What is 153? It could be many things. Let’s start with it’s obvious mathematical properties. It is a whole number. It is also an odd number. Did you know that it is also the sum of the first 17 integers? Now we are getting somewhere. We are really getting a good feel for this 153 thing. Do you remember factorials from high school or University? Well 153 is the sum of the first five positive factorials!
The distinct prime factors of 153 add up to 20, as do the factors of 154, so the two form a Ruth-Aaron pair. So very interesting right? 153 is also the smallest three digit number that can be expressed as the sum of the cubes of it’s digits. Is anyone still reading, or understanding for that matter. I do have a way of creating compelling content don’t I? Ok, one last mathematical fact. 153 is base 2 (binary) is a palindrome (10011001).
153 was also the atomic number for a temporary element known as Unpenttrium. It was only temporary, so why make a big deal. It has also been noted that Tettragrammoton occurs 153 times in the Book of Genesis. It is also the number of fish the apostles caught when the resurrected Jesus appeared to them.
Most importantly, 153 is the number of kilometres I travelled this week during my training. You knew I would find a way make sense of this entire blog post.
I think we should all push to have hashtag 153 go viral. You saw it here first. #153 #153 #153.
See you at the next finish line….
What better way to spend your cold February than to read a new book. My second novel now has a release date of May 1st. The title of the novel is “In Hiding” and it takes place on the tiny island of Key West, Florida. It is another mystery/thriller (a bit more of a dark thriller than the last novel). That is all the information I am sharing at this point in time. As part of the writing and editing process I am at the stage where I need a handful of beta readers. The purpose of a beta reader is to read the book and answer a set of questions to help me ensure that the novel flows well and has interesting character development. The most important role a beta reader plays is to be objective. If the book is hard to follow and does not keep your attention, I need to know that. If you are interested in performing the role of a beta reader on my new novel please reach out to me and let me know. I will send you the digital manuscript with a set of questions probing you for pointed feedback. Oh yes, you will also have a deadline! In return, you get to say you read my new novel first and played a role in shaping its success. If you know someone who is a big reader, it might be better for them to be a beta reader rather than you. Think it over!
Training has continued. The swimming, biking, and running is still a major part of most days. I have remained relatively injury free this winter. I think I have learned to listen to my body a little more and back off when I feel beat up. I also believe that my regular yoga sessions have helped tremendously with flexibility and injury prevention. Yesterday in the pool we did time trials. My speed (or lack thereof) was not good. I guess that is a relative thing as it is better than this time last year, but I was still disappointed. Good thing I have a few months left before my first race. This past week I travelled 141 kilometers during my training.
See you at the next finish line…..
We decided to sell our piano this week. It was purchased many years back as Brandon took lessons. It was not a purchase we ever regretted as he progressed through various levels of the Royal Conservatory program. He is quite good now! Now that he has moved out it has become furniture, rather than an instrument that was being used. Well, the cats would play a bit when we were out, but they don’t count. I put it on Kijiji earlier in the week. There was plenty of interest. My concern was getting it out of the house as it was big and heavy. One guy was ready to take it but him and his buddy were going to put it in the back of a pickup truck somehow. It didn’t feel right, or safe. Finally I was contacted by a local family with a young son who is just starting his musical journey. They hired professional movers to come and get it. It felt better than the two guys with the pickup. The family gave us a nice card thanking us for helping to give their son the gift of music.
My Facebook advertising continued this week. I am gaining more followers from all over the world. It is so interesting how with modern technology I can reach people that only a few years ago would have been impossible to reach. I targeted Europe in my marketing campaign and it shows in the “likes” on Facebook and sales in my book. Onwards and upwards (I hope).
This past week I travelled 119 kms during my training.
See you at the next finish line…..
I have been taking an online course to understand how to market using Facebook. It is a very complicated process with many moving pieces but I think I understand it now. I am able to target marketing of my book to a specific country, age, and gender, with a browsing history of James Patterson fans (as an example). Did you every wonder why when you do a Google search on Ford cars that the local Ford dealership ad shows up in your Facebook feed a few hours later? It is all one connected ecosystem. My ads will also automatically be on Twitter and Instagram. I will be everywhere, prepare yourself.
