the (running) road to boston

There’s this guy in England that just started training in 2006 and his goal is to qualify for the Olympics in 2008. A production company is pitching a documentary about it, the YouTube clip is here:


I started marathon training in December, but my goal is Boston, not Beijing. 3:10 vs 2:15.

The thread where I found the video is from’s message boards and contains a chatter that mostly amounts to the guy can’t do it, no way, no how.

This ties in to the book I’m reading, The Dip by Seth Godin. The prediction from the book is that Alex Vero here will run into the dip, i.e. get to a point where he’ll want to quit. In essence, the dip is what separates the average runner from Olympians (beyond genetics). I hope he makes it through.

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forsale: 2001 Ducati Monster 750

From Ducati pix

As much as it pains me to do so, I’m selling my motorcycle. I am the original owner and the bike has never spent a single night outdoors; I was extraordinarily kind to this machine. I have the title and service documentation. All available resources must be diverted into the business, so I’m selling it.

A bunch of pictures are available here: 

Model: MONSTER 750
Year: 2001
Built in: Italy
Cubic Inch/Centimeter: 748
Mileage: 2,021 miles

MSRP(in 2001): $ 7,995
Resale retail value: Between $4,825 (Kelly Blue Book) and $5,626 (Motorcycle Blue Book). I’m asking for something on the high end of this scale given the extremely low mileage.

Other comments: The white spot on the tank is just a piece of tape, put there to protect the paint from my standard riding pant’s (Carhardt) metal rivet. It was serviced at 1000 miles according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.


Trying out Edgeio classified listings. They are asking for this — microid: 50d6d13a40296c6a1cc88a1a1828dc627b24d0f7microid: 50d6d13a40296c6a1cc88a1a1828dc627b24d0f7

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