Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Amazed at Human Interest

I was just looking over my Facebook profile - and as I've said before, if you want to know the real Koda, just shoot me an email or leave a comment indicating you want to know me IRL and I'll see if I can facilitate a connection!

Anyway, so there I was looking over my profile and I noticed something. Usually my status updates will get a comment or 2 at the most.

On Saturday, I posted a picture of Koda Kid #3 and Koda Kid #4 dressed up as Care Bears. I thought it rather adorable, although in an effort at full disclosure, Kiddo #4 is male in gender, and were it not for his apparent overly abundant reserves of testosterone evident in everything else he does, I would have been more concerned with his choice of costume.

Anyway, so 1 adorable picture up.... 1 comment. And it wasn't even from close friends or family, but from the lady I had do a running assessment on me a few weeks back. She's awesome though, and I did appreciate her comment.

Fast forward to Sunday... I spend an hour out on my bike doing mile long interval repeats, and yes it's about as exciting as it sounds. I have a wee electronic device though that tracks my cadence (pedaling speed), speed, heart rate, elevation and a host of other things.

On returning and plugging the device into my computer, I noticed that one set of data was more consistent than all the others. So I pulled up the graph of everything my device tracks and it was like a big flashing star, indicating that at a particular cadence, my heart rate dropped and my speed seemed to increase.

So... excited about a data set of containing what I would consider exceedingly boring, were it not mine, and were I not a numbers geek, and a personal discovery about finding my cycling sweet spot - again, of minimal interest to anyone else...

I figured I'd stick this out on Facebook as a status post - mostly because... Yes, that was the highlight of my day.

I've got 15 comments on it and 3 likes on it!!!! Are people that starved for entertainment, or are they that messed up (Like me) and think that this is cool? And of those 15, only one appears to have been sarcastic! I should qualify though, by messed up, I'm mean unhealthy obsessions with working out and/or biometric statistics.

Don't get me wrong though - I did appreciate the comments, and most, if not all were great to read.

Today, my IT Bands started acting up. Actually it's been acting up for a couple of weeks, but I've got a half iron distance triathlon on Sunday, and I may have pushed it a little hard in training yesterday. I'm getting a wee bit nervous, and the last thing I want is to have it seize up mid-way through the run and end up doing the hop along of shame, while very nice and concerned citizenry constantly inquire as to my welfare. "I'm fine thanks, just made some lousy training decisions, and now I'm paying for it!".

Anyway, so this week will involve limited running and cycling, much swimming and yoga, and then a health dose of IT Band specific stretches and rolling with a foam roller, which is rather painful, but works REALLY well.

So with those plans, I decided to post a status on Facebook about giving my IT Band a dirty look, and a threatening... Don't you dare... Don't you dare...

I didn't think it would garner much interest, but people are truly awesome! Lot's of good advice, lots of encouragement... 22 comments worth! Some funny, some serious, and all appreciated.

I've found I have a habit of using self-deprecating humor. When I was younger, I was a true nerd, and had a magnificent set of Bugs Bunny teeth to help it along. Perhaps it evolved from that.

I'm not sure why I do it, but it gets a laugh on occasion! In all seriousness though, I'm really not the great big pussy that I pretend to be at times - I swear!!!

Anyway, so while wallowing in self-deprecation... while not really wallowing... My good friend E was kind enough to share this video.

Bottom-line... It's kind of interesting that people find aspects of my life worth commenting on, especially those parts which I would think would be of least interest. But with that said, I'm grateful that people do genuinely care. I'm associated with some truly amazing folks!


  1. Hey, I'm up for the Facebook connection, but I can't find an email for you on the page...

    ; )

  2. Question, were most of the commenters of the male persuasion? Because boys do find that stuff interesting, Mr Brown loves those self-test blood pressure things.

  3. Actually... Interestingly enough, I believe most of the commenters where of the female persuasion - at least the serious ones!!

    Clink - replace the *'s with o's and send it to...

    urban at urbankoda d*t c*m

    Forgive me if I'm a little cryptic on that... I've had spambots pick up far too many of my email addresses... Although today, I did actually receive an email from Hillary Clinton... Seems she picked up a cash card for me on a trip to Nigeria, and while I don't want to make a big deal about it...