Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Pride, it's not a sin

Personally I think when the seven deadly sins were translated into English, someone took a little license and used the word pride where perhaps the intent was something more like arrogance or vanity. The word pride seems to get a bad rap.

What's my point? Don't feel bad about being proud of yourself if you've earned that right. I know it's tough to do. Really, I know. As a coach and co-worker I've long been regarded as being tough on those I instruct. Be that as it may, I've always been far more harsh on myself than others. Even in my most successful moments, I've been able to find fault with what I've done.

Well, I'm getting older and trying to be wiser. Today I ran the Boston Marathon; the first time in six years and the fourth overall. I've run as fast as 3:04 and as slow as 3:12 . Today, I ran a 3:09:26 . So how did I do? On the one hand it was my second slowest time. On the other I ran my fastest second 1/2 by far, more than 2 minutes faster than the second 1/2 in 1998 when I ran my 3:04 .

Well, I think I'm going to give myself a good grade today. The deciding factor is my pacing. Below are my 5K splits:
Checkpoints 5k 10k 15k 20k 25k 30k 35k 40k Finish Time

0:22:38 0:44:53 1:07:01 1:29:27 1:51:39 2:14:28 2:37:10 2:59:33 3:09:26
Delta 0:22:38 0:22:15 0:22:08 0:22:26 0:22:12 0:22:49 0:22:42 0:22:23 0:09:53

Here's 1998:
Checkpoints 5k 10k 15k 20k 25k 30k 35k 40k Finish Time

0:22:03 0:42:11 1:02:21 1:23:09 1:44:13 2:06:43 2:30:38 2:54:28 3:04:08
Delta 0:22:03 0:20:08 0:20:10 0:20:48 0:21:04 0:22:30 0:23:55 0:23:50 0:09:40

It was a pretty tough day today with almost no shade to be found. My legs were a little sore from racing on Saturday and doing hill repeats on my bike on Thursday (not excuses). Leanna and Alexandra were alone in downtown Boston. Daddy was a little stressed. And as the numbers show, I cranked out an extremely methodical marathon.

Yes, it was a good day.

Yes, I think I've earned the right to be proud. That doesn't make me a bad person, does it?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Various Updates

- 29 hours until the start of the Boston Marathon. I'm very relaxed about it. I'm not currently on my mad quest for sub 3:00. That may resume later this year or next.

- I rode a bike race yesterday and feel damn good! No point looking in the results. You'd see me well back at the finish. I ride on a team and my job was to chase everyone who tried to escape from the field so our team's sprinters could go for the win at the end. Another teammate and I were able to ride down all challengers who were insolent enough to try and get away. Our sprinters took 5th and 6th, so it was a pretty good day.

- Alexandra just cracks me up these days. This morning I've nicknamed her "Miss Chievous" because she's getting into everything she knows she's not supposed to get into. When I stop her and tell her "no", she starts in with a big line of babble. I'm sure it's baby talk for some excuse! She's also stamping her hands as she crawls. Oddly reminiscent of her grandma stamping her feet as she walks around the house (my in-laws are here this weekend)!

- For those of you who think blogs are just on-line babble, here's a tidbit I learned. I read an entry on a "linked blog once removed" which discussed using Electrosol powder to remove tea stains from a mug. I tried it (Sunlight actually) to remove coffee stains from my coffee carafe. Worked like a charm. Mmmmm, coffee's good this morning. Thanks, Jen.

Finally, I've got some material for an upcoming essay. I'm thinking I'll get the idea on e-Paper this tuesday.

Have a pleasant weekend.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

What defines us.

So I'm flipping through the pages of my latest copy of Runner's World and I come across an ad which reads something like "Brother, Systems Analyst, Running Buddy...It's what we love that defines us." I found this interesting because I'd never include my work in the list of things I love.

If you read this blog, and I believe there are now 6 or so people who do so every now and then, you'll notice that I seldom if ever make reference to what I do for a living. I'm a software system's architect. I'm arguably one of the best. I don't talk about it, because I don't wish to be typecast as "a computer guy." Frankly I don't like technology that much. Okay, I'm writing a blog, so that sounds contradictory. What if I say, I like what some technology can do for us, like allowing us to express who we are in a public forum? I don't like technology for technology's sake. iPods? I can live without them. I get far more excited over a set of HED H3 wheels for a time trial bike. Keep your copy of Wired, I just bought a 24 pack of TP at Wal-Mart. Sure I'm on my laptop a lot. I'm reading articles on velonews.com, coolrunning.com, active.com, Insidetri.com, etc... See a pattern? A PR in a 10 mile time trial is far more satisfying than another "Best Innovation" award at work. In short, I wound up in tech because it pays well and I'm good at it, and that's about it.

I'm a liberal arts guy at heart. I'm a professional athlete in my mind. And most of all, I'm a husband and a daddy. Hmm, so I guess what we love really does define who we are.