Finally some hope

First today’s workout:


17:30 treadmill walk (incline) 1.2 miles

rehab/stretch (3 min plank, head stand, among others)

30 minute bike (10 fake miles)

yoga/rehab; main set was Warrior 2, triangle, pyramid, reverse warrior, revolved triangle on each side.

That went ok. But it was PT..again..that made a difference.

The therapist and I talked..he made it clear that I didn’t have stenosis; my back problem was degenerative disk disorder in my lower lumbar region.

But..the knots were back in the glute; that remains a problem (hence the rolling and piriformis stretches feel good) but the glute stuff was brought on by my back issues, so I’ll have to address both. And this lower lumbar twist stretch was heaven on earth..

Evidently my left (the side with pain) is so tight that it interferes with the nerves going to my left leg thereby preventing proper contracting. A loosening up on that side restored much of the strength right away.

This is what I look like before therapy.

So, we shall see. The saga continues but, I honestly feel very hopeful. But I have a lot of work to do..and work I am willing to do.

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.

Digging back out.

Yes, we are still paying the price for the December/January wave, but things are much better …there will be less death in the near future.

And I am thinking about going to men’s basketball games again, with KN-95 of course.

Workout notes: I’ve had to cut back on the cycling; I think that I increased intensity and duration too quickly. So, it might be a warm up, rehab, short (30 minute) type of thing. I don’t feel that bad this evening.

And I am getting about a mile of walking every day, just going to and from work a couple of times. It isn’t much but I might deliberately extend this when the snow finally leaves.

Today, it was 16 minutes (5 miles), rehab with banded walks, etc., then 30 more minutes. (10 miles).

BU Women win!

In what has been a hard luck season with injuries and transfers, it was nice to see the team beat Evansville by 10.

I feel safe going to these; now where I feel safe enough to watch the men play at some point…maybe the game after next?

Workout: slacked..though I did some academic work this morning. 15 minutes, 30 minutes of rehab (clam shell, banded walks, some one legged forward bends) then 1 hour for 25 total fake miles (ok, perhaps 27?), all at medium intensity

Who is wrong?

I think Bill Maher gets some important things right. But he is spectacularly wrong here:

Yes, some are more vulnerable to COVID than others; in fact, I tell my students that I have to take precautions that might not make sense for them.

But…with his take on what President Biden said about the vaccines: the vaccines DID have 90-95 percent efficacy with respect to getting infected..PRE DELTA. New variants came along, and now, the efficacy with respect to infection appears to be 50 percent or so, though efficacy with respect to death is about 95 percent.

Now his swipe at the hypocrisy of leaders and politicians (bipartisan): ok, THAT was well deserved.

Maher also seems to discount morbidity; even if you are young, COVID can cause conditions that can become chronic. This country will need a lot of oxygen tanks in the near future.

Workout notes

some slight shoulder soreness…I wonder…seems to coincide with doing too many “to the floor” push-ups. Glute: tingles still there, though I did feel a pop and some relief last night..and I noticed that when I stretch the back in different ways, the pain is relieved or alternately, reproduced. So there is an interplay with the lower back.

Today: light stretching, deadlifts:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234 (latter was more work than I had anticipated ..but no back pain, at all)

then 3 sets of 5 with 280, new set every 3 minutes, used a belt. These were ok, but were work. I had some in the tank when I finished, but..maybe next week, IF all goes well, seek a 4’th rep. on set 5?


Just getting caught up; due to a snowstorm we had classes online on Wednesday and Thursday; back to “normal” today. So, I went to my office in my sweats (short walk).

The snow was deep enough to get inside my tall boots; snow on the rug was from my socks.

Tonight: made a women’s game; hardly anyone there. Indiana State got so many second chance points; they raced to a 30-14 lead though Bradley cut it to 7 at the half.

But alas..back to a 65-47 lead going into the 4’th and the final ended 83-63. Rough year.

Yes, I hate cold weather, but the work..well. slowdown gave me time to relearn stuff and I enjoyed the math and interacting with students.


Down to 100 new cases a day…deaths were from the previous surge, including 2 in my age group and 4 in my spouse’s.

Workout notes first, note my Ned Flanders like neighbor used his snow blower to clear off part of our driveway and to do most of the sidewalk on the street! That is so sweet…really. I shoveled some more and it did set off the glute…though the cold, slippery walking didn’t help either. But the spinal twist stretch before bed helps, a LOT.

Shoulder: mostly ok.

Note: I’ve returned to the naproxen as it does take away a LOT of the body-ache.

Now about the workouts:

Wednesday: weights…it was COLD…managed 8 reps on the pull up bar; called it quits. strong wind, blowing snow..ugh.

Still got rehab and 4 sets of 25 push ups
bench press: 5 x 154, 5 x 154, 5 x 159, 1 x 181 (hips down); most I’ve done since April.

dead lift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234 then 8 inch: 10 x 270

Thursday 1:02 for 22 fake miles; 10 min medium then 15 reps of 1 hard, 1 easy, 4 reps of 1 easy, 4 medium, then finish medium, followed by a ton of rehab (clamshell, banded walks)

Friday Upper body: 4 sets of 5 singles, set of 10 (gloveless), sets of 5/5 singles to get to 50 reps, then 2 sets of 5 chins.

Inside: rehab and 4 sets of 25 push ups

bench: 3 sets of 5 x 161 hips down, 3 sets of 10 rows (60 each arm)

3 sets of 10 curls, 3 sets of 10 x 99 shoulder (better depth)

Heavy snow on the way

10-15 inches expected.

Covid is dropping rapidly; still a high rate but the trend is in the right direction:

The last time we saw numbers like these: Hospital, Dec 8. Peoria: early December. Things are getting better.

Workout notes: 5 mile (fake) cycle, some rehab (with bands), 20 mile (fake) afterward.

How: 2.5-2.5-0 warm up, 0-17-3 afterward.

muddling through

I went to a Women’s game today: lots of social distance.

Well, it ended 60-36 and was never close; it was 31-11 at the half and BU shot 21 percent from the field; finding the right mix has been a struggle. The women played hard but were overmatched.

Yes, I do not feel comfortable going to men’s games at this time. I’d like to see cases back down to early December levels; pity we don’t enforce the mask mandate nor do we have a vaccine mandate for fans, the way that the University of Illinois does.

Yes, I sure wish the government or private entities would enforce mitigation measures but they won’t; the depth of public support just isn’t there. So it is just “protect myself”. So, while I am vaccinated and boosted; I limit what I do based on current conditions. I went to football games but sold my Jan 3 Colts vs Raiders tickets as omicron was in full fury by then.

And basketball games went on hiatus; I recently started back with women’s games.

I teach in a N95.

Workout notes: deadlifts, rehab (clam shell, leg lifts, dead bugs, bridges), 1:02:30 (22 fake miles) on the bike; all at medium intensity.

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 warm up

belt: 3, 3, 3, 3, 5 x 275 with belt.

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)