1 July Catch up and things


29 June: yoga, 1 mile walk on the track, 20K bike ride which took 41:37 (Riverplex) and lots of rehab..probably too much of the banded walking.

The elliptical trainer did not feel right.

Yesterday (30 June): weights then PT. Weights: pull ups, (55 total; did 3 sets of 10 in there and lots of chin ups as well), 3 sets of 40 sissy push ups, curls (3 sets of 10, one set of hammer curls) then some intensive deadlifts:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 11 x 235 (miscounted), 10 x 251 high handle. To think: toward the end of 2019, one rep with 235 was HARD..it was my best at that time.

The rehab was intense too.

Today: overslept yoga so did it on my own, walked 1 mile (quit right at the verge of “almost pain”; certainly tingles, more rehab, 14.3 miles in 57:30 on the Expresso “campus loop”; best loop was 7:40 or so.

Videos (to check my form) are toward the end.

Pain: rehab and the banded walks made me REALLY feel the glutes; tingles all over the place. Shoulder: one night of some pain, not much two nights ago; slight pain last night. Got to stretch before going to bed.

Chiefs: lost to Michigan 9-4 in a 4 hour affair; two very, very long innings made the difference in time. The highlight was this home run in the bottom of the 9’th: you don’t see it but it was a monster shot to left field over the netting and across Jefferson. But: it was 9-3 before this shot…thanks to 5 Michigan runs in the top of the 9’th that blew open a 4-3 game.

It was Pride Night and one of the better attended weeknight games this season, though you can see it was far from, well, being “WELL” attended.

Sad to say, the Chiefs are not good this year. That run of playoff seasons (albeit in “low A” ) kind of spoiled me.

Workout videos:

Adding, aging

Workout notes: late start. Rehab, pull ups: 10 singles, 20 singles, 10, 3 sets of 5.

Push ups: 3 sets of 40. Curls: hammer: 3 sets of 10, regular: 3 sets of 10, rows: 3 sets of 10.

Then 31 minutes on the home bike (10 fake miles)

Then PT: learned a few new moves to try. My weakness: isolating muscles..breath holding.

Shoulder: still somewhat achy from Saturday’s foolishness.

I am trying; shoulder is still too tender to swim seriously and the butt won’t let me walk too much; cardio is mostly indoor cycling.


It seems as if some liberals are shocked that ..or flat don’t believe that Mein Kampf is read in public schools. We did read passages..we did have it in the library and ..well, let’s just say that I did not make it through…too turgid.

I wonder if that is how it goes today: reading implies endorsement?

I honestly do not know.

Anti-Racism This is also a change; back in my day, it was bad, bad, bad to pretend to notice race; “colorblindness” was the goal. The idea: judge individual actions.
Now: one is supposed to notice …and take into account one’s status as “privileged” or “not privileged” and actions are judged on said privilege.

I remember the movie “Guess Who is coming to Dinner.” THAT was liberal race relations …state of the art, in 1967. Perfect Black guy and, of course, at the end, the old white man sets everyone straight (yes, it is part of the plot; the would be husband will not agree to marry the lady unless her father approves.) The movie would be ripped to shreds now-a-days. But then…it was OUT THERE.


Deadlifts, then a 1.38 mile walk, then 31:30 on the home stationary bicycle.

So far, no shoulder pain today…it was kind of bad last nigh.

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224

Work set (on the 3) 3 x 257, 3 x 257, 3 x 257, 3 x 262, 3 x 262 (sort of routine)

high handles: 3 x 284, 3 x 284

then the walk; 1 mile in 15:41 and 1.38 total; note I used an elliptical step pattern (feet on separate tracks) and tingles didn’t get significant until .7 or so, and no pain for 1.1 or so.

Then the indoor cycling.

Note: rehab exercises take forever. It comes with the territory, I suppose.

Sets 3, 4 and 6 are shown.

Lots of time

Well, rehab continues and I have a couple of new exercises to the mix. One is a hip hinge. And I wonder how tight hamstrings might have contributed to it. Good news: last night’s sleep was MUCH better, BUT I did rotator cuff exercises prior to going to bed.

Today: yoga, .6 miles (5 laps around the Riverplex track; got to tingles) and 45:43 for 14 fake miles on the stationary cycle…..

Note: the Riverplex is pretty empty and class attendance is way down.

I still have hope, but man, are my exercises time consuming.

Stings, yellow jacket and piriformis

Yesterday: PT was productive. I also found out that I have trouble getting my glutes to fire independently; I either fire one other muscles OR both at the same time. I also found out that I do “clamshell” with the correct motion but I tend to use groin/thigh in addition to the glute.

Then, when I took out the trash, I found out that yellowjackets were making a nest in the trashcan and got a sting on my ring finger on my left hand; it surprised me. So I got some stuff for them.

