Birkie 2019

Was able to ski the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI for the second year in a row. The first time I signed up, in 2017, it was cancelled. Fortunately 2018 and 2019 turned out to be great years for skiing, with good snow and appropriate temps right around 30F.

It felt good to take a break from dissertation writing, which was much needed. I am challenging myself to stick with a schedule, otherwise I find that I begin feeling ready to burn out. Taking time to ski or run, and most importantly spend time with my better half is essential to preventing this burn out and keeping the focus.

This weekend provided a great avenue to do this. We rented a cabin, hung out and skied with good friends, ate good food, and enjoyed the Northwoods winter. Now to continue buckling down until my defense date of April 26, albeit with scheduled physical and mental health time in the form of running, and time spent off the computer with those I love. Keep the focus and good things will come!

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