Minor flare ups

I’ve reached a point where I am getting minor flare ups from time to time, but not while walking.

I feel it some just after pull ups (have to work on keeping the back straight; maybe use a belt?), bench (couldn’t quite get the back comfortable) and on rolling on my side from a prone position. I seem to be sensitive to arching; wondering if:

  1. Not doing the press ups
  2. too much sitting; just ordered a lumbar cushion
  3. Walking: how is the volume..it seems ok..the old pain while walking has gone down greatly.

I was worried about work, but no problems…even walked an extra mile home. But I didn’t do high incline presses.

PT, 1 mile walk, weights. Then a lunch walk

weights: pull ups 2 sets of 15 singles, then sets of 5. push ups: 3 sets 35, 30, 25 incline, 10 flat

bench: 10 x 134, 10 x 139, 10 x 139 feet up

curls: 3 sets of 10

Baseball:

The weather didn’t want to cooperate at first, but eventually we got a 4-3 Chiefs win. It was 4-1 in the top of the 9’th, when the visitors got a double and a home run. But that is where it stopped.

The crowd was pretty good, especially considering the weather delay.

The Cubs vs Chiefs fiasco

Well, the South Bend Cubs visited the Peoria Chiefs.

Tuesday; 6-0 in a game that wasn’t as “close” as this big score would indicate; First Cubs batter hit a home run…and it never got better; they outhit the Chiefs 14-2.

Wednesday: even worse; 11-1 final; at least the lead off batter “only” got a double this time..and ended the inning with a ground out. Yes, 6-0 after 1.

The talent difference is stark; it is like an AA team playing a high A team.

Well, friends made it interesting.

Yesterday;

About the best I can say is that the crowds were better than average…a lot better.

4’th of July Chiefs baseball

Well, it was not like the days of old..but the Chiefs did draw a crowd of 5000 + for the first time in a long time

The above was at the start of the game; it filled out a bit more than that.

I had a friend to go with.

Oh, the game: it started out promising. The Chiefs got 6 solid innings of pitching from their starter and 2 home runs from the same player:

So the Chiefs took a 3-2 lead going into the 7’th and then… the bullpen. And it was a disaster. The first reliever didn’t last the inning; second one wasn’t much better and by the time the carnage stopped, it was 7-3 Beloit.

But wait, there’s more. Top of the 9’th down 4, give up 4 more..and the game ended 11-3, Beloit. That is 9 runs over 3 innings..

In fairness, the Chiefs ..or rather the Cardinals, promoted several players last week.

Nevertheless, I am glad to see games. And this was 1000 more than last year’s 4’th of July game.

Back again

Ok, Friday was sort of a black hole.

It was not that big of a deal; took a few minutes; the doctor took a good look at my MRI and decided to put the steroid right at S1; I could feel some pressure in my left glute. I didn’t do much the rest of the day. Had some mild back ache.

Saturday; full PT, and an easy 1 mile walk. Felt pretty much nothing.

Highlight: Lynnor Visit.

The ball game: 8-2 Chiefs win..Chiefs got 8 runs in the first inning. I did meet some internet friends there.

Last night: I did feel it when I got out of bed to walk…in the glute.

Today:

About 3/4 of my PT

1 mile walk

Pull ups, push ups and more PT. Pull ups: lots of sets of 5 with full stop, 1 of 10, 2 sets of mixed grip.
Push ups: 30 incline, did 40 with banded walks, 20 and 10.

1 mile wak

3 minute plank.

Note: both walks were painless; I did feel some oh-so-slight pressure at the top of the hip, front.

Ball game: 7-5 loss, but still fun.

It is too early to tell if this will work or not, but early signs appear promising. Walks to the car were no big deal.

Maxing out on baseball

Ok, I saw 5 of the last 6 Chiefs home games vs. Lake County.

I kind of overdosed but loved ALL of it. I’ve talked about the previous games.

Two nights ago, I went with Tracy to the Saturday game, which ended in another Chiefs loss 4-1.

