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?

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.

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.

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)

rehab.

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.

Most unproductive day

But I am rested and ready to do admin stuff tomorrow; attend a virtual lecture tonight.

Covid numbers are ghastly right now. I am laying low and only making essential trips. Yoga on my own this morning plus the bike.

I’ve accepted that few others are taking it seriously, so whatever happens to them, happens.

And yes, I watched the local basketball game on TV and renewed by ESPN+ subscription to see the games; will do so until the spike comes down as few mask in their seats and there is no vaccine requirement.

Today: yoga on my own and the bike; 21 fake miles, with 3 of them at my current top resistance. I should probably work up to 90 minutes.

My chest taps after the balance were dreadful. I need to improve!

From yesterday:

Felt the onset of my back tweak at rep 8; kind of make my back sore by shoveling snow first. Not wise.
We’ll see how Sunday goes; I should be ok; can’t wait for my belt to get here.

Covid on the up, up, up

Horrible numbers; positivity is 28.2 percent. And check out the deaths: I’ve never seen this many recorded in one day here (179,000 people)

Yes, the deaths were probably delta and omicron appears to have 1/3 the morbidity of delta…but given the spread is so much higher, that is a lot of people in the hospital.

And yet, not that many care. Why?

And that is sort of the rub: if you get it, YOUR symptoms are likely to be “nasty flu” or less; same with those near you. The very bad cases will be there, but likely somewhere else. So, unless you work in a hospital in a high risk area, you are unlikely to notice that much, save it might be harder to get some things.

The opioid crisis is a bit like that for me: I read about it; I can look up the numbers but it doesn’t appear to affect my day to day life that much.

I am seeing the arguing over schools too. But two key things that people tend to miss:

  1. Teachers and staff are much more at risk than students, and yes, their health matters and
  2. Staff/teacher shortages: just not many, if any subs.

Also, conditions differ from place to place: I am sure that in districts where everyone is vaccinated, everyone has KN-95 and wears them, and the school has a great ventilation system and substitute teachers/staff readily available and not many high risk teachers, sure, not going remote might be possible.

But many (most?) districts are not like that.

Workout notes: pull ups (14 F), push ups (indoors) 5 sets of 20, rehab, deadlifts:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (ok, back slightly sore from shoveling)

8 x 246 (quit at rep 8 when it did not feel right; unbalanced and twisted); aggravated the back tweak a bit.

30 minutes bike (8 miles harder)

Note: some glute tingle on one-legged stands; still doing better without the excessive walking.

And it starts…well, 2 weeks…

So, I am playing around with stuff; trying to figure out what to do with my courses, 2 of which I am not familiar with. Probably: a lot like the previous 3 semesters…

Workout notes: yoga (a bit nervous; positivity is 19.42 percent, but I wore my KN-95, then later..too much later, 1 hour on the bike (16 of “harder”, 4 of easier)

I left my phone at my office so I had to double back to get it. It was slippery but if there was good news is that there was just a bit of slight tingle.

Dec 31-Jan 2

Well, I was supposed to have gone to the Colts vs Raiders game, but COVID rates were higher than I was comfortable with. So I sold the tickets and..yes, skipped the Giants at Bears game as well. Watched a LOT of TV-ball though, and Tracy was over on Jan 1 to watch the Ohio State Rose Bowl win with us.

I have stuff to get off my chest; well, not really. It is what it is and you can’t make people smarter.

Direct course preparation starts tomorrow. I’ll see if I can get a better room for two of my classes. I have a feeling I’ll do much what I already did in the Fall…didn’t anticipate that.

Workout notes: December ended with a very conventional workout.
Pull ups and chin ups went ok; 60 reps total, in sets of 5-10.
Push ups: fine, 100 total: 30 sissy, 20 deficit (flat), 20 feet up, 20 flat, 10 feet elevated (flat)
Bench press: 2 sets of 5, 1 set of 10 with 135 (Swiss Bar)
rows: 3 sets of 10 each arm (60)
curls: 3 sets of 10
seated press: 2 sets of 5 with 103, set of 10 with 93

Jan 1: deadlifts and 30 minute bike. Aggravated that back tweak slightly; my guess: I’ve seen that belts are recommended when your max reaches 1.5 times your body weight (200 lb, 314 lb) for sets when you are doing 85 percent of your max (267)

And surprise, surprise, I notice the back at about 265-270. Go figure. So I ordered the belt:
10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224, sets of 3 every 3 minutes: 270, 270, 270, 275, 275 (*)

Sunday: 1 hour (59 minutes) cycling, snow shoveling (no problems with the back)

My COVID strategy: treat it as a storm

We are at 18.55 percent positive tests. And yes, what we have here is mostly delta as opposed to the less damaging omicron.

Hospitalizations: I’ve listed August 18, December 22 and December 29. Note the change in 1 week, and in that week, cases exploded ..mostly delta.

But, well, most simply don’t care, at least here. So..I’ve got some KN-95 masks, my 2 shots and booster, and I’ll hunker down; mostly work activities only until cases subside to at least October levels..maybe early November will be ok.

I sold our NFL tickets and will probably catch the basketball games on ESPN+ (renewed my subscription); pity Bradley won’t make a vaccine mandate to go games the way that Illinois did. But Illinois is a major program; not as dependent on money from FREEDUM MAGA morons.

Now when cases go down, as they will eventually, I’ll see you at the arena. I am confident I’ll get baseball again.

But for now, I am in “storm mode” and will leave shelter when the storm passes ..and maybe the next variant will be more mild than omicron, which is a step down from delta.

Workout notes: yes, yoga class: 3 masked, vaccinated and boosted individuals in a large room, followed by 1:02:30 on the bike. I’ve made moved to up the intensity to give myself a better workout. The butt feels better but I am not getting the calorie burn that I got with walking, so I need to cut back on eating a bit.