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Post  Mark B on Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:07 am

Rehab Run with Alita: 1.76 miles

Weather: Between rain showers, 46° Gear: Topos, pants, T, pullover, jacket (unzipped), hat, gloves.

Up to six reps of one minute walking, one minute running now after the 10 minute walking warm up. Still no ill effects.

It was a bit warmer than the last time and we were slightly overdressed.

I'm fighting off an annoying cold-like thing, but it didn't give me any trouble.

No HR strap used.

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Post  Mark B on Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:12 am

nkrichards wrote:
Mark B wrote:Well, this woke me up...

1) Arabesques, 3 x15 each leg (still very difficult, but my body *might* be starting to figure it out)
2) Side lunges, 3 x 20 each side
3) Clamshells, 3 x  50 each side, slowly! 
4) Swiss curls on ball, 3 x 30
5) Hands and knees leg lift, 3 x 50 each side. (I only did 30 last time. Boy can I feel it in my abs!)
6) Side leg lifts, 3 x 50 each side

Just out of curiosity...how long does it take to complete that workout?  I was thinking that you were taking time off from training but now I'm wondering if you're actually investing more time with rehab than I'm investing in marathon training!

And what happens when you're released to run freely? Will these exercises go in the round file?  Will you continue do so some for maintenance?  I can't imagine finding time to run and do these.

It takes about 45-50 minutes at this point, and I've come to realize that this is a WORKOUT. My heart rate is elevated, my breathing is harder, and I usually finish up the whole session pretty much soaked with sweat. It does seem to be helping, though.

I am trying to do these sessions about 3 times a week (every other day) now, though I've done a couple of days without sometimes. I'll ask my PT how often I should do this as a maintenance thing once I'm back to running regularly. I've already been told that I probably need to keep doing these pretty much forever, so I can't imagine she'll release me from them completely. I could imagine alternating these with running. It'd probably help me over the long run.

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Post  ounce on Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:04 pm

Tuesday at The Blood Center, I asked a lady that's been sticking people for many years about your heart flutter with tums.  She's seen it a few times.  She asked how your tech responded and I told her the process was stopped immediately.  She said, "That was good."

She suggested that you drink milk about 2 hours before your next donation and don't scarf the tums.  Maybe 1 or 2 at the start.  I would further suggest that you find a good 90 minute to 2 hour show and immerse yourself into it, while squeezing the ball.  Or podcasts.  Or a book.
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Post  Mark B on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:36 pm

ounce wrote:Tuesday at The Blood Center, I asked a lady that's been sticking people for many years about your heart flutter with tums.  She's seen it a few times.  She asked how your tech responded and I told her the process was stopped immediately.  She said, "That was good."

She suggested that you drink milk about 2 hours before your next donation and don't scarf the tums.  Maybe 1 or 2 at the start.  I would further suggest that you find a good 90 minute to 2 hour show and immerse yourself into it, while squeezing the ball.  Or podcasts.  Or a book.

Very interesting. And a little unsettling, to tell you the truth. 

I will try it again, and tank up on calcium beforehand -- but I checked the calcium supplement I take every day, and it's 100% of the RDA already, so it's not like I'm deficient. Still, if it's an excuse to get a milkshake, who am I to argue? 

Of course, the flutter wasn't caused by the tums, but by the lower calcium levels in my blood, presumably caused by the citrate. I actually only had a few of them at first. I didn't chomp the other 10 until the tingling and fluttering was going strong.

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Post  Mark B on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:36 pm

I was sidelined with a nasty head cold for a couple of days, but I was feeling good enough to run today. 

Rehab Run with Alita: 1.91 miles

Weather: Clear and cool. About 53° Gear: Topos, shorts, T. 

The last run in Step 1: 10 minute walking warm-up, then alternating 1 minute run, 1 minute walk for seven sets. It felt fine, so next week we progress to Step 2. Woot! More running!

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Post  Mark B Yesterday at 8:12 am

Rehab Run with Alita: 1.5 miles

Weather: Starry, about 39° Gear: Topos, pants, T, pullover, jacket, hat. 

Up at 4 a.m. again. (This seems to be working well for us so far.) 

Step 2 of the rehab process is 10 minutes walking warm-up, 2-3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, starting at three sets and adding a set each run. We went conservative and did only 2 minutes running. That went well, so we may try it at 3 minutes running in our next allowed run on Wednesday. 