In order to make all this happen I had to create a “fan” page on Facebook. Thank you to everyone that accepted my invitation or liked the page. Those of you that shared it earn an extra gold star. You are definitely in my tribe, my street crew!
My Ironman training continued this week. Was there any doubt? I travelled 113kms as my run mileage continues to increase each week. I am doing 2-3 runs a week over 80 minutes in duration now. A couple shorter ones are thrown in there as well. My biking is consistent, I will wait util spring to pick up the biking miles.
See you at the finish line…
It has been a few weeks since I updated my blog. I could give excuses about Christmas being busy, work being busy, and lots of training, but why bother. The bottom line is I have been neglecting my blog. Time to get back into the habit! The weather has been really crazy lately. We had tons of rain and warm weather and then 24 hours later the temperature dropped drastically and we were shovelling snow. Well, to be truthful I have a good friend who has been kind enough to plow my driveway for the heavy snowfalls. Lucky me.
Last year I had a word for the year, it was complete. I wanted to finally complete my book and complete my Ironman. I did both of them! It seems to be a “thing” now. Everyone has a word that will define the upcoming year’s intentions. I have decided my word for this year will be “renew”. I want to have a renewed energy for getting faster in my athletic endeavours. I have set some new time goals for the 1/2 and full Ironman distances. Those goals will either have me not finishing the races due to over-exertion, or hitting new personal bests! I also want to have a renewed passion for writing.
I am deep into the final edit of my second book. I expect it will be out in the spring. I am also currently writing my third book. I am about twelve chapters into the story and it is starting to come together. It is a good one, but I am biased. Watch Facebook in the next few weeks as I have created a “fan” page that I will publish soon. It will allow me to interact with my readers! I had a thought. Would you like to see your name used as a character in my next book? Stay tuned!
My training has been indoors for what feels like months. My swimming continues to improve slowly. It feels like two steps forward and one step back. But that is still forward right? I had an issue with my indoor bike trainer earlier in the week but I managed to fix it. I tightened up some bolts and remounted my bike and it seems to be working ok once again. My running has been all treadmill based. I had a good run earlier today at Planet Fitness while watching the Steelers lose. My brother Mark seems quiet today.
This past week I travelled 156 kilometres during my training.
See you at the next finish line….
Where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday when the school buses began slowing down traffic again. It has been a busy fall season. The plans are now underway for the Christmas holidays. Both kids are coming home for a few days. Brittany will be travelling from Toronto and Brandon from Ottawa. It is not often that both kids are here at the same time so it will be nice. Of course, they each have a significant other that will be visiting as well!
My first book release continues to surprise me. I log on to my dashboard on Amazon each day and check out my sales. It is neat to see all of the people in various countries that have purchased my book. Not surprisingly the US and Canada lead the pack, but Australia is not that far behind! I also continue to sell books in person as word gets out that I am an author. I have strangers drop by my office at work looking for an autographed copy. It is a nice gift at this time of year as a signed copy, personalized to the recipient, is a nice touch for a cheap gift. Especially for those in the Kingston area as everyone likes to read about their home town. Hint, hint, hint!!
The cover art on my second book has been completed. I worked with the same designer I used for “Higher Education”. She was able to make a distinctly different looking cover, yet it kept some key elements consistent (font, colour, etc.). The title of the new book is “In Hiding” and it takes place in Key West, Florida. It is another murder/mystery and those who have read it claim it is much better than the first book! Let me know if you like the new cover. The new book should be out in the spring.
I continue to train for triathlon. My training hours have been down the last couple of months. I have let my discipline slip a little. I guess that is to be expected as I trained for over a year with very little time off. After Christmas I will have to get my head back in the game if I want to have a better season ahead. I will post my official goals in the New Year. I am being pestered to do a spring race in Texas. Yes, I am talking about you Chris!
Jackie has had a cold for over a week and it has finally caught up to me. My version is a man-cold so it is much worse. It is undeniable, at least in my mind. This past week I travelled 136 kms during my training.
