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  • The Green Knight: 2011/08 - 2011/09
    to Pinterest Labels imd Rice travel 2011 08 09 Finnish Wedding Part 3 Saturday also began with a very late start after briefly waking up for the amazing breakfast buffet It was raining a bit so we didn t venture too far but we did walk around and see the Church in the rock which was very cool Again we bumped into our classmates while we were walking around town and while we were having lunch we witnessed a SlutWalk protest hundreds of Finnish women and some men dressed outlandishly made for a unique cultural experience Saturday evening was the wedding itself a positively lovely affair After a short civil ceremony we were treated to more excellent Finnish cuisine for dinner lots of raw meat and fish but also delicious vegetarian options The wine was very well paired with the food too As we ate there were some toasts mostly in English but also in Finnish They were clever and poignant and paid great tribute to the happy couple When Tuomas delivered his toast in Finnish to Emilia it reinforced something we all learned at IMD that only a very small part of communication comes from the actual meaning of words Even though we couldn t understand his words the heartfelt homage to his life partner was clearly evident Before we transitioned completely from sitting to dancing there was a brief bit of drama It seems that someone kidnapped the bride In order to earn her back Tuomas had to answer trivia questions about her and then dance a traditional Texas line dance At first his performance was not deemed enthusiastic enough so he gave it another try pulling out all the stops and won her back what a great tradition Then the dancing started and it was a LOT of fun The DJ played everything from 80s staples to contemporary Finnish music to everything in between including Finnish covers of classic songs Despite the cool weather outside it got very VERY warm inside so I had to alternate between dancing and cooling off outside Eventually the best man made an announcement that it was time to stop drinking and start getting wasted what a great sentiment As Katie and I were dancing with one of my Chinese classmates having a blast it reminded me of a failure of mine from the IMD year I was so focused on academic achievement that I missed many opportunities to bond with my classmates foregoing parties to work for example It is so evident to me now though that my classmates were IMD s greatest assets and relationships with them are the greatest benefits that I took from the program This is now the top piece of advice I give to incoming students to take time to get to know their peers In my case I am now finally doing it at for example weddings like this one better late than never At 1 AM we had to relinquish our venue so we all hopped on a bus to The Tiger the self described classiest club in Helsinki There we had some tables reserved and kept the dance party going until 4 AM As the club closed Katie and I walked back to our hotel under the early sunrise and relished in the denouement of what had been an incredibly fun night Sunday began with brunch at an island mansion Our party was noticeably diminished in size partially because some people had already departed but also because many people were still suffering from the previous night Those of us who made it out were treated to excellent recovery food and a great view of the bay Afterward Katie and I ferried over to Suomenlinna the world s largest sea fortress for some touring and sight seeing Sunday evening featured a final casual dinner with the wedding couple and then Monday morning we were up eaaaaarly to catch our flight to Switzerland Somehow it is easier to get up at 4 AM though when the sun is already rising As we waited for our airport ride I breathed in and took one last look at the gray early lit skies above the train station and savored my most canonical view of Finland It was a short trip but a fantastic introduction to a great country and great people Many congratulations to Tuomas and Emilia Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 26 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Finland imd wedding Finnish Wedding Part 2 Friday began with an amazing breakfast buffet at our hotel It was a veritable smorgasbord of Nordic staples pickled herring mustard herring marinated salmon little pancakes organic spelt barley porridge with lingonberries eggs freshly baked bread cheese pastries nuts seeds and fresh fruit None of this wimpy continental breakfast for us these Finns know how to start the day off right To be more precise Friday actually began by waking up at 4 30 AM my body was still getting used to the new time zone Normally I might be able to roll back over and go to sleep in the dark However it was already very light out This far north they have very little actual darkness in the summers While we were there the sun generally set 11 PM and rose 4 AM I can t imagine what it was like back around the summer solstice Because of this early morning wakeup we found ourselves spending the rest of our morning after breakfast napping instead of exploring the town oops We roused ourselves in time for the first event of the wedding weekend though soccer We walked down to the south end of the peninsula Helsinki is incredibly walkable and there is public transportation to take you anywhere that s out of range and met the families of the bride and groom in a beautiful green park The groom s side would be playing the bride s side in

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  • The Green Knight: 2011/07 - 2011/08
    and I will post my thoughts as it progresses While I was in the Bay area I had a great chance to catch up with other friends and colleagues Wednesday evening I had dinner with the cofounder of my first two startups he just finished his MS in computer science at Stanford and is now ready to take on the world again Friday night I met up with former Rice computer science classmates who are now at Google One of them is intimately involved in the Google rollout so I had a receptive audience to my fanboyness Saturday I had lunch with a high school classmate who is now a Silicon Valley VC and that evening I had dinner with an IMD alum who is sharing time between San Francisco and Brussels There is never enough time to see everyone while I m in town but each such meetup is a real pleasure Social networking tools make staying connected much easier than it used to be but there is still no substitute for spending time with people in person Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 08 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Cleantech Open greentech venture capital 2011 07 08 Ah Summer in Switzerland I ve just returned from a week in Lausanne Switzerland that was both productive and refreshing The original purpose of my trip was to attend IMD s annual meeting for presidents of its global alumni clubs As the founder and president of the Houston alumni club I was invited this year for the first time As this is a great time of year to be in Lausanne and a terrible time of year to be in Houston I extended my stay a bit to work from a different location I flew out Wednesday evening arriving in Geneva early Thursday morning Instead of sleeping on the plane I got on a real roll of catching up on some work which was great for productivity but less great for feeling rested upon arrival Still I knew that I couldn t sleep during the day Thursday if I hoped to synchronize my body clock with the new time zone After checking into my hotel the exquisite house of a former IMD professor and mentor of mine I spent the afternoon at IMD attending a session of OWP OWP Orchestrating Winning Performance is IMD s flagship event every year featuring a full week of cutting edge research presentations to the 500 execs who come in from around the world to stay up to date It was my first time attending a session and it didn t disappoint Thursday evening I had dinner with another IMD professor mentor and a new colleague of his The three of us will be presenting together at the Academy of Management s annual conference in August so it was a great chance to coordinate our goals content and logistics Friday and Saturday I spent at the

