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WanderingEng  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2021

Thanks, I did! You're right about the challenge of training for three different sports. It's also important to train the bike-run transition as it's harder than just running while tired.

At least here, the crowds are great, and there was no want for encouragement. It was a step up from marathons, and those are already memorably great! I remember a sign that said "you're 140.6% crazy!" I think calling a half 70.3% crazy is about right. Not totally crazy but up there.

WanderingEng  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2021

Thanks! I don't feel like a beast, but I think that's common. Once one does a thing it doesn't seem intimidating anymore.

WanderingEng  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2021

Funny you ask, because yes, barefoot on concrete during T1. I don't really like running barefoot, but I never feel it during transition. In the moment during a race, I'm oblivious to it.

Yes, I find myself really reluctant to build up speed downhill. I think it's something that comes with practice, and I need to practice more.

WanderingEng  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Never Forget’ Is Breaking America

It's sort of the same thing, and I don't see it often anymore, but "Support The Troops" was weaponized to squash dissent with war. I was in the Army National Guard from 1998-2004. I never deployed, but not one person with a Support The Troops magnet (it was never a sticker) on their car cared one bit about me. Supporting the troops was meant to mean cheering as men and women are sent into war.

WanderingEng  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: If we could design plants, they would be purple.

There's a PBS Eons episode that's related:

A theory the episode mentions is that purple plants may have existed first, forcing later plants to exploit the remaining light before becoming dominant.

WanderingEng  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 1, 2021

I had a second interview Monday with the full team I'd be working with if I'm offered the job. I think it went well. They said all the right things, and I think I gave the right impression.

I looked at my current employer's Glass Door today, and the ratings are taking a dive. Partly because of me because I gave a genuine, neutral review, but there are others saying things like mine. My hopefully future employer is a slightly higher current score but not taking a dive.

WanderingEng  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 1, 2021

That's awesome! Plenty to learn and use to grow as an individual!

I worked with a PhD who was terrible, and her replacement is a new grad with a BS. The replacement is way better because of how he works with a team. How you work with others is often more important than being "smart."

WanderingEng  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Aleksandr Sorokin Breaks Yiannis Kouros’ Legendary 24-Hour Record

    "There is no logic in this sport and using Western minded settings usually become a disaster."

This is interesting. I'd love to know a little more about what he means.

I keep seeing chatter about doing more easy runs. Somewhere I recently saw a suggestion that at least 80% of runs should be easy efforts. I'm trying to do a few of these, trying to keep my heart rate in the 140s, including walking if I need to. It's less wear on the body which I think has been helpful.

WanderingEng  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Work Is a False Idol

We went out to lunch for a coworker who was leaving. She was terrible at her job and was probably leaving before she got fired. She should have been fired long before. It was a pretty awkward lunch with people wishing her well but nobody saying they'd miss her.

WanderingEng  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Work Is a False Idol

I think I'd be great at being retired. I'd do the things I do now outside of work during the day and have evenings to relax. Go swim at 8 am when the pool is less busy with the morning swimmers off to work. Stop at a coffee shop for coffee and a scone, then go out for a 2-3 hour bike ride. Have a lunch and a nap, then go for a walk before dinner. After, read for a bit or watch a movie and head to bed.

Or on other days, drive to any of a number of nature areas and hike all morning. Or as long as I can, run the trails.

I'd be great at being retired, but none of the things I do would earn extra money. It would be all cash out on gym memberships and bikes and cars and gas. I'd love to travel again to hike when the pandemic is more under control.

WanderingEng  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Work Is a False Idol

    There's never been a time I was not sure I was totally indispensable to the company... right up to the moment I got fired.

I've been at my company seventeen years and had an interview last week. If they offer it, I'll take it. I think my company would describe be as indispensable, but the problem is I don't discuss my frustrations with the company, I discuss them with three people. Those are the people who could take some action. When I leave, those are the three people who will shrug, go through a hiring process, and deflect work that can't get done without me. The company will keep going.

When it eventually comes time for me to resign, I'm curious what the reaction will be. The CEO knows who I am and the senior VP knows me fairly well (though he's a phenomenal people person), but not enough to say "are you happy here," and not enough to review our employee surveys results (which are poor for my group) or if he is, he doesn't care. I think a lot of people will be surprised because they assume high quality enthusiastic work means I'm happy with work.

A different long term employee left recently under undisclosed terms. I had assumed it was something medical e.g. a very sick loved one, but I heard she landed a new job immediately. She had more time than me and is probably in her 50s.

WanderingEng  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 18, 2021

I've been binging on PBS Eons on YouTube. This stuff is great. https://www.youtube.com/eons

WanderingEng  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 18, 2021

Congrats! I'd love to hear about your change and what made you decide to make the change.

I've been at my company for seventeen years but have an interview Friday. I told a good friend that if I get the job offer she has to make me take it. I'm just on average pretty unhappy.

WanderingEng  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 11, 2021

How's your electricity? Over on my side of Lake Michigan a coworker has been out for over a day, and outage stats are worse your way.

WanderingEng  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Texas GOP leader railed against vaccines and masks. Then he died of covid.

Does"efficacious for six months" mean my shots from March will be less effective for me in another month? Is there any talk of boosters?