Over the weekend, we sprung for a headlamp for Alita. It's a nice one, and it has a narrower beam than mine. And it's BRIGHT! Holy cow. With her behind me, it's not *quite* like it looks I'm about to be run down by a car, but it's close. (Yes, I have headlamp envy. Or my headlamp needs new batteries...)



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Post  nkrichards Yesterday at 10:41 am

Mark B wrote:Rehab Run with Alita: 1.5 miles

Weather: Starry, about 39° Gear: Topos, pants, T, pullover, jacket, hat. 

Up at 4 a.m. again. (This seems to be working well for us so far.) 

Step 2 of the rehab process is 10 minutes walking warm-up, 2-3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, starting at three sets and adding a set each run. We went conservative and did only 2 minutes running. That went well, so we may try it at 3 minutes running in our next allowed run on Wednesday. 

Over the weekend, we sprung for a headlamp for Alita. It's a nice one, and it has a narrower beam than mine. And it's BRIGHT! Holy cow. With her behind me, it's not *quite* like it looks I'm about to be run down by a car, but it's close. (Yes, I have headlamp envy. Or my headlamp needs new batteries...)



Still no HR strap at this point.

You deserve a new headlamp after all the PT exercises you've done...especially if you're committed to getting up at 4am!
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Post  Mark B Yesterday at 4:10 pm

nkrichards wrote:
Mark B wrote:Rehab Run with Alita: 1.5 miles

Weather: Starry, about 39° Gear: Topos, pants, T, pullover, jacket, hat. 

Up at 4 a.m. again. (This seems to be working well for us so far.) 

Step 2 of the rehab process is 10 minutes walking warm-up, 2-3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, starting at three sets and adding a set each run. We went conservative and did only 2 minutes running. That went well, so we may try it at 3 minutes running in our next allowed run on Wednesday. 

Over the weekend, we sprung for a headlamp for Alita. It's a nice one, and it has a narrower beam than mine. And it's BRIGHT! Holy cow. With her behind me, it's not *quite* like it looks I'm about to be run down by a car, but it's close. (Yes, I have headlamp envy. Or my headlamp needs new batteries...)



Still no HR strap at this point.

You deserve a new headlamp after all the PT exercises you've done...especially if you're committed to getting up at 4am!

I like the way you think! (Though I'll probably still just buy fresh batteries.)

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Post  ounce Today at 10:34 am

Well, y'all have the best of both worlds.  One piercing 'hi-beam' lamp for distance and one 'low beam' headlamp to light a wider distance.

Luckily, my routes either have normal street lights lining the road or enough light to give me the difference in grade in shadow form.

(Have we noticed that Mark has that same "Mark for Congress!" smile on each picture being shot?  I even think it's the same smile when that tree root jumped out grabbed his foot at Mt. Hood! just sayin')
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Post  Mark B Today at 12:27 pm

ounce wrote:Well, y'all have the best of both worlds.  One piercing 'hi-beam' lamp for distance and one 'low beam' headlamp to light a wider distance.

Luckily, my routes either have normal street lights lining the road or enough light to give me the difference in grade in shadow form.

(Have we noticed that Mark has that same "Mark for Congress!" smile on each picture being shot?  I even think it's the same smile when that tree root jumped out grabbed his foot at Mt. Hood! just sayin')

I'm sure it'll work just fine. If not, well, my birthday is coming up...

The lights are less for general seeing where you're going most of the time -- though I've found them vitally important when the headlights from an incoming car shut down the night vision and leave you unable to see anything. Then, the supplemental light is a godsend. Makes it easier for drivers to see you coming, too.

And thanks on the smile. I think I perfected it two days after my 16th birthday when I got my driver's license. Very Happy

As far as politics go, I appreciate your support, and I'm sure that working together, we can help this great nation live up to the promise of those who sacrificed so much for generations they'd never know. So is it with us, as we press on with our great, centuries-old experiment of self-governance, keeping the dream of freedom and justice for all alive for the generations we, too, shall never meet. You make it possible. Suspect


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Post  Mark B Today at 12:29 pm

Okay... back to reality, shall we?

PT day.

