Into December

Ok, my mileage: 122.9 in November, up from 107.5 in October, 97.2 in September and 85.9 in August. And on 14 November, I went off of NSAIDS. Great.

Yesterday:

I did push ups (4 sets of 25) mixed with PT, deadlifts (10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228) then the first walk, then 50 pull up reps…

Today: just PT and a 10K-ish hilly walk; note I did have some “sensation” at times during the hilly segements.

This was my first “icicles in the beard” walk of the season.

Last night: some Bradley basketball.

The first half was close as Bradley missed some open shots and Northern Iowa made some tough shots. But the averages caught up; BU’s good defense shined all night long, and Bradley won comfortably 68-53.

Tragically, an elderly pedestrian was killed crossing the street in front of the Civic Center; this shut down the street and lead to the smaller than expected crowd shown.

Close game day

Started out ok; cold; teens when I started my walk, and I did my old “1 Cornstalk, 1 lower loop” 5.3 mile walk at 14:34.

Later, Mat picked me up at 10 am and we made the 11 am kickoff, due to almost no one being there. I was as cold as I’d ever been at game (hands, mostly.

Few people were there, and they missed a rock-em, sock-em Missouri Valley battle. The Redbirds scored right away, thanks to an interception off of a trick play. But then it was even..even Western dominating the scrimmage line. Western missed a field goal into the wind, but scored in the second quarter off of a long drive; mostly running.

And that is how the first half ended. Second half: 3’rd quarter, a long drive lead to a touchdown, with two key penalties: late hit out of bounds and then perhaps the most blatant pass interference I’ve ever seen (defender fell down and pulled down the receiver. But the Redbirds missed the extra point.

Later, the Leathernecks got a tough 42 yard field goal to cut it to 3.

Then in the 4’th: final drive..or second to final drive, the Leathernecks hit a big field goal to tie it at 13 with 45 seconds to go. A last ditch drive by the Redbirds lead to a 50’sh yard field goal attempt which was wide right.

In the first overtime, the Redbirds got a first down and scored a TD, then held the Leathernecks on downs to win.

Overall, Western Illinois did NOT resemble a winless team; they played hard.

On the way home, I heard the heartbreaking Illinois vs Michigan score (9 seconds!), the upbeat Navy score (upset no. 20 UCF!)

I made it with about 8 minutes left in the Bradley vs Southeast Missouri State game, and Bradley was down by 5. BU rallied to win 73-60; nice win vs. a not-that-bad team. I missed the Women winning their game, vs. an opponent who lost 100-38 to Illinois.

There was a decent crowd.

Things that give me heartburn

Well, last night, I caught Bradley’s 89-61 win over an Eastern Michigan team that played Michigan to a 5 point game. I was surprised they won so impressively; it was 41-21 at the half and the lead eventually reached 34 points.

The claimed attendance was 4110, but there were not that many there.

The game itself: this is the best I’ve seen Bradley play since the NCAA tournament years.

But prior to the game, I had Korean meatballs and I had the worst heartburn that I’ve had since 1999; this included radiating pain to my shoulder blades and jaw. But heartburn it was; water helped, then at home, a strong antacid pill knocked it out, completely. But I laid off of the spicy food today.

Today: well, seeing the score of the women’s game vs Wisconsin: 103-49; yes, I thought the team was in trouble when it struggled with a D2 team. This will be a gory season. Note: last year, they BEAT Wisconsin at home, prior to key injuries sending the season downhill.

Workout notes: did it differently today. Started off with PT and push ups: 30, 30, 30, 20. Then downstairs for deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228 all low.

Then my walk (footing was ok)

Then pull ups: included 20 singes, sets of 5, etc.

Lunch: commuter walk.

Crazy, Crazy

Somewhat busy. Election results tonight.

Yesterday : 2 mile walk in the AM, commuter walk (both went great), PT, weights: did bench 10 x 134, 4 sets of 4 x 160, 2 sets of 10 x 94 Swiss bar high incline, curls.

Today: Not my fastest 5 miler, but I did the lower loop in Bradley park, AFTER a flat, slow 1 mile loop (15:00)

Some very mild off/on pain, similar to what I used to feel on flat 2 milers.

I watched Bradley blow out D2 Parkside 93-59, in a game that was 45-28 at the half, and saw BU play everyone.

Onward to basketball season

Still up early; PT, swim (2200 yards); done a bit differently.
1000 of 100 side, 100 free, 100 back, 100 free (x 2) then 100 breast 100 free.
500 of drill/swim.
5 x 100 on the 2 (1:52, 52, 51, 53, 53) trying to get out of my laziness

50 back, 150 pull.
Weight: 196.8 before, 195.4 after.