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  • The Green Knight: 2011/06 - 2011/07
    of these small successes re energizes me and keeps us moving forward Another piece of good news came in last week when we were selected as semi finalists for the Cleantech Open a prestigious nation wide contest between cleantech startups It is an honor to have been selected among such talented companies and we will work hard in the next round to live up to the hype Finally business meetings took me to Dallas toward the end of the week so I used the opportunity to squeeze in some time at The SHOP while I was there I will detail that experience in a subsequent post but suffice to say that the incredibly intense workouts were exactly what I was seeking It was a great week so now I m working on making this one even better Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 09 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Cleantech Open fundraising Smart Office Energy Solutions The SHOP 2011 06 10 Atlas Shrugged At long last after several months I have finished reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand While reading The Fountainhead back in high school I fell in love with Rand s school of philosophical thought Objectivism I always meant to follow up by reading Atlas Shrugged but between college startups and the myriad other distractions in my life I just never quite made time for the 1 000 page novel Finally at long last I have accomplished this task and it was interesting to read it 14 years after I read The Fountainhead my perspective has changed a lot since then The Good Rand s advocacy of free market capitalism certainly resonates very strongly with me I m not anti government but I do believe that the government has a pretty focused role to play in the maintenance and advancement of society Capitalism is an efficient system for fostering innovation advancing ideas that are worthwhile and discarding those that aren t The capital and where it flows provides an intrinsic metric of success incenting businesses to evolve streamline and innovate When the government gets too involved not only does it lead to wonky results due to decision making by people with little business experience it also mucks up the entire capitalist system blurring the incentives and obfuscating the metrics of success further compounding the wonky results I have blogged before about such wonky results I m glad to have read this book now after 11 years as an entrepreneur and business executive as the government meddling in business affairs e g the Anti Dog Eat Dog Rule and Directive 10 289 evoked much more significant responses in me than they would have back when I was a student That said in this book Rand argues for an extremely laissez faire almost anarchist form of capitalism which I do not support The government does have a role to play in business and that is to set the rules of the system in which the market operates These rules include fair laws and equitable taxes with frequent review and update After that businesses should be left free to optimize their operations around those rules I also bought into Rand s theme of Sanction of the Victim the willingness of the successful to suffer at the hands of the evil In this novel evil is done by mooches and looters who have no capacity to achieve in and of their own right feeling guilty for the sin of their achievement This corresponds with Transactional Analysis specifically with the playing of games It is easy to blame the evil person company country organization but it takes two or more actors to play a game and they all are equally complicit in the result Rand s rational egoism or ethical selfishness still resonates with me in many ways but not nearly as much as it did in high school If self is extended to represent collective units such as family or company I think this position is a good operating principle However it must not be followed myopically and it must not be considered absolute Part of what makes us human is that we have the capacity for love and human empathy not just for maximizing self interest 24 7 365 The Bad Rand s philosophy really falls apart though on her premise that rationality is every human being s highest virtue Here I disagree completely Human beings are inherently irrational creatures although we spend an enormous amount of time and energy rationalizing irrational decisions we have already made consciously or subconsciously Several times in the novel characters are derided for sharing their feelings or instincts This is flat out wrong We can either ignore suppress our emotions or we can embrace them even capitalize on them Again our capacity to feel is a critical element of the human experience and without it life is less rich less meaningful This shows in Rand s characters who never seem to know joy She writes that they are joyful when they achieve something great but it isn t very convincing The moments of greatest joy in my life have been almost entirely irrational and they have involved people not achievements By condemning irrationality Rand really misses the boat The Ugly Because of the dogged focus on rationality the characters in Atlas Shrugged simply aren t believable Or even if one believes that humans like them might exist it is hard to identify with them There is some dialogue of course but the book feels like one preachy monologue after another Because of this inability to write human characters and because of her insistent commitment to rationality I wonder what Ayn Rand was like and I suspect that she repressed a significant amount of her own feelings More practically Atlas Shrugged is too long The story could have been told in 1 3 the pages and without sacrificing any character development since as described above the

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  • The Green Knight: 2011/05 - 2011/06
    and landing softly in our hair and on our shoulders I had practiced my vows in the shower in the car and in the mirror but this time I spoke them into the beautiful blue eyes of my life partner Incomparable amazing perfect Once we finished bawling being pronounced husband and wife and kissing F inally we kicked off post ceremony festivities by sabering the first bottle of La Marca Conegliano Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Instead of using a sword though tough to carry on a plane we used the best we could find in the castle s kitchen a huge meat cleaver We sabered that bottle without cutting anyone took a billion pictures and began partying There in the courtyard we played mostly classical music including pieces by Beethoven Bach Schumann and even Mark Knopfler and John Williams We also made the first of what would eventually be many many many toasts We toasted those who were there with us those who couldn t make it and those who were no longer with us all of whom were celebrating with us whether in person or in spirit Once every possible of combination of bride groom and guests had been photographed under the linden tree we processed to the granaio to begin a very very long wedding lunch dinner With such a small gathering we were able to seat everyone at the same long table with Katie and me and immediate family at the center For antipasti we had three kinds of bruschetta