Monthly Archives: January 2013

Death to the MangledAnkle! Long live the MangledAnkle!

I’ve run twice this week. Where in previous weeks I might measure my running in miles, this week I’ve been mesasuring it in minutes. And this week was somewhere around 40 minutes (as opposed to 40 miles). But no matter. I AM RUNNING! Boston is however many weeks or days or months away (13 weeks, for those who are counting). But I am excited for triathlon and running.

I’m not going to be racing competitively any time soon (the mangledankle will do that to you), but I’m running and I’m not worried about my ankle going to shit and being in massive pain… I run. It’s what I do.

But my body doesn’t seem to appreciate my desire to continue running (from nothing and everything). It seems I’ve come down with a low grade misery of the sinuses; nothing nearly as bad as it could be (I even got 3.4 miles in tonight). Nothing to prevent me from training. Nothing to prevent me from anything really. But enough to make me feel unpleasant. But still, I run.

There’s some exciting stuff coming up. Sponsor stuff. Racing stuff. Ideas about life stuff. Stay tuned. But in the meantime, go for a run or something.

It should make you happy

I was talking to the smartest person I think I’ve ever had a chance to meet recently, and the discussion was focused around how corporate America and academia seem so incredibly different: she’s a researcher at a lab, I’m pretty firmly planted in the corporate world. Her experience in the lab is as follows.

  • Everyone in the lab is there because they are incredibly passionate about what they are doing
  • If they are not passionate about it, the research will suffer, funding will suffer, and eventually, the lab will fold

Now granted, this is probably me oversimplifying the argument a bit, but that’s pretty much it: Love it or leave it. She was amazed that there are people who are not doing the things that they are passionate for their employment. I thought that was pretty rare in the corporate world: you get a lot of people who either get comfortable or don’t have a passion for what they are doing (or at least that’s what I’ve observed… I’m willing to accept that my position could be totally wrong). Ideally, this should be possible: anyone should be able to find employment in or around something they are passionate about (e.g., a triathlete may not be able to go pro, but there are entire industries around triathlon that exist). But I also think there are tradeoffs that might need to be considered: family, money, location, etc. And perhaps it’s very easy at our age to pick our careers based on passion, but as we grow older and more experienced, it might also be true that various pathways get closed off to us. Anyhow, it was a very interesting and thought provoking conversation.

Anyhow, I was thinking about this this morning, and realized that I am suffering from an embarrassment of riches, especially when it comes to my athletic pursuits. Yes, the #mangledankle has been a setback, but in the grand scheme of things it’s a really small setback (3 weeks? a bit of extra gained weight?). But I do find myself wavering between ultramarathons and triathlon: with triathlon there’s the constant pursuit to get faster; with ultra there’s the question of whether I can actually complete the race. And then managing the two: I know it’s doable. It’s a lot of hard work. But I’ve wanted to do both for years now, and I can’t think of any reason not to anymore. I don’t want to realize too late that I love ultras. I don’t want to realize that I could’ve done both but didn’t.

So that’s the plan. Go big. All in. Adding JFK50 to the plan this year.

What about you? Are you passionate about what you are doing? Do you think the job exists for everyone where they would be passionate?

Giving a damn

Fantastic news. Two rides were completely on the weekend. I feel/am fat and out of shape (for me, what with my triathlete BDD), but what I don’t feel is my ankle giving me a ton of pain while riding. Even better than that news? On the schedule for this week is some running! Only 15-20 minutes of it… but since I can’t remember the last time I ran, I am kind of thrilled about it. To those of you worried about the ice and snow and everything outside, I’ll be doing my running on an indoor track, if only so that I don’t have to worry about stepping in a hole, slipping, etc.

A few other quick hits:

  • We moved office last week, and I’m using a standup desk. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I figured if I didn’t start off this way I’d never try it. So far today has been interesting, but good.
  • I finally figured out a resolution for 2013, but it’s nothing really measurable or anything. Simply, give a damn more often this year. So obviously, that’s not a SMART goal, and it’s not breaking things down into any small steps, but it’s something new. I’ve been called out for not showing disappointment, for not seeming like I care… and while I do, I’ve tended to be very private about that. So the goal is to make things more clear.
  • Fingers crossed for snow in Colorado, and lots of it, before I head there at the end of January. Should be a fun fun trip with the Rev3 team.