Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Highlight Reel: 23-29 January

This was one of those peculiar busy but totally unremarkable weeks.  I was up early and home late nearly every day, but most of it was boring work stuff.  There were some fun things, thought.

On Thursday evening, I attended MakeOffice’s launch party for their latest location on 15th & K.  MakeOffices is another co-working space, similar to the more famous WeWork but based here in the DMV.  The CEO is a fellow Georgetown Law alum, something I didn’t realize until we met that evening.  We’re planning on sharing war stories and discussing why we both left the law soon.

We had friends over for brunch on Saturday morning.  They don’t drink, so I guess you could call it a late breakfast, but I’m still going with brunch.  Any how, my slapped together sausage and bacon hash was really tasty, but I fear my friends left hungry—even though there was a lot of food, I found myself raiding the cabinets as soon as they left. Sorry, folks!  And shame on me for not taking pictures—photos or it didn’t happen, right?

Later that day, while the Missus continued her works towards YouTube stardom, I experimented with new cocktail ideas.  I’m generally pretty successful, but my efforts to incorporate even a splash of apple wine—delightful on its own—were repugnant.  I kept tweaking, adjusting, and sampling before starting over from scratch.  End result: I ended up slightly buzzed despite pouring what seemed like two full drinks down the drain.  Oops.

One of our close friends invited us to attend her family’s Tết celebration.  We weren’t sure what to expect, but a raffle certainly wasn’t part of it.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win any of the prizes, although we each came away with $10 from the lucky tree and extremely full stomachs.

Weekly Workouts

The past few weeks of consistent training are really paying off.  Despite weighing nearly 200 pounds, I am faster than I’ve been in ages.  What’s more, I feel great!  Here’s hoping the rest of the year goes just as well.  I’ll say this much though: I’m ready for a rest day.  LAZY MONDAY HERE I COME!

Run Bike Strength Crosstrain
Mon Easy
0:40 | 10.4 mi
Tue Intervals
11 × 800m, dec. rest
1:20 | 9.89 mi
Wed Easy
0:40 | 10.3 mi
Legs
1:00
Thu  Threshold + intervals
0:30 @ FTP + 5 × 0:01 sprints
1:00 | 17.8 mi
Fri  Easy
0:45 | 4.89 mi
Push + Pull
1:20
Sat Tempo
1:00 @ FTP w/ hard finish
1:15 | 261 W NP
Sun  Intervals + Threshold
5 × 0:04 @ 125% + 0:25 @ FTP
1:15 | 264 W
SUM
9:15
2:05
14.8 mi
4:50
84.3 mi
2:20
 

The Highlight Reel: 16-22 January

Short weeks generally seem to be uneventful weeks.  This was something of an exception, but only slightly.

Most of Monday was spent supervising the plumber as he ran water and drain lines to connect our “new” washing machine.  Quotations are warranted because we bought it over a year ago, and it’s been taking up space ever since.  To be fair, the first plumber we called out quoted us over $2,000 for a one-day, one-man job. The next plumber canceled on short noticed.  Eventually, installation just got pushed further and further down the list.  Having now used it twice without concern for whether we had enough quarters, I’m wishing we’d done this sooner.

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Tuesday marked Jack Rose’s Second Annual KDA Meet & Greet.  I’m not one to idolize folks in the bourbon business, but it’s fun all the same to meet the movers and shakers in the industry.  In my experience, they’re all quite personable and down to earth.  Heck, Rob Samuels even bought me a drink.

In case you missed it, Friday in our nation’s capital was kind of a big deal.  Against my better judgment, I agreed to venture to a friend’s inauguration party in DC…downtown…a block from the Capitol.  Had I actually arrived on time, getting there might have been easier.  I instead found myself fighting the post-speech Exodus, literally walking around bushes as the crowd headed the other direction.

Once I got inside, it was a great time.  Brent Elliott of Four Roses was there again, marking the second time I’d seen him this week and the fourth in twelve months.  Kinda surprising given that he lives in Kentucky.  I actually spent much of the party chatting with Brent and his wife—both warm, lovely people—and I did my best to keep the conversation away from bourbon.  Perhaps it’s just be my perception, but I think they enjoyed the change of subject.

Oh, and I made a logo for the blog.

