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  • The Green Knight: Fittest Entrepreneur Again
    at 13 Even if my second event time was indeed incorrect the correct time would only have boosted me to 10 Course 2 After a rest and some coconut water I hopped into Course 2 This was completed in pairs and I was fortunate to be paired with someone else who was very competitive We both pushed each other through each of the four events which I believe improved both of our scores Event 1 agility drills Up and back through these speed ladders and hurdles took 29 seconds 3 vs 1 23 4 on a longer version of the course last year Event 2 10 15 lb sandbell tosses over a high barrier followed by suicide sprints 50 seconds 8 vs 60 seconds 9 last year Already I could feel that I was doing better on this course than I had done last year and my partner was helping to motivate me as he kept beating me by just a hair Event 3 20 15 lb sandbell slams followed by a 100 yard out and back bear crawl 43 seconds 2 vs 1 16 12 last year a huge improvement My partner was ahead of me heading out of the slams but I caught him at the turnaround of the bear crawl and never looked back Event 4 100 yard out and back sprint while carrying a 10 ft 40 lb sandrope followed by a 100 yard out and back sprint while carrying a 50 lb sandbell 39 seconds 3 Last year s event was just the second half of this one and I finished in 17 seconds 4 I improved my performance in every single event of this course and it showed as I completed this course 2 overall vs 8 last year My calf started cramping a bit in the final event so I rested and coconut watered up a bit before the 5k Course 3 Last year the course was a bit short just 4 8k My km splits were 4 39 166 BPM heart rate 4 42 167 4 39 168 4 36 171 3 18 only 800m for a 21 54 3 finish Two weeks before this event I ran a 5k time trial in Oregon after an intense SHOP workout My km splits were 4 36 163 4 31 165 4 25 170 4 23 172 3 55 184 for a 21 55 finish That was substantially faster than last year s competition since it was the same time for a full 5k vs just 4 8k Given that performance in a training run I was optimistic that I would do even better in a race situation This year the race course was a full 5k Amped up on competition adrenaline I went out a little faster than intended and then had to rein it in a bit as the heat humidity very different weather than we had during my Oregon training run and exhaustion from the previous courses conspired to make my

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  • The Green Knight: Fittest Entrepreneur
    I normally hold a plank easily but my hip flexors were so smoked from the sit ups and burpees that I just couldn t keep it together I thought at the time that I might have lost the contest right there but it turns out that other people struggled too and I finished 8 in that event Despite bombing the final event I still finished the first course 8 overall and 1 among entrepreneurs I wish I had known that then because I was seriously contemplating not finishing the competition Although the temperature was only in the mid 70s F the humidity was 90 and it was becoming abundantly clear that I was no longer in Houston shape Suddenly competing in the last heat of the day didn t seem like such a good idea Fortunately my team got me water and helped me recover in time to begin the second course The first event of the second course was a sequence of agility drills cones ropes ladders hurdles etc Light headed as I was I took these pretty conservatively but still finished in 1 23 4 The second event required me to toss a 15 lb sandbell back and forth over a high barrier 10 times before running suicide sprints I finished in 60 seconds 9 The third event began with slamming a 15 lb sandbell into the ground 20 times before a long out and back bear crawl Bear crawl always slows me down so I finished this event in 1 16 12 The fourth event required me to start in a push up position and then pull a 10 ft sandrope all the way under my body with one arm And then pull it back again with the other arm 10 times Then drag the 30 lb rope a distance pick up a 25 lb sandbell and reverse toss it out the rest of the distance and back before finally dragging the sandrope back to the start This was murder Apparently it only took me 1 12 but it felt like much longer 7 The fifth and final event of the second course was a simple out and back sprint with a 50 lb sandbell over the shoulder I finished in 17 seconds 4 In the end I finished the second course 8 overall and 2 among entrepreneurs Interestingly I was starting to regain my energy though so I was feeling good heading into the final 5k Knowing that I was glycogen depleted already I decided to start off easy in the 5k and then speed up if it felt OK One of my students actually hopped in and ran with me which helped My first km was 4 39 and despite the high in the sky sun my heart rate was only 166 which is very safely manageable for me My pacer and I were passing people and not being passed so it didn t seem like it would be necessary to press too much That

