Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Art & Science of Things--an illustration

Top--the Art of Things:
A morning glory I painted from a photo I took
in our backyard in St. Louis. It was cool b/c I planted
these flowers by seed so I felt like I had "created" the
whole scene.

Bottom--The Science of Things:
A flourescent micrograph of a cultured adipocyte (fat cell) stained with
an antibody that recognizes the tag on FATP1 overexpressed in these cells.
FATP1 stands for fatty acid transport protein 1, which is
expressed on the cell surface and endosomes. It is expressed in
fat cells, skeletal and heart muscle (among some other tissues) and
has several family members. FATP1 functions primarily in trafficking
fatty acids into the cell for storage or utilization.
This is what I spent 5 years in St. Louis studying for my thesis.

As you can see, there is a bit of art in everything. Even science. And a bit of science in art. And a bit of science and art in my life. Okay. Maybe a lot of both.

Don't forget to read the post below about the Tao of Tri!


Chris said...

Ugh. You're bringing memories of molecular genetics back from the depths of my brain.

Quick... where's the Aleve?!

Cliff said...
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Cliff said...


I written a post about the question u ask me...but it was all over the place. I will try to keep it simple.

My long goal is to make sure I am injure free. I know, this is not as easy as it sounds.

I figure, if i am injure free, I have more time to train..err i mean fun.

It might sound medicore thing to do and boring..(i mean..doesn't it sound better to have a goal like 30 hr training :) than just merely injury free. But i've seen a lot of ppl (AGers, pros) that have to stop training b/c they are injure. This kills the motivation and not to mention forced rest = no training.

I plan on spending the next few years to work on my swim and run technique. If I am going to be in this for a long time, I keep remind myself that this is a long route and if I don't see any performance gain in the short term, it's ok. I will get there.

As for training plan, I am still working at this. It seems your work is very busy these days, i would suggest if u have to bail a training for more rest, do so. Don't feel bad. No need to cry over spill milk :). (And your fitnesse does not diminish as fast as you think).

Mike said...

Nice couple of posts there Rachel....I can relate on the whole balance and "listen to your body" argument...with work, training, etc and stretching yourself so thin, really easy to get out of balance...and then accept that as the norm....not good!

Here's to good health and balance all around! Sounds like you are headed in the right direction.

JeffM said...

I like the way the two pictures balance each other with their duality or dichotomy whichever is the right word. Good balance posts, at your age I didn't have balance- kids, work, night school college that's it. You're doing a great job of balance with the tris and work.