Virtue and Vices

Weekly Workouts

I learned a lesson this week: Biking hard after leg day is okay; running hard is not.  Thursday’s seven-mile tempo run started off great then rapidly spiraled downward.  A brief synopsis of my thoughts throughout: This feels so easy → Seven miles is manageable → How much longer? → Mercy! I give up!  Duly noted.

Run Bike Strength Crosstrain
Mon Easy
0:50 | 13.4 mi
Tue Intervals
20 × 400m
1:33 | 9.86 mi
Wed Easy
1:00 | 15.8 mi
Legs
0:50
Thu  Tempo
~7 mi @ PMP
1:12 | 9.19 mi
Fri  Easy
0:50 | 13.3 mi
Push + Pull
1:30
Sat Threshold
3 × 0:22 @ 105% FTP
1:30, 259 W NP
Sun Long Tempo
2 × 5 mi @ HMP
1:45, 13.7 mi
SUM
11:00
4:30
32.7 mi
4:10
69.6 mi
2:20
 

The Highlight Reel: 09-15 January

I thought this was another boring week, but then I really thought about it.

The Missus and I met friends for Vietnamese food on Tuesday evening.  Our plan of going to Nha Trang in Eden Center was foiled by supposed kitchen renovations—I am somewhat skeptical—so we instead ended up at Little Viet Garden.  We, as a whole, very much enjoyed our food.  The Missus called her fried rice (the least Vietnamese item on the menu) the best she’s ever had.  From a veritable fried rice connoisseur, that’s saying something!   My “broken rice” (ordered on the basis of the name alone) was equally enjoyable.  We’d definitely go back.

I spent all day Thursday judging projects for the WBC Craftsmanship Awards.  My fellow judges and I were tasked with evaluating recently completed construction projects throughout the DMV to determine whether they were worthy of recognition.  Of the seven my group judged, only one was truly wow-worthy: the Monumental Staircase at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Spiraling upwards 45 feet while supported only at the top and the base, the stairs are as impressive as the museum’s name is unwieldy.

The Missus and I were out again on Friday to meet friends and celebrate their recent engagement.  The lucky lady was actually the realtor who helped us buy our home, and we liked her so much that we’ve stayed in touch.  Reach out for her contact info if you need an agent in VA!

We met the happy couple at Citizen Burger Bar in Clarendon.  We’d been there before for drinks; they, despite living down the street for years, never had.  The kitchen was backed up, so our food was slow coming.  It was worth the wait.  There’s no time to Instagram the food when everyone is aggressively stuffing their faces!

The Missus had been wanting to see Rogue One for weeks, so we decided a Sunday matinee was the perfect opportunity—two tickets + snacks for under $30 is hard to argue with.  As consideration for postponing my morning workout, She agreed to join me at the gym afterwards so that I could get in a run.  If you knew how hard it was to get my lady to exercise, you’d understand why this is worth mentioning.

Weekly Workouts

Run Bike Strength Crosstrain
Mon Easy
0:30
Push
1:00
Tue Intervals
Mile Repeats 6x
1:15; 9.68 mi
Wed Easy
0:40
Legs
1:00
Thu Threshold
2 x 0:21 @ 105%
1:05, 260 W NP
Fri Easy
0:55, 6.13 mi
Pull
0:50
Sat Threshold
30-20-10 prog
1:30, 257 W NP
Sun Long Tempo
3 x 3 mi
1:25, 11.5 mi
SUM
10:10
3:35, 27.3 mi 3:45, 65.3 mi 2:50  

Blood Runs Free

If I could drink but one cocktail for the rest of my life, it would be the Old Fashioned.  In part because I love it, but also because an Old Fashioned can be made 1,000 different ways (and no, that’s not cheating).  The Old Fashioned is beautiful in its simplicity, elegant in its flexibility.  Just three ingredients—spirits, sweet, and bitters—combine to make a drink that is utter perfection.  But enough about my love affair—on to this particular interpretation of my favorite drink.

Blood Runs Free

Blood Runs Free is my take on the Fancy Free, itself a variant of the Old Fashioned.  The sweetness of the maraschino and blood orange juice perfectly balances out the barrel-strength bourbon, while the two bitters add further complexity.  It goes down perhaps too easily for the proof, so take extra care to drink responsibly!

