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Let the fun begin: Tahoe Triple


Awesome progress on one of our latest (top secret!) products. It is so exciting that I am having a hard time sleeping. With the reduced sleep schedule, excitement, lack of running I am starting to turn into a lump kept alive by caffeine! But no really folks: we are excited, we are bug eyed, we just can’t stop the excitement dance.

Talking about lumps: I can’t run when I don’t have a race goal. I looked at my racing schedule for previous years and realized there was a big correlation I ignored last year: race schedule drives the running. So in that spirit: I am registering for the Tahoe Triple in September. My first attempt was pathetic but I learned so much; well actually I learned a single lesson: in the great words of my friend Stowe: you can not will your body across the finish line, you need to train. Well here we are on the road to training for the Tahoe Triple. Any takers? It is just 3 marathons in 3 days. One marathon a day. Great scenery. Fantastic crew!
It is immensely fun, eye opening, insane, fantastic, scary, incredible all at the same time.

I will have a support crew this time because it actually makes a difference and my friends get a great kick participating in my adventures (or laughing at me!).

Eight things you (probably) didn’t know about me

What a way to return to blogging! I was tagged by Maggie Fox for the Eight Things you (probably) didn’t know about me blogmeme; and of course many many many days later I am responding (sorry folks!), fasten your seatbelt:

1. I have absolutely no sense of direction whatsoever. I can navigate cities I have been to by memory while still being totally clueless as to direction. Google maps on a blackberry is now my best friend!

2. I lived in Tanger (Morocco), and it is still one of my favourite cities in the world.

3. I can’t watch a movie without doing something else at the same time. It drives some of my friends insane as they can’t understand how I can not focus on a movie! I don’t need all of my brain to watch a movie! That makes me really not a great person to take to the cinema unless they have wireless and I can work, respond to emails or perhaps read a few articles as the movie is playing.

4. My dog – Robert – immigrated to Canada from Mexico in 2000. He passed away in 2005, everyone still misses him; he was a character. I met him in Puerto Escondido while on holidays, he fell in love with us and decided that he needed to get to Canada; he had heard they had great health care and great people. He was also very tired of being homeless. He loved the ideeplex, was not very fond of the Canadian winters and learned to tolerate cats as long as they did not try to share his gigantic pillow or his food!

5. In the underground animal world, our house is tagged as a refuge… I am sure because every year hurt animals just show up on the door steps. Don’t ask. We have rescued pretty much any city animal that you can think of (cats, dogs, mice, raccoons, snakes, squirrels etc).

6. I am a workaholic. But this is something that some of you already know. Now it is out there for all to enjoy!

7. I am planning a trip across Africa, from Tangier to Johannesburg by either car or motorcycle. Want to join?

8. I can live without music.

Now you have enough boring tidbits about me to ruin your morning coffee!

And since I am so so late to this game I am going to skip tagging anyone but if this inspires you please go ahead and make your own post!

Back to running and blogging!

I am back to running: nothing like a snow storm to get me out there. Yesterday’s 6km run on Queen Street amounted to being a lovely obstacle course. Getting home I felt fantastic so I went ahead and baked a chocolate cake for the office and prepared French toast for the morning breakfast – and now the Idealists will be having both French toast and chocolate cake at Idee! The benefits of running! (and much energy afterwards).

Today’s links:
VC Baby video, enjoy!

Programmers and dress code: what’s with the beards? Somebody should help these folks and introduce them to Gillette!

The story of stuff: a great video. Warning: long video

According Wired Magazine, the person who got the “Here Comes Another Bubble” video pulled down from YouTube was Lane Hartwell. She is the photographer whose photograph of Owen Thomas appears in the video. I love Lane’s photography and it is sad that she took down here Flickr photos. I can see her frustrations but can’t there be a happy medium? How about just some link love, attribution from the video creators. I mean that’s really not hard to do!

Tim Bray’s "Message from the Web" is a must read!

How to evaluate a product idea: this is timely as we are engaging in a new product development!