Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm going to see a man about a thesis

Thanks for all the feedback on the heart rate monitor. I asked around at the U of C Fitness Centre, too, and I think I'm going to go with the idea that it was interference. Apparently Garmins can pick up the heart beats of people around you. So, if you are running shoulder to shoulder with someone, it can pick up both people's heart beats. Since both of you may have a heart beat at nearly the same moment, that would register as a single beat. The ones that are out of synch get registered individually, so the oveall HR seems to go up.

Apparently there can also be interference from external factors, too.

Since I felt just fine (well, you know... "interval fine", if that makes sense), I'm not going to worry about it.

This week I got some great news. As you know, my supervisor and his family moved to Canada's east coast this summer so he could take a job at the University of Prince Edward Island. He's still going to supervise my thesis and see me through to the end, but it'll be at a distance.

We thought it would be beneficial if we could meet in person to go over some of what I'd written. He and his wife offered me their guest room and meals, if I could get myself down there. I have a room mate now and she would look after the house and the cats while I'm gone.

This week I met with the Vice Dean of the faculty. She was happy to hear that my research work is progressing and thought that it would certainly be beneficial if I could spend some time with Tim in person going over what I'd done so far. And so, she agreed to support the endeavour by supplying the plane ticket.

How lucky am I?!

This means I've got to work like a maniac and write as much as humanly possible before I meet with Tim next month. It will likely be my only opportunity to have face time with my supervisor before the defense, and I want to make the most of it.

It just happens that while I'll be there, it's a big race weekend. I may just have to round out the season with a little run on the island.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must return to my thesis... :-)


craig said...

The dean supplied your plane ticket? Phenomenal. Glad to hear that you are making good progress.

She Who Makes Waves said...

WOW! That is fantastic news! It can be beautiful in the East that time of year! And how much that would be to tack on a race while your there on thesis business!

Downhillnut said...

SO COOL! A trip to PEI during marathon weekend, paid for by someone else, because you work hard and deserve it - All is right with the world :)

Now I'll go be quiet, so you can write.


robtherunner said...

Get writing, Sarah! That's great that you got the plane ticket supplied.

Backofpack said...

Wow, that all came together well! Wait, what are youd doing reading this comment? Back to work!

Journey to a Centum said...

Michelle's a slave driver! Read away and enjoy your comments. You can slam a couple of Beaver Buzz Energy drinks and crank out 15-20 riveting pages for your thesis.

Will you still remember us when you get your doctorate? Do we call you Dr. Sarah when Tim signs off on your work? Sounds like your Dean has plans for you!

ipm said...

will you be seeing a man about a pint when you finish? :)))

enjoy the journey!