muscroom tomato and spinach aioli With this we also opened the next wine La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna a fabulous little white wine very near and dear to Katie s and my hearts I had intended to use the meal as an opportunity to toast everyone there at least once I love making toasts at the weddings of other people so I was going to make as many as possible at my own and using the Swiss cowbell we received as a gift we started a protocol of ringing the cowbell to garner attention for a toast Very shortly after my first few toasts though the cowbell made its way down to both ends of the table and we were surprised HONored flattered thrilled excited grateful blessed and many many other joyous words as our guests outdid me in both toast quantity and quality Toasts ranged from hilarious to tear jerking from rehearsed to improvised from advisory to congratulatory but they were all incredibly heartfelt I thought that our crying had finished with the ceremony but many of the toasts started the water works right back up again For our primo piatto we had risotto with asparagus and fagioli which was followed by our secondo herb roasted pork and roasted potatoes With this main course we served the 99 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all Oro If I hadn t already been in a savor mindset this would have put me there immediately Oh wow what a wine Classic sangiovese with crushed cherries and tobacco beautifully integrated and a round finish that went on and on and on and on Mmmmmmm Dessert was panna cotta with fresh local berries served alongside 2000 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes which we discovered during our 2008 Bordeaux trip It was an excellent pairing As we progressed through the meal some of the toasts turned creative including a Godfather reenactment calling of the Hogs singing of a traditional Sicilian wedding song including audience participation and an a capella rendition of Can t Help Falling in Love by Katie s aunt mother and sister Not only was that moving in and of its own right but Katie s brilliant suggestion that we get up and dance to it made for a first dance much more spontaneous and memorable than anything we could have planned Once again perfect As the sun set we moved from dining to dancing Katie and I had put together a small selection of good dance songs both fast and slow from the 50 s through today and played them off my laptop through some big speakers We started with the older stuff to be a little more accessible to our guests who would probably retire earlier and then made our way into more contemporary dance fare It s tough to have something for everyone and I worried at times that our music was too American for our European guests too loud for our older guests etc Utimately though Katie seemed to be having a blast which was what really mattered We hit on a lot of our favorites including raucous singalongs to Friends In Low Places and Bohemian Rhapsody In hommage to Top Gun the men even serenaded Katie with You ve Lost That Loving Feeling Good times After 11 or so hours of lunch dinner and dancing we finally wound down cleaned up a bit and called it a night For Katie and me it had been the absolutely perfect day There was no stress only unabounding joy amplified a thousand fold by our loved ones who shared in the celebration with us Words poetry music nothing can express how incredible our wedding was for us It was everything we had hoped it would be and more through the contributions of those who shared it with us It was perfect May 7 2011 Best Day EVER Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 32 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels dancing food wedding wine Wedding Part 3 Our Last Day as Singles Friday many of our guests went out exploring on their own Some went to Florence some to Lake Trasimeno some to Cortona and some just drove around Katie and I stayed at the castle to enjoy the estate a bit and make any final preparations for the big day Castello di Montalto is on 700 hectares 1600 acres of contiguous land so we spent a lot of time just walking around the fields and forests where we saw horses deer pheasants wild boar porcupines and innumerable birds lizards bugs and the like Some of us went for runs some mornings along the gravel road which despite the rocks was fine in my Vibrams Friday afternoon was devoted to sport My groomsmen We didn t actually have a wedding party but if we had these were certainly guys who would have been part of it and I played grass volleyball tennis and football a perfect way to spend my waning hours as a bachelor Friday evening once nearly everyone including my Italian cousins had arrived we held an outdoor BBQ to foster more connectivity between and among our various constituencies This dinner might usually be termed a rehearsal dinner but that was not the case for us as there was no rehearsal Katie and I really wanted the festivities to play out organically with minimal planning controlling stressing and that is exactly what happened mission accomplished Toward the end of dinner a good friend of the family David took over and delivered a scathing hilarious roast David has known me since I was 1 so he had accumulated plenty of roast material Throughout dinner though he and some accomplices had also enticed people to write down wishes for Katie and me on little slips of paper As he finished his roast all the wishes were loaded onto little flying lanterns that were lit and then set free to carry the wishes up to the heavens The effect was magical an ascending staircase of balls of light in the night sky As they floated upward some people called out the wishes they had made for us some common themes were laughter and adventure wishes that I am certain will come true Some other wishes such as fielding an entire football team with our children well we ll just have to see about that Finally by late Friday night all 43 of us had arrived ready for the big day Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 26 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Castello di Montalto wedding Wedding Part 2 Brunello di Montalcino Thursday s focus was on my favorite aspect of Tuscany the WINE After breakfast together featuring exclusively food grown prepared there at the castle or baked prepared in the nearby village we lined up an eight car caravan to travel to the wine region of Brunello di Montalcino The Garmin GPS that came with our rental car led us the wrong way down one way streets a couple of times so we abandoned it in favor of Google Maps on my phone which was much more effective until we neared our destination Then Google tried to send us to basically the right location but just a little ways up the hill which wasn t very useful So then we went back to the Garmin GPS which didn t fail us this time Finally more than an hour late which would be a theme in our wine tasting all week we arrived at Fattoria dei Barbi For wine tasting in and around Montalcino I am used to being just 2 4 people which it turns out is very different than being a group of 30 Many of the smaller Brunello houses simply aren t equipped to handle larger groups rendering them ineligible for visits Similarly many of them don t have anyone on hand who speaks English which is fine for a small group in which I can act as translator but which is impractical for a larger tour This means that our choices of wineries to visit were somewhat limited Also there is generally no fee to tour taste at wineries in Italy but for large groups they do charge a per person tasting fee Finally leading a long caravan of cars for many of whom it is their first time driving in Italy Europe or even outside the US is simply a pretty slow affair This combined with our ongoing