Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's IMAZ Time plus Newsy News

Well, it is upon me, IMAZ, my last race of the season. I have much redeeming to do this weekend; redemption for a horrible IMAZ race in 07 and redemption for my disastrous month of October.

I am approaching this race with some trepidation because I have really been focusing on rest and recovery for the past month and feel like I will be running off my base. I haven’t done any serious, systematic, triathlon focused training since my lead up to IMCdA but I have done a lot of distance since then so while my endurance is as strong as it has ever been my sport specific training, at least in the bike and the swim, may be somewhat lacking.

I think I'm ready for an Ironman PR but I am not entirely confident about my run off the bike. I am concerned that my knee will flair up towards the end of the bike and then I'll be hobbled for the run. In any case, I'm out there to race like nothing in the world is wrong so you should expect to see some strength with either a great explosion or a great finish.

My bib number for IMAZ is 1230…as it happens the time I will be trying to beat.

Newsy News
We finally got our new house and closing is on December 19th. We were able to talk them down 20K so we got a pretty good deal though it would have been nice to go lower. Anyway, things age going to be tight for a while but we would probably be worse off trying to unload our current home too soon.

Finally, I am in the process of vying for the position of Chief Psychologist at the VA where I work. As VA Chiefs of Psychology go I am really young but I think I have a good shot at it. I met with our Chief of Staff, the head medical director for the hospital, yesterday to interview for the interim position and I feel like that went really well. I can't think of anything I could have done better or wish I would have done differently so now it is up to the performance of the other competitors and our Chief of Staff. If I do get the interim position that may give me a leg up on getting the full time position but once they post that it will be a nation wide search. This is actually one of the highest level psychology positions in the VA because we are a big facility so a national search is likely to produce some big guns, well see. I really hope I get it though because as difficult as the job is it is something that has been in my sights for about the past six years and it is something to which I think I am well suited.

25 comments:

  1. Congrats on the house and good luck on the job. The fact you got an interview is a good sign, as you know. In higher ed, I'm starting to see people in our generation finally getting into the top (or almost-top) jobs, so I hope it's happening where you are, too. Yes, it feels like we're too young, but we're really not. People are ready for fresh ideas. :-)

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  2. Good luck at IMAZ. Whatever happens have fun out there.

    Congrats on the new house.

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  3. Good luck on AZ. I know that you'll do good out there. I 'think' that there are a little less hills than CDA. So a PR is a good chance.

    Of course, you've done this course before so it's nothing new to you.

    Good luck on the job. Hope that you get the job, just don't let it rule your life. Priorities.

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  4. Congrats on the house and welcome to the East Side. I'm sending you positive mojo for a PR in AZ and for the new position at the VA.

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  5. Big explosion or big finish...that is the only way to do it!

    Congrats on the house and when can I expect to be a houseguest ;)

    Oh, and good luck with upgrading...I'm still looking for a job.

    Kick ass in AZ and I'll be watching!

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  6. My IMAZ cowbell will be here virtually ringing as loud as it can!!!

    That house is going to be great for you two.

    Fingers crossed on the job front.

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  7. Good luck Brian - at IMAZ and with the job

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  8. Congrats on the house Brian (we need more pics) :-)

    Your will rock IMAZ! We'll be watching and cheering here on the East Coast.

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  9. I'll be eagerly tracking your progress tomorrow; best of luck to you!

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  10. Go S. Baboo Go!!

    You know I and half the free world will be watching and cheering you on!!

    YOU ROCK!!

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  11. Well, you're out of the water and your first bike leg is under your belt! Go SB Go!

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  12. that's the way Brian, keep running!

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  13. Hang in there Brian - looks as though you are doing it hard, but we are cheering for you.

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  14. Well done Iron SB!

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  15. Good job out there Brian!

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  16. CONGRATS!!!!!

    You are one steady, strong mo fo!

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  17. Good solid effort Baboo! I know it's not what you wanted, but you done GOOOD!

    It was great seeing you too and fun hanging out with Misty. Love her!

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  18. TWO...too...to..2! (I'm tired but probably not as tired as you!)

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  19. Awesome, awesome job! I hope you had a great end of the season race! You had a hell of a season.

    It was very exciting tracking you. I hope you give yourself a little downtime now. Sounds like you have a new house and a new job (fingers crossed!!) to get ready for!

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  20. Way to finish!

    Good job out there.

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  21. Congrats Brian!! It was fun seeing you finish :-)

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  22. *tap, tap, tap* the sound coming from the toes of an impatient fan waiting for an Ironman report.

    I'm just sayin'...

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  23. Wow. That promotion sounds like a really big deal. I'm rooting for ya! I'm
    looking foreword to you race report & some hints as to what your goals will be
    this next year.

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