Never Miss Twice

It happened (or didn’t happen, I should say) yesterday: I missed writing a post for the first time in 82 days. I realized it this morning when I awoke and was still laying in bed. “Maybe I can just get up real quickly and write a quick post and call it good.” Sure, I could have done that, but I’d …

A Little Ironman Mixed In

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m in Traverse City and it’s Glen Arbor Solstice race week. But these days I’m always working on Ironman 70.3 Traverse Citystuff, too. This week is no exception. Tonight (Tuesday) was filled with two township board meetings, and tomorrow morning is a road commission meeting. We’re getting ever closer to getting all the final official approvals …

Audible.com

A few months ago I started a free trial on Audible.com. Somehow I accidentally forgot to cancel before the trial period was over and all of a sudden received an email that said “your new Audible credit is here!” or something like that (on Audible, buying a book costs one credit). Listening to books has proven to be a great …

McKinley Loop

My all time favorite run in Traverse City is without a doubt McKinley Loop. The six mile loop starts at Traverse City Central High School and heads east down Eastern Ave. Then heads north (left) on Birchwood (also known as East Shore Rd.) and goes all the way out to McKinley Rd. When you hit McKinley you’re at about 2.5 …

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Today in the life of this Ironman Race Director, I’m hashing out details for the signage plan for Ironman 70.3 Traverse City. Dozens of pre-event notification signs, race day signs, barricades, and hundreds (if not thousands) of cones. I’ve probably got too many screens going on here, but it’s great to have the touch interface of the Surface Go, and …

Be a Mirror

I’m nearing the end of reading Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss, and reflecting (No pun intended) on some of the key elements of the book. One of the principle tactics Voss describes from early on is mirroring. In a negotiation, mirroring is the simple act of repeating the last one to three words of what your counterpart has …

Limitations & Creativity

I’ve long been a believer that limitations spark creativity, rather than complete freedom. When there are limitations, you literally have to get creative to solve the problem or do whatever you’re trying to do.

Unsplash

If you do any kind of work on the web (or off the web) that requires high quality photography you probably know about Unsplash.com. If you don’t know, you’re welcome. Unsplash is one of the best, if not the best places to get high quality free photos that can be used however you want. This includes commercial work and non-commercial …

Never Thought I’d Do This

This whole second kid thing is just about killing me. Sleep deprivation is real, and I’m scrambling to fulfill my duties at home, get my actual job work done, and maintain some kind of fitness. My dad fitness is in full effect, and today was a prime example of that. It was a long day and my dad/husband duties trumped …