Author Archives: Brad

3 months since Ironman signup: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s more like 3 and a half months since signing up for Ironman Boulder, with another 8 to go, and high time to do some introspection. Okay, I do almost constant introspection. Let’s call this public introspection. I count 6 distinct disciplines in Triathlon: Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness, Nutrition, and Work/Life Balance. Anyone who tells […]

Spaceshifting the Treehouse

6pm at the dinner table. “Why can’t I get on your server?” asks my 11-year old daughter of my 14-year old son. “Because it’s just for me, Kinsey and Patrick and my close friends” is his quick response. With that one statement I realize how easily and deeply my children can shift between the real […]

Ante up, bitches .. doh, I’ve done something silly

I’ve been playing with fire ever since one fateful night sitting at a bar talking with one of my wife’s friends about doing an Ironman. I think we all look at athletic accomplishments with a sense of awe and they are certainly inspirational. For me that translates into envisioning myself accomplishing the same thing, maybe […]

On Inspiration and the Performance Mindset

The other weekend I was spending my usual time scouring the interwebs for laughs, inane cat pictures, Claven knowledge (remember Cheers?), and the occasional gem of discourse or perspective. During my regular Facebook digression I saw that my friend from Texas was updating his status with his Oklahoma City marathon split times as he tried […]

Tamerlan, Tamerlane, Boston and Poe

When the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were identified I was struck by the name of the older brother: Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I remembered that Tamerlane was a historical figure and wondered about the background of the name. A quick consult of the interwebs showed that Tamerlane, TimÅ«r-e Lang, was an Uzbek ruler from the […]

Race Report: Informal Olympic distance for training, ZTri 2013

Jumped up to Olympic distance a little earlier than I though I would this year, a mere 2 weeks after my first Sprint distance of the year. Coach Zack Bertges hosted a 70.3 for his stable of clients training for the Ironman and his roommate said he’d do the Oly distance with me, so joining […]

Race Report: Kendra’s Race Sprint Tri 2013

Apart from a 5K trail run for the opening night of Stellar Nites, Kendra’s Race was my first planned race for the 2013 season and my third triathlon ever. In fact, it came after a DNF in the 2011 Longhorn 70.3 and a 2012 full of health problems, getting a house ready for sale, moving […]

Panga Boats, Nova Scotia and a Reprise of the Banana Fleet

When we moved our family from the Dallas area to Goleta last summer I was immediately struck by the things that tied it back to my ancestral home in Nova Scotia, Canada. On a cool foggy morning in Goleta the air tastes the same as what I grew up with on the South Shore. ‘Goleta‘ […]

Book Review, “The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?”

I’m a Seth Godin noob having only seen him in some online videos but he certainly comes with a lot of high praise. Based on that and an introductory post over on swissmiss I went ahead and bought his newest book for my Kindle app (iPhone). After about 2 pages I could tell this was […]

On Icebergs and Mindfulness in Software Scheduling

This evening I will drink a tumbler of Maker’s Mark on ice and imagine how those ice cubes represent the last remaining portions of a monstrous blue-green iceberg, capable of sinking small ships and calved from some distant glacier. That iceberg is symbolic of another giant software epic now in the final throes of delivery […]