Friday, June 17, 2005

Career options

According to this career quiz at the Princeton Review, I am Green, which means I should consider:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Agent
  • Art Dealer
  • Attorney
  • Auctioneer
  • Bank Officer
  • Bar/Club Manager
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Buyer
  • Auto Salesperson
  • Clothing/Jewelry/Cosmetics Generalist
  • Coach
  • Diplomat/Attache/Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser/Institutional Solicitor
  • Hotel Manager
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Investment Banker
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing Executive
  • Music Executive
  • Performing Arts Administrator
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Political Aide
  • Politician
  • Promoter
  • Property Manager
  • Publicist
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker
  • Restauranteur
  • Retail Salesperson
  • Service Sales Representative
  • Stockbroker
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Television Reporter
  • Translator
  • Wedding Consultant
  • Small Business Owner
  • Venture Capitalist/ Investor
  • Consultant

I noticed that Small Business Owner and Consultant also appear when I answer the questions opposite of my true preferences, so they must push that for everybody. It's interesting that none of these jobs involve engineering, a change from the results of such tests when I was younger.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Kill the kilo! Kill it now!

Can it really be true? The UCI is considering killing the kilo (and 500 m TT for women). It's a shame that BMX can't be included without killing something, but this is a great choice. They should also get rid of pursuits and replace them with something that is not more boring than watching paint dry! In February, I held the UCI responsible for making cycling the world's most incompetently run sport, but this is a good move. At the same time, I called time trials a "buzz-kill of an Olympic sport."

There is a lot of whining from cyclists, who have forgotten long ago that it's not about them. Olympic events should be exciting to watch in person and on TV and should draw youngsters into the sport. Kilos are so boring and time-consuming for promoters that at Hellyer Park, we held them only when we had to, about once a year.

I am mystified that of all the exciting races you could hold on a velodrome in the Olympics, most track events are mind-numbing time trials. I'm sorry, but no little kid is going to watch a kilo and think it would be cool to train for. Swimming has events of similar duration, but because the swimmers can be seen competing against each other, by virtue of being in the pool at the same time, the thrill of competition is evident. Who doesn't want to swim that fast? It wouldn't look nearly as fast with just one swimmer in an empty pool. It's hard to believe that people think the madison should be eliminated, when it is actually fun to watch and recent rule changes to treat laps as points make it easier to follow.

I know time trials are supposed to be pure, and the ultimate race of truth, just athlete and the clock. The problem is that clocks are boring. The Olympics draw an audience not because we care who has the best VO2 max or greatest inheritance of fast-twitch muscle fibers, but because we want to see who comes out ahead under all the challenges of competition with other athletes: not just strength, but spirit.

Sunday, June 12, 2005


The 2005 OSIM Singapore Triathlon is July 2 and 3, 2005. Wish me luck!