Race Results and Andrew Signs Up for a Sprint Triathlon

I ran my first ever race a month and a half ago, the St. Patrick’s Day Dash. Here’s me running the race:

Photo by Al Cruise. ©2010 FotoJack.com

My official stats are:
Bib number: 9885
Overall place: 2844 out of 7892
Division place (Males 22-25): 170 out of 267
Gender place: 1799 out of 3529
Time: 36:241
Pace: 9:35

Not to bad for my first go. I didn’t hit my target of 8 minute miles, but I think part of that was due to the vertical inclination of the race (which I created using this Path Profiler):

Ignore the 4.47 miles, that’s incorrect. It was closer to 3.7 miles.

I had one little rest towards the top of the climb, but other than that I felt really good about my time and I was amazingly consistent given the vertical nature of my climb. I’m pretty sure the path around Green Lake doesn’t vary in altitude by more than 10 feet. Also, my Nike+ needs to be calibrated again…it keeps over estimating my runs by about 20%, which I feel is ridiculous.

After my big race, I took a week off and then ran one day. Then took the next month off, mostly because I was lazy and didn’t have a reason to run (I don’t enjoy running for the sake of running).

I do like competition though, so I signed up for the Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon at Seafair Sprint Triathlon. Am I crazy?! Probably.

It’s a 0.5 miles swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. And it takes place on July 18th at 7am in the morning!

Source: http://www.seafair.com/events/triathlon/coursemap.asp

I’m not actually entirely sure how I’m going to train for this. I don’t even have a bicycle. I think the good news is that I can swim2.

My plan for now is to pick up running again, which I started yesterday with a run around the long loop of Green Lake, and then intermix bicycle and swim training. Lingering questions include:

  • Can I actually swim 0.5 miles in open water?
  • How do transitions works?
  • How long will this event take me? Early estimates are looking at close to two hours.

There are some training clinics I’m going to be going to, but I wonder if they will be enough for this endeavor. Anyway, expect future updates here. And if you’ve ever done something like this, I am now taking any and all suggestions.


  1. Average time: 40:48 

  2. Back in the Day™ (circa 1995), I used to be on swim team. Most recently, I did a swim class in college, but that was four years ago (What?! How could that be four years ago?)  

A Note On Internships

As the school year winds to a close, the summer intern season is getting ready to kick off. Having once been on that side of things as a college student and intern, it’s now a great experience to be on the other side of that fence, being a college graduate and helping to bring the future in. I feel very strongly about internships and about what makes a good intern.

I was talking to a student from the Colorado School of Mines the other day. He called me as part of the Digger Dial, which is a fundraising effort put on from Mines students to Mines Alumni. He’s a sophomore majoring in Geological Engineering. We got to talking about internships and if I thought there were valuable.

“Absolutely,” I told him.

Internships are not only a way to get experience, but to also help set up your career. In 2008, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 50 percent of graduating students had held internships, up from 17 percent in 1992.1 With 50% of students holding internships, you really can’t afford not to have such valuable experience.

And I think the earlier you can get an internship, the better of you’ll be. I started as an intern at Boeing after my sophomore year. I ended up interning for three summers (which is kind of unusual) before eventually being hired. But having that experience that early my college career was immensely helpful. It helped me understand what engineering really was (or wasn’t), it helped be understand why I was going to college, and it helped me make better decision while I was in college.

Here are my pointers for being an intern:

