The Counsel of Trent

writing is thinking

Monday, June 25, 2007

Back from the Daks

So I ran my first X-Terra race this weekend. (See the pictures.)

An X-Terra race is an off-road triathlon. This makes it much harder because the bike and run legs are very rough and hilly.

I do triathlons for a number of reasons. One is that I'm inspired by these guys (I'll try to embed the video below). The main reason is that I like all the activities involved and signing up for races is a good way to make sure I stick to my training schedule, the purpose of which is general fun and fitness.

It's fun to do all three sports in a day and without signing up for the races I'd probably not often take the opportunity to do three consecutive workouts with no rests, which is basically what a race is for me. I'm not gunning for the podium (though I'd have been third in the mens 25-29 division (that might sound good, but it's not, it's the slowest division by far: 20-25 division they still have naturally invincible lungs and there are a lot of college athletes, 30-34's have realized that they have begun dieing and that their body isn't on auto-fit anymore and so they've begun to work out a life-time fitness plan, 35-39 have really begun to hit their stride, and 40-45 (by far the strongest triathletes) have the training and experience to excel), I'm just giving myself motivation to do the brick workout which is very fun.

I never go anaerobic or get near zone 4, I just do each leg as if it were a strenuous workout. As a result, I typically finish comfortably in the middle of the pack, suffer no stress or injuries, and can resume my "normal" lifestyle the next day.

So I guess the races are a crutch to compensate for my lack of will-power. However, they are also nice social events, we always meet really cool people, and it sends a message to the kids about the kinds of activities we value--we don't go sit on our butts watching cars burn gas in circles stuffing our faces with junk food, we don't go wander around giant artificially controlled environments seeking to unnecessarily spend money on the narrow selection Big Clothing decides we're supposed to be wearing this season, etc.

So they're fun, they promote my life-time fitness plan, they send a message to the kids about our values (outdoor fun and fitness). Oh, and they also take us to some really cool places as the pictures attest. They're also humbling because in the races I do there are always a few pro athletes and, wow, are those guys and gals amazing. It's just a privilege to be on the same course.
Oh yes, and it is also a privilage to share the planet with these guys: the video as promised above (do NOT start this video without a box of tissues nearby, seriously dude).

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Revised Bio

For various reasons, I have to write this kind of thing. I try to make it as fun and informative as possible though.

Trent Dougherty (MA, Missouri, 2004, Jon Kvanvig Director) took up the Dean's Fellowship at University of Rochester in the Fall of 2005 to work on his PhD with Rich Feldman and Earl Conee in Epistemology, Henry Kyburg in Probability Theory, and Ed Wierenga in Philosophy Of Religion.. He was previously Kline Chair Research Assistant at the University of Missouri (2001-2004) where he managed the Kline Workshops.

His main research interest is the normativity of rationality, especially the relationship between conceptions of epistemic rationality and pragmatic rationality. This encompasses topics ranging from virtue epistemology to bayesian epistemology, especially the conceptual foundations. The project is pursued along with parallel investigations into the semantics of probability and with an eye toward considering the rationality of religious and scientific beliefs.

Trent has published articles and book reviews in such journals as Religious Studies, Religious Studies Review, Philosophia Christi, The Review of Metaphysics, Faith and Philosophy and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Academically, he most enjoys the interaction of presenting and commenting upon papers at conferences and by blogging.

Trent’s favorite activities—simpliciter—are doing anything outside—hiking, camping, climbing, biking, skiing, kayaking—with his wife, Sarah, and three kids: Fiona, Chesney, and John Paul. He regularly competes in triathlons, but likes mountain biking the best right now. He has recently developed a passion for gardening and cooking what he gardens up.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Weekly slice of pi: my birthday.

My birthday in standard numerical sequence begins after the first 416,957 places in the decimal expansion of pi.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Scotland Pics are Up!!

Here they are! I'd love to have some comments on them!