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  • The Green Knight: Bayou City Classic 2011 Race Report
    settled down my pace my hamstring was noticeable but manageable If I couldn t breathe due to cold remnants though it would be a long tough race My heart rate was pretty high nearing 180 so I concluded that indeed I had been running quite quickly No problem there even if it had been faster than intended it was coherent with my strategy and now my aerobic activity would process the lactic acid to provide me with more anaerobic energy at the end We emerged from downtown my GPS stabilized and I finished the first km in 4 03 with an average heart rate of 164 BPM The next few kms were unremarkable The music along the course was good and I kept a relatively even pace Now that I was running a much slower than 4 03 pace I was passed frequently by runners who had had slower starts but were running faster paces km 2 4 35 174 BPM km 3 4 37 174 km 4 4 39 176 km 5 4 43 175 I finished my first 5k in 22 37 my fastest first 5k in any of my 10k races or training runs There was a marker for each km so I knew I was actually running the times distances not having to trust my GPS blindly My heart rate had stabilized but my pace was clearly slowing Still I was 29s ahead of my target so if I could just run the second 5k within 19 seconds of my target I would beat my PR At this point we turned around on Shepherd and began the trek back toward downtown By now the runners around me had thinned out There was an old guy who was a real trooper Every time I pressed him he fought me off and pushed ahead faster There was also another guy wearing Vibram FiveFingers which was great to see There was also another stocky guy running along with us For the next several km we basically all ran together km 6 4 43 177 BPM km 7 4 40 177 km 8 4 43 177 km 9 4 43 178 Entering the final km I was only 19s ahead of my target 9s ahead of my PR This km began with an uphill segment which went really slowly for me at a 5 00 pace It began occurring to me that I could lose it all in this last km if I kept that up I made up time on the corresponding down slope Flow like water I told myself While people around me were wasting energy leaning back and resisting gravity I tried to let it guide me forward I passed the old guy here but the stocky guy and the other Vibrams wearer were still ahead of me At 9 5 km my left calf cramped up I reasoned that I was overloading it by compensating for my tender right hamstring With only half a km left

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  • The Green Knight: HCHD Med 5k 2012 Race Report
    was 9 seconds ahead of my race plan After a major left turn the next km slowed a bit to 4 16 but still with an average HR of 172 At the halfway point I was 6 seconds ahead of my race plan but I had slowed and it seemed clear that I wasn t going to pull 4 13s moving forward So much for a PR The next km was really bad 4 22 and an average heart rate of 174 I was now 3 seconds behind my race plan only 2 seconds ahead of my PR At this point the race course U turned and so did my performance The next km breezed by in 4 09 at an average HR of 177 I was back in business 1 second ahead of race plan What accounted for this change in performance I have a few hypotheses 1 I just dug in deep and found extra juice but I don t think this is what happened 2 There was a slight elevation increase over the previous two kms and a slight decrease over this km not enough to account for this difference though 3 The previous 2 kms were going one direction and this km was going the opposite direction so perhaps this was the effect of the wind Regardless I was feeling good and had slowly passed several runners and caught up to several more I turned it up a notch for the next 400m completing them in 1 30 at an average HR of 182 and passing all the runners in my cluster At this point I was 7 seconds ahead of race plan but didn t have nearly enough blood going to my brain to realize that I kicked it hard to complete the final 100m in 17s at an average HR of 198 my HR peaking at 207 both of which are all time highs for me My final chip time was 20 30 7 a PR by 14 seconds and 8 seconds ahead of my race plan This was the 28 finish overall 98th percentile 26 among men 95th percentile and 3 within my M 30 34 age group 96th percentile My actual base pace averaged out to closer to 4 14 the strong start and finish were the legs that gained me seconds over my race plan If I can lower that base pace to 4 06 I ll have a legitimate shot at breaking 20 minutes which is my goal for this year My next two races are 10ks though so my training focus will turn to that distance over the coming weeks I m pleased with the performance 24 seconds faster than my time on the same course last year Katie did really well too beating her goal time by more than a minute To celebrate we crushed pancakes and omelets at Buffalo Grill and watched Star Wars Episode I in 3D Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 09 Email This