navigation antics had me very ready for some wine by the time we arrived Barbi was very gracious though and still gave us an abbreviated tour skipping over some of the finer vinification points followed by a very un abbreviated tasting At the tasting we sample their three Brunelli 2006 Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Fiore single vineyard and 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva The first was a pretty basic Brunello the second offered a little more flavor depth and the riserva had a bit more tannic structure all very good to taste and good to whet our appetites Lunch took place at Boccon di Vino where I had eaten before with both Katie and Cox on separate occasions There we were treated to delicious pasta dishes a fantastic selection of Brunello wines We had Silvio Nardi Argiano and Valdicava and possibly the best panoramic view outside of San Gimignano in all of Tuscany Usually we follow up lunch at Boccon di Vino with a nap in the parking lot but given how far behind we were we simply couldn t afford it this time Fortunately the chocolate mousse we were served for dessert had plenty of coffee bean in it so that helped Our afternoon tasting was at Castello Banfi American owned and the largest by far producer of Brunello di Montalcino Banfi is about as commercial and un charming Italian as it comes but their wine is just so damn good that I can t help but love them We tasted their 2009 Rosso di Montalcino 2006 Brunello di Montalcino and 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura single vineyard which went from good to very good to very very good but still too young We did not taste their riserva Brunello Poggio all Oro because the 99 vintage of that wine would be served Saturday night at the wedding dinner As we milled about Banfi offered us another tasting of their sweet white Muscadello and as I picked up the case of 99 Poggio all Oro their very last 12 bottles of it good thing I reserved them a few months ago they threw in a magnum of Rosa Regale their sparkling red wine as a congratulatory gift Spoils in hand we returned in the evening to the Castello After a late heavy lunch and lots of wine consumption several guests called it an early night Some stayed around the castle to continue wine tasting We went out to dinner at Il Corte di Bacco with some of our guests who just arrived Thursday afternoon By the time we finally made it back to our villa we crashed hard Driving around a beautiful place tasting incredible wines with wonderful people what a perfect way to kick off our wedding festivities Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 58 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Brunello di Montalcino Castello Banfi Fattoria dei Barbi wedding 2011 05 13 Wedding Part 1 Arrival The best week of my life including the best day of my life has just ended I have had some really tremendous previous best weeks and days of my life but this wedding really blew them all away Everything was just so so perfect Katie and I departed for Italy Tuesday May 3 arriving Wednesday morning I had contacted Continental customer service months ago to see if they would do anything special for a couple on its way to be married hoping to surprise Katie with a shout out or something similar The generic no response I received was disappointing but wasn t a big deal However when the flight attendant saw Katie s hanging bag she guessed at our impending nuptials and did make an announcement which was a surprise and a lot of fun She even called us Mr and Mrs Barrett which may be closer to the mark than she intended As always Continental s good people came through even when their systems and processes didn t We arrived in Rome picked up Chris Kelly and Mike Katie s father sister and sister s boyfriend I usually try to anonymize other people in my blog entries but it just won t be possible in the ones about the wedding and set off for Castello di Montalto Instead of heading straight to Castelnuovo Berardenga though we detoured through Montepulciano for some sightseeing and a late lunch The weather was overcast but it already felt great to be re immersed in the rolling green hills of bella Toscana Katie now my co author for life insists that I elaborate a bit more on the food At lunch many of us had Pici the local handmade pasta kind of like very fat spaghetti noodles in various forms mine with extra garlic naturally To cleanse our palettes afterward we walked back to our car with some fig and ricotta gelato that was out of this world When we arrived at the Castello late Wednesday afternoon some of our guests had already checked in and the weather was already clearing up For the rest of our stay the weather remained perfect for castle life sunny with highs in the low 20s C low 70s F and lows around 10 C 50 F We were greeted upon arrival by the Count and Countess who reside in the main building of the castle and by Leo their noble German Shepherd who demanded tummy rubs as hommage One of the villas in the hamlet the one with a large balcony and a gorgeous view naturally quickly emerged as the party suite Most of our guests arrived Wednesday evening so we picked up 30 pizzas from a local pizzeria and served them up along with plenty of vino in the party suite This was a fantastic event as people from our various worlds began connecting Family met coworkers coworkers met friends friends of one side met friends of the other side etc We only had 40 guests all in all but all of the chapters of both of our lives were represented We made merry until pretty late and then called it a night to deal with jet lag The energy brought by all of our guests was palpable and Katie and I knew that this was the beginning of a very special experience Posted by Bryan Hassin at 19 46 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Castello di Montalto castles Montepulciano Tuscany wedding 2011 05 03 Thoughts on Osama bin Laden When news came through Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed everyone in my house rushed to the TV We turned it on just in time to catch Obama s address and then to see coverage of celebrations around the country I was a bit shocked to see what looked like college kids outside of the White House jubilantly cheering Literally There were cheerleaders being thrown up in stunts singing and chanting USA USA I rushed to post the following tweet and facebook status immediately No matter how heinous the person I don t believe killing someone is ever cause for celebration Tonight is a time for somber reflection My primary intention was not to criticize the actions of others rather it was to share my values especially with my international friends colleagues followers In this medium I have more than 140 characters so let me elaborate on my position The killing of Osama bin Laden surely represents a very significant event In real terms hopefully it will lead to less terror In symbolic terms it is valuable to many people because he had been built up for so long as the symbol personification of terrorism No matter how monstrous Osama bin Laden was still a human being though and we we being our citizen soldiers

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  • The Green Knight: 2011/04 - 2011/05
