Sunday, December 12, 2010

Can a Heart Rate Monitor Make You Re-evaluate Everything?

I have been a "runner" for a long time. I use quotes around runner, well because I am not the type that tries at races, tries to win or tries often to compete even with myself. Some years I run more than others, 20 miles per week to 55 miles per week. And some years I am not as slow as others, within minutes of qualifying for Boston to shamefully passed in a 10k by 3 guys dressed as Elvis pushing a stroller containing a very large boom box.

To be honest, I enjoy preparing and training more than the racing. So it's not surprising I haven't been all that interested in the new gadgets that can give you the competitive edge. I've driven each of my routes so I know the distances, I wear a sports watch and can do the math to figure my pace and check my heart rate. Who needs GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, pace tracking, electronic training partners and wireless synching to your laptop? Wow pretty compelling.

So armed (literally and figuratively) with my new technology I set out on my usual route expecting to confirm all that stuff I knew about myself and other stuff that matters to the more competitive types. Uh, frighteningly not the case. I was convinced I was working hard on my runs but my new heart rate and other data was proving me wrong! My electronic training partner was beating me at everything, and I was sure I set her pace just slightly slower than what I knew I could run to be sure I could beat her every time. I was now breathing hard trying to run the pace I thought I had been easily running for months (years maybe?). How has this happened??? Thinking back, I realized somehow I had slipped into rounding digits and turns and stops, running slower and shorter distances. I won’t chalk this up to aging (never). Is it possible I had turned into a SLACKER? I couldn't possibly be like those other people - illusions of grandeur about my own work ethic or performance. And how far does this extend? How about my work? I always feel I am giving my all, could it be that I’ve slipped there too? What about with my friends and my family? O M G someone slap me. I am not sure if I am happy or sad I didn’t get this technology sooner. How do you keep up the pace without slipping?

Hopefully I can come to terms with this without shipping the damn thing back for a refund. In the meantime I think I will do what I have always done, put one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward and try to keep challenging myself.

Think about it, have you checked your data lately?

Garmin Forerunner 410 - Merciless

Monday, February 1, 2010

Grammy Award Criteria - What is it?

Do you wonder what criteria the Grammy Award committees use when selecting the winners? Hey join the club. After seeing the results of the recent award winners at first I thought they used the following criteria
  1. Has the nominee been publicly humiliated by Kanye West? - that would narrow it down to 3, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Kanye West
  2. What is the likelihood that we can get the artist to perform on the Grammy Award show to drive up viewership here and on our website?
When I checked out to see if I could get the actual criteria by category I couldn't find it anywhere. There is a fair amount about what qualifies a nominee for each category (see Nomination Criteria but nothing about the criteria used to evaluate the nominated work or works. Not sure if you can tell from this screen shot but ironically my search results on "selection criteria" yielded zero results.

I am pretty sure one of you artistic types out there knows how it works so please share. But if the awards left you scratching your head on some of the winners feel free to chime in as well.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is Just Plain Wrong?

First let me say,

  1. I am all about getting a good deal. Who in their right mind wants to pay more for something?
  2. I shop at Walmart when I don't look so...great...sometimes bad (I should post my own picture up there)
  3. They are the #1 employer in the world and that says alot, especially in these economic times

I have occasionally visited and laughed - there I've said it. Mea Culpa! Is it ok to look and laugh? For some reason it feels wrong, but come on folks Walmart is a public place! I think maybe some of these people should be shopping online instead.

Btw...these shots I am sure some of you know...are tame.

Are you powerless over

Monday, January 25, 2010

Branjolina - How Many Is Too Many - Part II

Here is a real case of How Many Is Too Many? How about Brad and Angie are they headed for a break up? Consider this
  • You are a 46 year old male dubbed the sexiest man alive.
  • You have more money than you could ever spend
  • You live in the French Quarter.
So where does the too many come in? How about 6 really small children in 5 years? I don't care how much support they get from their Nannies, it's doubtful Brad gets out on his motor cycles as much as he would like. Mid-life crisis?

On the other hand, she is only 34 and dubbed one of the sexiest women alive. Should she have to put up with that mess of a beard? What do you think?

Hey we made the big time!

Hey 3 followers and we made the top of the google search results! So ok the search term is a little specific....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why lackFocus?

How addicted are you to Facebook? Its fun and its great to reconnect with friends and stay in touch with family, post photos etc... But I don't hear your voice in all of it (come on you know I don't mean that literally). There isn't real dialog. Honestly, are you that interested in what I am doing at this moment? lackFocus lets us carry on a digital conversation expressing your opinions

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Have You Seen This?

I am not certain if this article made national news but it is about a 9 year old child that committed suicide at school. Tragic and hard to believe such a young child could even think to do something like this let alone be that desperate. I found it equally as tragic that the other parents were in sensed that they were not notified immediately that this occurred in their child's school, and not more sensitive to the loss this child's parents incurred. At 9 I didn't even know what suicide was.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How Many Is Too Many?

My house seems to be the local SPCA of the neighborhood. I have found homes for many cats and dogs that my neighbors irresponsibly abandon. When the 3rd "foster" dog became a resident, I easily rationalized that 3 chihuahuas are equal to 1 medium sized dog. Lots of people have one medium dog, some even have two, no big deal. However, when the elderly woman across the street was in a pinch and asked if I would take Peppy, a very young male chihuahua I could not turn her down and agreed to "foster" another dog. If you are counting, that makes 4. I quickly found out why they named the dog Peppy, makes a jack russell terrier look comatose. That made me think about how challenging it must be to raise kids. Not that I am comparing kids to dogs but comparing the patience required to raise kids and dogs. Here is what I see as the difference, eventually kids move on to a more controlled and calm level, but dogs not necessarily. They have their limits, they may calm down eventually but once a car chaser always a car chaser, or fence jumper or ankle biter. Plus you still have to bathe them, brush them and feed them even when they are old. So maybe we should consider raising dogs as trying as kids. What if your kids stayed at the highest development level that dogs reach? I am guessing more people would just have dogs. So when Peppy came on board it was like starting over and I was beginning to believe this dog wasn't going to reach the highest dog development level. But the good news is, Peppy is a dog and not a kid, so he has a new home where he is the only dog. I can now confidently answer the question of how many is too many.

What do you think?