Wednesday, May 17, 2017

When doctors rally...

I'm going to write about some trends I find running a healthcare review website - they will be bite-sized, and probably as much for myself as anyone else. They are personal thoughts so I'm keeping them here. One of them is how quickly doctors can respond when they get a negative review. This OB/GYN Susan Mueller in Paducah, KY is an example. She received one negative review, but clearly has a lot of satisfied patients as well. This seems like a smart way to manage her reputation. We were able to validate all of the reviews were genuine residents of the area.

Friday, May 5, 2017

TARC Spring Classic 2017 Marathon Race Recap

Going to start using this blog for better notes after races.

I ran the TARC Spring Classic Marathon in Weston on 4/26/17 as a training run.  The race was 10K loops.   I felt strong enough to run the 50K but since I'm focused on my BQ at Sugarloaf, I did not push it that hard.  The weather was wet and cold.  My hands were freezing at the end, but it wasn't bad weather for my body to be running.

Overall, it was a great course on semi-familiar trails for me.  It was reasonably hilly and had a couple technical sections.  There was one section where you had to climb on rocks to avoid deep mud, which was kind of fun, good for fitness/training, but not so good for the time.  It was about 1400 feet in elevation change overall.  https://www.strava.com/activities/953264929/overview  I enjoyed the board crossings as well.  

For the marathon group, we started with two extra .7 mile loops off to the side.  This was actually a problem - it left us behind everyone else in the race.  As a faster runner, this meant expending a lot of energy in the first lap and a half passing in tight quarters.  Though this was kind of fun, it would have been super annoying if I was actually trying to run for time or place.  I guess it serves me right for not doing the 50K given it was only 4.8 more miles.

My first five mile split averaged 8:04, but I was probably working at a 7:10-7:15 road pace to pass everyone.  Since this is a training run, I dialed it way back and targeted running 10Ks in the 50-52 minute range.  I felt some stomach distress during the 2nd lap (13.8 miles) stopped for a 2-3 minute potty and bathroom break.  This would be crushing if it happened at Sugarloaf.  I'd had a banana and PB&J for breakfast with water.  Nothing out of the ordinary so I was surprised I had the stomach issue.  Maybe it was the crappy pasta I had the night before.  Thinking if I should stick to rice.  Seems to be a bit better for me.

After 3 laps, I had a pretty good sense that the race leader in the marathon (Michael King) was way ahead of me.  At the end of the 3rd lap I saw the 2nd place runner had pulled out.  So I figured with a good pace, I'd safely cruise in for 2nd.  There were some runners in the 50K who seemed to be flying who I'd see at the brief two way traffic session.

I basically cruised in the last two laps, slowing down to chat a few times with 50K runners (camaraderie was great).

Result: 2nd place in 3:43:38 for the marathon.  4th best time in the 7 years the race has been run. https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=42340

I think if I was focused on this race I could have run in the 3:30 range.  But had a blast and it was the perfect long training run for a sturdy battler like me.  I would love to come back and race the 50K next year.  

I stupidly biked this race.  The ride home was the most miserable 15 minutes of my life, LOL.

Equipment:

Garmin XT920 (did so-so in the woods - came out at 25.4 miles when I felt it was a fairly accurately measured 26.2 based on the GPS of others)
Hoka One One Clayton Red - These shoes are incredible.  I couldn't believe they performed this well on a wet trail race with some technical/rocky sections.    
Fluorescent Yellow Singlet (some arm chafing)
Blue nike shorts (A bit of groin area chafing)
8 Gus of mixed variety (Gu regular, Gu Roctane, Clif Espresso)
Hyrdation: Clif pink powder.  Did not do a good job drinking enough and need a better bottle strategy.  Lucky it wasn't warmer.
Craft waterproof windbreaker for the first lap only

Sunday, October 2, 2016

CareDash is my latest project...

Rapidly scaling our new site CareDash.com.  Think of it as TripAdvisor for health care providers!  Our goal is to redefine the health care review industry with a focus on transparency and inclusion.  The idea is to create 100% honest review site where we don't accept payments to remove reviews.  Long-term, we will integrate additional data on transparency such as analysis of medicare data.  We'll also do our best to make booking integrated from our site.  Baby steps.

I'll have more updates on it shortly, and I hope to get back to posting some more of my thoughts on the how we can improve the health care system in the US.  It's been hard to keep this blog as updated as I would like with the two kiddos now!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Update on some new entrepreneurial projects

I've got an update on a few things I've been working on.

We recently launched DynamicPath.com, another free test prep site.  This one provides 50 free questions for about 100 topics.

One new project of mine is in the health, diet, and nutrition information space.  The goal is to get trustworthy health and diet info out to the masses.

One associated property is this one on how to reduce sugar consumption.  A bit less baked but coming is this wellness site.

Check them out and let me know what you think!  And of course the big project.



Friday, December 27, 2013

Daughter not working hard enough...

Trying to get my daughter to work entrepreneur hours is hard.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

For some family fun, check out our lobster in a pot baby Halloween costume that we did.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bike Tour Reviews Site

One of my nice recent successes is our bike trips reviews page.  It's recently started ranking in Google and the reviews are flowing in.  It fills a niche as TripAdvisor does a good job with local reviews, but international bike tour companies have been largely left without a good forum for feedback.  We're now close to 100 reviews.