Break even weekend

I am getting ready to go to a Chiefs game; I saw a good Bradley Baseball game yesterday. That is for my next post.
What I will report is that using an orthopedic seat cushion and my Bears stadium blanket as a lumbar cushion helped me forget about my back/piriformis for a while.

The big news (in my saga) is that I returned to swimming on Saturday and decided to try the following routine:

Swim: Sat, Mon, Wed, Friday, lift: Tu, Th, Sunday with short walks (1 mile or so)

Saturday: swimming: 200 free slow, 100 kick drill with fins, 4 x 50 0n 1:10 (55-57 each), 100 kick drill with fins, 200 drill/swim with fins 100 side stroke, 4 x 50 on 1:10 free (56-57 each). Sad but it is a start.

Then I walked 1.25 miles outside; same old story; went great for 0.6-0.8 miles, ok at mile 1, then kind of tough. PT on the grass before the walk, then on my porch when I got home.

Today: long workout broken up by:

28 minutes inside PT (laying stuff)

42 minutes outside with PT (including banded walks) and 5 x 10 pull ups, 5 wide, 6 chin.

Push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 flat, 10 deficit

Then 56 minutes inside (2:10 total) which included:

bench press: 10 x 145, 10 x 150, 10 x 150 (feet on a stool to relieve back pressure)

curls: 3 sets of 10 with 50

high incline back: 3 sets of 10 x 103

deadlift: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 being very careful. Next deadlift session will be handle work.

Note: McKenzie afterward didn’t yield that left side leg/butt pain like it did before, and I wore a light belt.

Then some stretching (10 min) and a 16 minute walk (1 mile) to finish it all up.

Note: the walk was not GREAT but…one interesting sign: the pain..was mild and it seemed to migrate upward..I could feel my glutes working. Getting the pain to localize to the back would be a major step forward for me. For some reason: back pain is easier to deal with that deep glute pain.

Note: weight is 205 (Riverplex): too heavy. I really need to be 195 or lighter, but pull ups are going ok. Go figure.

Back: who knows; I don’t know if I am willing to risk back surgery or if I even need it. But I think I am ready to try shots.

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.

THAT was a bust.

Ok, Jury duty again. This time I got to be questioned by the judge and then the attorneys. I was dismissed by the State attorney; of the 7 that came before me the state attorney agreed to all of them; defense dismissed one.

Reason: long and short, I was/am a friend of the defense attorney. I agree with the call.

I still swam and got a full set of pull ups (50 reps) and push-ups (3 sets of 40); achy shoulder caused me to skip the presses.

swim: 300 of 100 side, 100 breast, 100 side, 300 of kick (no stroke, with fins), 200 of side, 200 of kick drills (one 25 free per 100) (fins), 200 side, 400 fins (last 100 was free; rest were 75 kick, 25 free) 4 x 50 (alt free, pull).

Very gentle.

Three steps forward, one back

Injuries are interesting to recover from; progress is almost never monotone. I had some ache yesterday and so adjusted today’s swim.

1800 yards in 49 minutes (I know, snail slow) but I started with 500 of a mixture of side and free
500 of swim/kick (yes, the fins blistered my toe..good grief)

500 of 50 side, 50 breast (good Lord, this took forever to do)

6 x 50 alternating swim/pull

Then 32 minutes on the exercise bike (10 miles..probably similar to..7 miles on the road?)

shoulder held up ok. Some guy was coughing while on the bike but it seemed like a “I ran hard first” cough, but these days you never know. Yes, infection rates are very low now but you never know…


Dang it; shoulder is a bit achy this afternoon; wonder if I swam too much; not yardage but stroking. Then again, the shoulder ache is bilateral so…it could be that.

Swim: 1500 yards: 250 free, 250 of 25 kick, 25 free (fins), 200 free (alternate pull, free), 300 of 25 kick, 25 free, 4 x 50 on the 1:10 (55-57), 300 alternate kick/free).

Chased the lady next to me; didn’t catch her.

Yoga with Ms. Vickie.

33 minutes on the exercise bike (rolling hills course) 10 miles (no..not equivalent to 10 real miles).

Shoulder on the mend?

A little better today, but..a ways to go.

Swim: 1400 yards; did the 200-300-200-300 with fin drills in the 300, then 200 side/swim, and then 4 x 50 on the 1:10 (54-55 each). A little tired.

Yoga with Ms. V.