    kind of like I had an alien from the Alien movie series stuck on my face which didn t help me to relax The mask measures the oxygen and CO2 content of each exhalation which it uses to calculate to total number of calories your body has expended This test lasted 15 20 minutes and the greatest challenge was staying awake the whole time RESULTS it turns out that my metabolism is really sluggish with an RMR of only 1 600 per day I don t know why it would be so slow especially given my high amount of muscle mass which is ostensibly a metabolic furnace My theory is that I have undernourished on some of my really active days e g volleyball tournaments which has left me with a caloric deficit of 1 000 calories Perhaps my body reacted to those instances by really slowing down my metabolism Or maybe I just have a genetically very slow metabolism Regardless I want to boost this number so I will work at ensuring adequate nutrition especially on big days The next test was my full metabolic profile This also involved wearing the gas mask but this time on a treadmill at a 2 0 incline to simulate outdoor running better instead of lying down We started at 5 0 mph for three minutes At the end of three minutes Johnny pricked my finger and took a blood sample which was used to measure my lactate levels Taking a blood sample while someone is running is a tricky business but Johnny was a pro and it went off without a hitch Without stopping my speed then went up by 0 5 mph and we continued like this in 3 minute stages I was told to tap out when I felt that my legs were too fatigued or that I was too out of breath to continue This went on for awhile until at 9 0 mph I finally tapped out It turns out that I am basically a big sissy and I probably could have gone up two more stages based on where my lactate levels were when I quit This is a big blow to someone who prides himself on mental toughness When I tapped out I didn t know what my heart rate was or how much time was left until the next stage I hadn t eaten for 13 hours I was wearing a crazy new gas mask and my finger was being pricked for blood every three minutes all of this was new unsual to me When there is uncertainty in my running I become anxious But like any good nerd when I have data I stay calm and I have the confidence to push through When I know how much longer I have to go I can dig down and pull it out when I don t know though my natural inclination is to give up This seems like a big weakness to me especially when

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  • The Green Knight: 2011/03 - 2011/04
    we needed to head back on the road to Houston immediately so it wasn t meant to be It was a very brief trip to Austin but we saw several friends and beat both of our 10k records not a bad trip all in all Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 30 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Austin running 2011 03 25 The Most Pressing Question How To Price Food Energy and Health I was recently invited to throw my hat in for participation in the conference on Ecosystem Services hosted by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative It is a think tank style event at which people from all disciplines sectors and backgrounds come together to address weighty topics One question on the application was Which one question or topic related to Ecosystem Services is most pressing and most deserving to be addressed by conference attendees Following is my response which was required to be fewer than 250 words What do YOU think How to price food energy and health Capitalism is an extremely efficient system for organizing resources to produce a desired outcome However as with all systems garbage in results in garbage out Subsidies protectionist economic policies and the externalization of costs result in prices for food energy and health that do not reflect reality and that are completely misaligned with desired outcomes For example fast food is an incredibly cheap source of calories in the US but its costs do not reflect market reality Its ingredients have low costs due to agriculture subsidies The economies of scale used by the industry require massive infrastructure and energy use The cost of infrastructure is externalized as overhead The cost of energy is undervalued because the energy industry receives high tax breaks and externalizes the costs of environmental damage and health risks Overconsumption of fast food drives up nation wide health costs to cope with rising diabetes and obesity The health costs themselves are inflated under the burden of overhead for an incredibly complex multi payer system and prices are based on services rendered rather than on outcomes achieved This brief US focused example illustrates not only what dire situations food energy and health are in but also how complex and interrelated they all are These issues must be addressed at the system level and the primary parameter for the capitalist system is pricing Addressing pricing will require an interdisciplinary and inter professional approach which is why the NAKFI conference is a perfect venue for its discussion Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 03 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels capitalism energy food health NAKFI 2011 03 12 Bayou City Classic 2011 Race Report This morning I PR ed in my second ever Bayou City Classic 10k race There was some uncertainty around this race as A I had been sick for most of the preceding week and B once I beat the cold I was eager to run but I pulled my hamstring on Thursday I took Friday off to rest but I was still hacking up phlegm and I had no idea whether or not my hamstring would be runnable The race would have to be a game time decision My day began at 5AM with breakfast with Max I had an egg and some avocado on sprouted grain toast Max gets an egg and some avocado mixed in with his morning dog food too sprouted grain cereal almond milk and fresh fruit Taking in 1 000 calories only 2 3 hours prior to running a race runs contrary to the conventional eat light before a race wisdom However I went this route for two reasons 1 My dry heaves at the end of previous races have shown that there was nothing left in my system to process after 600 calorie breakfasts I therefore hypothesized that I had room to process a little more before the race 2 This is essentially what I have for breakfast every day so it didn t present much of a risk of indigestion As I digested hydrated and waited for the time to depart I ran over my race strategy Last year this course surprised me with elevation changes and a finish that came sooner than expected but this year I knew exactly what was coming My race plan was as follows 1 Start close to the starting line and begin with an anaerobic 3 4 speed launch settling into pace after 200m Shoot for a 4 30 first km 2 Consistent pace of 4 39 for kms 2 9 Ease up a bit on the uphill grades and stride it out on the downhills Because the course is of the go out and come back variety the uphills should be equaled out by downhills and a consistent pace should be possible 3 At 300m from the finish line pick up the pace covering 240m the last uphill stretch before the final push to the finish line in 60s 4 Turn the corner and sprint the final 60m in 10s This race plan would have me finishing in 46 07 close to my Rodeo Run time of two weeks ago but on a more consistent intentional pace At 7 30 Katie and Max dropped me off near the starting area downtown They went for a run of their own while waiting for me to finish I ran some blocks to warm up and test out the hamstring I could definitely feel that it wasn t 100 but it seemed to be holding up OK Would it stand up to strong start and hopefully strong finish We would see very soon As runners took starting positions I lined up very near the starting line At 8 30 the air horn blared and we were off It only took me two seconds to cross the starting line and then wide open Louisiana St offered plenty of room to spread out As seems to be the pattern I started off faster than intended I couldn t tell though how much faster Once again the tall buildings downtown confused my GPS and it told me I was running a 5 00 pace I didn t believe that but I didn t know exactly how fast I was going After half a km I realized that I was breathing