I finished my first marathon, The Madison Marathon, yesterday. My time wasn't good at all, but I did drop 13 minutes off of my half marathon time from last year. Today I was limping around work because something isn't right with my left foot. I'm hoping it clears up on its own. I couldn't have made it without Claire, who met me at the halfway point with some lubricant and a fresh pair of undies!
It took me a while to get these pics up but my college friend Hail Fleeger and his girlfriend Katya came out to Madison in October. Claire and I escorted them and my ex-roommate Silas for the obligatory trip to the Essen Haus, which we always enjoy so much. We also rented bikes for them and rode in the rain out to Paoli. The last night they were in town, we went to union south and played Rook. Also of note, I recently gave the MD/PhD program seminar on multiple myeloma/my research and it went pretty well.
I biked the Potosi Century Ride this year, for the 3rd time. I have been training with a friend, James Johnson, throughout the summer and he did the ride as well. Overall, we crushed it. The weather was the best this year of the three times I have done it, meaning that we only had to face 15 miles of brutal headwind and a thunderstorm during the last third of the ride. Claire showed up and snapped some photos. We also went to the symphony the next weekend. This weekend my friend Hail Fleeger is in town. We are going to have a great time and probably watch some Stanford football.
I also did some clinical work with a neurosurgeon at the UW-Madison. It was *awesome* and I learned *so much*. Neurosurgery is definitely in the running for my clinical destination.
I got my certificate of completion for the Institute of Clinical and Translational Research TL1 program today. I still have to take a class over this summer, but after that my PhD minor will be finished. This is bittersweet because it's another hurdle crossed on the race to becoming a doctor doctor, but I also need to secure new funding and write new grants.
Took the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo. Amazing. Saw the snow covered Mount Fuji as we sailed by at 250mph. Kyoto is a lot like New York except that everybody is Japanese and nobody speaks English. I have some amazing pics but I will have to post those when I get home, because my laptop is dead (no three prong to two prong power converter).
Tomorrow morning I am taking the bullet train back to Kyoto/Kensai for my flight to Hong Kong. I have a 12 hour layover in Hong Kong that I am pretty excited about. Sayonara!