Blood Runs Free
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Blood Runs Free
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1 drink 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In an Old Fashioned with a large ice cube/sphere, combine all ingredients. Stir vigorously for 15 to 30 seconds. Garnish with orange peel. Serve immediately.
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The Highlight Reel: 02-08 January

Four-day weeks, how I love thee.  Well, except when the first day back is marred by food poisoning.  At least I got in a successful interval run session before the Stomach Suffering set in.

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Aside from going home sick at 11:00 Tuesday morning, this was a remarkably unremarkable week.  I was fully recovered by the following day, enough so that I could get in a good leg workout without fear of an intestinal incident.  Surprisingly, that late-afternoon lifting did not adversely affect my bike workout the following morning, nor was I too stiff for any of my subsequent workouts.  Sweet!

Saturday marked a long-overdue date night. The Missus and I drove to Muse Paintbar in Gainesville for a couples’ painting class, preceded by dinner at her favorite spot.  We’ve done plenty of these classes at any number of locations—this was decidedly our least favorite.  The class somehow felt both rushed and too long, an unusual phenomenon to say the least.  Still, a fun night out, and we both got plenty of compliments on the paintings that neither of us actually liked.

Weekly Workouts

Disclaimer: I don’t think my workouts are interesting enough to warrant discussion. However, I’m asked enough about my fitness activities that I’m prepared to bore the rest of you with a regular recap thereof.  If you find this as tedious as I do, please let me know.

Run

Bike Crosstrain

Strength

Mon Push
1:00
Tue Intervals
4-8-12-16 pyramid
1:00; 7.75 mi
Wed Legs
Squat, DL, Press, Stair carry
1:00
Thu Threshold
1:00, 262 W NP
Fri Easy
1:00, 7.65 mi
Pull
1:00
Sat FTP builder
1:30, 250 W NP
Sun Threshold
1:30, 12.15 mi

Total time: 9:00

Run mileage: 26.5
Bike mileage: 44.8

New Year, New Goals

In terms of achieving stated goals, 2016 was something less than a resounding success.  Apart from improving my squat and climbing as much of Mt. Rainier as was safely possible, I didn’t tick off too many items.  That said, I generally consider the year a success.  Developing in my new career demanded more attention and time that I anticipated when I set those goals, and that had to be my top priority.

Despite not achieving many of my stated goals, I feel like I achieved a lot.  A few things immediately come to mind.

  • I managed not to lose any of the Spanish proficiency developed over months of fun-employment, despite a lack of concerted study.
  • I met a ton of interesting people and(to the best of my knowledge) avoided scaring off any of them
  • I stayed in touch with the people who are important to me despite being incredibly focused on work and fitness.
  • I figured out how to balance work and working out, a monumental accomplishment in and of itself.
  • I learned how to accommodate training legs and running hard in the same week.  This might be the pinnacle of my life’s achievements thus far.

So what’s in store for 2017?  This time around, I’ve decided to break my goals into categories, tier them, and generally list fewer “stretch goals.”  I hope this will make focusing on individual goals easier, rather than feeling like I have 10 random things that I arbitrarily have to do.  So with that, here are my 2017 goals.

Fitness Goals

  1. Better my 5k PR (20:41, set 2013-11-28).  If accomplished, better my 10k PR (42:06, set 2012-06-09).  If accomplished, better my half marathon PR (1:32:10, set 2015-03-14).
  2. Learn to do a muscle-up
  3. Train legs every week (barring injury)

 Personal Goals

  1. Continue improving my Spanish (I know it when I see it)
  2. Blog at least 50 times
  3. Cut out frivolous spending and save more towards things that matter

Professional Goals

My primary goal here is to stay the course: I want to continue helping individuals, families, and organizations make their financial lives simpler.  But I need things more measurable, things to aspire to, so here goes.

  1. Bring on $20+ million in client assets
  2. Acquire at least three multi-million dollar clients
  3. Help at least one company improve its 401(k) plan

I’ll be checking in monthly to keep myself in check.  At least that’s my intention—I expect the 2+ people who read this regularly to hold me accountable!  And if you have any thoughts or feedback on these goals, reach out directly or leave them in the comments.

Happy 2017!!!