  • Apply early in your career. There’s no reason you can’t try and get an internship the summer after your freshman year. As a freshman, I talked with every company I was interested in apply to, even if they were only looking for juniors or higher. If you have what it takes to compete at that level, the company will find a way to get you hired as an intern.
  • Apply early in the year. Don’t wait until April to start apply to internships. They’re probably all gone. Start looking in October or November. January at the latest.
  • Be well rounded. Your education is worth less if you don’t know how to have a balanced life. What do you do for fun? Are you involved in the community? Are you consistent in your level of involvement? Do you take on projects outside of your curriculum and regular education that show your interest in the field? My sophomore year I worked on building up the Mines Internet Radio studio and web site. Amazingly, what I did there transfered quite well to my internship.
  • Have a good resume. There is no template for a perfect resume. Personally, I think my resume is pretty good; although it hasn’t been updated in a while. Here are some pointers: Keep it professional. Lead with your education and then experience. Don’t lie. One page only, please. Spell check. Date check. Fact check. And then spell check again.
  • Be yourself. If you think you’re hot shit, and you’re not hot shit. I will know.
  • Ask questions. We know you don’t know all the answers. We know you have questions. Just ask them! There really are no silly questions. And don’t feel like just because you took Circuits 2, Mechanics of Materials, or Fluid Dynamics that you should how things work. College will teach you some basics, work will teach you how to use those tools. Someone once told, “School is about learning how you learn.” That statement fundamentally changed how I looked at college.
  • Be aggressive. There are plenty of other people who want an internship. Trust me on this. You’re going to need to be a bit aggressive (ladies, I’m looking at you here) if you really want this internship. It’s a fine line to walk, but you’re going to have to walk it.

Finally, make sure you’re getting paid. Yes, some people will take exception to labor laws requiring interns to be paid. But since the law says you get paid, you should get paid. The New York Times recently ran an article in their business section, The Unpaid Intern, Legal or Not, stating that “some experts estimate that one-fourth to one-half are unpaid.”2

From www.nytimes.com:

“If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law,” said Nancy J. Leppink, the acting director of the department’s wage and hour division.

Ms. Leppink said many employers failed to pay even though their internships did not comply with the six federal legal criteria that must be satisfied for internships to be unpaid. Among those criteria are that the internship should be similar to the training given in a vocational school or academic institution, that the intern does not displace regular paid workers and that the employer “derives no immediate advantage” from the intern’s activities – in other words, it’s largely a benevolent contribution to the intern.


  1. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/business/03intern.html 

  2. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/business/03intern.html 

Spring 2010 Portfolio Inductions

Adding photos to my portfolio was a difficult process this time around. I think part of it was that I had such an enormous selection of photos to pick from. I think the other part is that I continue to become a better photographer and I need to raise the bar.

But I feel good about these additions and think they are very good representation of my photography.

Anyway, enjoy these new additions to my portfolio and look forward to two of them being on display in the near future!

Before the Chaos
12.0 mm || 1/15 || f/4.0 || ISO800 || NIKON D90
Golden, Colorado, United States


Fireworks on Field
12.0 mm || 8 sec || f/11.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States


Playing the Game
12.0 mm || 1/800 || f/6.3 || ISO200 || NIKON D90
Golden, Colorado, United States


Blue White Red
50.0 mm || 1/8000 || f/2.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States


Calco Inc
50.0 mm || 1/3200 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Salida, Colorado, United States


Sailboats against the Mountain
180.0 mm || 1/1600 || f/5.6 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States


Contrail
300.0 mm || 1/1250 || f/5.6 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States


Booth 72
62.0 mm || 1/640 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia


Roses are Red
70.0 mm || 1/80 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Aleksandrovka, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia


Earth to Space
18.0 mm || 0.6 || f/3.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Thira, Aegean, Greece


Swiss Guard
70.0 mm || 1/160 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Vatican City, , Vatican City


St. Stephen
18.0 mm || 1/25 || f/3.5 || ISO1600 || NIKON D70
Vienna, Vienna, Austria


Sunset at Zentralfriedhof
18.0 mm || 1/50 || f/22.0 || ISO400 || NIKON D70
Vienna, Vienna, Austria


White/Yellow on Blue/Brown
18.0 mm || 1/800 || f/6.3 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary


Liberty Bridge at Sunset
44.0 mm || 1/250 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary


Halt! Stou!
70.0 mm || 1/500 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Gmina Oswiecim, Lesser Poland, Poland


The Steles
70.0 mm || 1/1000 || f/4.5 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Sunset over DIA
18.0 mm || 1/320 || f/6.3 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Denver International Airport, Colorado, United States

Locations of Spring 2010 Portfolio Inductions

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For the week of 2010-04-18 in Tweets

