Thursday, October 8, 2015

12 Hour Days

Sometimes in the business world, as a salaried guy or business owner, something goes wrong, and you are the person to fix it, and it doesn't care that you've already put in your eight hours for the day. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

All the Lonely People

There is a lot of loneliness in the world. Americans don't go to community dances anymore. Most people don't have a church "family". Everyone stares at their cell phones instead of engaging in conversations with strangers. We like the political comments on Facebook we agree with, and ignore or argumentatively comment on the statements we disagree with. In our media overwhelmed society we listen to what we want to hear, and flee the uncomfortable situations, like meeting new people with different ideas.

I have no solution, no recommendation. I get lonely too. Well, perhaps the solution is to get yourself into uncomfortable social situations, like actually come rock climbing sometime, or go to church when you are invited, or speaking to myself, actually get out on that dance floor.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My First 50 Mile Ultra Will Be: The Fall 50!

I registered for my third ultra this morning, and first non-24 hour race, The Door County Fall 50! It takes place in two and a half weeks. Am I totally ready? Not entirely sure, but the last few weeks have gone well, I mean I just ran a 2:54:54 marathon Sunday during a 27 mile run, so I'm not doing bad.

This race is exciting because it's close to my parents house, so logistics are easy, just driving no airplanes. It's also the 50 mile national championship, in a year when the really fast guys are probably focusing on the marathon olympic trials. It will be a learning experience. At this moment my biggest fear is staying healthy from now until the race, and then during the race. Here we go!

Monday, October 5, 2015

I Live in Iowa: Week 224

Short summary, I'm writing this Monday morning before I head to work, in Atlanta, GA. The work week was good, not very eventful. The biggest news had nothing to do with anything I did. Frankly, I think we are all happy there was no strike by the union. 

Running is really starting to take off! I had two two hour 14 mile trail medium long runs, which is good, I really enjoy those long runs at the Mines of Spain. Then I ran two fartleks, and both went well with paces at a good range. I'm not in the best of shape, but I'm in the best shape I have been in at any time the last 11 months!

Saturday I road tripped up to Devils Lake State Park for some rock climbing, and we tried to climb a 5.12a, and I certainly cheated by using the holds of the 5.8 climb just to the left. Later we traded leads on a single 5.8 trad pitch, which I aided over the crux to keep us moving. Not our finest moment, but the leaves are just starting to change, the weather was warm enough, it was sunny with little wind, it was a good day.

It was nice to socialize with several different people, my sister at the start of the week, then a variety of other friends later in the week and weekend.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Feeling like a failure, is only a feeling.

Feelings are not fact. I learned that when studying eating disorders during a presentation I witnessed. The perpetual, "I feel fat" does not at all mean one is fat. In that specific case, typically the people that say that are some of the least fat. 

Seth Godin wrote a blog post about this that was published this week:

It's a good article. I fail a lot, yet I have the best life in the world. Sometimes I get labeled arrogant and part of the reason is I feel like a winner much of the time. Certainly my emotions are more complicated with both feelings of depression and arrogant expressions of success, often within minutes or hours of each other. 

The point is, attitude makes a big difference in life. For me, being Christian, and all that really means, is like the biggest success I can have, so hopefully some of that positivity, and really love, spills into the other aspects of life, even the failures, which truth be told often teach us much more than success. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tentatively Accepted!

Without saying anything more than the title, it's a good thing. Like any serious agreement between two people or two groups it often starts with a handshake or a verbal agreement, before the signatures make it official. It's a first step. While you can certainly stumble on a later step, the first one is typically the hardest. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Future

No one knows what the future holds. Just ask Wall Street. It can be easy to let analysis paralysis set in and keep you from doing much of anything, because the fear of "what if...?" makes it sound dangerous and scary.

You know what, the future is scary at times, just like the past was scary at times. The future is rosy at times too, just like the past was rosy at times. You can't let it stop you from doing great work. I'm editing the video from Mt. Rainier, trying to condense it down to 10 minutes, and wow what a beautiful day that was! If we let fear seep in and overwhelm us, we will never be able to experience things like that.