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.

Not quite right

Basically I wasted the day watching football and basketball; My Illini got routed 56-21 (it was 21-21 at the end of the first QUARTER) but Bradley (men) pulled it out over Miami-Ohio, winning 69-68, scoring the winning basket with 18 seconds to go.

Workout wise, I felt “off” from the get-go.

Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 1 x 224 (neutral)

FOUR misses with 301 (low handle; I could get it an inch or two off put could not get it to that 6 inch point where the high handles are).

Then: 5 x 274 high handle, 5 x 254 low handle. That’s ok..at least I got a workout.

Then a 2 mile walk to make it in time for kick off for the very good Northwestern vs. Ohio State game (22-10 Buckeyes; NW did well and lead until the very end of the first half.

Physically, I feel a bit tired; not quite up to snuff. No good reason.

Sunrise workout and thoughts

Last day of teaching class for me; now to write up (almost done) final exams. I need to do what I can, when I can as there is a bit of uncertainty in my life at the moment; I’ll need to be there to help out a dear friend when the need arises.

I just watched Bradley (men) beat Lewis (D-2) in a fill in game (due to a COVID cancellation)

Bradley lost to a tough South Dakota State team this weekend when the Jackrabbits shot 17 of 26 from 3 point range.

Workout Weights only.

Yes, started at 6:10, ended at 7:30.

How did it go?

pull ups; 10 singles, then sets of 5, 7, 8, etc, enough to get to 52. Most of the reps after the first 10 singles were ok. A few were shaky. Hip hikes and rotator cuff

bench: 10 x 134, 2 x 184, (tough), 3 x 174, 4 x 169, 2-2 with 164 (re-rack, raked), then 5 x 164.

trap squats: 10 x 134 neutral, 2 sets of 10 x 134 deficit (focused on form)

rows: 4 sets of 10 x 134 trap

shoulder: 3 sets of 10 x 44 dumbbell, 10 x 88 barbell (all supported seated)

push ups (outside) 40, 30, 10,

heeadstand (I’ve had to work to get into it the past week and a half)

About Elizabeth Warren

First, I woke up a bit sore. But my not doing long stuff left me with enough time to delay running until 9:40 or so and it went better than last week’s run/walk:
I was just over 12 at just over 1, just over 24 at 2.06, and just over 48 at 4.1; 1:01:30 for the total (11:42 mpm; 11:30 for the final 1.03).

The weather: sunny, breezy ..a bit more than breezy but glorious for March 1.

Yes, my legs and butt were heavy from yesterday’s deadlifts..note that deadlifting hasn’t been hurting my lower back that much. It is mostly butt and legs.

And yesterday I saw the Bradley Men lose a 67-66 hearbreaker when the final .7 seconds left shot rattled out.

It was a game of streaks; Loyola lead by 11 at the half and pushed it to a 13 point lead. Bradley went on a 20-0 run in just over 5 minutes time to take a 7 point lead; LU came back with a 9-0 run to retake the lead. With 3:38 left the game, Loyola lead by 4 and I had no clue as to who would win. It was a physical game..back and forth.

Hell of a ball game.

Later; dinner and conversation with Tracy ended my day.

So what about Elizabeth Warren?
I’ve said many times, I think her political aptitude is low. But I think this really nailed it:

YES…Warren reminds me of the type who would set up yet ANOTHER soul-crushing, time-sucking committee because, say, some student got “misgendered”, etc. Activists love her; the general public: not so much.

Yes, most of her ideas are good; she is absolutely brilliant (not said sarcastically; she really is a top of the line scholar). But that is what she is: a scholar with “woke” sympathies; the kind that would focus on “diversity” statements and goals …while perhaps short-changing the issues affecting the better students. Ugh…

If she were better at winning popular support, I’d overlook that aspect of her and make her my first choice. But she isn’t.

As far as what I DO support, here is my “dream team”:

Either order on the ticket would work for me. Amy really isn’t going to be viable outside certain states, but maybe she takes Bernie to the woodshed in Minnesota?

reality

Quick workout note: due to some snow, I replaced my “long dam” section with the pass the “ball field and around the wall” section and came up about .22 miles short:

Time was 1:15:34 (about 15:49 mpm pace); but there were a few snow/tiny ice patches.

This was after a nice yoga class. Weight: just under 194 with shoes and shorts..just under 192 without.

I got a bit grumpy. When I drove home, I found my driveway blocked.

And I am going through a hassle of getting my car repaired because it was hit WHILE LEGALLY PARKED by a van from a company that is dragging its feet on the damages…I may turn it over to my insurance company to go after them.

It is interesting how other people’s mistakes or stupidity (or lack of consideration) can make your life harder.

But…have *I* ever made anyone else’s life harder because of my incompetence or deliberate indifference? I don’t know…I had better watch for that.

On an up note: the Bradley men won at Illinois State in overtime. They rallied from 13 points down in the first half and 10 in the second. Illinois State made 19 turnovers to Bradley’s 9 and that was the difference. BU was up 67-64 in regulation when ISU was fouled on a 3 point attempt and made all 3.
But in overtime, BU was up 74-71 toward the end and ISU’s last second 3 point attempt (from a reasonable distance) barely missed.