Whoop and Sleep

I was on the fence a bit about with Whoop, as most of the people I talked mostly mentioned “it’s just about recovery mostly.”

One of my favorite mantras, going back to my Bike Nerd days, is “you can’t fake sleep.”

You can grit out that last half mile to the finish line. You can will yourself up over that big hill. But you ain’t faking your way to nine hours of sleep.

Sure, seeing my “Strain” score for a long run was nice and all, but I kept seeing that my recovery scores were in the 30-40% range. Even dipping down to 29% – that’s red, oh no!

So Whoop has made me think about sleep a bit more.

Okay, get to bed a little earlier. Okay, sure, less screen time before bed.

I kept seeing this sleep mask on my Instagram feed, I think because someone I follow showed it off. So I followed them. It looked neat enough, I guess.

But, before I drop $30+ on a sleep mask, I remember my housemate had a spare sleep mask on hand, from a hotel swag bag. Let me try that first, right?

Well, it looks like a sleep mask sure helped, huh?

So right now, Whoop is worth it, because it got me thinking about sleep, about recovery. I kept seeing my hard runs, all that strain, but I was also forced to see that I’m not recovering enough.

If I’m not recovering, it won’t matter how hard I run, or how many miles I ride.

Sure, $30/mo is a chunk of change, but Whoop is helping me see how rested I am, which helps determine how big of an adventure I should take on each day.

Get a free WHOOP strap and your first month free when you join with my link: https://join.whoop.com/#/B37605

Daily Loop #73

A year of Groundhog Day, on repeat, on every TV in the house, at full volume. Cut out all the random events of your day, like running into old friends, or meeting new people, cut out every leisure social activity like going to the movies, going out for dinner, or meeting up for coffee.

Then, replace and amplify everything else which, face it, work. Then every work item, and to-do, and video call, and weekend task turns into a pebble that you have to carry and not put down. Eventually those pebbles turn into a landslide.

LIKES

“social media gigs in 2021 all basically include at least 4 full time jobs,” @thecultureofme

Video by Ruvim Miksanskiy and Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels

Daily Loop #72

I think this is my first complete song, if you count a 15 second, 200BPM chaos-fest like this a song. It’s here now, in the world for all the world to completely ignore, which is fine. I had so much fun making this, editing this (audio and video). This is joy to me. This isn’t work, this is all play.

Chances are most everything you write, make, capture, put out – it won’t be a hit. It won’t register. It won’t move. It won’t shake the world.

I mean, there’s people who forgot about “This is America” by Childish Gambino (hey, 2018 was a long time ago). There’s people who still never watched any of the Star Wars movies. People who’ve never read classic books, poems.

Keep making your thing regardless.

LIKES

“I think the first concert back I’m legit gonna be crying. Like if you see me breakdown in tears in the pit mind your business” @TheKodakChris

Via Chris Eliopoulos

Driving footage by Kelly Lacy from Pexels
Video game controller footage by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels
Video game arcade footage by cottonbro from Pexels

Stop Handing Out Flyers

There was a time when we didn’t spray a firehose of images, videos, and words into our eyeballs for multiple hours, every day. Around the clock.

During that time we still made albums, published magazines, made videos, and everything else.

The thing I hear a lot, if we abandon social media, is how will we be found? How will our music get heard? How will our videos get watched?

Look, they will.

Back in the day you’d hand out flyers for the show you were playing that night. Put the flyers in the local music shop. Hand them to anyone wearing Chuck Taylors or a nose ring.

Social media is where you hand out flyers, but at a certain point you gotta head back to the venue and play a show.

We’ve all bought into the 24/7 social media marketing life style, heading both directions; both as the consumer and the advertiser.

But there comes a time when you gotta put the phone down and work. You’re going to have to miss that meme, or that person who did the thing, or that random video.

Trust that the wonderful people in your life will send you some of the highlights. Also be okay with missing shit.

Like, how many memes have you missed when they first came out? Then you discovered it three months later. Still funny, right? Great. What’d you lose? Nothing.

Get into your studio, your space, put on your headphones and make your art. That’s the thing that people will discover three months from now. That clever Tweet or funny IG story is nice and all, but it’s gone in a day. Poof.

Put your top stuff on a site. Your writing, your photos, your music, your whatever. Give it a home where people can find it. And keeping filling it up. Keep adding. Make it your home.

People will find you when they find you, and it’ll probably be for your art, the magic you bring to the world.

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This Is America

Photo via @DrDenaGrayson

Can America sink any lower? It seems the depths that this country will fucking sink is without limits.

Source

For years, Mr. Trump had built his influence with rapid-fire tweets and by reaching out to millions of people on Facebook. Since losing November’s election, he had used the platforms to challenge the election results and call them fraudulent.

