It’s been a wild few weeks (hence the lack of updating) but everything is solid gold. The spring semester ended (my first year down!) on some very high notes (grade-wise) although I did have a mini-heart attack when I realized I had a scantron issue on one of my finals and my calculated grade showed up as a “D” but that got fixed. Physics I for the summer is now about two weeks in and we’re moving at a furious clip or, I should say, velocity. Learning all manner of real-world science like how a massless cord which does not stretch connected (via a pulley) to a 10 kg box sitting on a table with a kinetic friction coefficient of 0.5 can allow a 4 kg counterweight to suspend itself in the air without dropping more than 1 meter, or something like that. Kinda fun, actually: biology was all about applying science to our bodies, chemistry was all about how our bodies interact with the world around us on a micro-level and physics seems to be how we interact with the world on a macro-level.
I’m commuting to school now by bike and I got a sweet set of panniers to lug my books back and forth, the school still offers all manner of group fitness classes (yoga, pilates, core conditioning) so I can fit those in with my class schedule and I’m just trying to sweat every day (pretty simple when the temps hit 80+ the entire week). Last night we did an amazing track workout in the thunder/lightning/rain (yeah that’s me flying through on the lane 6) and overall, it’s starting to be a good summer.
There have also been a ton of running- and biking-related events/articles/activities that have almost been too much to keep track of and I can hardly keep up, much less participate. I’ve been very active in trying to update the New York Runners Society but really, there is just so much going on and it’s awesome. There is such a richness to the community that is certainly helped along by “the power of social media” (boy, I sound like I’m reverting back to my ad agency days there) but it’s true: every tweet, every status update, every blog post is for something that you didn’t know about, but now do. How else could I have known that: the friggin’ Ironman Championships will be held here in NYC/NJ, that Born To Run author Christopher McDougall will be in town, that there is renewed mainstream interest in the barefoot-running movement, that the Diamond League is also coming to New York City, that the Bridgerunners are now doing Monday Night Drills, that the Kissena Twilight Series is on, the Bicycle Film Festival is coming up, the Catskill Running Festival is happening in late July, etc. Seriously, it’s all a bit mad, it’s all coming at me like a firehose and . . . . . it’s all pretty awesome.