Wednesday, January 21

Speaking of iPods …

Wouldn’t you know? Just yesterday I do a post about the demographics of iPod users, and today, my iPod went haywire. Did I curse the danged thing or something? I drove to Ronkonkoma and got the 7:32 to Penn. As I was running sort of late I ended up boarding the last car in the consist, the easternmost one, that being the one closest to my car. I figured I’d have to Baby Elephant Walk forward to find a seat, but to my mild surprise there were a number of open ones. I took a window seat, and seconds later a similarly late-boarding young woman with a ring in her nose sat next to me. That’s the only piercing I saw, there might well have been others that were … less visible. As I was mulling over the body-modifications issue I went to turn on my iPod, and to my dismay it wouldn’t work. These vertical lines kept flashing across the bottom of the screen, that’s all that appeared. I’ve had this problem once before, and it was cured (temporarily) by letting the charge run out and then recharging it. Which is what I’m doing right now. The ride to Penn was easy enough, the woman next to me not trying to add to her piercings or anything, and I finished all 500+ pages of Main Street. Naturally enough I missed a train to Fulton Street by seconds, but a 3 came along in just a couple minutes.

I got to Penn easily enough after work, thanks to a quick ride on a 2, and got the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma. Being iPod-less I was at the mercy of loud passengers. Indeed, the 50ish woman (un-pierced) who sat next to me spent almost the entire ride babbling on her cell phone, a Blackberry to be specific. Fortunately, she kept her voice down, the sort of courtesy that is very rare among riders. It was another easy ride to Ronkonkoma.

Gym: today was Leg Day, delayed from yesterday. Continuing with the theme of using the kettlebells when possible I began with kettlebell swings, 3 x 10 with a 50-pound kettlebell (the largest). This is a full-body exercise that especially targets the legs. It is fortunate that the kettlebell rack is in the boxing area, as that’s about the only part of the gym with the ample clear floor space that kettlebell swings require. Doing the swings was exhausting in an out-of-breath sense though not in a muscle-strain sense. Next came trap bar deadlifts, 6 x 225, 6 x 265, 6 x 285, 4 x 295, 2 x 2 x 315. Not half bad numbers. Then came SLDL’s, 3 x 8 x 215. This was not a weight or rep increase over last time, which was okay because of all the trap bar deadlifts I did. I finished with neutral grip pull-ups, 4 x 6, 2 x 4. This made 142 total reps for the week, well over my quota of 110 and two more than my prior record. I had to use a different rack for the pull-ups, because I need to use an aerobics step to reach the handles on the rack I usually use (no, I’m not short, it’s just that the handles are way off the ground) and all of them were in the aerobics room where a class was in session. The handles on the rack I used were a bit farther apart than on my regular one, but I managed. An interesting aside is that I did the kettlebell swings in the boxing area, and all the other work in the hardcore area at the rear of the gym.  I didn’t use the main part of the gym at all, which I believe is a first.

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