First of all, really happy with the last few weeks as my class has been flying through kinematics, Newtonian physics and circular motion on our way towards deeper topics in physics. At the same time, I’ve been beating myself up physically and it feels great. Finals week(s) was a horrible period of non-activity and practically getting bedsores while studying all day (and night) and as soon as school broke, I went out and did as much as I could that first weekend. Since then, it’s been fast and furious: bike commute totaling 32 miles daily, at least one gym class (yoga, pilates, core intervals, cardio stuff) in the afternoon after physics every day, and then some running/boot camp thing in the evenings (Dashing Whippets, RUN NYC or BridgeRunners) plus random weird social running events. I get three-day weekends which are amazing so that usually involves maybe two longer runs (I’ve spent the last few Sundays on the trails in Forest Park) or bike rides so by Sunday evening, I’m pretty beat up. I feel awesome, but I definitely feel depleted. My dad always thinks that I use up all of my energy physically and don’t leave enough for myself mentally and today, I’m really feeling it. I was supposed to have spent the last four or five hours catching up on physics problems but my quads are still throbbing from the ride in this morning as well as a punishing double this afternoon (hard-ass mat pilates followed by crazy interval workout). So I’ve been lounging around school reading newspapers, writing blog entries, eating fruit and doing jack$hit when I really should be grinding. I need to lay off the heavy physical stuff for a couple of days and get back into the books, at least until the first (and only) midterm next week. And before I know it, it’ll be mid-July and I’ll be done! The key is balance and while it’s true that if you overload both sides equally, it won’t tip the scale over over, you’ll probably just break the whole damn thing anyway and that would be way worse. My old creative director at the agency had a favorite word and it was energía; here’s to you, Jimmie! May we all find an endless supply somehow and sip from it.