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  • The Green Knight: Chestnut Ridge Trail Race 2014
    upper 30s F great racing weather I went out pretty fast to ensure that I didn t have to do too much passing once we hit the single track trails As I saw my heart rate creeping up though I was able to reign it in a bit so as not to burn out For most of the race there was someone 50 100 meters ahead of me and and I could hear someone s 25 50 meters behind me as well I tried not to be concerned with them and just ran my own race With less than 1 km to go we emerged from the forest and two cross country boys passed me They tried to pull away but I hung with them and eventually all three of us overtook the man who had been ahead of me for most of the race As we neared the finish I kicked it up a gear or two and surged pass the boys to beat them by a couple of seconds and finish in 32 21 Setting a new course PR by 89 seconds is pretty good on such a short race I attribute the better performance to better pacing more experience running trails and a higher running fitness level than I had a year ago Also additional motivation was provided by some of my friends from the Godiva Track Club They were running the longer distance race but one of them even ran with me for some time This was a fun small race with pretty scenery and a nice route It served as a good warmup for Thursday s Gallop Gorge 8k the final event of the Tour de Carrboro series where I m hoping to set another course PR before hitting the offseason Posted by Bryan Hassin

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  • The Green Knight: Dell XPS 15
    on functionality I don t use too many data intensive applications so I can t speak to its speed at I O but for rapid startup it is transformative The battery life is also very good Despite the big display I am easily getting 6 9 hours depending of course on how hard I m pushing it use between charges which is more than adequate to sustain me during travel or meetings I m not sure I ve even used my charger outside of the home or office yet My one reservation for this computer was that it only came with Windows 8 1 I liked Windows 7 just fine and I hadn t heard great things about 8 1 So far though I have been pleased not blown away by 8 1 It isn t radically different than 7 but it offers a more app like launch experience which is prevalent on all of my other devices I m still not using the touch screen as much as I could but I ll get there All in all I have been very pleased with the Dell XPS 15 It s fast light not too power hungry and has an amazing display If there are others out there who want MacBook Pro ish hardware with a Windows experience this is it Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 50 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels computer 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

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  • The Green Knight: Rice Homecoming 2015
    in the suburbs but you were relatively insulated from it inside the loop No longer There is no escape As quickly as Houston is growing I don t expect the road construction to keep pace with the traffic and unfortunately public transportation efforts like light rail are being developed at a snail s pace Fortunately we didn t have to drive around too much as we spent most of our time on campus for Homecoming The events were fantastic as always including Katie s reunion at the new continuing studies building As this was the first Homecoming in three years that Katie and I weren t chairing we were really able to relax and enjoy it We were able to see many friends in a short amount of time and Rice won the football game to boot becoming bowl eligible for the third year in a row go Owls We also checked many Houston food destinations off of our bucket list while we were there Goode Co BBQ Roost Beaver s Torchy s Tacos some more authentic tex mex and even the Lovett College servery Say what you like about Houston it is definitely a great food town It was just a quick trip but it is always nice to be back together in the place we called home for more than 10 years even if that place is changing at an incredible pace It was a blast Houston and we ll be back soon Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 23 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Houston Rice 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

