Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Thanks, you too!

That reminds me, I need to finish that graphic novel! 4 months ago

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Joe GoldbergUntitled

I’m sorry your account isn’t working the way it should be. Have you filled out the Contact Us form?

That’s the way we handle incoming requests. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Notifications should be on their way out. There’s a large backlog of them, so it will take a while. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Thanks! 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergYes

Yes, it was worth it at the end of the year to be able to see how much we spent in each category. It also helps with budgeting: you can decide which categories to cut back in and which to spend more in. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Heh, I wish! It’s years off, but still nice to know that there is a date out there after which I’ll only need to work if I want to.

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How was 1Q84? 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergMint

I used, both the website and the mobile app (for cash expenses). Once a week I went to the website and categorized all my expenses. Most of them were auto-categorized, I just had to clean up the errors. It learns from your choices too, so as the weeks went on, it got quicker.

I use the debit/credit cards for almost everything, but for the rare cash expense, I input it using mint’s mobile app. Sort of a pain, but I only had to do that once every couple weeks 2 years ago

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Joe GoldbergUntitled

Thanks! I’ll check that out. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergAlmost done

I’m still working on this even though it’s not NanoGraphicMo any longer.

I’ve been posting completed pages here: 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

It’s about my college years.

You can read it here:

I’m posting it slowly since scanning and cleaning up the pages is so time-consuming. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergThanks

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, we’re working on it right now! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergThanks

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, we’re working on it right now! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

I wish I hadn’t quit. I took two years as a child and I’m really rusty. Cheers for sticking with it! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergNanoGraphicMo 2011

Decided that instead of trying again, I’d just pick up where I left off at the end of last November. It was easier than I thought it would be to get back into the story, though drawing the characters is hard. I guess when you don’t draw for a year you go back to square 1.

I think I’m up to 22 pages. I’m determined to finish it this year because I don’t want to wait until November 2012 :) 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergDrills to raise LT


The following drills are designed to raise your LT. Choose one drill per workout, and do LT training no more than two days a week, preferably not on consecutive days.

Steady State Intervals (the most effective way to increase power at LT)
After a good warm-up, ride 10 minutes at a steady effort, keeping your heart rate three to five beats below your LT heart rate. Recover (ride at an easy pace) for 10 minutes, then repeat two more times. Once you’re comfortable at this level, do two 20-minute steady-state efforts, recovering for 20 minutes between. Eventually, work up to one 30-minute effort.

Up And Down Intervals
These intervals blend LT and VO2 max (your body’s ability to process oxygen) training to simulate the effort you need when racing on a hilly course, where you have to push beyond your lactate threshold for short surges then clear the acid and recover quickly. First, warm up. Then pick up the pace to your LT heart rate and hold that intensity for five minutes. Push it to about three to five beats above LT for one to two minutes, then drop it back down to LT. Continue for a total of three cycles, or about 18 to 20 minutes.

LT Tolerance Intervals
By training at an intensity where your body can’t clear the lactate, you’ll boost your ability to keep riding hard in the face of high lactate levels. After a thorough warm-up, increase your effort to about five beats above your LT heart rate. Hold it there for two to three minutes. Reduce your effort for 60 to 90 seconds, just long enough so you feel partially recovered, but not quite ready to go again. Repeat three times. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergFirst step: find it

Map a 3-mile route that you can ride without stopping. Strap on a heart rate monitor, warm up for 20 minutes, then ride the route at the fastest pace you can sustain. Recover for 10-20 minutes (ride back to the start of your route at an easy pace). Repeat the test. Your LT is 103 percent of that figure (HR * 1.03). Jot down your times and average paces; repeat the test in eight weeks to see your progress.

From: 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Thanks! This worked. It looks pretty cool.

Joe GoldbergA bug

That’s a bug, we have a fix for it that we need to slowly roll out due to the nature of the bug. So we’ll get it out as soon as we can but it might be a week or so. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

That will still have the delay, unfortunately. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergTo clarify

We didn’t really “implement” these time delays. They’re more of a side-effect of other site performance measures, so I’ve been calling them a bug (“undesirable, unrelated side-effect” is a pretty good synonym for “bug”).

At any rate, I think I have a fix to remove them (or at least many of the delays we’ve been seeing). I’m still testing it but it should be ready next week or so. 3 years ago

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