really heavily and my chest was feeling quite congested As I 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 though there was nothing to do but soldier on We turned the corner for the final uphill segment and I decided to pick it up a little bit early with 350m left The previous 650m had taken me 3 02 181 BPM which was right on pace Now I wanted to take the hill in 60s I pumped my arms and passed several people including the Vibrams guy At 61s 185 BPM I passed the stocky guy and turned the final corner It turns out that the finish line was actually 90m from this corner I began to sprint and saw on the clock that I would easily beat my PR There was one runner between me and the finish line He was much closer to it than I but he was definitely pacing his way in instead of sprinting I set a new goal to beat him and I gave it all I had My body wouldn t go nearly as fast as I knew it could but I was closing the gap quickly Finally with a last burst of effort and a grunt I lurched forward crossing the finish line just ahead of him I had crossed the last 90m in 14s 181 BPM resulting in a final time of 45 43 beating my previous PR by 13s Also despite my intense effort at the end there was no dry heave which could be an indicator of success of my big breakfast experiment I finished 178 of 1 420 runners 87th percentile 155 of 755 males 79th percentile and 15 of 124 men aged 30 34 88th percentile The after party was great with lots of good food and Saint Arnold beer This was a very successful race for me both in terms of the PR and pacing each middle km was 4s of my target pace but I m disappointed in my second half fade again Hopefully this is something I can address in the Capitol 10k in Austin in two weeks Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 15 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels running 2011 03 10 Computer Science and IMD A prospective applicant to the IMD MBA program recently contacted me to ask about how my computer science CS background affected my IMD experience and whether or not IMD was a good fit for him It got me thinking especially since I had just received an invitation to talk to the current crop of Rice undergrad CS majors Following is an abbreviated version of my response No one else can answer whether or not IMD is a good fit for you only you can And in fact you probably can t truly answer that question until after you ve completed the program For example I thought IMD might be a good fit for me before I applied After my second round onsite interview day I thought IMD would be a great fit for me After completing the program I knew it had been a great fit for me but for very different reasons than I originally thought Still I m glad to provide some contextual information about my experience in the hope that it helps you better anticipate what the program is like To answer your practical question first yes the international organizations you have mentioned recruit very heavily at IMD The World Economic Forum is probably the most prodigious 4 of my 89 classmates took a job there after graduation Something I didn t realize until I was already in business school is that your location has a significant impact on the job opportunities that just come your way If you re looking to work in San Francisco after business school Stanford is your best choice hands down If you re looking to work in Geneva there is no better pedigree than IMD Can you go to Stanford and then take a job in Geneva or go to IMD and then take a job in San Fran Of course but it s more of an uphill battle As for my CS degree I didn t find that I used it much at all during the program Certainly my engineering driven problem solving approach came into play every day Certainly my experience pulling all nighters to study do problem sets build software helped prepare me for the intense IMD work load Certainly my skill with software programs like Excel was very useful but I would guess that your career in the Finance world has imbued you with more of those skills than did your CS studies Honestly some of my greatest take aways from the IMD program were really the result of un learning my CS education In studying CS I was taught that everything is rational logical and that everything can be modeled with deterministic formulae However at IMD I learned that actually most people myself included behave quite irrationally Recognizing that and learning to identify what s really going on in intra and interpersonal dynamics has been one of the most useful skills I have ever developed Is this helpful background information for you Again only you can decide whether or not it s a good fit although the Admissions team is pretty good at gauging that too but I applaud you for seeking out some more data In the end you ll just have to do something that you probably didn t learn in CS class but that you might learn at IMD trust your feelings Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 43 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels computer science imd irrationality 2011 03 05 Houston Rodeo Run 10k 2011 Race Report Last weekend I ran the Houston Rodeo Run 10k for the first time It was my least favorite of the three 10k races I have run to date but it was still a fun experience My day began at 6 with cereal almond milk bananas toast avocado and a banana Normally I would have had an egg too but we were out This was only 500 calories or so but it left me very full in concert with all the water I was drinking and besides my energy for the race should have been coming from my meals of the previous 48 hours At 7 I drove downtown and parked at the office The race wouldn t start until 9 35 but hundreds of thousands of spectators were expected to take up all the parking pretty early and many of the major roads would be closed for the race route I made it in before the road closures and was sitting comfortably in my office conveniently located one block from the starting line with easy access to water and clean bathrooms by 7 15 I continued to hydrate got some work done and ran over my race strategy one final time a 4 40 km base pace slightly faster 4 35 for kms with net downhill slopes and slightly slower 4 45 for kms with net uphill slopes I also intended to start with a strong anaerobic start 4 35 then use the middle 8 km for aerobic recuperation and finally exhaust my anaerobic capacity at the end for a fast 4 26 final km This strategy would have me finishing in 46 21 25s behind my PR with a 23 20 first 5k and a 23 16 second 5k At 9 I went down to the starting area dropped off my warmup clothes and mobile phone which would be waiting for me at the finish and lined up near the sign that said 7 00 mile pace As we moved closer to start time many people who clearly weren t going to run sub 7 miles lined up in front of me so I scooched forward a bit close to the 6 00 sign The temperature was in the low 60s F a bit warmer than ideal but not too bad all things considered When the starting gun air horn finally went off at 9 35 I was appalled at how slowly things got moving People in the very front were very slowly running forward and many were even walking WTF It took me 26s just to reach the starting line And then once I did I had to juke and jive to pass dawdlers So much for my plan for a strong start I was

