Too late of a start

Did not get everything I wanted to get done, but I did PT and managed a 90-95 percent pain free 10K walk; note I do wake up with a stiff back, and yes, the heartburn (too much hot sauce) is getting to me again.

I did catch the Bradley Women’s basketball game; BU lost in overtime 71-68, but did rally 18-6 in the final quarter to get it to overtime to begin with.

Down by 1 with 13 seconds left, BU had the ball, got trapped, had to call time out, and the inbounds pass was stolen which lead to a BU foul.
Final 3 point shot was blocked.

Yes, B came from PT to join me, unexpectedly. That was a treat.

Midbreak

Last night, I drug Ms. O to a BU Women’s basketball game vs NAIA Missouri Baptist. And while it ended 66-46, Baptist had it tied at 39 going into the 4’th and lead 42-40 in the 4’th before being outscored 26-4 the rest of the way. BU put more defensive pressure on the ball and forced a ton of turnovers. This could have also been depth talking as well.

Sadly, but predictably, the arena was all but empty.

Today’s workout:

PT plus push ups: 30, 30, 40…got it! Pull ups: 50 reps (53 if you count partials plus 3 penalty reps), deadlifts (10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 228, all low handle)

Then 3.2 miles of walking at a brisk-ish pace. My legs actually felt good; 30’s and sunny. I wore long sleeves; no sweatshirt.

Health: yeah, I had a reflux flare up but a strong antacid knocked it out within 10-15 minutes. Back: not an issue.
No, I am not healed; I am in a “management” situation. But at long last I don’t feel like talking about it.

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.

Back at it

Got to get some studying in tonight.

Caught the Bradley Women hosting South Dakota (Elite 8 last year, but brand new team and coach this year) and, BU actually lead 24-15. SD rallied to take a modest half time lead and when on to win 71-53.

SD isn’t what they were last year (got thumped by Creighton last game) but they were too much for us…eventually.

Workout notes: PT, deadlifts, very so-so but totally painless walk.

10 x 134, 10 x 184, low
10 x 261 4 inch, 10 x 280 8 inch. The 4 inch set was not that bad.

She will not be ignored

Just as I was getting cocky, teaching my 10-11 am class reminded me that I still have this chronic condition; some ache on my walk home (nothing like the mean days of earlier this year)

I still have to mind my posture.

Now the daily walks have been thus far

3+3, 3, 2+1, 5, 2+1, 5, 2+1 =28 miles, which is more than I am used to. I have to be cautious.

Today: I mixed it up a bit: PT with 2 sets of 25 pushups

pull ups: sets of 5 and 5 singles, with shoulder PT: 50 reps

PT, and 2 more sets of 25 push ups

Bench: 10 x 134, and 17 minutes to do 5 sets of 3 x 165

high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 94, with 2 sets of curls

Then the first 2 mile walk; second one was lunch.

Basketball I saw the women open in an exhibition vs. a D2 college and, it was uncomfortably tight for a while; it seemed as if the D2 team had a quickness advantage.

BU won but…

Well, last night it was a 45 point loss (93-48) which was 20 points after 1 quarter, albeit to a good Missouri team. This might be a tough season.

Pandemic fueled change

It sure looks as if the US has decided that the pandemic is “over”; I see that as wishful thinking, though the omicron surge has come down quite a bit, and I feel safer doing things. I went to another basketball game with mask, though masks are not required anymore. I’ll stick with them for a while.

By the way, the women lost but they played a decent game against Illinois State, one of the conference’s better teams.

I think there will be another wave to come as this virus mutates quickly and we are so interconnected. We need to get the world vaccinated.

During the pandemic I started to work out at home; I was running at the time but that wound down a bit and a back/piriformis issue bit an end to my regular walking. That has gone on for some time, though, *finally*, I am starting to see some honest improvement. Yes, walking with Barbara (who is so slow) was a bit painful, but teaching is better, and my walk was better, for 10 minutes.

But as far as the body: 2013 vs 2022:

What is hidden: at the time of the top photo, I was running 5K races at less than 8 minutes per mile. Now…even if I were able to run train again…my 2019 5K races were, on my best days, 9:30’sh pace, and over 10 mpm on my worst days.

That is hidden in the photos.

The current definition is probably due to push ups. Now the number of pull ups I can do has regressed a bit (heavier body weight) and my bench press is down by 10 lb or so..but I haven’t had time to fully recover from the shoulder injury as yet. I am on my way back.

Workout notes:

Friday Pull ups: sets of 5 and 10; enough to get to 60. The wide grip felt extra good; it all was ok. I mixed in some of the PT here, and push ups: sets of 25, alternating sissy and feet elevated

Then even more PT..took me to 6:50.

Bench: a bit different as I wanted to practice going up evenly; I focused on my left arm. 10 x 145, 10 x 150, 1 x 189, 6 x 161

rows: usual 3 sets of 10 with each arm (60)

curls: 3 sets of 10

shoulder: lessened it here: 2 sets of 10 x 88 trying for better ROM

Then stretching

Today: warm up

Deadlifts 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234

main set: 285: 3, 3, 3, 3, 4 best sets were 3-5 .

Stretching

15 minute walk (14:40 pace); great up to 10-11 minutes.

Finish PT (leisurely pace) and yoga series.

Total: about 2:10 or so…doesn’t seem like it should have been that long, given my workout was 1:10..then again, that is 1 hour of PT and I gave myself rest.

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.

BU Women win!

In what has been a hard luck season with injuries and transfers, it was nice to see the team beat Evansville by 10.

I feel safe going to these; now where I feel safe enough to watch the men play at some point…maybe the game after next?

Workout: slacked..though I did some academic work this morning. 15 minutes, 30 minutes of rehab (clam shell, banded walks, some one legged forward bends) then 1 hour for 25 total fake miles (ok, perhaps 27?), all at medium intensity