Pretend you're busy, my brain ordered. I robotically went to the salsa station and began pouring salsa verde in plastic containers. I do not like salsa verde.Read More
I did some non-exhaustive research and found that it may be possible to build resistance to cold water. I couldn't find a scientifically proven method to do it, but there are enough bits and pieces to concoct a plan.
First: get fat.Read More
From February 15, 2008 to July 6, 2016 I used to open my eyes before 6am California time, grab my phone and go over their emails and listen to their voicemails, then I would check the news in Bloomberg. I always thought that was the quintessential routine of the West Coast finance professional.
99.9% of the time, the news was outdated and inconsequential within 24 hours. 99.9% of the time the emails from Wall Street were either a reverberation of the news or sales pitches of bad ideas. 100% of the time nothing was urgent.Read More
Of his face, a poet once wrote:
... he was gypsy in his terrible magnetic eyes - the sullen eyes of a stinging serpent. He had a deep bronzed complexion, a determined mouth, half-hidden by a black moustache which hung down in a peculiar fashion on both sides of his chin. His face had no actual beauty in it. It revealed a tremendous animalism, an air of repressed ferocity, a devilish fascination. There is an almost tortured magnificence in his huge head, tragic and painful, with its mouth that aches with desire, with those dilated nostrils that drink in I know not what strange perfumes.Read More
I jumped in the water. Air gauge signaled: full tank. We glided just over the ocean bed at around 40 feet until we reached the rim of the Hole. We were at the edge of nothingness. The dive master plunged head first. I followed closely. I imagined this is how it felt to go into outer space. Infinite blue darkness.Read More
I would've never guessed I spend $218.25/month in supplements.
I'm writing this and my brain is telling me to stick with the protein powder and the creatine. Drop everything else.Read More
Twenty years ago a French girl asked me to join her meditation class. "What do you do in the class?" "We sit and keep the mind blank", she said.
I always think of people's personalities as commanded by brain software. The software can be cleanly designed and efficient, but it can be bogged down with viruses, trojan horses or spam email. These are all the useless, unproductive, and harmful thoughts that try to take over and make us miserable.Read More
I've always been pretty mediocre. Except for the ages of 6 to 12. But now I learned something. I found a compass.Read More
The state of affairs on day zero. Let's move forward to square one.
I should've chosen to run a marathon just like everyone else when they hit midlife. Or perhaps get into videogames: pickup The Legend of Zelda where I left it in 1990 and finish the entire series (Wikipedia lists 17 games as of 2016). But instead I'm choosing the most grueling training camp in the world.
To go from ground zero to square one... and then to square one hundred.Read More
Well, this is just the beginning and I will be posting frequently about my preparation (mental, physical, nutrition & supplementation, etc.) as a way to leave a record of progress, challenges, commitment levels. Also to see if this experiment yields any positive results in a 40-year-old... I've always been delusional and I want to believe that I have a shot at the June 2017 event. It is now September 2016. The 10,000-hour rule to master anything can be shortcut with ultra focused deliberate practice, I know it.Read More