Jul 29, 2008

Cape Cod

Having a nice time so far. Two beautiful days on th beach and I've gotten two bike rides. I've also managed to get a long (1 mile+) swim in both days.

My knee is feeling much better. Two weeks away from running and making sure to really focus on the stretches the Doc recommended seemed to have helped.

Also heard the new floor going in on my new porch looks great. I'll have to post some pictures when I get a chance.

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Jul 24, 2008


Sort of interesting.. build your own word cloud. It takes your last few posts and creates a word cloud

Here's my blog:


Crazy week + Injury = No posting

And no racing for that matter...

My uncle, brother and assorted others did very well at winding trails this week, check out the results at http://www.plattsys.com/results/res2008/wt0806.htm

Going to see the Doctor tomorrow, I'm not sure I'll have an answer, but hopefully at least some more information.

In the last couple of weeks, I've referred at least 3 people who I wouldn't have suspected to Tolland Bike shop, is it becoming a trend???


Jul 18, 2008

Work from Home?

My company is starting to roll out this concept in limited numbers with the idea of making it more available in the future...

Everyone Works at Home at Chorus, Part One - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership

The technology and management issues are interesting, and there is clearly still the issue that some have regarding working from home being an easy way to do nothing. I really enjoyed the second two parts of the story about the policies and the approaches they took to ensure people stayed productive.

Along the same lines, I dug into this article http://www.cio.com/article/108901/Telecommuters_Need_to_Develop_Special_Skills?page=1& and I especially like the point about speaking up on conference calls and not multitasking. In fact, I think those are valid points for people in the room as well! Nothing irritates me more than having some dope typing away on their laptop and not paying attention when you ask them a question. Don't come to the meeting if you don't want to participate! I don't think I could have said it better than Rands himself. (Great site for management advice, and I highly recommend his book)


Jul 15, 2008

Race Day

I'm sure the suspense is killing you... I'm still not sure what the plan is tonight. I brought the bike, but my knee is still painful enough that I really shouldn't run. I'm thinking of swimming and then biking and pulling out right after that. We'll see how the leg feels...


Jul 14, 2008

One of my old favorites

How to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear:

Warning: The National Park Rangers are advising hiker’s & biker’s in Glacier
National Park and other Rocky Mountain parks to be alert for bears and take
extra precautions to avoid an encounter.
They advise park visitors to wear
little bells on their clothes so they make noise when hiking & biking. The
bell noise allows bears to hear them coming from a distance and not be startled
by a hiker or biker accidentally sneaking up on them. This might cause a bear to
Visitors should also carry a pepper spray can just in case a bear is
encountered. Spraying the pepper into the air will irritate the bear’s sensitive
nose and it will run away.
It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for
fresh bear scat [droppings] so you have an idea if bears are in the area. People
should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear
Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and
possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear droppings tend to contain small bells, bike
parts and smell like pepper.


Jul 10, 2008


Worse that last week, I couldn't finish the race. My knee is really bothering me, and it folded up on me at the beginning of the run. I was neck and neck with my uncle at the time, so it was a bit frustrating and embarrassing. I've never quit in the middle of a race before..

I do have an appointment with a Doc in a few weeks, not sure what I'm going to do between now and then...


Jul 7, 2008

Links for the week...

Some interesting things I've stumbled on lately...

It's like Steepandcheap for bikes only. Great deals on bikes, one at a time. I'm hoping to see some tires there soon.

This seemed like a very interesting premise, a way to help poor entrepreneurs... http://www.kiva.org/about/inside

I forgot how much fun ThinkGeek was...http://www.thinkgeek.com/ I especially like the handset for my phone and who wouldn't have fun with a rocket launcher!


Have knee... can't travel

Yeah, my knee is still killing me. I'm going to stop at the store on the way home from work and pick up a knee brace, so I'm hoping that will help. I've managed to stay on the bike all weekend though, which is good since it keeps me sane and doesn't seem to hurt (or help) my knee.

I'm second guessing my chances to race tomorrow night already, but I suspect I probably will go ahead.


Jul 2, 2008

Winding Trails Du?

Short report... thunderstorms last night caused the cancellation of the swim portion, so we did a Run - Bike - Run instead. Ugg... I'd rather swim, but at least the first run was short, about a 1/2 mile just to spread the field a tad before the bike. It didn't work, the trails were jammed but I still managed to pass quite a few. Unfortunatly, the first run meant that my knee was killing me throughout the race instead of just at the end. Not a great race for me, 1:02 but I'll take it I guess. My brother broke an hour and had a pretty good race.

Good fireworks in Vernon afterwards.


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