Tuesday, November 26, 2013

So much for which to be Thankful

The Bryonman 2013 Thankful List

  • I have my health. I have a new lifestyle that mostly supports continued health. (I still like sweets - moderation.)
  • Carrie continues to allow me to hang around. She provides the balance and challenges I need in life.
  • I have an awesome nuclear and extended family. As far as familial drama - we genuinely do not have things that we cannot easily overcome.
  • I have a few close friends and other cordial acquaintances that keep me going.
  • I have fitness and I have pretty much maintained a decent level of fitness for nearly 3 years now.
  • I somehow manage to stay solidly employed and employable in an industry that continues to push the envelope on both speed and trajectory of change.
None of the above comes without effort. I guess that is the topic for this entry. Effort. Webster says effort is a "vigrorous or determined attempt".

Effort comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Effort is relative to both the task and the performer. For example: A vigorous effort for me in the water is a lazy day for my friend Shark. Effort evolves from potential energy and releases kinetic energy with the hopes of iterating over that energy cycle in perpetum. In physics, potential energy is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system. The kinetic energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion.

So this input / output scenario is a metaphor for most things if pondered closely. Consider these two simple quotes.
"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
Winston Churchill
"For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward."
Jim Rohn

Quit Rambling and Get to the Point

So I guess what I want to say on this topic is simply:
In the absence of effort we really have no cause to expect.

I really want to be able to give the gift of motivation, discipline and effort. I really want the world as a whole to stop expecting without effort. I really WISH that every focused, sustained and concerted effort resulted in the outcome equivalent of PERFECTION. It's just not that way.

Am I saying that I wish that everyone would stress themselves to the max trying to achieve some unnecessary goal? No. If part of a person's goal is to put as little effort into life as possible ... then I say bless them and I wish them luck. What I am saying is that it might be a little more stable orb if people focused on efforts aimed at realistic, beneficial and postive goals.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Really? Wow. Friends and runners - check this out.

So this was an interesting perspective on runners and running ...

WSJ : "OK, You're a Runner. Get Over It."

-- link to Chad Stafko - 'Wall Street Journal' article removed by Bryonman-- Link to Shut Up and Run article replaces.

I understand the loathing of Facebook. I understand and have written about self-centeredness and it's ugly cousin arrogance. Here's where I differ with the author. If the endurance junkies want to go out for a run they are inevitably going to be seen by someone during the process. It's not about a 'parade of one'. It's about the zen we get from the running experience. Darn right it is tough to run ... add in a little speed and it's a great affordable way to avoid a premature dirt nap. I literally could NOT care less about 26.2 or 13.1 stickers on my bumper.

Why do I do it? Fitness. Routine. Goal attainment. Pushing the limit. Moving the limit to a new level, then pushing it again. I am racing myself to improve myself - not to add bumper stickers or Ironman tattoos.

I don't care who is in line at Starbucks getting a Venti Caramel Frappuccino. Do I need to see FLIKR photos of your food at your fifth dining-out experience of the week? No. Do I judge? Only if I am judged first. Otherwise, I am either running, biking, swimming, lifting, walking AND having fun. I have to go now - my race t-shirts are ready to be taken out of the wash.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

... but Twitter is so revolutionary.

This is why Twitter is such a bad idea. And to think ... this company's antiquated technology is going to make five or ten more people billionaires in a few weeks. Oh well, "we" fell for it.

Check this out. Another corporate giant getting bad press by leaving an irresponsible human in charge of their "social media presence". Whether it is cooked up drama or not is irrelevant.


That said, Twitter does expose some trolls from time to time. Proof once again that two wrongs do not make a right.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Glass blowing

How about that for a blog post title?

So I took my first rest week in over two years last week. I genuinely did ZERO cardio-based training. I lifted weights and went for a couple of walks. I am easing back into things this week. I am trying to get my feet and calves a chance to forgive me before I start destroying them again. :-)

So yeah. We took a glass blowing class on Wednesday evening. I love learning. I am happiest when I am learning. Glass blowing is heavy science mixed with art. It has fire, suggestive terminology, danger and suspense. It might be a perfect hobby. Carrie made a couple of pumpkins and I made a pumpkin and a flower.

Circle 6 Studios! A great place.

Visit their web site - http://www.circle6studios.com/

Super geek!

Happy Movember!