Today is the first time in 41
years that school will start without me. That’s a milestone by any measure, and
I am grateful for my long run in teaching, coaching, and athletics
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photo by Yujia Dou
Olympic Stadium, Berlin
Monday, August 13, 2018
I am grateful, too, to have
such a clear vision of what’s next, as 'next' was already well underway when I
retired from education in June.
Unbeknownst to me, this photo was taken at the
European Championships in Berlin around 12:30 am Monday (8/13) morning
by my friend and colleague Yujia Dou, who runs the biggest independent track
and field website in China.
I am deeply grateful for it as it captures my new life. Here, I am working on my article "Crazy Good" about teenage running sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen; it soared to #3 all-time in readership on my website.
That I now have a whole new group of friends from around
the world was evident every day at the Championships. Before I leave the tour, I’ll see
them again in Zurich, Brussels, Berlin, and Ostrava – a rich new life indeed.
"Now the seats are all empty, let the roadies take the stage..."
This Jackson Browne lyric is for my brother, Matthew, a lifelong musician, who could teach me a thing or two about living on the road.
I'm just beginning to figure this out; for him, it's an artform.
I stand in admiration.
Sitting in vast, almost empty stadiums late at night with the only sounds the rhythmic harmony of keyboards being tapped - this, now, is magic for me.
I miss my friends, colleagues,
and rug rats at Seattle’s University Prep more than they know, and it is
certainly with mixed feelings that I’ve approached this day.
However, I’m thriving in my
new life. Yesterday my readership reached 50% more than in any month ever – and that’s with two weeks left to go in the counting period.
days ago, my friends and colleagues at IAAF’s Spikes magazine sent out a tweet highlighting
a piece I wrote about Armand Duplantis called “Mondo Mania.” It went viral in
the track and field world, has been responded to by almost 400 individuals, and
has reached between 500,000 and 600,000 people on Twitter. Want to see what viral looks like? @trackerati.
So, my Seattle teaching friends, have a terrific start to your new year. Rest assured I'm having a terrific start to mine.
|With my friend and colleague, Yujia Dou @tiyubao|
Photo taken by a journalist from France.
Three continents are reflected in the making of this picture.