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  • The Green Knight: Nutrition for Fat Loss
    it as I wanted because eating the equivalent of lots of almonds is really filling Elana s Pantry became a great resource for me although I cut out the sugar in her recipes Check out my recipes for banana bread carrot cake and peanut butter chocolate chip cupcakes all delicious and all pretty good for you Again I don t know whether to attribute the fat loss to the elimination of grains and starches per se or whether it was more a result of the fact that I was eating more foods that I had baked myself with good ingredients rather than prepared foods but the outcome is the same regardless 3 Only local sustainably procured fish and meat This is for both nutritional and environmental reasons I won t eat fish if I don t know where it came from nearby and how it was caught or more likely farmed and treated with lots of chemicals and I won t eat meat if I don t know where it came from nearby what how it ate its natural habitat foods and whether or not it was pumped full of antibiotics and hormones In practice this makes me mostly vegetarian plus some fish We have plenty of local sustainably caught fish here in the Gulf Coast and even less meat If a restaurant can t answer the above questions I ll just assume the worst So here again by virtue of the hard rule I set I wind up eating more nutrition dense low calorie foods like fresh veggies Fill up on those and you can t not lose fat 4 Intermittent fasting I heard about intermittent fasting through The Shop and was intrigued by what I read online There were all kinds of alleged benefits increased HGH production etc without much consensus around them but the main point was getting ripped So I decided to try a 24 hour fast Yes for 24 hours I ingested only water I liked the results so much that I made it a regular part of my routine The primary benefit of the fast for me is psychological I m the type of person who has traditionally eaten frenetically when hungry even eating preventatively if I thought I might get hungry later usually a sure bet The fast helped me change my relationship with hunger I would get hungry yes but I wouldn t eat and yet the world didn t come to an end In fact my hunger subsided When I finally broke my fast it wasn t voraciously as a malnourished human on the brink of death but rather as a calm centered person more aware of his physical needs This has been really helpful to me in taking control of my eating habits rather than letting them control me The other benefit of fasting is creating a caloric deficit I burn 3 300 calories per day on average When I don t ingest any calories to compensate that creates a

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  • The Green Knight: Prague, Musical City
    a cafe along the Vltava River Everywhere we went there were numerous posters for classical music concerts Mozart Beethoven and of course hometown favorite Dvorak Every church concert hall and outdoor venue must have been booked for concerts And then there were plenty of modern music concerts advertised as well Madonna Leonard Cohen and on and on Surely there must have been a music festival going on that weekend nope just business as usual in this very musical city After our exploration of Western Prague we returned to the 6th district for dinner with Klara s sister Karo also a Rice volleyball player and brother in law at a converted abbey that now serves traditional Czech cuisine I had roasted leg of rabbit on garlic creamed spinach delicious and of course hand crafted beer We wound down with a few more beers at a nearby beer garden and then called it a night Saturday we headed over to the East side of the river and walked around all day We had lunch at Klara s parents restaurant Anna Bar highly recommended where I had garlic soup and Czech goulash so good Our next stop was Old Town where we witnessed the chiming of the really really really ridiculously cool astronomical clock En route to Vysehrad we passed many beautiful towers churches theaters concert halls and other buildings I m so fortunate to have had a tour guide who knew where to go Vysehrad was another cool castle with great views over the city and a cool basilica St Peter St Paul After paying our respects to Dvorak in the cemetery we hung out on a bench along the castle walls and just enjoyed the nice weather for a while We then relocated to a cafe with a black tie pianist who played everything from Beethoven sonatas to oldies It was nice to be out of the direct sun for a while so we lingered before making our way to dinner In a major departure from meaty Czech cuisine we dined at Prague s best vegetarian restaurant The food was phenomenal I had bulgur risotto with chili tofu and peanut sauce but unfortunately Karo couldn t join us because she was going into labor We cut the evening short and returned to the apartment to await news which came around 1 30 AM of the birth Congratulations to the entire family and no need to thank me for my services I m sure the baby would have come eventually even if I hadn t been there After a full weekend of Czech food beer walking tourism and friends and after instigating the birth of Klara s nephew there was nothing left to do but return to Lausanne but not before buying a bottle of Slivovice in honor of my Czechoslovakian classmate Martin Here s to you Martin Na zdravi I m sorry we couldn t meet on this trip but I assure you that your compatriots gave me an excellent introduction