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I had a very exciting weekend. My author signing event at Chapters took place on Saturday and it was a huge success. It all began on Thursday night when my friend Chris arranged a few promo radio spots for me for Friday morning. It was not something I had done before so it was a little daunting, but I got through them. It was great exposure and a very gracious offer on his part. Friends are the best!
At work on Friday a team led by Deb had a surprise meeting with cake to celebrate the book release. I honestly had no idea that it was going to happen, it was quite shocking. The cake tasted awesome as usual and I got to talk a little bit about my book. I sold a number of copies at work as a result.
Saturday was the big event at Chapters. Jackie helped me get setup at the front door and then 1pm rolled around and it was time to go. I had an excellent turnout. Friends from work, the triathlon team, the Swampers, and plenty of family all showed up. An older lady in a walker heard me on the radio and came in just to meet me and pick up the book, it was humbling. I sold many more to the Christmas shoppers. By the end of the three hours I had my sales pitch perfected. Time for another event maybe? I am going to work with an independent bookstore downtown next. Stay tuned.
My workouts have continued as planned. I had a new found love for yoga! It has helped with my knee pain so right now I am just going with it and not asking any questions. I think it is good to add a different modality to my workout regime, it mixes things up a bit and is easier on the joints.
This past week I travelled 132 kms during my training.
See you at the next finish line……
My plans for 2018 are starting to solidify. As I mentioned in a previous post my “A” race next year will once again be Ironman Mont Tremblant. I have been searching for a warmup race for a couple of weeks now. I settled on the 70.3 race in Muskoka on July 8th. It will be a new experience as not only have I never raced that event, but I have not even watched anyone else at that particular race. I looked at the course online and attempted to compare it to Mont Tremblant. I was surprised to find that the bike course is almost as hilly as Tremblant. The difference is that Muskoka seems to have smaller, but more frequent hills. I will have to ride the course for practice in the spring.
My knee pain is back once again. It is tough to isolate just what is causing the pain. With so many varying types of workouts it could be anything, or a combination of all of them. I will need to make another physiotherapy appointment to get myself fixed up once again. I keep telling myself that age has nothing to do with it.
The release of my book has been exciting. I have been signing a number of books for friends and family. It seems I will have a good number of people at the Chapters event on November 18th. I have a similar signing opportunity at the hospital as well. I am thinking through an event where the proceeds will go back to the hospital. I also have my eye on a boutique bookstore in downtown Kingston.
See you at the next finish line….
Oops I did it again. I am registered for another Ironman event. I signed up for Mont Tremblant once again. I figure this upcoming year I will “race” the course, rather than enjoy the day. This could mean I push so hard that I don’t finish, but I want to see what I am capable of achieving. I am looking forward to the challenge. I am also looking for a spring 1/2 Ironman somewhere. I find a spring race gives me something to aim for during the long winter months of training. The coach has added an extra swim per week into the schedule. I am now in the pool on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Saturday swim is in the evening and I find I enjoy that much more than the morning swims.
I am beginning to think about bringing all of the bikes and equipment into the basement for the year. We have enjoyed some good weather of late but I find myself still using the trainer in the basement. I think I have mentally moved to indoor biking already. Running is another story! I have been running with some co-workers, mostly in the mornings. It has been a good change of pace and is keeping me motivated.
I have an author event! I contacted a local bookstore and they accepted my proposal. On November 18th I will be signing my book for those millions of fans that are sure to show up. All kidding aside, it is a little daunting to think I will be at the front door of a major bookstore selling my first novel. I hope that lots of family and friends can drop by so that I don’t get bored!
This past week I travelled 112kms during my training.
See you at the next finish line……
My book has been officially published! After a few long years I have navigated the publishing waters and have a book for sale. It can be purchased in an eBook format and a paper version by following the links on my author page. Of course, you can also just go to any online Amazon store and search on my name (M.R. McEachern) and you will be directed to the various versions of the book. Over the next few days it will be added to the international Amazon stores as well (Europe, Japan, China, Australia, etc.). It takes a few days for Amazon to list the book in each store.
I hope everyone enjoys it and signs up for my mailing list from my website. This is the best way keep current with the next release!