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Brandon Watson

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The look on my face carries quite a bit of context. It was a tough day on course yesterday. The Budu Racing series hosts quite a number of races I have come to love while living in Seattle. True, most of them are mountain bike races, but the organizers also run a number of multi-sport races. Last year I tried my very first, and only, duathlon on this course. With the same Half Ironman on the calendar this year, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity for a tune up race. The hard part about racing in Seattle in April is that you never quite know what you are going to get with the weather. Allow me to present exhibit A from AccuWeather.com. This is what we have in store for us this week: Looks amazing, right? Sadly, yesterday was not quite on that plan. The weather reported by Garmin for the opening run is showing 48F. It was colder than that, but the rain was r... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Dis... (more)

Amazon, Google, Microsoft - Big Three Cloud Providers Examined

Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts. I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understa... (more)

Pre-Race Thank Yous

As I wake upon the precipice of tomorrow, I find myself in a reflective mood. I’ve written so much about my training and plans to get me to this point, but haven’t spent nearly enough time on thanking the people who have been a part of the team to get me here. The value of family is an interesting topic for me. My parents did what they could, but divorced when I was young. My older brother went off to college while I was still early in high school, and my little brother lived with our father during those years. While we couldn’t be more different in personality, belief systems,... (more)

Ironman Startup

As part of my 2014 goals, I wanted to try and connect my endurance athletic training and events with a cause in which I believed. That cause is furthering STEM education in our high school age students. 26 years ago I started high school (jeez, am I really that old?) and the then (and current) CFO pulled me aside when things were a little tough to let me know everything was going to be OK. He didn’t have to do it, and it certainly wasn’t in his job description, but that’s just the kind of guy he was (and still is). Rob Levin is one of those guys who has touched countless lives. H... (more)