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  • The Green Knight: Paris and Buffett 6.0 - Day 2
    lot of fun and I met many other international Parrotheads from Canada Italy Holland and of course the US We chatted played Jimmy Buffett music and of course imbibed My beverage of choice this time around was a very nice Sauternes Considering that I had eaten exclusively chocolate all day I was living a very literal dolce vita until I also opened up some cheese as well Eventually Katie and her friend came to join me in line They hopped right into the tailgating and before we knew it Time usually flies at a Buffett tailgate we were being let into the venue We were pretty close to the stage maybe 20 feet away which made for a great concert Jimmy mixed up the set list a little bit from the previous night so that it kept even those of us who attended both concerts guessing After the concert the girls struck out to get some Champagne and watch the Eiffel Tower lights while I stuck around to to see Jimmy leave the venue He was very personable and gracious signing many autographs on his way out Afterward I walked back to our apartment which took nearly an hour but it was a great walk In a pedestrian friendly city just walking along the streets is a fun experience regardless of the time of day Sunday morning we woke up in time to have a parting breakfast with Mom before I hopped on the train to Switzerland Eggs snails salmon sardines the waiter actually brought over an additional table just for my order What can I say I didn t know when I would next have true French cuisine so I was trying to stock up It was just a brief trip to Paris but as always it was a

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  • The Green Knight: Paris and Buffett v6.0 - Day 1
    ready for the show Incidentally we actually brought the wine two left bank Bordeaux from our cellar in the US Bringing French wine to France is kind of like bringing sand to the beach but we figured this way we could spend less time procuring fantastic wine and more time enjoying it We weren t 100 sure that we were allowed to pop open wine in public in Paris and we even had a bit of a scare as a stern looking woman made her way toward us It turns out however that she wasn t looking to tell us off about our wine rather she was hoping to borrow our wine opener which we had also brought from the US just to leave nothing to chance As we continued to enjoy our Buffett pre party another Parrothead who was walking by recognized us and joined in the fun I had met him last year and it was fun to see a familiar face I believe this was the sixth year I came to Paris for the show and many other attendees were repeat comers as well it s a fun little community of Parrotheads Parisiens Buffett s show was very nice This first night it was all seated including down on the floor where we were Of course we were standing most of the night but it was nice to have a seat on which to leave our stuff while we were dancing about As always it was basically one big sing along Afterward we met up with some others for a few drinks but called it a relatively early night After all we would need our strength for his second concert on Saturday Posted by Bryan Hassin at 20 47 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to

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  • The Green Knight: Running for a Reason
    suddenly had an uncontrollable need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the race Fortunately the other angels were relaxed and reassuring This was a very small race just 300 total runners and only 3 angel teams so there wasn t much pressure I met my captain Theo a five year old with a big mop of curly hair and I knew it would be fine His mom whose hands were very full with two other children told me that they drove in for these events whenever they could because Theo really enjoyed the stimulation of the race experience She told me that he liked the breeze in his face so I promised him I would run fast When the starting gun sounded the angel teams began together As I picked up steam and became comfortable with the race chariot though Theo and I pulled ahead and started passing people This wasn t as easy as it might normally be because A the chariot was pretty large and not too agile and B most of the race took place on a relatively narrow greenway Theo helped though as he cooed and squealed people ahead took notice and made way Theo was great his happy noises and frequent waving of hands and feet attracted a lot of attention from nearby runners His race chariot was decorated with his name on it so we elicited many Go Theodore s as we passed people I wish I had been doing this a long time ago when I was single because I met many attractive young ladies on the course as they told me how cute my son was The net effect was that running with Theo made running a much more social experience than it usually is for me As a hardcore extrovert I loved it Although people in Raleigh would call the course flat I m sure there were definitely some non trivial hills Pushing Theo up those hills and I should point out that Theo was the smallest captain of the bunch so I have to give serious props to the other two angels was tough which was great since the entire reason I run is for a workout Whenever my body felt like slowing down I thought about the physical challenges the fragile little boy in front of me was facing and it kind of put the hills in perspective I talked to Theo as we approached each hill I don t know if he understood me but I liked to think that the sounds he was making were cheering encouraging me on and together he and I conquered hill after hill after hill it really was more like him pulling me along than me pushing him My usual 8k time is 34 35 minutes Theo and I finished this one in 42 54 Given the help I was able to lend Theo in participating in the race given the glee in his voice and movements as we

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