Then last night, I saw the Chiefs absolutely unload..included a grand slam home run and they won big-time 15-2..and so thanks to one game, had more runs than the Lake Captains for the series. But the record books will say 1-5.

In all honesty, the Chiefs were inspired and the Lake Captains appeared to just want to go home.

Saturday: with Tracy; second one was the row that I had to myself for a while.

Summary and some Chiefs baseball

Today: lot of PT, weights, walk then a ball game.

The workout:

pull ups: 5 sets of 10, 6 and 5

push ups: 30, 30 (sissy, elevated), 20, 10 (messed up the count)

presses: 3 sets of high incline with 88

curls: 3 sets of 10

single arm rows: careful with 40 lb dumbbell: 3 sets of 10

deadlifts: all low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224

Kind of wondered; maybe oh so slight residual soreness in the left leg/glute?

Then a 1.29 mile walk. it was ok; felt it in the last .2

Walking:

1.73 , 2, 1.62, 2, 1.29 for 8.64 It is getting somewhat better.

Later: watched the Chiefs lose 6-3…kind of gory. Last two five game series: only 1 win.

Took my buddy Tracy today; very pleasant weather.

Workout videos

Blocking and social media

In what is now an unusual move for me: I blocked someone on Facebook. Normally, I just unfollow and put on my restricted list (so they don’t see “friends only” post). Ok, I tend to do that with people that were once active in my life that I now find annoying.

The issue: I was trying to explain to people that, yes, loans carry interest and that if your payment doesn’t cover the interest accrued during the period, the amount owed goes up.

Someone tried to argue that banks get “virtually free” loans from the Fed (true..to cover the reserve requirement, though they get even lower rates from other banks). And of course, administrative costs and risk costs must be covered as well.

But, this was one of those “why can’t you get that” remarks coming from a rather “dull but unaware of it” type person; someone I had no prior relationship with. So, “boom”, went the block. (on Twitter: I mute; I don’t mind their ranting into the Ether; I just don’t want to engage)

Yes, I have a double standard If I have a relationship with the person, especially one that goes back several years, AND if I like said person, I give a lot more leeway.

If that person has special knowledge that I can gain from I might put up with more.

But having dull people think that I am an idiot…I get enough of that at my job from some of the worst students. I am paid for that; I am not paid for social media.

And yes, like the old song; sometimes the one you love doesn’t love you back (as friends). Yes, there are a few that I like better than like me..I can deal with that. And yes, I give them more leeway too.

And, much to no one’s surprise, most I have blocked tend to be left wing. It is easy to see why (that is who I tend to associate with)

27-28 April

Back saga: see the surgeon on June 7. Basically: mild nerve root impingement at L5-S1; injections might work. Still..bummer. Hope more PT (on my own) and modification of my activities will do the trick, but we’ll see.

Baseball: I saw Bradley play Illinois. BU took a 3-1 lead but fell apart in the middle innings (lots of walks) and lost 9-6. It was fun being with Lynn though.

Workout notes:

Wednesday: swim, PT in the park, 1.28 walk.

Swim: 400 of 25 free, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free

200 side

200 swim/kick drills

8 x 50 on the 1:10 51-53 each

100 back

100 dolphin kick with fins

Then the PT, then the walk. The walk was “oh so close” to being pain free. Not quite.

Then today: indoor PT, outdoor PT with pull ups and push ups:

pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 2 sets of 5 wide, 6 and 5 chins

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 deficit, 10 deficit.

indoors; back friendly 10 x 136, 10 x 147, 8 x 152 bench press

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline: didn’t quite like how the leg/butt felt with straining with 10 x 103, so retreated to 10 x 88 third set, which felt very good.

shown: mundane lumbar PT…this is a glute burner.

Colts 27 Patriots 17

Yes, the Patriots outgained the Colts, who got less than 50 net passing yards. But thanks to two interceptions and a blocked punt, the Colts lead 17-0 at the half and 20-0 early in the 3’rd due to another interception.

But the Patriots rallied and eventually cut it to 20-17, when the Colts broke a long run against a stacked defense; when they split the defensive backs it was all over.

The crew and some stills:

Some of my videos: