Social media and “pick a side” discourse

Normally, I see sports as a low-stakes subject to be passionate about. Example: I completely enjoyed the less than perfect Illinois vs. Chattanooga basketball game (54-53 Illini win, won in the last few seconds). But had the Moccs won (and I was expecting them to when they got the ball with 12 seconds to go) my life would be none the poorer.

But now we have the “transgenders in women’s sports” debate and, well, those who often vote the same way I do are making nonsensical arguments. So we see a former “top 500” male take chemicals and then become “no. 1” female this year. And then we see arguments like this one..made by “Doctors”:

Good Lord. All one has to do is to look at women’s track and field world records then look a the results of a men’s D1 track meet.

(never mind the other “Dr.” who are perplexed that they’ve made N payments on loan and yet the principal has not decreased..it is as if these self proclaimed geniuses have never heard of “interest.” )

And THIS is one of many reasons professors are disrespected. Yes, every one of us has broad gaps in our knowledge. But that does not mean that we have to go around proudly displaying our ignorance while thinking that WE are the ones who know.

As much as I love to laugh at MAGA ignorance, we have plenty of it in our own house. And it embarrasses me to no end.

Now back to my own mundane workout;

2 hours…yes, 2 hours. It was broken down by 1 hour outside, 16 minutes PT, 44 minutes indoor weights.

Start: McKenzie, spinal balance, one leg bridges, open book indoor, dead bug (8 minutes)

pull ups: 10, 5-5, 10, 10, 10, 5, 5 with the following inbetween:

rotator cuff: 2 sets of 3 different exercises

single leg chair (2 sets each leg)

knee raises (3 sets each leg)

sit to stand single leg (3 sets each leg)

banded walks (2 sets)

And of course push ups: 30 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 30 sissy, 15 deficit (a few extra for depth)

That took 1 hour.

Inside: more single leg bridge (1 set), dead bug (2 sets) side leg lifts (2 sets) spinal balance (1 set) fire hydrants (2 sets) prone knee lifts (2 sets) 16 minutes

Basement: bench press: 10 x 134, 3 sets of 5 x 174 (every 5 minutes); hips down but kind of rough.

one arm rows: 3 sets of 10 each arm (60)

curls: 3 sets of 10 with 50

high incline presses: 2 sets of 10 with 110; have to work on body position; want to avoid pressure on the lumbar.

Other notes: last time, I had 3 sets of 5: 171, 171, 176. Don’t know if today was a regression or not. But I do know that pull ups felt easy and that one legged chair is getting easier. Need to keep with the back stretches.

Pandemic fueled change

It sure looks as if the US has decided that the pandemic is “over”; I see that as wishful thinking, though the omicron surge has come down quite a bit, and I feel safer doing things. I went to another basketball game with mask, though masks are not required anymore. I’ll stick with them for a while.

By the way, the women lost but they played a decent game against Illinois State, one of the conference’s better teams.

I think there will be another wave to come as this virus mutates quickly and we are so interconnected. We need to get the world vaccinated.

During the pandemic I started to work out at home; I was running at the time but that wound down a bit and a back/piriformis issue bit an end to my regular walking. That has gone on for some time, though, *finally*, I am starting to see some honest improvement. Yes, walking with Barbara (who is so slow) was a bit painful, but teaching is better, and my walk was better, for 10 minutes.

But as far as the body: 2013 vs 2022:

What is hidden: at the time of the top photo, I was running 5K races at less than 8 minutes per mile. Now…even if I were able to run train again…my 2019 5K races were, on my best days, 9:30’sh pace, and over 10 mpm on my worst days.

That is hidden in the photos.

The current definition is probably due to push ups. Now the number of pull ups I can do has regressed a bit (heavier body weight) and my bench press is down by 10 lb or so..but I haven’t had time to fully recover from the shoulder injury as yet. I am on my way back.

