Wednesday, July 22

A mad scramble

Today got off to an amusing start.  Just as I pulled into the parking lot at Medford the station PA was announcing that the train to Ronkonkoma was eight minutes late.  No big deal, I think, I’ll just wait in my car and read for a bit.  Right at 6:42, the train’s normal departure time, two things happened: the PA announces that the train is running on time, and I see the train pulling up to the platform.  I had to scramble like crazy to gather my stuff and go running up the stairs to the platform.  Why the train would have gone from eight minutes late to on-time, I can’t imagine.  It’s more likely that the original announcement had been wrong.  Once at Ronkonkoma, I got the 7:04 to Penn, instead of waiting for the 7:19, because the crowding on the platform seemed much less than yesterday.  The train itself was far from crowded, at least in the mid-consist car where I rode, with the seat next to me staying empty until a tall but thin young man took it at Bethpage, the last stop before Penn.  Why ridership levels could differ so much from one day to the next is yet another mystery of the LIRR.  We got to Penn on time, and for some variety I got an A train rather than the 2/3.  In fact, a train pulled into the station just as I got to the platform, and stairway arrangements being what they are it meant that I was riding in the lead car of the A.  It’s more convenient to my workplace to be in the last car.  What I decided to do was get off at Chambers Street, as then being in the lead car made sense.

I returned to the usual routine after work and got a 2 train from Fulton to Penn.  While I could have made the 5:22 to Ronkonkoma had I hustled a bit, I decided to take my time and get the 5:41 instead.  Taking the earlier train would’ve just meant more waiting at Ronkonkoma.  The 5:41 was surprisingly crowded, it being summer, though the air conditioned car was a huge relief after being on the steamy hot platform.  There’s not much to say about the ride to Ronkonkoma, as there weren’t any delays and an average-sized 40ish woman sat next to me and wasn’t annoying.  I tried playing a couple games of Tetris but couldn’t manage anything decent.  I finally had some luck while playing on the shuttle, but naturally enough had to end the game because we got to Medford.

Gym: another installment of the 5-5-7 deadlift routine, with more progress – 5 x 245, 5 x 280, 7 x 315.  This seems like a weird routine, what with only 17 reps, but getting seven at 315 is very good, so I’m not about to complain.  I then ran one mile on the treadmill at 6.2 mph, getting my weekly quota.  Next came Hammer Strength MTS rows, 8 x 115/115, 8 x 110/110, 2 x 8 x 105/105, (later) 2 x 8 x 105/105.  I also did Precor leg extensions, 8 x 230, 8 x 235, 8 x 240, 8 x 245.

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  1. 7 at 315 is not very good, its ridiculously good… You’ve inspired me to try the 5x5x7 myself later on today… Good luck to me, nice blog!

  2. Thanks.
    It seems like an odd routine, with just 17 reps per session, but so far so good. Hopefully it’ll work well for you too.


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