Social group membership

Not many people have a number named after them, but Robin Dunbar lays claim to the Dunbar Number. Confusingly, no precise value has been attached to this figure, but a commonly cited approximation is 150 – and this is the number of people with whom we can maintain a meaningful relationship, whether in a hunter-gatherer society or on Facebook.

Breathing, great to get it right.

I’m going to assume you’ve been successfully breathing for some time. You get enough oxygen into your blood to support your physiological requirements and power your limbs, organs, and muscles. You know how to inhale, and exhaling is a breeze. You even know how to breathe through your nostrils like a champ. In other words,…

How Triathletes Should Read Lab Results

I was 61 years old and in for a routine check-up that included some labs. At this point in life, training six days a week (averaging 14hr/week) for Half and Full Ironman events. I assumed everything would look flawless. I was wrong. I got a call back from the Doctor (GP) saying I needed to come back in and discuss some elevated lab values.

Blood Simple

Let’s suppose that next time something is different. Looking at your blood work, the doctor gravely tells you that you have high cholesterol and your AST is slightly elevated. Do you panic?

Post-Mortem: My First Year

Whether one fails or succeeds is irrelevant; all that matters is that there was motion in your life. That alone affects who you are and where you sit on the journey.

Addicted

From addicted to smoking to addicted to racing and now … WORLD CHAMP September 3, 2001 Navy Reservist ABDIV Kevin Fergusson shows the relief of crossing the line to win his age category at the World Triathlon Championship in Edmonton, Canada. Photo by Jim Brackenbury – International Triathlon Union . When ABDIV Kevin Fergusson first…

Serious case of doubt

The “7” biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists “Science, I had come to learn, is as political, competitive, and fierce a career as you can find, full of the temptation to find easy paths.” — Paul Kalanithi, neurosurgeon and writer (1977–2015) Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told. In the past…