Workout notes:

Friday Pull ups: sets of 5 and 10; enough to get to 60. The wide grip felt extra good; it all was ok. I mixed in some of the PT here, and push ups: sets of 25, alternating sissy and feet elevated

Then even more PT..took me to 6:50.

Bench: a bit different as I wanted to practice going up evenly; I focused on my left arm. 10 x 145, 10 x 150, 1 x 189, 6 x 161

rows: usual 3 sets of 10 with each arm (60)

curls: 3 sets of 10

shoulder: lessened it here: 2 sets of 10 x 88 trying for better ROM

Then stretching

Today: warm up

Deadlifts 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234

main set: 285: 3, 3, 3, 3, 4 best sets were 3-5 .

Stretching

15 minute walk (14:40 pace); great up to 10-11 minutes.

Finish PT (leisurely pace) and yoga series.

Total: about 2:10 or so…doesn’t seem like it should have been that long, given my workout was 1:10..then again, that is 1 hour of PT and I gave myself rest.

Warm up

It was 3 F yesterday, 49 F as I type this.

Back: much better…I now know what to do. But the road back to walking will be a long one.

B and I went to a women’s game together! Yes, a strong Missouri State team overwhelmed the Braves 72-56, but midway through the 3’rd it was only a 4 point game…that quickly grew to a 22 point lead.

Last night, the men overcame a 11 point deficit (generated by 5-7 3 point shooting) to beat Illinois State 72-64.

Though this was the best crowd of the season, there were a LOT of empty seats; maybe half full (official: 690x but…)

Yes, I sat way up there for social distance…and wore my KN-95, as we did today.

Workout notes

rehab/stretch. Then 15 minutes on the treadmill (1.1 mile walk).
rehab/stretch: included clam shells, head stand (1:45), 3 minute plank.

30 minutes (10 fake miles) on the bike.

Then yoga; down dog, lunge, the the Warrior 2, triangle, pyramid pose, twisted triangle, reverse warrior on each side.

Felt GREAT when I finished.

Catching up..again

Thursday: snow day..caught up on backlog (sort of) and worked out (below)

Friday: went ok; back somewhat sore from shoveling. Ate at the office; went to the Women’s game (almost a 30 point loss)

Saturday: today; worked out ok; lots of back stuff; watched the men win 72-64 over Illinois State; latter team kept itself in the game with 50 percent 3 point shooting but the Braves made 12 more free throws.

Note: back felt ok today.

Workouts: Thursday: lots of back rehab exercises; in between: 15 minute walk on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the bike (1 mile and 10 fake miles)

Friday: weights; pull ups 4 sets of 10, 4 sets of 5 (went well)

push ups: 4 sets of 25 lots of rehab

bench: 3 sets of 5 x 167

rows: 3 sets of 10 each arm (60)

curls: 3 sets of 10

shoulder presses: with belt; 2 sets of 10 x 93, 10 x 98 (much better)

Saturday stretch, deadlifts (10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234, then 5 sets of 3 with 280), rehab, 15 min walk (1.1 miles), rehab, 30 min bike (10 fake miles)

Back feels reasonably good right now.

Wed-Th-F catch up

This is just a workout catch up post: busy being reasonably productive:

Wednesday: very cold, pull ups (60 reps), push ups (mixed the grip a bit), then repetition deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224, and 10 x 270 high (8 inches)

Thursday: half hearted PT, 22 fake miles on the bike in 1:02

Friday: pull ups: 4 sets of 10 singles, set of 10, 2 sets of 5 chins,

push ups: 30 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 15 deficit, 25 floor (inside); some PT

bench: 3 sets of 5 x 161: hips got off of the bench; have to work on my arch.

single arm rows (3 sets of 10) curls 3 sets of 10

shoulder presses: 3 sets of 10 x 99

Basketball note: saw the women’s team get beat 70-58; it was 41-16 4 minutes to go in the first half, and the team did pull to within 11. Drake was too much.

Covid: well, just look: (sorry, but the editor is acting up; I know there is a triple post: 3 deaths are in my age group)

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.