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    full sprint it dropped to 180 only increasing again once I slowed down after the finish line I suspect this has something to do with the transition from the lactic acid energy system to the ATP PC energy system but I m not sure exactly why how My official race time was 20 58 a new PR and under my 2011 5k goal I finished 48 of 961 runners 95th percentile 39 of 447 men 91st percentile and 2 of 49 in my age group men 30 34 96th percentile After the race there was a great after party Lots of good music natural food sports drinks and of course beer After official race times were posted they stopped the music to give out awards Since they gave awards to the top three finishers in each age group I won an award for the first time What a thrill It must have been a pretty weak sparse competitive field but I ll take it Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 52 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 5k running 2011 02 15 Texas Med Center 5k 2011 Race Report 1 3 Preparation This post is the first of three that detail my running of a 5k last weekend The second entry is Texas Med Center 5k 2011 Race Report 2 3 The Race The third entry is Texas Med Center 5k 2011 Race Report 3 3 What Now Saturday I ran my first competitive race of the year the Texas Med Center 5k Last year I PRed in this race with a time of 21 43 thus meeting my 2010 goal of running a 5k race under 22 00 This year my training runs had been coming in around 22 00 so I didn t think this would be the race at which I would meet my 2011 goal of running a 5k race under 21 00 However I did think I could PR again so I set the following goals for this race 1 PR 2 Chip time 21 40 3 Run final km faster than any other kms 4 Run final 250m 0 55 To accomplish these goals I planned to run my first four kms at a 4 22 pace The fifth km would be at a 4 22 pace until the final 250m at which point I would kick it This kick should result in a 54 56 second final quarter km rather than the 66 second quarter km that would result from staying on the 4 22 pace As I didn t think I could push the pace much lower than 4 22 for the rest of the race and keep it up this last kick was going to be especially crucial the 10 12 seconds it would shave off my time would be the difference between setting a new Personal Record and failing to do so I knew from my training that I had the capability to execute such a kick so I turned to nutrition to ensure that my body would have all the resources it needed on race day I consulted with the experts at The SHOP about my race week nutrition program They refreshed my memory about the different energy systems involved in such a race aerobic using oxygen and fat for most of the race then anaerobic lactic acid using glycogen for the final kick In a race as short as a 5k there clearly wasn t a need to engage in carbo loading the efficacy of which has been questioned anyway but I would still want to ensure that my body came into the race with as much glycogen stored as possible to fuel me for that last kick We also modified my daily breakfast a bit for more balance of carbs protein and fat resulting in me feeling fuller and more energetic throughout the rest of my days The day before the race I rested hydrated and drove along the race course with my GPS on so I could visualize the km markers and get a feel for the changes in elevation which were almost non existent We attended a Symphony performance that night a whole evening of Ravel which kept me out a bit later than optimal but also ensured that I was relaxed when I went to bed When I woke up at 5 I really had to go to the bathroom so I knew that I was well hydrated but not so much so that it had woken me up in the night resulting in good uninterrupted rest I usually get up at 6 but I like to start race day breakfast early just to ensure that digestion has plenty of time to complete I never want to be blindsided by indigestion in the middle of a race and far away from the nearest bathroom Race start time was 8 30 and I arrived a little later than intended about 8 10 It then took awhile to park which stressed me out a bit Note for next year arrive by 8 The outside temperature was about 36 degrees F but rising quickly due to the clear sunny skies At this temperature and based on memories of last year s race which was COOOOOOOOOLD and windy wet I arrived really bundled up Under Armour Cold Gear leggings long sleeve mock shorts gloves wool cap and of course my Vibram Five Fingers Bikila running shoes As I got out of my parked car T 10 min until start ahhh I could feel that regardless of what the thermometer said it was way too warm for all that insulation I ditched the cap and gloves and jogged to the start line While waiting for the starting gun I could tell that there were many walkers slow runners far forward In larger races they are staged to start later than the competitive runners so I made sure to line up pretty close to the starting line After the gun went off it was only two seconds or so until I crossed the starting line and my timing chip registered that I was in play I hit the start button on my Garmin ForeRunner 405 CX GPS heart rate monitor watch and I was off Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 34 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels 5k nutrition running The SHOP 2011 02 11 Green Job Creation is the Wrong Argument A friend of mine asked for my response to an article titled The False Promise of Green Jobs The article contends that green governmental policies will not result in net creation of jobs because A these new green jobs will be offset by job losses in the conventional energy sector and B green energy is more expensive than conventional energy so its increased costs will cut overall productivity and spending In response to A all I can do is wonder if anyone really bemoans the rise of the IT sector and IT jobs at the expense of say the typewriter industry Clinging desperately to obsolete industries may prop up employment in the short term but it ensures a decline in competitiveness in the long term In response to B I can t disagree more with the notion that green energy is more expensive than conventional energy We currently externalize the environmental health and social costs of producing energy conventionally such that the price the consumer sees is much lower than reality Our governments also provide significant tax breaks and incentives to conventional energy companies which allow them to sell energy so cheaply while still generating record breaking profits This is all part of an implicit contract we have that guarantees citizens access to limitless incredibly subsidized energy Capture the true costs of conventional energy and take away all of the big corporate incentives and I think you will see a very different cost comparison result Furthermore this author is very narrowly only considering green energy generation when making claims about costs However he neglects the companies making great advances in greener energy distribution storage and efficiency all of which make energy regardless of its source much less expensive My company for example reduces a business s energy costs 25 freeing up capital that can be used for say employment The biggest fallacy of all in this article though is the focus on job creation If a government is pursuing a policy in the name of creating jobs simply for the sake of creating jobs well that s socialism This isn t a big surprise coming from a Scandinavian where governments are generally relatively socialist author In the US though where we claim to be capitalists green businesses should be supported not because they charitably create jobs rather because they make sound economic sense increase energy security and help us operate as a much more robust independent efficient society My green business has created only two green jobs so far and we plan to create many more However policy arguments focused on green job creation alone are totally missing the point Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 59 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels capitalism greentech jobs socialism 2011 02 08 2011 Goals Last year I defined many yearly goals and as I described