Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Earlier this month Jamie Thingelstad was the guest lecturer for our industrial seminar. He's the guy behind bigcharts.com and as you can imagine, he has a few interesting things to say about the web. His presentation touched on a variety of topics most of which were (not surprisingly) fairly web centric.

At one point during his presentation he stated that, in his opinion, facebook was the web 2.0 equivalent to linkedin. Much to his amazement, a good majority of the students in attendance were not facebook members. I'd bet if he had asked about linkedin he would have seen a different response. I can't speak for my classmates but I felt like I was too old facebook. I graduated from college before facebook ever existed! Besides, isn't facebook where college students meet up to remind each other exactly what they did at the massive keg party last weekend...?

Well, rather than be late to the party (no pun intended) I signed up for facebook to see what it was all about. So far I'm amused but not completely sure if I'm going to find this any more useful than my short-lived account on Orkut.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tired legs

Yesterday I went for my first bike ride in a long time. Family, school, work, moving, training for a marathon and the ever shorter hours of daylight have made for a grab bag of excuses for not riding. With the marathon safely behind me and the rest of the family taking a Sunday afternoon nap, I decided to put off school work for a bit and go for a quick ride.

I set out for a short spin on the rolling hills near my house. Try as I might, I couldn't convince my body to go for a nice easy recovery ride. After all, my marathon guide book says "Post marathon Week 1: Do nothing". The problem is, my eyes see hills and my legs, lungs and heart say "What does Hal Higdon know anyway? Let's go!"

It was a short chilly ride. It was overcast and about 50 degrees out and I was a bit underdressed. I hadn't gone far before the cold started to get to me and I decided I should head home. It's a good thing too because I no sooner climbed out of the saddle then my legs decided to remind me they had carried me 26.2 miles just 7 days earlier.

After a bottle of sports drink and a 10 minute power nap things were pretty normal again. Okay, so maybe Hal was right...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Whew, I made it.

I successfully completed my first marathon on Sunday!

Despite high humidity and temperatures hovering in the upper 70's, which made for the warmest Twin Cities Marathon on record, I managed to cross the finish 5 hours 7 minutes and 55 seconds after I crossed the starting line. My time was about 20 minutes slower than I had trained for but all things considered I'm still quite pleased.

You can view more info about my time at onlineraceresults.com