Thoroughly Thursday - the "Rest in Peace Roy Batty" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Rest in Peace Roy Batty Edition. Usually, I have a basic idea of what I'm going to write about in Thoroughly Thursday from week to week, though occasionally there are events that force me to reconsider my agenda. Late last week, actor Rutger Hauer died after a short illness. Hauer is best known for his role as the replicant Roy Batty in 1982's Blade Runner, though I always have a soft spot for Ladyhawke and the film Blind Fury (an American version of Zatoichi). Hauer's embodiment of Batty and his dogged, unrelenting passion for life galvanized me as a kid and, aside from annoying my family and friends with regular showings of the famous ledge scene, had a massive impact on the choices I made growing up. Thank you, Mr. Hauer.
What I'm Reading - The Art and Science of Athletic Recovery
I've been reading Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery. The world of athletics, with its ever-increasing need to go faster, harder, and longer, has begun to take a hard look at not just how we exercise, but how we recuperate from activity. "Recovery," says science reporter Christie Aschwanden, once was a noun, but "is now a verb." Aschwanden looks at established recovery practices, including ice baths and rehydration, and more recent fads like optimal nutrition windows and whole-body cryogenic therapy. Central to the book is how difficult it is to do an unbiased, comprehensive study in human performance, but also how those studies are often inflated or skewed by product marketing. For example, though sport drink companies suggest that you should always be imbibing fluids during activity, it has become far more common to suffer (and possibly die) from overhydration during exercise than its opposite. I loved this book, mostly because Aschwanden shows how resilient our bodies are and how healthy you can be if you use some common sense.
TL;DR - Recovery fads are fine as a distraction, but your body recovers best if you eat a balanced meal, rest up and get enough sleep.
What I'm Watching - Turning the No's into a Game
I find that TED talks (and their cousins TEDx) are often a bit of a crapshoot. For every Elizabeth Gilbert talking about creativity or Simon Sinek talking about inspiring leaders, others make me scratch my head as to how they got invited. However, this week, I watched Jia Jiang's "What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection." Jiang tells of his childhood experience of being rejected by his peers was preventing him from pursuing his adult dream of starting his own company. Developing a personal challenge worthy of Joseph Wolfe, Jiang created 100 (often very funny) scenarios to learn to deal with refusals from strangers. The talk is both inspiring and hilarious, and goes to show that success or failure is often determined by how we choose to respond to the word "no."
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S. Song of the week: “Gone” by Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens
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