Downtime

One of the side effects of the pandemic is that suddenly, there isn’t as much of a reason to take PTO. A couple weeks ago I was supposed to have taken a week off for spring break. We were going to visit my parents and go to Disney. Obviously that was cancelled. I also had plans to go skiing that were cancelled. There were trips planned to Chicago for weddings and conferences too. Eventually this will all end and I won’t be able to use up all that PTO (not that I usually do) so I decided to take a …

Food Reset

I love food. Good food. Living in New Orleans I can get access to any amount of great food and not just the typical Cajun and Creole cuisine that people think of when they think of this city. We have incredible pizza, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, and the list goes on. And on top of that Melanie and I love to cook as a way to spend time together and as something we just enjoy. We don’t necessarily focus on healthy food as a rule though we’ve always felt like we cook and eat fairly healthy. Then COVID-19 struck. The biggest change …

Festing in Place

This past weekend was supposed to be the first weekend of Jazz Fest in New Orleans which is a huge music festival that happens here. Just 500,000 of your closest friends to see amazing music and eat delicious food (I mean, it’s NOLA, what other kind of music and food is there here?) And since it’s New Orleans, even if we can’t have Jazz Fest, we’re committed to having our music and food! #festinginplace was a thing. Melanie asked me last week what one food I would most miss eating there this year and I had to go with a …

Goal Setting

It is definitely pretty tough to keep on track when everything planned has been cancelled and anything not cancelled is probably a crapshoot whether or not it will actually happen. I was scheduled to do Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga in a few weeks and I’ve had that rescheduled to next year. All of my summer race options are gone. Ironman 70.3 Texas is moved to November and I still have the Twin Cities Marathon scheduled in October. And if I’m being honest, I don’t believe either of those races will happen. And if they do, would I be comfortable toeing the …

Daily Writing Project

Every so often it feels like I return to this blog to try and resurrect my own interest in it. Even this is something I’m basically writing to myself that no one may ever see! But that’s ok. I think the challenge is that I always tried to keep it so heavily focused on training and working out. While I find that fine to write and read about, there’s usually so much more going on in my life that I really should be using this as a general blog. I used to do that all the time. So I want …