Don't you owe your blog a Race Report? For my money, your race reports are some of the most thoughtful competitive writing on the internet. We want more!
And BTW, your January 1 blog entry is also excellent...at least for this older, ex-corporate middle manager. The constant conflict of job demands vs personal goals seems to become more and more pronounced as we grow older. I guess that's how some guys end up in the executive suite by the time they're 60...just don't know how to scale it back.
When I was in my 30's I'd had a few corporate successes early in my career...and was able to earn a place in the Harvard Business School's class of 1978. But I was still single, no dependents, and not in love with the view upward on the corporate career ladder.
So I declined the HBS opportunity, bought some run-down real estate with only the idea of saving a beautiful Victorian building, and took a leave of absence so I could indulge my new interest full-time. Altho I still wonder what I might have accomplished had I chosen that other path, I've never regretted my actions. Good luck in 2019.
I owe lots of people lots of things these days. I actually have made some progress on my thesis, so I may start up the blog again. At any rate, there will be a race report or two posted sometime soon.
....made some progress on my thesis...
Very glad to hear it. I assume that thesis represents the next stage of your evolving career. Which is pretty exciting to see. You've made a lot more unique career decisions than most...and you've seemed to land on your feet no matter how those decisions work out. For instance, don't know if the USCF years fulfilled all your expectations. But how many of your team members are going for a PhD thirty years later? Remarkable.
Then again, if I hadn’t quit school to pursue cycling, I’d already have the PhD!