Bike: 10 miles in 31 minutes (exercise bike..probably the equivalent of 7-7.5 on the road)

Yoga: frozen in many of the positions. Perhaps regular classes will make me more diligent.

Kill Bond, NOW!

I remember back in my college days, a couple of guys got drunk, saw this movie, and spent the better part of the night trying to get the “Kill Bond. NOW!” right.

And I am binge watching the Bonds; I still have two Craig Bonds to go before I can say that I’ve seen all of them. I’ll say more later.

I did lift over the past couple of days;

Yesterday: deadlifts and farmer’s walks. (4 reps of .12 miles each with 134)

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

5 sets of 3 x 251 on the 3 minutes…3 min rest

2 sets of 3 x 274 on the 3

Then the farmer’s walks.

Today: 1800 swim: 200 free, 300 kick/swim (fins), 200 side, 300 kick/swim (fins), 4 x 50 free (alt pull, free), 400 kick/swim 4 x 50 free (alt pull, free)

I actually talked to another swimmer afterward.

Then home for weights:

50 pull ups (10 singles, 20 singles), 4 wretched sets of 5

push ups: 40, 40 30

shoulder presses: 3 sets of 10 x 80

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

lots of rehab..shoulder IS starting to feel better..seriously.

From yesterday

As the pandemic winds down…

The introvert I am married to wants to resume family life (with her “larger than mine” sized family) and I want nothing to do with it.

I also LIKE zoom meetings; easy to turn the sound off when a tiresome person goes on and on…

But..I get pools, gyms and ball games so….I suppose there is a price for everything.

Workout notes:

swimming…I had the good fortunate of being next to a “slightly faster than I” swimmer (a low bar) and it helped.

200 free, 300 of 75 kick, 25 swim (fins), 200 side, 300 of 75 kick, 25 swim (fins), 200 mix pull/free, 300 of 75 kick, 25 swim, 100 side, 2 x 50 on the 1:15 (1:30 last one) 52, 53, 54, 50 for 1800 total.

Shoulder stuff, then 12 km (7.5 miles) in 23:30 on the indoor cycle.

Shoulders: somewhat wonky…felt good after swimming…hurt a bit with exercises…doing without naproxen for now?

On the way out?

Locally, COVID19 numbers are looking better and better; fewer than 20 new cases per day (we WERE over 100 not too long ago..and we still have some deaths from that nasty surge).

So…is this finally winding down? It feels like it.

I wonder if there will be some changes in society. I have read about some employers having trouble finding employees (NOT the case in higher education..right now) and I wonder: have people had enough of awful situations?

Time will tell; it would be great to see a happier society emerge.

And yes, I am talking about the US.

Workout notes; shoulder bothered me this so much at night. Felt the “crackle pop”..kind of like the swishing one gets in a cooler filled with ice. The good news is that it seems to through that phase just before getting better.

Swim: 1800 yards (1 mile) done in the following way:

200 free (gentle), 300 of 75 kick drill, 25 free (fins), 200 alt free/pull, 300 of 75 kick drill, 25 free (fins) 200 side, 300 of 75 kick drill, 25 free (fins), 4 x 50 side on the 1:30 (1:12-1:15), 100 dolphin kick (fins).

12 k on the bike in 23:13 (19:34 for 10k) Lots of stretching; tingles from the piriformis early (not on the bike).

Harsh reality

Ok, this isn’t THAT harsh but it is reality.

I used “strength level” to see what the computer might predict for my 1 rep max for the high handle trap bar deadlift..and when I didn’t change my age group, it called me a “novice” lifter, given my lift, and my weight and sex.

And that explains why I look so…well, weak. If I were a young guy my current size, I would be considered weak. My muscular appearance is in line with what I can actually do.

Basically, the age group stuff just says that “sure, you are weak but that is to be expected.”

Commentary: as we come out of the pandemic, the health club is making adjustments. Starting 1 June, you cannot reserve a lane in the pool; it will be like it always had been.

I fully understand why they are doing that and I can see the pros of going back. But I’ll miss the ability to reserve a lane and have it to myself; it disciplines me.

Workout: weights only today;

pull ups (chin ups too): mostly garbage, but I got my 50 reps

push ups: 40, 40, 30

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224, 10 x 251 (high); spouse tried to talk to me..

curls: 3 sets of 10 x 50

close grip shoulder presses: 3 sets of 10 x 70 (need to keep ROM shoulder friendly)