Tuesday, November 25, 2008

 

Off Season...Baby Season

Timing has worked out that my off-season coincides with the arrival of Weck. We had a party last Saturday to welcome his arrival and it was great to see so many people show up to see the little guy.
We are now at the in-laws house on long island; it has been nice to get out of the city for all of us.
The dog, Chief, is getting to run and play with the other dogs out here, most notably my brother-in-law's new Portuguese water dog puppy, Kodi; the wife is getting to relax; and I brought my bike and a good book. I have not been on the bike, been running or swimming in a few weeks. I have really been enjoying Weck and doing a lot of nothing when he is sleeping. I'll probably get on the bike this week and maybe get out for a jog because I'll start a real schedule of training next week.
I made the tough decision to cut the cord with my coach and CTS because of the layoff and the expense. I think I can cobble together a pretty good plan from the data I got last year and other background.

Happy Thanksgiving! Amidst all the turmoil, I have a lot to give thanks for this year!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

 

Joy!

This has been such a great week...I don't think I've stopped smiling and looking at Weck. He is such a stud and so good.

We made a few trips outside of the house this week, one for his first doctors appointment and then a few to run some errands. It has been good for all of us to get out of the house and move.

One of the coolest things is how our puppy, Chief, has taken to protecting and looking after Weck. Chief likes to sit on the couch next to my wife and I as Weck eats and guards Weck's room when he is getting changed or sleeping. Chief looks to get his share of affection, but has no jealousy, he has been such a good dog.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

 

What a week!

I'm not sure where to begin...???

My life changed last week...and that is an understatement!
I guess I'll begin with Sunday and the NYC Marathon: At the time, this was a great accomplishment and another notch in the race belt...This was a beautiful day and I had an amazing experience taking the day and entire event in without trying to beat any times. I ran without a watch or heart rate monitor so I could focus on the experience and not be sidetracked by time. If you have never run NYC, this is the way to do it. I finished in 3:28:59...not too bad considering I did not specifically train for the race.
While the NYC Marathon was an amazing day personally and a great day professionally, Monday's chapter was a brick to the back of the head.
I'm still not sure how to explain what happened to me on Monday other than - I was laid off...

http://www.forbes.com/media/2008/11/04/magazines-publishing-advertising-biz-media-cx_jea_1104rodale.html

Here is my farewell note to friends, colleagues, clients and business contacts:

As you all know, I'm not one to do anything quietly...So, here are some parting thoughts, thanks and more thoughts...

"IF THEY GIVE YOU RULED PAPER, WRITE THE OTHER WAY" - Juan Ramon Jimenez

I carry around this journal of sorts in which I document my "life", well not everything, it is mostly training, nutrition/diet information, random quotes and articles that I began when training for the Ironman this past summer. Along the way I made some observations and learned a lot about how far I was willing to push the limits while balancing family, training, work and anything in between. Most of my best "life lesson" thinking came between the hours of 4:00am and 7:00am during my training sessions...here are a few items of note:
- Central Park is not that scary in the dark, just stay on the main road.
- Bathrooms in Central Park do not open until 6:00am (that's if the park rangers are on time)
- What the heck, Central Park is just one big natural bathroom for the animals and homeless, just remember to bring your own toilet paper
- The police do issue speeding tickets to cyclists going too fast
- No swimming in the reservoir
- Running at anything below 10 degrees is just dumb
- Raccoons and squirrels like to find their way underneath rubber
- The best time of day is sunrise over the Onassis Reservoir

"THE ONLY WAY TO DISCOVER THE LIMITS OF THE POSSIBLE IS TO GO BEYOND THEM INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE" - Arthur C. Clarke

I want to thank everyone for the last few years and listening to my "big ideas" and not so big ideas. It has certainly been fun to build this business and the icing is that we could be so successful doing it. I am truly thankful to my team: PC, Alison, Steph Z., Cindy, Steph K., Haley, Sarah and Jane, you all are rock stars and impressed me everyday with the dedication, passion and professionalism you brought to the job.
I have been lucky enough to work with some really great clients, vendors, colleagues and race directors during my tenure; and while my work stays behind I get to leave with the most valuable assets any marketing person can have; and those are the relationships with all of you. You cannot put a value on honesty, integrity, ethics, loyalty and relationships in business, but if you stay true to those core principals they will pay very high dividends.

"WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEREFORE, IS NOT AN ACT BUT A HABIT" - Aristotle

I am off now to the new chapters in life; the first is being a new dad and then your guess is as good as any as to where "the Bouker" will resurface, but rest assured it will not be long before I will be heard from again.

"STRENGTH DOES NOT COME FROM PHYSICAL CAPACITY, IT COMES FROM INDOMITABLE WILL" - Mahatma Gandhi

The Tuesday night before I left for Lake Placid and the Ironman event, my wife, Jennifer, and I had Chinese food and my fortune cookie read "The courage to be great lies deep within each of us"...it is now taped to the front of my journal...So, as I bid farewell I wish the best to everyone and hope that you all will reach deep and realize greatness.

It's all good!

While I was finishing my last week at Rodale, my wife went into labor Wednesday evening and delivered Fred Weckesser Pool IV "Weck" at 4:15pm on Thursday, November 6, 2008. 7lbs 8ounces 20inches tall...

WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER THIS WEEK? I don't care...This was the greatest day of my life and everyday since has been filled with the purest forms of joy and pride.

It's 3:30am and I just fed him, those big eyes looking into mine for comfort is something that makes all my worries drift away...little does he know, he is doing more good for me than I could be doing for him right now...

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