Then a 4 mile walk; basically a modification of the 3 mile course, with a rectangle “to Cedar, around to Waverly then bag again, and an “almost lap” of Laura.

Saw some Bradley Basketball last night; men played Wesleyan and won 79-65. The lead did get to 20 at one point, and as close as 7 with 11 minutes to go. BU used everyone, worked on different things, etc. Place was kind of empty.

Different seats this year: next to nothing for these. I am at row 6 of the upper bowl.

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.

End of the Semester

Ok, time to catch up a bit; no posts for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. I did write up exams and the like.

Workout wise: Wednesday: did the bike after pull ups: 10 singles, 5-4-3-2-1, 5-4-3-2-1, then 4 sets of 5.

Pushups: variety: 30 sissy 2 sets of 10 flat/extended, 30 sissy, 2 sets of 10 flat/extended, 20 legs elevated.

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 low, 10 x 251 4 inch, 10 x 275 8 inch.

Thursday: yoga, slooooow 5K walk. 16:30 ‘ish pace, breaks at 20, 30, 40 minutes

Friday: pull ups, included some sets of 10; 60 total reps, lots of rehab, push ups: did two sets of 10 sissy, 10 feet elevated, 10 full extensions, 10 flat, then 10 full extension, two sets of 5 flat (exhausted)

downstairs; one armed rows (3 sets of 10 each arm), curls (3 sets of 10), then shoulder presses: 10 x 88, 10 x 98 (not quite the quality), 10 x 93 (better)

Went to the Civic Center for a COVID test (long story; B had a positive rapid test (lab), took a second which was negative, but she wanted a lab test so I went with her.

I took a rapid home test: negative; I’ll take one tomorrow as well.

Also: watched the Bradley Men beat Northern Iowa 71-69 with the winning basket coming with 4 seconds to go. BU lead early, but hot shooting got UNI back into it; they had one player with 20, another with 30..rest..not so much.

I made an embarrassing error in the first iteration of the meme; got it right this time. Maybe a final exam question?

Wednesday’s deadlift portion:

Friday:

Injury update: glute is better; far from perfect. Shoulder is a lot better.

Never take things for granted (sports)

I admit that I didn’t think much of the Bradley vs. Howard game coming up; I knew that Howard was a very weak MEAC team that had not won much..if at all over the past few seasons. Then: Howard raced to a 19-3 lead, built the lead to 22 points in the second half and had the lead at 18 with 1:40 or so to go in the game and ended up winning 76-64…in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score made it look. So much for taking it for granted.

Then in the evening..we were at a hotel while the pain in our remodeled bathroom dried up..I watched the second half of the Texas vs Kansas football game. I had started watching Notre Dame at Virginia but the Irish had that one well in hand…and I saw, via ESPN, what was happening in the Texas game, so I switched it there. Kansas lead 14-0 before Texas tied it..then a 1 minute sequence in the second half happened:

Second half: Texas score to get it to 35-21; Kansas then ran it down the Longhorns’ throat to move to 42-21 But then Texas appeared to rally; it was 42-35 going into the 4’th.

Then came the surprise ending.
Kansas got a TD drive to go up 49-35. Texas got a blocked punt then cut it to one score 49-42.

Then a late drive…Kansas intercepts with 1:07 to go to stop it..but Texas has 3 time outs. A weak punt gives Texas great field position and they tie it with 22 seconds to go.
Then came the overtime:

The fans may have left the game before the overtime:

Texas took the lead but a 15 yard penalty gave Kansas a closer starting position for their drive. Then run it in to cut it to 56-55 and then…go for 2.

And so some unexpected drama went on. Note: ok, a 1-8 team beats a 4-5 team does not sound THAT shocking…but Kansas over Texas in FOOTBALL does. Go figure.

Now, if I had to rank “my” football teams:

  1. Notre Dame; not even close
  2. Illinois …yes, Illinois would beat Texas right now.
  3. Texas..bad season but still with some athletes
  4. Navy…bad season sans the athletes Texas has.

Without the Naproxen

I decided to try to workout sans the Naproxen. Some ache..but my worry about last week’s deadlifts being a fluke were unfounded.

Low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 3 x 224

Work sets: 3 x 260, 3 x 260, 3 x 260, 3 x 265, 3 x 265 (low)

Work sets: 3 x 284, 3 x 301 high (last set wasn’t that bad.)

The progression continues; did some extra rotator cuff.

Kind of a sore walk with dull ache toward the end:

Last mile was kind of slow.

3 x 260 (first working set)

3 x 265, 5’th working set (last “low” set)

3 x 301 high…not really that difficult.

My deadlift progression. I am getting stronger; I do not want to take that for granted.

And…yes, the Bradley Women’s team won the MVC tournament and advances to the NCAA.