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  • The Green Knight: First Trip to Oregon
    chocolate crunch blueberry crunch Mexican chocolate and maple bacon to bring as a gift for my hosts later that night Some of those flavors turned out to be more exciting than others but I was glad at least to try them After waiting out the traffic and more accidents I finally hit the road and made it down to my friends house in Eugene Friday morning my host who is not only a great runner but also an avid lover of all things running took me on a running tour of Eugene which is known as Track Town USA We started in Hendricks Park which overlooks the city for some scenic trail running I hadn t had a chance to see real Oregon Thursday because I spent the day in urban areas and it was already dark by the time I hit the road As soon as we started running on Friday though I was impressed by just how green Oregon is Lush grasses towering fir trees and moss moss every where It just really gives the impression that organic life thrives there We stopped by Pre s Rock the location where Steve Prefontaine died and then made our way down to the heart of the city During our pilgrimage to historic Hayward Field we took a lap around the track and ran the sizeable stadium stairs Then we ran across the University of Oregon campus to run along Pre s bark trail around the football stadium and then along the Willamette River Running was a fantastic way to see a city that is so prominent in the US s running culture and I m extremely grateful to my host for organizing such a unique tour After a good run what do you need Recovery nutrition of course So we went wine tasting at King Estate Winery I m not usually very big on pinot noir but they had a couple that really won me over Afterward we stopped by a local fish market and made a nice dinner of fresh seafood Saturday we woke up early for a pre dawn trail run along the Ridgeline Trail Gradually the big moon made way for sunrise and we were once again treated to wonderful views of the city whenever we emerged from clusters of forest truly magical At this point I left Eugene and drove up to Corvallis where I would stay for the rest of my trip Again I was impressed by just how green everything was on both sides of the road and extending as far as the eye can see My second Oregon host has been the subject of previous blog posts He is the proprietor of The SHOP which recently relocated to Corvallis Oregon Still a bit winded from our trail run I was excited to see the new SHOP location so I made my way directly there It s a really fantastic facility high ceilings open spaces top end equipment and the best bathrooms I have

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  • The Green Knight: BBQ and Fitness in Houston
    beef rib I ve ever had and much of the rest of the meat was some of the best I ve ever had as well For sides I had pinto beans and green beans both very good but not mind blowing One of the other members of our party shared some of his bread pudding with me and that was pretty outstanding Overall I have to say that Killen s is definitely a cut above truly craft BBQ Craft isn t that important to me when it comes to BBQ though so I m not likely to endure too many long drives and longer waits in line for it Still it was fantastic to try especially that beef rib I had ordered so much meat that other people in the restaurant came over to take their picture with my tray At another time in my life I might have tried to eat it all including the 2 lb beef rib in one sitting but instead I focused on trying a little of everything and then I took a lot home Like a snake devouring an elephant I slowly surely made my way through all the leftovers over the next few days In fact I ate so much BBQ that my urine even smelled like smoked pecan oak and mesquite that s a first for me TMI ALERT Saturday I defended my title as Fittest Entrepreneur in Houston Results haven t been posted yet but once they are I will post a blog entry about that experience Lots of people have heard of carb loading before a big race but have you ever heard of protein loading Neither have I But given my BBQ binge that s exactly what I did and it seemed to go pretty well for me Saturday evening I attended the housewarming party for some former students of mine all grown up now which featured some of my Houston favorites for dinner Torchy s Tacos Madras Pavilion and Bombay Pizza Company mmmmm Then later in the evening I joined a former Rice colleague to continue my Barolo education We did a mini horizontal tasting of two 2003 Baroli one from the Barolo region and one from Serralunga While they both needed some time to open up they really developed into very very nice wines and they paired perfectly with the steaks that my host grilled up We ate drank and chatted about all ranges of topics until about 1 AM an excellent way to wind down a very active day Sunday started with beach volleyball a real luxury compared to the snow and frigid temperatures Katie was experiencing back in NC I didn t have much stamina unfortunately due to soreness and recovery from the previous day s exertions but it was still fun to play with one of my long time partners It has been a great week full of food wine fitness and friends Now it s back to work as Smart OES will soon

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  • The Green Knight: Another weekend at The SHOP
    dumbbell bench press superset with kettlebell swings Then we wrapped up with overhead press superset with single leg glute bridges For post workout nutrition we had second breakfast at Company Cafe where I had a deep bowl of sweet potatoes eggs and grass fed buffalo Mmmmm My business meetings took me most of the day Friday but I made it back to The SHOP in time for workout 3 Wrestlemania Drew has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so we rolled out the mats and he taught us a few moves Then we had six two minute rounds of one on one grappling with one person sitting out to rest each round The goal was to get the other person to submit without any intentional punching kicking or other strikes just grappling Just as I remembered from my days wrestling back in school such an experience is absolutely exhausting Maybe people with great technique are less exhausted by it but for me I basically end up with all muscles flexed all the time Because I didn t really know what I was doing my approach can best be described as a turtle strategy Each round I found myself pretty quickly with my face in the mat so most of my effort was focused on countering my opponent s attempts to manipulate me into a submission hold While I was mostly successful with that in that I managed to fend off such attempts until the end of the very last round when I found myself in a choke hold I wasn t winning I was not losing Next time I ll need to take more risks to get more offensive practice Still it was a lot of fun and a heck of a workout Friday evening we grilled up steaks and salmon that Drew had caught in Alaska Add some spinach with lots of garlic tomatoes and avocado Napa cab and raw milk white russians in honor of all the Big Lebowski references we had been making and it was a heck of a meal Then back to sleep before the final round Saturday morning we woke up early again for sprouted grain english muffins with peanut butter then began workout 4 As most of our muscles were pretty decimated by this point more crazy lifting would have just led to overtraining Accordingly we focused on mobility first with lots of PNF stretching We then superset forearm captains of crush with reverse situps on the incline bench My torso was already so sore from all of the stability work that I wasn t able to do much on the situps We then changed location to a hill near The SHOP I don t know exactly how long the hill path was estimate 200 meters or how steep estimate 10 grade but we sprinted up it three times and then recovered with SHOP shakes As we returned to The SHOP it had been almost exactly 36 hours since we had arrived and we