NYTimes

Creating The Holidays

Christmas was always my favorite – the sights, sounds, smells.

What I realize now is there’s so much nostalgia, and seeing now how so much of that was crafted for me.

My parents bought the tree, played the Christmas music, bought the presents (SPOILER), put up the lights.

Young Seth was just along for the ride.

Even a few years back, when living in NYC, driving home for the holidays was something I went into knowing that mom would have candy dishes filled with Christmas candy, and lights would be up, and there’d be a big tree.

I walked into those settings, like the perfect movie set, every year.

Unless I craft them for myself, they don’t happen now, which is sort of a metaphor for life.

Don’t hang around all the athletic friends I did like in my high school days, which means I don’t do as many athletic things. I gotta start them… on my own.

Don’t hang around all the musician friends like I used to, so I’m not operating on the same wavelength anymore, feeling motivated to keep up with my peers and keep crafting. I have to start that each day on my own.

These days I gotta put up my own Christmas lights, buy some holiday-scented candles, put on some Christmas music.

Nostalgia is a wild thing. I don’t want to let go of those memories, and it’s impossible to know if currently, in 2020, I’m doing anything worth remembering in 10 years, but I if do nothing, the answer is pretty evident.

Right Place, Right Time

However these things happen, they just happen. Some are low impact, or not even noticeable, but wow, this instance my attention.

I had already gone out for a run earlier in the day, but a new pair of shoes came in the mail, and I needed to break them in. A short evening walk turned into something magical.

100 Miles in a Week

I follow a handful of adventurous runners on Instagram, and I sometimes get stuck in the comparison game. When will I ever be able to run 10 miles every single day? When can I run 65+ miles in a 12 hour endurance race.

Actually, though, that pity party last about 2.4 seconds before I throw my phone down, lace up my shoes, and head out the door. I’m not going to be able to run 30 miles a week until I can run 25 with consistency. I won’t be able to run 10 miles on back to back days if I can’t even run an 8 miler every Sunday.

At the start of August I had a nice kick in the pants, from the horrible situation involving Tommy Rivers Puzey.

Rivers Puzey first started to feel sick earlier in the summer. Thinking it could have been COVID-19, he self-isolated at home, but as the weeks passed and his situation failed to improve, he went to the hospital. He stayed there for several weeks, although doctors didn’t give him a diagnosis for some time. On July 24, his brother posted on Instagram to announce that Rivers Puzey had finally been diagnosed, and it was cancer.

From ‘Support Tommy Rivers Puzey in the Run with Rivs virtual challenge

So I joined the virtual event and set a goal of 100 miles, from August 1st to the 9th. I knew I couldn’t run that distance, but I have a bike now, and whatever, I wanted to see if my heart and lungs and body could withstand a 100 mile week.

Sunday to Sunday I ran 34 miles, and biked 67. I ate smart, tried to get to bed early, and made sure to stretch and do some mobility work throughout the week, and wow, it worked.

Taking Monday off was great, and now today, I was up and out the door by 7am for a five mile run.

Running is my “hell yes,” and sets the tone for how I manage my day. Challenges with work, finances, a pandemic… it’s all pretty daunting, but if I can get out for a run or a bike ride, some form of movement where I get my heart rate up and break a sweat, then I’m a happy dude.

Sure, in 2010 or so I was “The Bike Nerd,” and loved biking 25 miles a day, but heck, I didn’t track any of that mileage. I was just riding from bus station to bus station, to a friends house, on some back roads. That was all well and good, but now, a decade later, these adventures feel even more purposeful. For both myself, and for those that running can help in the process.

Turns out a bunch of people did the Run With Rivs challenge, and all told it raised over $180,000.

Marketing Magic

From ‘The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising.’

“Bad methodology makes everyone happy,” said David Reiley, who used to head Yahoo’s economics team and is now working for streaming service Pandora. “It will make the publisher happy. It will make the person who bought the media happy. It will make the boss of the person who bought the media happy. It will make the ad agency happy. Everybody can brag that they had a very successful campaign.”


Marketers are often most successful at marketing their own marketing.

Over and Over

Do things a little, and then do them a lot!

Like, I started off barely able to run 5 minutes at a time. Almost three later I can run like 2.5 hours and not walk weird afterwards.

Same with music! Ya might suck today, but keep at it and a few years later you’ll be okay!

Not about QUIT YOUR JOB FOLLOW YOUR PASSION. Do your stuff when you can, and maybe a decade from now it’s what you do.

Lots of the artists you see out there touring and stuff and recording have been doing it since they were teenagers. Objects in motion stay in motion.