in my 2010 wrap up I accomplished many of them Looking back at the system for goal definition and tracking I set up though I ve found several areas for improvement Most notably I need to focus more on measuring outcomes not just on the ways of attaining those outcomes Most of my goals last year were very tactical e g accomplish XYZ each week and I lost sight in some cases of the bigger picture This year I am defining higher level strategic objectives first and revisiting them frequently to check whether or not meeting my tactical goals is helping me achieve them Relationships My objective here is to maintain positive engaged relationships with my friends and family as well as to meet new interesting positive people Last year I tried to quantify my success in this area by tracking how many times I met up with others physically or virtually I easily achieved my targets but I m not sure there is necessarily a correlation between such activities and meeting my objective This year I will measure success in this area in a more qualitative way by tracking my feelings I will periodically check how good I feel about my personal relationships To start I am trying out a website called Mercury App for this tracking If I really wanted to take it to the next level I would track how my friends and family felt about their relationships with me too but I m not ready to impose that on others just yet Health 1 Body Composition I m beginning the year at 39 pounds fat and 156 pounds lean I d like to finish the year at 30 pounds fat and more than 160 pounds lean There are two components to this objective Lose fat To lose fat I am aiming to create a daily caloric deficit of 250 calories Getting adequate activity for calorie burn has traditionally not been much of an issue my major challenge has been in restricting caloric intake Although I generally eat healthy natural good foods I eat a lot of them sometimes when I m not even hungry I like the way food tastes or I use it for procrastination or the obsessive compulsive side of me just wants to see the food gone because it feels more clean complete that way This year each time I eat I will ask myself Am I hungry Am I savoring appreciating this I will track how many no answers there are ultimately going for zero on an ongoing basis Gain muscle Last year there was a wide range of intensities in my resistance training workouts This year I will track how exhausted sore each workout makes me and whenever the result is suboptimal adjust that workout the next time for a better result 2 Increase flexibility I ll measure this with a pretty crude but valid metric the distance between my the tips of my fingers and the floor when bending forward straight legged from the waist My starting point is 10 so I have tremendous room for improvement Last year I tried and failed to focus dedicated workout days on stretching This year I m trying a more decentralized approach spreading out a little bit of stretching every day This includes stretching immediately after each exercise activity and going through a full body stretch routine each time I sit down to watch TV I ll tally a demerit each time I catch myself having skipped one of those stretch times and aim for zero such demerits on an ongoing basis 3 Volleyball I failed to meet last year s objective of winning a men s A tournament so 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 business schools teach with the case method because applying knowledge to real situations is much more valuable for development of business skills than is just reading something Accordingly this year I have set aside time each Friday to apply the lessons from each week s book to my own business life Last year I also successfully worked on new language development each week Working on it a little each week is just a means though My objective this year is to use the new language skills I m developing With trips to Italy and France already planned I can brush up on my existing languages but several potential trips might also give me the chance to study for and then practice Arabic Mandarin Chinese and German 4 Brand Last year my professional brand as a global greentech executive went from relative obscurity to gaining some recognition I finished the year with 50 Klout which is only one very course grained very social media focused way to measure This year my objective is to reach 65 Klout and to contribute two original pieces of thought leadership I welcome ideas of other ways to measure the success of my professional brand Service GIVEWATTS is growing by leaps and bounds and I am so incredibly proud of what we have accomplished This year will be even more demanding but I know we can really take this organization to the next level The Board has its own metrics of success and I frequently poll the CEO for feedback on my performance as a Director I intend to contribute significant time to both Rice and IMD this year but I m not sure how to measure the efficacy of my contributions Again ideas welcome There you have it my 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    lived in Switzerland for the summer and really advanced a number of my personal and professional goals A year ago I posted my resolutions for 2010 and periodically I have posted status updates one week one month three months and seven months into the year Now is an appropriate time to look back at what was accomplished what was not and why before putting forth goals for 2011 Relationships 1 Date night once a week with Katie 2 Spend social time in person with friends or family once a week 3 At lease one Skype or phone call with distant friends or family once a week I am pleased that these relationship goals were far exceeded almost every single week The Switzerland trip was helpful in keeping distant relationships alive with personal contact but even without it I was Skyping with friends and colleagues around the world frequently Health 1 Calories in less than 3 000 per day I originally targeted 3 250 calories per day then revised down to 3 000 as it became clear that that would be necessary for me to reduce body fat By midyear I was still averaging 3 141 calories consumed per day and my final average for the entire year was 3 119 While I failed to meet my goal 3 119 is MUCH less than the 3 700 I averaged last year and the 3 900 I averaged the year before At my age my base metabolic rate should be getting a little slower each year so this trend of improvement is good 2 Calories out greater than 3 250 per day I originally targeted 3 500 calories per day but revised down at the same time that I adjusted my consumption goal By midyear I was averaging 3 163 calories burned per day and my final average for the entire year was 3 168 so I failed to achieve this goal as well This is a huge drop from my 3 750 average the year before although it s unfair to make a direct comparison the year before my expenditure was based on estimates while this year I have been using BodyMedia a much more consistent measurement which I attribute to the non pedestrian lifestyle of Houston lots of sitting at a desk When there are no other employees in your company you rarely get up to go ask someone down the hall a question and more socializing leading to more skipped workouts For the first half of the year some of the workouts I was doing simply didn t burn very many calories either Wii Fit for example really is fun but not hard Midway through the year I eliminated it from the workout rotation and my average daily expenditure increased a bit after that Even though I missed both my intake and expenditure goals I still maintained a caloric deficit throughout the year By the end of the year I theoretically burned about 17 500 more calories than I

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