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  • The Green Knight: 2011 Fiesta Bowl 5k Race Report
    second km it was clear that I wasn t going to be able to sustain that pace as we finished in 4 18 My average heart rate had only increased to 175 though In the third km we hit some obstacles a sharp turn some uphill trail and lots of muddy puddles to be carefully avoided in my Vibrams By themselves they didn t seem like much but together they definitely slowed me down I finished the third km in 4 29 Yikes with an average heart rate of 176 I was 22 seconds off of pace and I could seriously feel the soreness in my quads Mike looked over and asked How are we doing on pace My response Bad You know I m struggling when I use poor grammar The fourth km was more of the same finished in 4 32 with an average heart rate of 176 At least now it was time to pick it up a bit and pick it up we did We finished the next 400m in 1 40 a 4 10 km pace and average heart rate of 179 As we rounded the last turn it was a straight away to the finish line Mike said Let s go and we kicked it hard There were two runners ahead of us and I just wasn t sure if we were going to be able to catch up to them Having Mike there was extra motivational though we passed one runner and then just before the finish line the other one The final 100m took 16s 2 40 km pace with average heart rate of 189 and a max heart rate of 196 my max possible heart rate The final race time was 21 21 41 seconds slower than my target I was the 45th runner to finish 96th percentile the 34th male 87th percentile and 5th male age 30 34 80th percentile It was my worst race all year in terms of both time and finish placement Race conditions were pretty good including cool weather and a running buddy for extra motivation so what happened Well my heart rate was generally lower than in previous races despite my running more slowly A few possibilities 1 This may just have been due to the cold The warmer it is the higher my heart rate at the same pace 2 My muscle soreness was preventing me from turning over my legs quickly enough to warrant a higher heart rate 3 After several weeks of not running much my body simply wasn t attuned to increasing heart rate that much 4 I didn t have enough glycogen stored in my muscles I m not really sure about any of those but they re my best guesses so far I ll look forward to my next 5k in February where I will hope to make a stronger showing Enough about me though the best part of the race was that we had a whole team of

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  • The Green Knight: A Swiss Day in Houston
    I almost felt like I was running along Lac Leman in Lausanne In the evening we had a long lingering twilight with a dark blue sky prominent stars and crescent moon There you have it Houston in January is Lausanne in June Unfortunately my experience today did not include excellent food outdoors with great friends as it surely would have in Switzerland After my run and Max s long walk I spent most of the day inside PowerPointing in front of my laptop Even this felt very Swiss though because it s exactly how I spent many a Saturday at IMD Ah Suisse vous me manquez It will take more than ideal weather to recreate the Swiss experience truly though After all the best thing about Switzerland is all my wonderful friends there Hopefully there will be a chance to visit soon but in the meantime back to work Posted by Bryan Hassin at 00 33 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Houston imd Lausanne Switzerland 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 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October

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  • The Green Knight: 1982 - What a vintage!
    bourguignon spicy cauliflower casserole rosemary roasted potatoes Chateau Beychevelle Saint Julien 1982 Chateau Gruaud Larose Saint Julien 1982 Assortment of cheeses Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien 1982 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 1982 Pumpkin souffle Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1988 Cheatu Climens Barsac 1998 Note that for the the red wines we did a south to north tour of Saint Julien finishing with Leoville Las Cases which is separated from the vaunted Chateau Latour of Pauillac by only a stream It was a wonderful night Many thanks go out to Katie s sister Kelly who ensured that the meal came together and to her boyfriend Mike who ensured that he and I stayed out of the way Most of all thanks to Katie for being born As someone said last night she should turn 30 more often Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 08 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 1982 food Katie wine 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 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March

