Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's a bandwidth problem

One of my new co-workers has made the reference a couple of times to people who have a tough time grasping macro-concepts as "He doesn't have the bandwidth for what we were saying".

I love that saying.

I think it applies to me and blogging right now.

I have not posted in 3 weeks. I could say

"I don't have the time" - That is kind of a lie.
"I have nothing to write about" - Has that stopped me before?
"I don't know what to say" - See above

The reality is this:

I am one of the luckiest people I know. I am on week 6 of the new job, and it is easily the best job I have ever had.

I work with great people, I represent the best of class in the industry, and the company is relying on me to do what I think is best for the business.

Cool, cool, and cool. I look forward to going to work. How many people can say that?

I have been laid off 2x in 2 years, and I have come out with great jobs in both circumstances. I now have survivor guilt. I know too many people struggling and suffering, and my empathy for them has kept me quiet about my new gig.

So what the heck does all of this have to do with running? Everything. Ask people who have known me A LONG time, and they will say running has always been a reflection on what is going on in my life. Well.. only a few people really know that. One friend used to gage what kind of mood I was in by my weekly mileage.

I try to approach many things in my life with a degree of passions. "Go big or go home". I am just wired that way.

Passion = Bandwidth

Right now all of my passion is going into work. I am learning my region, the business, and what I have to do to exceed expectations. It is great, but draining.

I have been running 20-50 miles per week, but it is all over the map. But.... I don't care. I am healthy enough to run, and I still enjoy it.

I am pretty sure there are no more races for me this year, but that is totally cool. I might run in the Grey Ghost 5k with my old fogie neighbor (the fast one), but that doesn't really count now, does it?

So a quick recap of the last 3 weeks.

Ran the Marin County Headlands - That place is freaky! The bunkers out there look like a set from the movie Trainspotting. Add the fog = Me freaked out... and nearly got lost.

Ran in Austin, TX last week in 102 heat, 75 dew point. I am still sweating. I found a pizza place named "Death Metal Pizza". It was closed. I HAVE to got there next time I am in town.

Ran the Des Plains river trail in Chicago land, 95 & humid.

Ran at home a bunch. Humid.

Ran in Dallas today in 90 something and upper 70s dewpoint. No problem. 9 miles. Maybe I am getting acclimated.

It was 107 when I got to the hotel last night. I don't know how people survive down here

Blah, blah.

I am crewing for Bill P at Superior. Really looking forward to that. Can't wait to see everybody suffering out there and being on the other side for a change. I am brining tons of coffee, so hang with me and you shall be fine.

I will work my bandwidth problem.

Wait... that sounded really bad


wildknits said...

Glad to see you back in the blogosphere! Understand the steep learning curve of a new job and how that can be a bit all-consuming.

Nice mileage despite all the travel and the heat and humidity.

Skipping out on Superior this year to go backpacking (as always - my self-preservation streak is strong). Have fun crewing and cheering others on!

brothergrub said...

Yo Patten - Get your gainfully employed ass back to Lapham soon - You have been missed... Wish you were coming to Angela's 50 year-old FA... We will be drinking your beer...(poor Craig never got that case back...sucker).

johnmaas said...

Glad to hear things are going well for you!
Maybe see you on the SHT!

SteveQ said...

If Bill makes Sawbill station between 6 and 8 AM, I'll pace him to Carlton Peak. It's the part of the course I've never done, it's about the longest I could do and about the pace I can manage.

Matthew Patten said...

Hey Steve,

Sawbill aid station is AFTER Carlton Peak!

I will give him strict instructions "don't listen to Steve"

SteveQ said...

I meant Sugaloaf, not Sawbill! I always confuse those two - they both start with "S", they both are named for roads whose feature they're named for is nowhere in sight and they both are at a point where everyone's too exhausted to care what the name's are.

But, yeah, I have gotten turned around out there...

Also, I've got to work on being able to run that far before I say I can pace someone!

Steve said...

Steve Q., he won't need a pacer, because I'll be there running with him. Bill and I have been training together to finish this bad boy, and we're going to stick together from start to finish. See you both out there next week!

Matt, good things happen to good people, so don't sweat the guilt thing. I'm really happy for your success.

Helen said...

As Steve said - good things happen to good people.

Awesome to hear how well things are going. Being passionate about something is what's important. Be it work, running, music, art...whatever it takes!

Looking forward to hanging out at Sawtooth. Myself, Holly & Karen will be at Temperance River AS.

Molly said...

Hey Matt - I'll see you up there this weekend - I'm going for the finish. If I get stung I'll be good to go this time around (the shots are working!)I'll be thinking about our bee experience on the rocks before Silver Bay!