Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 - 10:08pm
Six pounds and all the richer
I train quite a bit for triathlons. This means that I workout between 6 and 10 times per week, for a total of 8 to 15 hours. It doesn’t always happen as planned, but I have managed to workout enough to transform myself significantly. (See for yourself)
What does all this have to do with An Event Apart you might ask? Well, my plan was to head to San Francisco and train at least three or four times while I was there — a couple of runs, a swim or two, and I wouldn’t fall far off my schedule, save for the day traveling home. Easy, right? Not so much.
I met up with Eric Meyer at SFO, headed to the hotel, checked in then went with Eric to eat. Once we were done that, we explored a small portion of San Francisco then headed back to the hotel. A short hour later, and we were on our way to the speaker dinner. Follow that with:
- two days of the best food I’ve ever eaten at a conference
- social drinks and good conversation with Daniel Burka, Ben Bykowski of optiem, Andrew and Arquay of CBS interactive, Greg Storey, Luke Dorny and many more at the media temple opening party
- more drinks at the AEA post festivities at the House of Shields with Hillary, Wes, Jeremy and Lauren of objectadjective
- more food and drink at 21st amendment with Ruth, Dan, Ryan, Ethan (wish you guys could have stayed longer) and…
Well… you get the picture.
Combine the food, drink and time spent in sessions when I thought I might have a chance to workout can be best summarized thusly:
Total workouts while in San Francisco = 0
Total pounds gained while in San Francisco = 6
And all the richer? Well, that has everything to do with the richness of the conference experience itself. I speak at quite a few conferences and I’m not often able to make the time to see all of the other speakers/sessions. This time, I did. I couldn’t help it — I wanted to be there for all of the sessions. All of the speakers were engaging, the audience was intelligent, eager and switched on and the overall organization of the conference was impeccable.