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  • The Green Knight: 2012
    this year Normally we would be honored by this consideration but we are especially tickled since this is Rice s big Centennial year We ll work hard to ensure that this is the biggest best Homecoming ever It s not all Rice though as I m working hard this year to foster community among IMD s nearly 500 alumni in Houston Instead of the traditional big event model I m hoping to generate momentum from the ground up with more frequent lower overhead events Additionally I m coordinating with the other North American IMD alumni club presidents to organize an all continent reunion this August in Boston On the health front I didn t hit my goals last year so I m doubling down in 2012 Already I ve made some great progress separate post to follow which I intend to keep up This has required much more focused attention nutritionally which has been a big change My top goal for 2012 Keep my awesome wife happy Her birthday is coming up and we re celebrating with what should be an amazing wine dinner tonight a great start to her next year 2012 full of excitement and possibility Enter the Dragon Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 14 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 2012 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

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  • The Green Knight: 2011 Wrap-Up
    the re addition of yoga back into my weekly routine This trend needs to continue in 2012 I intended to enter more volleyball tournaments this year but only managed to enter one Perhaps it s part of getting older but I m becoming less and less enthusiastic about spending my entire day at a tournament much of which is just sitting around versus a shorter but much more focused outing with just a few friends Fun and exercise are higher goals now than competition My running goals were met and exceeded early on this this year as I PR ed in the 5k 20 45 and 10k 44 41 with multiple top 5 finishes Professional It was an incredible year for Smart Office Energy Solutions which closed another round of funding won some major awards and recognition and significantly advanced its product and market development Once again I devoted a great deal of time this year to engaging my mentors and to mentoring others My mentees rated my contributions as very valuable and I was invited to join the boards of advisers for a few startups In 2011 I successfully pursued ongoing learning through reading articles and books and learning languages German and Arabic At this point these learning activities have been so institutionalized into my routine that I don t believe they need to be actual goals of mine next year My Klout increased from 50 to 55 last year a trend I will work to continue I updated one of my major presentations to IMD and published a new one for the Academy of Management annual meeting This level of activity should increase significantly with the entrepreneurship course I m teaching this year Service I helped GIVEWATTS achieve some major milestones this year including approval as a 501

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  • The Green Knight: 2011 Goals
    that is back on the list for this year One way I can give myself a better chance is by creating more opportunities Last year I only entered two tourneys all year this year I need to enter more I ll also add winning a BB coed tourney to the objective list for this year as I am hoping that Katie and I will start playing 2s together consistently I also plan to attend at least one volleyball skills workshop this year for more focused improvement than just playing 4 Running I hit my running goals quite early last year but now I have a better idea of where my current limits are My objectives for 2011 are to run a 5k race under 21 00 and a 10k under 45 00 taking about a minute off my PR in each event I d like to finish top 5 overall and top 10 in my group at least once this year To achieve these objectives I will continue my 5k and 10k training runs introduce additional aerobic training and add sprint workouts back into the mix for the first time in several years 5 Balance To round out my health and well being I have resolved to continue reading at least one book for pleasure each month and to introduce a new practice of taking time each morning for meditation I ve found this so far to be a very helpful exercise in centering myself before each day reflecting on what is really important and preparing for the hustle and bustle that follows To measure balance in my life I will once again let my feelings be my guide polling them periodically Professional 1 Smart Office Energy Solutions As I learned last year setting goals objectives for a business this early dynamic and then trying to measure myself against them 12 months later is a real exercise in futility As such within Smart OES we will continue to set goals measure our performance against them and update them frequently as our business changes I personally will track my feelings about how it s all going at Smart OES 2 Relationships Last year I mentored three entrepreneurs on an ongoing basis and many more professionals on one off or temporary bases As anticipated this was a highly rewarding experience and this year I hope to increase the scope of this part of my professional life Instead of just tracking the quantity of mentorship I am providing though my objective is to provide more real value Therefore this year I am asking the people I work with to rate me on how much value I contribute and to provide feedback regarding where I can improve I will also do a better job this year of engaging my own mentors on a weekly basis 3 Development Last year I successfully read one professional book or article each week but I have come to realize that reading the material alone isn t enough Top

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