1st Blogiversary

I started this blog about halfway through my off-season break last year, (that was February 27th). This year I am at about the same place in my annual yearly training plan (about halfway through my break) it’s a rainy, chilly day in Salt Lake, perfect for reflection, reading, and a fitting day for my first Blogiversary.

So here I am, 218 posts and 684 comments into this little “newspaper of the soul” I spent some time this afternoon reading/thinking, and here are a few links to some favorite posts:

10 Things about:
Salt Lake

A few of my favorite personal musings, from oldest to newest:

The tinman
Hot oil anaerobic wok
Dr Love, Medieval Style
Self Portrait with Rainbow/Driving pictures
Driving Pictures, part II
Redemption Song/Ride
News Flash!
Bonneville Salt Flats
Bad Race Acronyms
Olympic Trials, the Pain Cave
Davos Days
Masters International -The Races

The ever popular Zen 10 Interviews:
Jim Cornell
Dave Tamburino
Joey Cheek
Jennifer Rodriguez
Bob Fenn
Ryan Shimabukuro
Kip Carpenter

And here is a bit of multi-media that seems to stand the test of time.. Press the play button to get these things rolling, and have your sound on!

Day 3 & 4, US single distance champs Music is by Moby, the song is called “porcelain”, making this was a wonderful way to kill some time on an airplane.

Get Back Up Again, a nasty crash I was lucky to walk away from- Music by Chumbawumba- the song is called “tubthumping”.

Nerves & Joey
This is what Joey Cheek has to say about being nervous before a race..

This is how I want to skate when I am in my 60’s, this is Russian Vladamir Budin

In one of my earliest posts, I used this quote from the Book Zen in the Art of Archery, somehow, today, this makes more sense to me than it did when I first posted it.

“I must only warn you of one thing. You have become a different person in the course of these years. For this is what the art of archery means: a profound and far-reaching contest of the archer with himself. Perhaps you have hardly noticed it yet, but you will feel it very strongly when you meet your friends and acquaintances again in your own country: things will no longer harmonize as before. You will see with other eyes and measure with other measures. It has happened to me too, and it happens to all who are touched by the spirit of this art.”

Thanks again for everyone who has been along on this journey…

2 Responses to “1st Blogiversary”

  1. Congrats Andrew on one VERY fine year! And congrats on winning the contest. Come on over and collect your prize!!! WOO HOO!

  2. Somehow got on this post. Not from searching around, but just an accident.

    It’s been a blast to be part of the blog environment and be witness to some of the happenings at the UOO that lead to the great content here on the blog.

    I’ve been at the oval many times since August ‘05 and can attest to the fact that this blog is the biggest thing that holds us all together in speedskating.

    Thank you, Andrew!

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