  • Learning about plurals in counting: 1 day, 2 days, 5 days, etc. Turkish, et al: 1 day, 2 day, 5 day, Russian, et al: 1 day, 2 days, 5 dayen #
  • Email triage!! Stat! #
  • @ClarkMFKent Sorry, it's been a busy week. Did you send me an email? in reply to ClarkMFKent #
  • Dear Lord: right now I would just like a calm day at work tomorrow…or even some other day this week. it's been too crazy of late. amen #fb #
  • @AmandaWalton wtf? What was the actual context? in reply to AmandaWalton #
  • When the nanophase rutile becomes sufficiently small, their symmetry is no longer described accurately by the space group. #whatido #
  • Interesting taste combination for the afternoon: Garlic and raisins. #
  • Fuzzifier: The fuzzifier uses the membership function to convert the system true value into linguistic fuzzy sets. #
  • @iansltx That's awesome!! Why couldn't I have this 5 years ago?! in reply to iansltx #
  • @jessegamble isitup.org in reply to jessegamble #
  • @SAASAlumni Fatal Failure on the link 🙁 in reply to SAASAlumni #
  • Amazing footage! RT @WookieeBoy: Revisiting launch footage from Apollo 11. Quite fascinating to watch http://n.pr/bDRMOv #
  • One might think reading through a NASA Technical Support Package document should not make me this happy….but it does #fb #
  • on to lost season 2 #

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Making Progress

I’ve finished with round one of my Spring 2010 Portfolio Project. I’ve gone through all my photos from last year and whittled them down to this first pass. Yes, there are many photo here that I will be excluding from my portfolio, but I had to start somewhere and these 133 photos are where I’m starting.

Please feel free to comment or through in other suggestions. Nothing from this year is included on purpose. I generally like to let photos simmer for at least six months before I do anything with them.

I think James put it best, my goal should be to “really redefine the image or genre.

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Home Away From HomE-Days

This is my first year away from home for E-Days. I celebrated by joining some fellow Mines Alumni at Ivar’s Salmon House on Thursday evening1 for drinks and dinner. I met some great engineers, we talked about what do, teachers we had, exploits we participated in, and beers we drank.

I was sad to not be part of chaos this year, but also glad that I didn’t have two spend every waking hour for two three straight days covering the events (it takes a toll on the body). I think I’ve successfully immortalized myself by getting my photos published yet again in The Oredigger. This puts me at two articles and probably close to two dozen photos published in three issues since I’ve graduated. Not bad for an alum living 1000 miles away.

This year had some nice coverage from Steven Wooldridge of The Oredigger and James Dimagiba (you should really check out James’ photos, they are quite good), among others.

Fireworks on Field
12.0 mm || 8 sec || f/11.0 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Golden, Colorado, United States


Fireworks for the 2009 display


  1. The official kick off for E-Days 

For the week of 2010-04-11 in Tweets

  • Found some Super DLT tapes next to the trash. What should I do with them? #
  • Droid + Amazon app makes it far too easy to buy books: just scan the barcode, pay, and wait for it to arrive. Wish I had this in college #fb #
  • @moniguzman I believe the Petronas Towers and Eiffel Tower both came in underbudget as well in reply to moniguzman #
  • After six years of holding out, I'm finally caving in. Watching Lost: Season 1, Episode 1. You're welcome. #lost #fb #
  • On a scale of 1 to Stressed…I'm stressed. #welcometotherealworld #fb #
  • @k_hack wait for the 4g in reply to k_hack #
  • This is awesome! Meeting up with fellow @CSMAA for EDays 'Round the World. *sniff* First EDays I'm away from home *sniff* #fb #
  • good evening of #climbing with @CavaB33 and steph at @VWclimbing #

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Preposterous Voice Transcriptions

I use Google Voice for all my voicemail needs. One of the cool features, in theory, is that it will transcribe a voicemail left for me and send it to my phone or email. This is great when I’m in a meeting or in class and can’t actually listen to the voicemail, but I can glance at it. Unless of course, the transcription goes completely awry. As in this case:

Hey Drew, this is Karen me and my daughter give me a give me a kiss on Saturday and she wanted to go if you can do it would be great. We can go ahead and yeah call or on that, so if you to call. It’s going to come back number is (206) 555-12121 bye.

The voicemail was actually my friend (a guy, by the way) calling to see if I wanted to go skiing on Saturday.


  1. the phone number was practically the only thing the transcription service actually got correct