What a wild few weeks. Talk about been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

It all started October 9th, when I finally achieved a goal I’ve been chasing for well over a decade, and completed my first Olympic-distance triathlon. (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run – those are distances, not dollar values).

I first learned about triathlon when I was working as a medic for a race in Boulder – probably back in 1992. Being the young, aggressive type, I thought any sport where you write your number on your arms and legs in permanent ink had to be hard core. I spent most of those years competing in a sport where you hit people in the face a lot (I guess that’s kind of hard core too), but in the late 90’s I started traveling a lot for work, which made staying competitive at the level I was at pretty much impossible.

Getting frustrated by not being able to make it to the next level (I was competing nationally, but only winning locally), and spending a lot of time injured due to overtraining, I decided to give tri a shot. At least I could run, and often swim or bike, when on the road. But then I got sick… really sick. As in people started calling me “liver boy” because some virus attacked my third favorite part of my body and I couldn’t drink for over a year, never mind sustain hard workouts.

But I recovered, started working with a swim coach, and then got distracted by getting married and traveling even more. And then I tore my rotator cuff and had surgery. And then had a kid. And… you get the idea.

About 4-5 months ago I was finally injury-free and working out regularly again, and decided to give it another shot. Started riding with a bike group and then joined a masters swim program. I figured another 3 months of training and I’d be ready, but my swim coach pushed me to race and I gave it a shot.

I may have finished near the back, but I finished. Easily. And now I’m hooked. Next up is a marathon, and maybe a half-Ironman in a year or so. Then back to the booze.

The day after the tri I boarded a plane and headed off to London for RSA Europe. Chris Hoff and I spent a bunch of (platonic) private time together, and it turns out we’ve been working on some extremely complementary research that we’re going to combine for our joint RSA presentation this year. I was also really happy my work passed the sniff test, because Chris spends a heck of a lot more time on cloud than I ever will, and if the research holds up for him I know it’s solid.

Then back home for 3 days, and back on a plane to China. I was again presenting with Hoff, and we managed to sneak out for a few hours to visit the Forbidden City. Which is quite welcoming, if you buy a ticket. They have beer. All reds for some reason.

On a sour note, the day before the tri I got word that a very good friend died of cancer. Jim launched my technology career and changed the course of my life in ways that are hard to describe. A little over a year ago we started on some collaborative smart grid research, soon after which he found out about the cancer he never recovered from. Jim deserved better.

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Remember, for every comment selected, Securosis makes a $25 donation to Hackers for Charity. This week’s best comment goes to Mike Fratto, in response to The Thing About Espionage.

Rich, based on your definition, the good guys are us and the bad guys are them for any definition of “us” and “them”. LOL