One of my favorite thing about Harvard recently is the iLab (Also known as the Harvard Innovation Lab). It was launched in 2011, and serves as a means through which students can interested in entrepreneurship and innovation can grow their ventures.
I stopped by last night to do some work and brainstorm — and found that the workspace was very conducive to productivity! With inspirational quotes on the walls and friendly workspaces, it’s an invaluable resource.
We’ve been brainstorming some awesome things for YoungTri here! Stay Tuned
Inside the iLab!
YoungTri Work at the iLab!
“A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow” – one of the inspirational quotes on the wall in the iLab!
What are some of your favorite workspaces to be productive?
Today, one of the world’s greatest leaders passed away — Nelson Mandela. As the former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mandel made great strides in anti-apartheid efforts in South Africa.
Mandela is an inspiration to all — and leaves a remarkable legacy behind.
One of my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes is “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.
Whether in the case of political efforts, business endeavors, personal relationships, or even training — this often seems to be the case. Lofty goals and far-off dreams can seem impossible and unlikely at first, but with careful consideration and arduous efforts anything can be accomplished. People like Mandela are tangible examples of this.
Don’t dissuade yourself from making goals because they seem impossible.
Delineate the steps you need to accomplish them — and you’ll see that things will fall into place.
If we can learn anything from Mandela, it’s that nothing is impossible.
My cousins in Newtown definitely win for most medals/best displays around their house. You’ll hear more about their story (they’ve run HUNDREDS of road races) later this week, but in the interim we want to hear from you! Send in your best pictures of your race bibs/medals/trophies displayed, and we’ll post some of our favorites.
Some of the Newtown Beggs’ medals!
What’s your favorite way to display your race bibs, medals, and other tri memorabilia?
Me in my last race of the season a few months ago
This might sound dumb, but I had no idea that there was a season for triathlons until a few months ago. I always had basketball season from October to February, so I never was looking for races to sign up for. Therefore, I never came to the realization that they didn’t even exist during that time frame.
Now that I know I can’t do a triathlon until the spring, I miss the sport so much!
What other sports are you doing during the off season?
Are you preparing for any big races in the spring?
Gluten-free. I’m sure we’ve all seen this “buzzword” everywhere. But what does it even mean? To be honest, I don’t even know. I’m not here to do sciences. But I’ve decided, after months of encouragement from a certain older sibling, to try it out. I’m shooting for 1 week “gf” and I’ll keep all of you in YoungTri nation updated.
I’ve been dairy free (ish) for awhile, but I’m curious to see if cutting out gluten will do anything for my stomach. My sister has been gluten free for seven months, and it has helped her stomach a lot. So we’ll seeeeeee.
Beggs against Bread and Butter
Have any of you tried going gluten free recently? Have you noticed any health differences?
Stay classy YoungTri,
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there is no better place to spend your winter than skiing or snowboarding. This weekend, I was at Whiteface Mountain (also near where the Lake Placid Ironman is!) For anyone looking for fun or some serious cross training, skiing is the thing to do! And if you’re ever at Whiteface, I’ll probably be there too!
See below for some of my pictures from my trip!
YoungTri at Whiteface!
-YoungTri Ambassador Olivia Christmann
Today, I went bowling with my cousins who were visiting from Pennsylvania. We made silly bets as to who would win — and split up into teams and also had an individual contest.
One of the things I’ve always wondered about recreational activities — bowling being one of them — is how much of your personal skill from other sports transfers over to play. Or, in other words, what could make someone a great triathlete, baseball player, or rower but not as good when they try their hand at things like bowling, frisbee, or otherwise. The same goes for the other way around — what determines if someone’s athletic skills will transfer successfully over into other activities?
I’ve always especially wondered this because I seem to be unable to pick up/master ANY recreational activity. Haha. Pool, bowling, frisbee, you name it– I’m usually being dominated by my brother TJ and other family and friends. (My family loves to tease me about this )
I think that definitely depends on the person as to whether skills from one sport — like triathlon, rowing, football, etc. — will carry over into friendly competition in recreational activities with family and friends.
But hey, even if you’re a terrible bowler or frisbee player or pool player like me, it’s still fun to spend time with family and friends participating.
Bowling with my cousin Maddy!
5 cousins take bowling!
at the lanes with grandma
Do you find that your athletic skills carry over into recreational activities with family and friends?
View from my grandparents’ back porch
Yesterday my family and I drove up to North Florida to visit my grandparents! It’s a beautiful day, so my dad and I went for a run to work off Thanksgiving dinner haha. I love when it’s hot enough for shorts, but cold enough so you don’t die of heat stroke.
My mom and aunt went for a walk, my uncle ran on the beach, and my siblings are playing golf with my grandparents. It’s always motivating when the entire family is out exercising!
Tomorrow we’re all driving to Gainesville for the annual University of Florida vs. Florida State game. The gators will most likely lose by quite a lot, but it will be fun to visit my UF friends and spend time with the family.
What did you and your family do today to burn off all the turkey from last night?
Hope you’re enjoying time with family today (and a day off from eating healthy, haha). My cousins competed in a Turkey Trot run today in Connecticut, but my brother and I stuck to indoor workouts this morning in New Jersey before heading to my grandparents’ house.
Missed my dad/training partner!
Happy Tri-Giving! Ha
With my cousin Maddy
Did you compete in a race this Thanksgiving? Or are you just relaxing with family and friends?
I’m finally home! Back in New Jersey for the first time since August. Tomorrow morning, I’ll be going on a bike ride with my dad for the first time in awhile! Problem is that my bike is back in Cambridge. So, I’ll have to borrow my brother’s for the weekend! I went down to the basement today to try it out, and it felt a little weird. (He’s a little taller than me, but not by too much).
I’m interested to see if I’ll be able to handle riding another bike for an outdoor ride! I’ll only be cheating on my orange Cannondale for a weekend – back to Cambridge on Monday!
Tryin’ out the temporary set of wheels
Have you had to borrow a family member or friend’s bike recently? How did it work out adjusting to the new set of wheels?