Jeff Jordan is just another Valley workaholic

PayPal president Jeff Jordan (the man afraid of Google) made sure the Wall Street Journal saw him as a hard worker — or a sick freak:

An avid mountain biker, Mr. Jordan begins his workday at around 5 a.m. at the eBay gym, perched atop a stationary bicycle while tapping away on his BlackBerry.

Berrying while exercycling? How is that even productive? Jordan is either lying to himself or showing off for the reporter. But it's not the worst of the ludicrous ways Valley big shots overwork themselves.

Marissa Mayer only takes red-eye flights, to avoid missing workdays, according to John Battelle's book The Search.
VCs reportedly drive around to parking lots, late at night, to see which startups putting in the hours.
Google caught several interns — and full-time engineers — trying to live and sleep at the Googleplex.
One biotech IT manager wakes at 4 a.m. three times a week to train for over two hours, then skips lunch to lift weights.
Execs and VCs like Steve Jurvetson (pictured above) swim across the bay or bike up mountains, and they admit they make deals during these grueling show-off sports.

Geez, people, slow down. You're making the rest of us feel bad.

PayPal Prepares For a Challenge From Google [WSJ]
Wheels and Deals in Silicon Valley [NYT in Park Association]