Monday, December 14, 2009

FROM ANIMAL HOUSE TO COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

Had a great time with The Bride going back to our alma mater...Ashland University for commencement ceremonies. Thats where we met. It was an out of body experience in many ways. They put us up in a suite that is on the top floor of the womens dorm The Bride lived in. I was recalling all those times I was in her room past visiting hours...haha... even through fire alarms and such...

It was very tough crafting a speech that wasn't too "preachy". I just wove lots of Ashland moments into it..and experiences during my career that related to the overall message... Yes..."Paradise is where I am". I asked that students get involved in mentoring someone..as I was very much influenced by people who mentored me. One of my profs, Larry Hiner, was a great guy who encouraged me alot. He and his wife were there at our invitation and sat with The Bride.

When I was introduced, it was mentioned about how I have been an endurance athlete all these years and that I have gotten more into ultra marathons and how my goal is to run a 100 mile race. I could tell people were reacting like "is he insane"?? The answer is...the running is my therapy..so maybe without the running, I would be insane. LOL!!

Training...
Great week but little running. Lots of crossfit. I took The Brides boot camp on Thursday that my son Patrick and The Bride co-taught. Very challenging. Even did an improvised crossfit workout Saturday am before the commencement ceremony in the suite. Pushups, Squats, Burpees..Handstand Pushups (I can manage 2) and more. My weight issues have been dealt with nicely this week and so, as I write this on a Monday am...all things are good.

Everyone have a great week.

9 comments:

Donald said...

That's a great picture! I'm sure you dazzled them with your wisdom and wit. Very cool weekend.

untpawgal02 said...

Very cool you got speak at a commencement ceremony :)

Trishie said...

that is so neat, JT !

Missy said...

You look so nice and very official!!!

Shannon said...

"The answer is...the running is my therapy..so maybe without the running, I would be insane. LOL!!"

Have this on a sticker on the back end of my CRV. :) Shouldn't this be EVERYONE's mantra? ;)

Wes said...

what an honor! did you sneak out of the dorms after midnight again? just for old times sake?

Trisaratops said...

That is awesome! I bet you were a fantastic speaker. Congrats! :)

Rainmaker said...

You look so smart!

I mean, not saying you don't otherwise look smart. But you're taking smart to a whole new level.

Eric said...

Congrats JT. You are an alumni that Ashland can be very proud of.....being a crazy endurance athlete that is. ; )