than most, right now. A look at this blog will show that I went out and did stuff while the numbers were lower. I am laying relatively low for right now though.

So…it appears that there is no longer appetite for mitigation measures so it is every person for themselves; at least at work I can enforce the mask mandate (and will) and we have a vaccine mandate.

Personally: motivation to go “above and beyond” is all but non-existent.

Workout notes: 1:03 hour of cycling with 3 miles of harder stuff, 12 of medium and 7 easy (22 fake miles…similar to maybe 15 real miles?) Half hearted stretching.

Belts and things

The local situation: December 22, December 29, January 6. Metro area: 179K, 56 percent vaccinated.

Via the New York Times:

Let that sink in: from the start of the pandemic until now, 1 out of every 345 people in our metro area have died of COVID. And deaths are ticking up.

The county, bless their hearts, are tying. They now feature daily (including weekends) walk in clinics and testing. I really comment the effort.

But as of right now we are at about 350 new cases a day and something like 2-3 deaths a day on the average. Omicron isn’t likely to lower the death toll because, while it is more mild than delta on a case by case basis, it spreads much more easily and what it lacks in morbidity and mortality it makes up for by spreading easier. So while it is safer on an individual level, given that you have covid, it is more deadly on the community level.

If you think of it as Russian roulette: yes, you get to play with more empty chambers, but far more people are playing.

Schools: I am getting sick of the SCHOOLS MUST REMAIN OPEN being touted by politicians, so-called “experts” and “blue check” pundits.

Seriously, this is better than going online for a few weeks (IF conditions warrant)?

The CDC they are screwing up..not so much on the science but with communication. Their “5 days” isolation is very misunderstood; it is if you are asymptomatic OR if your results are “resolving” AND you are fever-free. The public absolutely sucks at conditional statements.

And they have to watch what they say: pointing out that 75 percent of the COVID deaths come from those who have at least 4 comorbidity factors is being interpreted as “it is ok if the disabled die”, which it is NOT what they are trying to say. But it was a bad way to say it.

Bottom line: if we know who is most vulnerable, we can get better at protecting them.

Tension in society Yes, people knowingly go out there with COVID; that is documented. And around here, I’d say less than half of the people wear a mask. Given the sky high case rates, it is a good idea to assume that at least 1/5 of the people you see have COVID and to protect yourself.

And I’ve noticed this: we have an indoor mask mandate and when you to into the Riverplex, they remind you to put one on. But when you get upstairs, most have taken them off. So, I’m done for a while, at least until this spike is down.

Then I’ve notice that the Riverplex is doing a membership drive.
Some don’t go because they have a mask mandate. Others (like me) stopped going because it isn’t enforced in the upper areas, at all.

And I understand why: it gets tiresome to tell adults to do what they should be doing, especially when they revert the very second they aren’t being monitored.
We are a nation of toddlers. And I don’t miss their company.

Workout notes

Yesterday: pull ups (-4 F) 5-5-10-10-5-5-5-5-5-5 outside with rehab
push ups: 3 sets of 25 on the floor (touch the chest), 1 set of 5-floor, 5-step 1, 5 step 2, 5 step 1, 5 floor.

bench press: 8 x 135, 5, 5 x 150 Swiss), 5 x 150 straight bar (went fine)

curls: 3 sets of 10
rows (single arm) 3 sets of 10
shoulder presses: 10 x 93, 10 x 103, 10 x 103 (ok)


Today: 30 minutes bike AFTER:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (no belt)
3, 3, 3, 3, 5 x 260 (belt); went fine, zero pain.

Note: I added a hole to my belt; evidently I am just slightly too fat for Titan’s XL belt (34-41, though my pants are 36..should have gone with 38-45 XXL)
And by using a weight plate instead of a hammer on the screw, I cut my finger.