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  • The Green Knight: Death, Remembrance, and Notre Dame
    Notre Dame would have been for a football game not for a funeral but sometimes life has other plans Katie s father Chris was an excellent tour guide on the Notre Dame campus having spent much of his youth there If the weather had been nicer I might have taken more time to walk around and explore but we still got plenty of its flavor from inside the heated car The funeral mass was held in Notre Dame s basilica which is BEAUTIFUL I have been to some of the most spectacular churches in the world and this is definitely one of my new favorites The deep blue ceilings with starry motifs were really quite beautiful and it struck a good balance between impressive and intimate a nice combination for ushering someone into the next world After the burial Katie s family was kind enough to indulge me in a brief stop at the Grotto I had heard of the Grotto when Rice football played at Notre Dame last year and I saw this story about a Rice football player seeking it out after the game It s a quiet little enclave just below the basilica with candles and prayer benches Just as the Rice football player had sought it out it now turned out to be exactly what I was seeking as well on this day of mourning I lit a candle for Dad and spent a little time on the prayer bench which would have made my Nonna happy wishing him a happy birthday letting him know that we still miss him and encouraging him to seek out the recently arrived grandmother of another January 23rd baby who now brings me so much joy It was a very nice moment that was really facilitated by the quiet spiritual nature of the Grotto A great deal about Notre Dame s campus impressed me the basilica the golden dome the football stadium but the Grotto was my favorite At the wake most of Chris s siblings and extended family joined him in celebrating Katie s grandmother s life They told stories for hours on end Some stories evoked laughter some evoked tears many evoked both but all were helpful for the grieving process Later that night we went out for Katie s birthday not necessarily the one we would have planned but a good one all the same At the end of the day it doesn t really matter which kind of cake you eat or which presents you get being with those you love and who love you is the best gift of all And that of course is a lesson that transcends birthdays and is even relevant to funerals The ones that love us never really leave us And you can always find them in here heart Sirius Black the Harry Potter series My father continues to live on in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he touched This includes several friends from his youth who

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  • The Green Knight: Google Glass
    t amazing but it s full 720 HD for both pics and video and the optics are much better than I would have expected The killer app for Glass by far is driving navigation It takes everything that s great about Google Maps navigation and puts it on your HUD No more glancing down to look at a GPS or your phone it s right there in front of you showing you where to turn without obstructing your view of the road Considering that the main reason I was supposed to get glasses was for night driving this is a huge win The Bad Unfortunately that s the only killer app for Glass Most Glassware apps are just lightweight versions of apps that already exist on phones For Glass really to flourish it will need an ecosystem of apps that are not ports of pre existing apps but rather are only possible on this unique platform Glass should serve as a good bluetooth headset for calls too but it falls short in this area I made a few calls with it but the microphone isn t great The other side often reported having a hard time hearing me especially if I was in the car and the bone conductive speaker which ensures that no one else hears what you are hearing often ensures that you can t hear all that well either You can plug in an earbud but I found that I almost never took the trouble another firstworldproblem wow I m a real brat to do that Similarly I also never took advantage of Glass for sports There are Glassware apps that will connect to my sports watch and display my heart rate pace etc on my HUD Rather than getting my nice prescription lenses all sweaty and dirty though I would only take advantage of this by swapping in the more ruggedized sunglasses lenses This is possible but it takes several minutes and a special tool If these lenses were more hot swappable then I would get more use out of the sports apps The final bad aspect of Glass is the controversy that surrounds it Many people freak out when they see Glass because they think it s recording them without them knowing it This fear is rationally unfounded as A a conspicuous light shows on Glass whenever it is recording and B its battery life wouldn t allow it to record much anyway It would be much easier to record people without their knowledge by using a mobile phone or a GoPro camera than with Glass But people don t understand Glass so they fear it understandable but it still brings about some awkward experiences with individuals who are uncomfortable or with businesses that expressly ban the devices The Ugly The worst aspect of Glass to me is that it doesn t just work As someone who is often running late a real benefit of Glass is that I should be able to put it

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  • The Green Knight: Recent Movie Reviews
    times when it glossed over important points with forced exposition It was a good film and I recommend seeing it but it unfortunately isn t the 2001 for this generation that it attempted to be Predestination This film was really interesting and had me thinking guessing right up until the very end and actually a bit after as well It was very Memento like in its non chronological story telling and it was very well acted It s hard to be too specific about this movie without giving anything away so it will have to suffice that I recommend it Boxtrolls This movie really surprised and delighted me It s from the same studio that produced Coraline and is made in a somewhat similar style although the content is not as dark It features excellent voice acting well scripted dialog a captivating premise and an engaging plot that keeps you interested until the very end This will work well for kids and adults alike heartily recommended What do the rest of you think Disagree with my reviews Has anyone seen any other noteworthy movies recently Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 40 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels movies Thanksgiving No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 Recent Movie Reviews Chestnut Ridge Trail Race 2014 Dell XPS 15 Rice Homecoming 2015 October

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