1) Arabesques, 3 x20 each leg (must. engage. glutes!)
2) Side lunges, 3 x 20 each side
3) Swiss curls on ball, 3 x 30 
4) Clamshells, 3 x  50 each side, slowly!
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6) Side leg lifts, 3 x 50 each side

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Post  ounce Today at 1:36 pm

Mark B wrote:
ounce wrote:Tuesday at The Blood Center, I asked a lady that's been sticking people for many years about your heart flutter with tums.  She's seen it a few times.  She asked how your tech responded and I told her the process was stopped immediately.  She said, "That was good."

She suggested that you drink milk about 2 hours before your next donation and don't scarf the tums.  Maybe 1 or 2 at the start.  I would further suggest that you find a good 90 minute to 2 hour show and immerse yourself into it, while squeezing the ball.  Or podcasts.  Or a book.

Very interesting. And a little unsettling, to tell you the truth. 

I will try it again, and tank up on calcium beforehand -- but I checked the calcium supplement I take every day, and it's 100% of the RDA already, so it's not like I'm deficient. Still, if it's an excuse to get a milkshake, who am I to argue? 

Of course, the flutter wasn't caused by the tums, but by the lower calcium levels in my blood, presumably caused by the citrate. I actually only had a few of them at first. I didn't chomp the other 10 until the tingling and fluttering was going strong.
You point-counterpointed your calcium level.  On the one hand, you take a 100% RDA pill and think you're not deficient.  On the other hand you say you have lower calcium levels, maybe caused by the citrate.

So, you, yourself, possibly need a higher calcium intake on a daily basis because you need more for whatever reason (probably because of being a feline owner) plus you need a loading dose of calcium via a milkshake 2 hours prior to donation.  In your predicament, I'd add another milkshake during the donation juuuuuuuuuuust to make sure. Approval
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Post  ounce Today at 2:02 pm

I read the investigative article you posted to FB a couple of days ago.  Yes, I actually read it, but I have a few questions about it.

1.  I didn't see (or notice) how far along the environmental study for the terminal was.  Has it started, how long does it take, and does a final study submission give the Board the authority to like or spike the results, thereby continue to the next step or nix the terminal?
2.  Is there enough opposition to nix the terminal and why, aside from a spill?
3.  Is there a market for the terminal or are there enough terminals around to where a song and dance has to be included to drum up business for the terminal?
4.  Are jobs needed in the area of the terminal?
5.  Does Oregon have any say in the construction and use of the terminal?
6.  When could construction begin?
7.  Will local governments give tax abatements for the terminal?

I won't ask if opponents would sue to keep it from being built, because I think that's a given.

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Post  Mark B Today at 4:06 pm

ounce wrote:
Mark B wrote:
ounce wrote:Tuesday at The Blood Center, I asked a lady that's been sticking people for many years about your heart flutter with tums.  She's seen it a few times.  She asked how your tech responded and I told her the process was stopped immediately.  She said, "That was good."

She suggested that you drink milk about 2 hours before your next donation and don't scarf the tums.  Maybe 1 or 2 at the start.  I would further suggest that you find a good 90 minute to 2 hour show and immerse yourself into it, while squeezing the ball.  Or podcasts.  Or a book.

Very interesting. And a little unsettling, to tell you the truth. 

I will try it again, and tank up on calcium beforehand -- but I checked the calcium supplement I take every day, and it's 100% of the RDA already, so it's not like I'm deficient. Still, if it's an excuse to get a milkshake, who am I to argue? 

Of course, the flutter wasn't caused by the tums, but by the lower calcium levels in my blood, presumably caused by the citrate. I actually only had a few of them at first. I didn't chomp the other 10 until the tingling and fluttering was going strong.
You point-counterpointed your calcium level.  On the one hand, you take a 100% RDA pill and think you're not deficient.  On the other hand you say you have lower calcium levels, maybe caused by the citrate.

So, you, yourself, possibly need a higher calcium intake on a daily basis because you need more for whatever reason (probably because of being a feline owner) plus you need a loading dose of calcium via a milkshake 2 hours prior to donation.  In your predicament, I'd add another milkshake during the donation juuuuuuuuuuust to make sure. Approval

I think I forgot to mention that, while taking that supplement, I did a routine blood test a few months ago and tested right down the middle of normal for blood calcium levels. That leads me to suspect that my body might react more vigorously than others to the citrate, which binds with calcium in the bloodstream, thus making it unavailable for use by the muscles throughout the body.