Today: yoga with Ms. V (lots of IT/piriformis), attempted walk (just over a mile; yeah, it was hurting at the very end; should have kept it to 10-12 minutes) then 45:30 on the bike (14 fake miles) at the Riverplex. Note: the home bike (which we bought for B) is adequate for what I want to do; the only beef I have is resistance goes from “easy” to “impossible” very quickly; hard to fine tune.

Weird…the shoulder doesn’t have nearly as much sensation, but, in some sense, the glute is more troublesome but possibly further along.

No motivation

I basically did nothing all day. Ok, I worked out…walked 1 km at 15:30 mpm and got to “tingles”

pull ups: 30 singles on 10 seconds, 10, then 2 sets of 5 chins

3 sets of 40 sissy push-ups

curls (4 sets of 10, 1 of 5 with the multigrip bar), 3 sets of 10 x 134 rows

32:30 on the home bike (10 miles..10 fake miles anyway)
OMG, my body looks like crap…arms look like mashed potatoes.

Frivolous weekend

No issues to discuss in this post; I am mulling over a few things…knowing darned well that they aren’t going to change.

Yesterday was the Steamboat Classic 4 mile race; there were 918 finishers of the 4 mile. I was not one of them. I went to cheer on Tracy and snap a few photos and videos; these are “public access” (start video is here, stills: here, here, here)

Strangely, I really didn’t miss being out there. Walking has been so painful for so long, I almost felt relieved to not being compelled to do it…BUT I am also hopeful for a recovery. I AM feeling better.

Me: I cheered, stressed the priformis a bit with lots of standing and walking, walked .92 miles and did 57:30 worth of stationary cycling at the gym. (ok; just over 14 miles; slow lap over 9 minutes, fastest 7:40…fastest recorded (by others) were low 4 minute laps.

Today: deadlifts:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224
“on the 3”: 3 x 256, 3 x 256, 3 x 256, 3 x 256, 3 x 261 (too much back on this set?)

high: 3 x 274, 3 x 274 (these felt good)

Yes, I saw a couple of Chiefs games: last night: sparse crowd saw the Chiefs get blown out 15-8 in an affair that saw both teams hit multiple home runs. Still it was 8-0 at one point and 15-5 going into the bottom of the 9’th. This was with Tracy; attendance was low.

Today: the Chiefs played better and won 6-3, getting good pitching from the starter and relievers. Attendance was somewhat better; this one was with Harry and Vickie.

Lifting: shown is 10 x 224, the 4’th set of 3 x 256, 3 x 261 and the first set of 3 x 274

Chiefs came:

Saturday night:

Sunday afternoon:

Some hope on the horizon

38:30 for 20 K cycle before yoga, then yoga.

Then a lot of doctors and PT:

shoulder: I may have injured the large tendon in the front of my pectoral muscle and that refers to rotator cuff pain. So I have some new PT exercises and progress is expected to be slow for this one. Later: possible MRI to see how damaged the rotator cuff is.

glute: PT thinks I can start walking NOW but very limited amounts AFTER a ton of stretching; he notes my piriformis and IT band are inflamed. But I have to be willing to start at ground zero, so I’ll keep the cycling up too.

Why I feel hope: the glute exercises actually made me tired in a good way; I do have some weaknesses that can be corrected.

Wokeism, mellowing, etc.

Today: slept in a bit to have more energy for my math thinking this afternoon.

I did the exercise bike 37:50 for 12.45 “fake miles” (20 km) then swam 1800 yards:

100 side, 100 breast, 100 free then 200 of kick/swim (fins), 200 of side/breast 3 x 100 kick drills (fins) 4 x 50 free on 1:15, 300 of kick drills (fins), 4 x 50 free on 1:15, 100 of breast/fly kick (fins). 50’s ranged from 52 to 57.

Weight: 205. Ugh…better cut down.

As far as the workout: I’ve mellowed. I am not training for anything, so I went to the Rplex with the idea of doing whatever was open and whatever my body would allow me to do. Note: I felt some piriformis sting after the bike. Some slight shoulder ache after the swim.

Mellowing: I rewarched Octopussy. I hated it when I first saw it as I tried to take it too seriously. Now…I just enjoyed ..even the intentional humor (Bond telling the tiger to “stay”, doing a Tarzan yell between trees while swinging, the models beating up the henchmen toward the end, etc.

Wokeness: when I oppose wokeness, I am complaining about this sort of thing:

“I saw a striking Twitter discussion among professors of constitutional law, a course that I also teach. They were debating whether much of the Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sandford should be excised from constitutional-law courses.”

You’ve got to be kidding me. But no..they aren’t…I’ve even seen discussions about “cancelling” the work of mathematicians because some happened to be, well, truly evil people.

Hard “nope” from me; I divorce the work of the individual from the individual; that a mathematician was a true believing Nazi (and many were) does not mean their mathematics isn’t worthy of study. And part of the job of a scholar is to separate the two.