Still too half hearted

I need to step up my rehab.

Locally: positivity is 29.48 percent, though the recorded number of cases was under 300 today. Fewer tests, I suppose.

I am almost at the point of writing lessons

Workout notes:

pull ups: 40 singles, set of 10, 2 sets of 5 (wide, chins)
push ups: 4 sets of 25 with lots of rest, rehab in between. Included 1:40 headstand.
deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 (all easy, sans belt)

10 x 251 4 inch handle. Went great (belt), pain free, but I didn’t want to push my luck.

bike (30 minutes; 10 fake miles, including 3 hard, 5 medium, 2 easy.

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.

Jan 10, 2022

You can see the progression. Note: last report is for 3 days: 428.3 a day. Last month: 49 deaths. 6 deaths from November 23 to December 10. That is acceleration. Hospitalizations: 9 to 34 to 55

Positivity: 29.5 percent. Area: 179,000 people.

And this is why I am laying low and not doing what I was doing even 3-4 weeks ago. New ballgame.

I also did some minor errands; intense course preparation starts tomorrow; I’ll screw around with m-files and some other things.

Workout notes: weights only: pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 4 of 5 (14 F).

push ups: 2 sets of 25 to the floor, 1 walk 10 (4:48), dead bug, leg lifts, abs, etc.)

bench presses: 3 sets of 5 x 150 lb (keeping a watch on the shoulder)

rows: 3 x 10 of 60 (each arm)

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

shoulder presses: 2 sets of 10 x 103 of questionable depth, the 10 x 98 with a wider grip felt better.

Note: outdoor pull ups are always harder when it is cold.

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.

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.

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.

Another day with good old delta

Yes, omicron has arrived but right now, the dominant strain is still delta and we are at 18.36 percent positivity (as of 29 December). We are getting creamed.

Yeah, we sold our NFL tickets; can’t risk it at my age and with my elderly wife.

I know that the CDC is catching heat; the argument is that they are recommending something that people might actually follow rather than something safer that they won’t.

I can’t defend everything they recommended; for example my wife followed their “vaccinated adults don’t need to mask” and ended up with a breakthrough that required BAM treatment (late July).

But some of what they said “back when” was reasonable advice at the time. Example: the older variants of covid required a larger dose (viral load) to infect, so cloth masks did provide some protection..and they still do a decent job of filtering droplets released by the wearer.

But sure, now that delta came a long, you need a better mask (NK-95, KF-94) for personal protection.

I admit that I’ve become a bit bitter. Last year, I was whiny about being toward the back of the vaccination line.

Now, my anger is mostly at the COVIDIOTS who won’t get the shot, now with those who won’t mask in indoor public places and institutions who won’t create and enforce vaccine mandates.

And yes, I am still steamed at liberals who, back in the summer of 2020 were all “no large gatherings, unless it is a protest we approve of” and those who wildly exaggerated the efficacy of vaccines by using statistics in a very stupid way.

Yes, it does turn out that outdoor stuff wasn’t that bad, but one needs consistency when one makes recommendations. Liberals were downright hypocritical at the time and, well, why would a conservative trust what we say?

There is a ton of blame to go around.

But there are those doing things right.

Workout notes

Pull ups were harder than usual: weight gain? Cold? (29 F)

5-5-5-5, 10, 5-5-10-5-5 (chins, wide grip included)

push ups: 30 sissy, walk 10 (hard), 10 deficit, 10 legs up the steps (touch the chest).

Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224, 10 x 244 (all low); technique is improving a bit. Felt slight back tingles and decided to end with the 10 x 244; it was the best I’ve done at 10 reps and 244 is more than what I could do in Jan, 2020.

Dec 28: omicron

Workout: yoga class, some rehab, 1:04 bike (home: 20 miles; did 3 of those at a “new to me” higher resistance); glute feels good. But …not much walking at all.

Later: first snow of the season. Not the worst but..yuck.

Local: COVID numbers are awful.

Positivity rate: 16.95 percent.

So, we cancelled our trip to Indianapolis to watch the Colts vs Raiders; leave that to younger people.

So, omicron is here, though some of what we are seeing is pain old delta.

Yes, I am seeing reports from social media follow/followers who have close relatives in ICU’s.

Yes..this was 5 days ago…this is not something that is mild or “just a cold”. Look at the contrast. And remember hospitalizations are a lagging indicator.

Now the CDC has new guidelines for vaccinated, asymptomatic people. This is the science they are based on:

Sadly, there is still a ton of ignorance out there and I’ve taken to muting and scrolling past.