Regardless, I agree. Upping my calcium intake probably wouldn't be a bad idea in general, and goodness knows that 2-3 milkshakes before, during and after a donation certainly couldn't hurt! Approval

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Post  Mark B Today at 4:30 pm

ounce wrote:I read the investigative article you posted to FB a couple of days ago.  Yes, I actually read it, but I have a few questions about it.

Moochus graceeus.

Good questions. I'll do my best to answer them one at a time.

1.  I didn't see (or notice) how far along the environmental study for the terminal was.  Has it started, how long does it take, and does a final study submission give the Board the authority to like or spike the results, thereby continue to the next step or nix the terminal?

This story came in the late middle part of a years-long process. Because the project is so big -- it would be the biggest rail-to-ship oil terminal in the world, if I remember right -- it's being reviewed by a special panel called the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which previously focused on building things like nuclear power plants. There are tens of thousands of pages of paperwork (probably more) in studies and comments and responses. This group was supposed to issue its recommendation a while ago now, but there is so much material they keep stalling.

When they make a recommendation, the final decision will be made by Washington's governor.

2.  Is there enough opposition to nix the terminal and why, aside from a spill?

Quite possibly. Bakken crude is highly volatile and has a nasty habit of exploding during derailments. There's great concern for spills/explosions/fire in the Columbia River Gorge (a national scenic area) and in Vancouver proper, since the tracks go right by downtown (right by my office, actually). There are also concerns of marine spills, since oil will be transferred from rail cars to ships in the Columbia River, which has lots of river traffic already and has a very treacherous bar. There is also concern for VOC pollution from the transfers and storage tanks. The proposed site is close to one of the area's poorest neighborhoods. Then there's the whole "think globally act locally" impact on world CO2 levels by continuing to promote a petroleum-based energy system.

3.  Is there a market for the terminal or are there enough terminals around to where a song and dance has to be included to drum up business for the terminal?

Great question. This terminal is designed to be a place for all that frakked oil from the Bakken formation in the Dakotas. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of oil coming into this area already, however. The stated goal is to have the oil shipped to West Coast refineries from here, but there's great suspicion that the real longterm goal is export.

4.  Are jobs needed in the area of the terminal?

Jobs are nice, but after construction I believe this project would employ fewer than 100 people, if I remember right.

5.  Does Oregon have any say in the construction and use of the terminal?

I think they have provided comment to the various environmental studies, but no. They have no regulatory role.

6.  When could construction begin?

God only knows. Once EFSEC gets done, it's not clear how long it'll take for the governor to decide. Then there will certainly be lawsuits. We may be beyond an oil economy by the time they get ready to go, if that ever happened.

7.  Will local governments give tax abatements for the terminal?

I don't think so. The city has taken a stand in opposition to the project. This whole thing started when the local port district cut a lease deal with the project's proponent behind closed doors before approving it in public. It's a three-person port commission, and the initial lease expired due to the long review period and is being renewed every three months. The issue behind this campaign now is that there is currently a 2-1 vote in favor of the terminal on the port commission, but one of the supporters is stepping down. There's a outspoken oil critic running and the other guy, who says he supports the process but is getting gobs of money from the oil project proponent. So if the anti-oil guy wins, it's likely that the lease would not be renewed the next time it came up for review. So the vote is considered a referendum on the project itself.

A series of these big energy projects (coal, oil, LNG) have been proposed and rejected in Western Oregon and Western Washington over the past year or two, and this is the last big one out there. So the opponents are hoping that this will be the last one to fall. Time will tell.

Hope that helps! This story has been going on for years now, so everything I wrote was off the top of my head. Hopefully I got all the details right.

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Post  ounce Today at 7:51 pm

Thanks for that.  Looks like an uphill run for the supporters.  It doesn't affect me or Texas, in any event.  I guess it's a good thing the pipeline already exists from South Dakota to the West Coast.

As far as the concern to export that you mentioned, if there's a market to be had by exporting, expect it.  Doesn't British Columbia already have a terminal and a method to get Bakken oil to BC?  I can't remember.  There's a big market in Asia for the oil.

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