[17:25] I think I might have eaten slightly too much of something last night.
My stomach hasn't been 100% happy all day, if I'm honest. Maybe too much
protein? Or too much leftover take away spinach curry? Who knows? Either
way it wasn't great. But aside from that the day has been. I spent most of
the morning wandering around our new sports centre and going into all the
places no-one else will get to go (including onto the roof to look at the
solar panels/inverters). Pretty cool, as it goes. The afternoon's been spent
in the age-old pursuit of catching up on emails and doing niggly bits of work
here and there.
We've an outing in a new 4+ configuration (bucket rigged!), and with one crew
change, which will be good. I should head off as the boat won't rerig itself
(that would be so cool).
[16:35] Pretty full weekend, as per usual. Friday night we had a moderately
OK outing in the scratch 4+, after a prolonged period of fiddling with the
rigging. I actually got a little frustrated with how long things were taking,
in the end. Saturday we headed to St. Neots regatta with me in a semi-good
mood, considering I thought we were going to get pooed on from a great height
in the heats round. Arrival, rerigging, enjoying the warm summer's day. It
all went smoothly enough that I felt like the day would actually be a lot of
fun if I just relaxed a little and chilled out. By the time we put the boat
on the water and headed to the star line the whole boat was laughing and
giggling and really not taking the day all that seriously at all. What we had
actually intended the whole thing to be about. We lined up with our opposing
crew and were cracking jokes, laughing and generally not donning our 'race
face' mentality at all. Until the go call rang out. Then, because in part of
the re-rigging, and also because we were really relaxed, we had a tremendous
start and held the other crew perfectly until the one bend on the course. We
were on the outside and went down a length (having been a staggered length up
off the start). Over the 1km course we were down a length by 600m, but even
though two people in the crew didn't know the call, when the "move" call came,
we wound the rate up and took back almost an entire length before losing by
about 3ft on the finish. The other crew were exhausted, we were elated to
have had such an enjoyable row. Po-faced Vs happy and satisfied with out
fourth outing in that crew combination? I think we won hands down. The rest
of the morning and some of the afternoon was spent watching more racing and
sitting in the shade drinking. Then we went home. I got cleaned up, cleaned
my good bike and then met one of my crew mates for a 42km cycle ride later in
the afternoon. The evening looked like it could have been heading somewhere
silly until Kate agreed to have drinks with me. I cycled into town, and ran
into someone I'd almost been hoping I would/wouldn't see on the way. It was
good that Kate was waiting. The usual awesome Kate-conversation, cocktails,
and a fervent gladness I'd had some food before going out followed.
Sunday, though, was even better. After a very lazy morning Rachel arrived and
the rest of the day was spend having awesome amounts of fun. So much so that
I didn't get to go for a run, or go to Tesco. So in the end it 'had' to be
delivery Indian food (so delicious).
Monday I had the day off, so Rachel and I went to Tesco, for a big long run,
watched some television and watched the occasional cloud bursts from the
safety of indoors. Not that the 14.5km run wasn't extremely warm in the sun.
This morning I seriously didn't want to get out of bed, but managed it in the
end. This turned out to be a good thing as I've spent the whole day engaged
in some actually really interesting, complex, and ultimately completed well
work over four servers. Unless I've made some major unknowable mistakes, I
think I've done a pretty great job in a very short space of time. We'll see
what the developers I handed the boxes over to say tomorrow once they've had a
chance to look them over.
It looks like not only are we entering a mixed 8+ for Peterborough regatta, we
might also be putting in a 4+ with a slightly different (one crew change)
lineup too. And it'll be bucket rigged. This'll be my first go in a bucket
boat, so that should be interesting too. I'm on the erg tonight in
preparation for tomorrow's outing in the 4+. I hope we get the 8+ outings
sorted soon so they don't create any conflicts.
[17:00] The outing was an improvement. But I still don't think we've got it
goin' on, as it were. The race(s) tomorrow - unless tonight's outing is
astonishingly good - are going to be hard as hell. However, I think if we
relax things might be OK. Even good. We'll just have to see.
Today's morning work didn't go quite as well as I'd hoped. The part we had
delivered turned out to be dead on arrival. So that's something someone else
is going to have to deal with on Monday, along with a whole slew of other
stuff for two of the new web team servers. No, four of the web team servers,
it's just that two are getting more done to them than the other two. Anyway,
that's Monday, when I'm not in work, because I'm taking the day off.
Saturday is the St. Neots regatta (probably the whole day if we make it
through to the final), Sunday Rachel's coming to visit, which will be fun. I
may be able to squeeze in a run on Sunday too, which will be great. And that,
I think is everything. Have a great weekend, I'll see you on Tuesday.
[17:40] A day where I was the only person from my team here. Actually, it
seems like things went quite well considering. Almost no issues whatsoever,
which was helpful. In fact everything was a pretty quiet day across the
board. Even the meetings (three, count 'em!) were over in less than five
minutes each. I could get used to that. Tomorrow's an earlyish start, but my
part in things is pretty straightforward, so I'm not too worried.
Last night we had our first outing in the 4+. Definitely a bit of work needed
to get those who weren't up on the stroke in step with how we do things now.
Rerigged the boat so that I'm still at stroke as it just seemed to make sense.
We even sort of have matching heights in the boat too. Although not in the
conventional way. I'm 5'10", then we have 6'5", 6'4", and 5'10". So sort of
working. We'll have to see how it goes tonight, and tomorrow night as to how
we might do on the weekend. Hopefully better every outing.
I should head off and get some more food inside of me. It seems the more I
eat right now, the hungrier I feel. And still no real weight gain. At least
I'm not getting fatter either.
[17:10] Gentle 10K run last night with Sarah. She still needs to take things
carefully, and I'm probably running (no pun intended) a little close to
maximum exercise at the moment, so it was nice to go a little more slowly than
might normally be expected.
The day has been a mishmash of this and that. I've managed to get a few
things done, and some email catchup as well. The work continues to be done,
and the bits and bobs (such as Nessus scanning the entire network) turn up and
are dealt with. I also had to head over to the other server room to help with
some generator testing. Really though, there's not a lot going on this week,
which is good considering that we'll be down to just me tomorrow with everyone
else being on holiday. Urgh, change boards tomorrow, and having to deal with
what's going on in them (and taking notes, etc.).
Anyway, rerigging the 4+ this evening so we can have our first outing before
the regatta this weekend coming. I should head off and get some more food in
me before that happens. I've been famished all day for some reason.
[17:35] Went and did a one hour erg last night. Probably not the best idea to
do it in the evening sun, but it was good to keep the ache out of my legs for
another day. Went to bed and was woken at around 02:00 by thunder and
lightning. Very cool. I had the windows and curtains open so it was pretty
impressive. Of course, this meant I was very tired when the alarm went off
for my 06:15 run, but given my running partner was already utterly soaked from
getting back from her boyfriend's house we postponed the run until after work
Work today has been pretty OK. I solved a few people's problems, which is
always a good feeling. Did another psychology, got paid, had a lovely lunch
in town with a friend and then came back into work to catch up on a few things
and generally keep cool as the weather hotted up. We like air conditioning
when it's necessary to keep other things cool (computers).
Right, I should head off. Long, gentle run happening this evening and then I
need to get some food in me.
[16:40] That, right, was a weekend. Maybe a weekend and a half. So it
started on Friday, with the final night of racing. From the off the other
crew pushed hard. Extremely hard. Almost hard enough to catch us. In fact,
if it hadn't been for a combination of weed on our rudder, making our likes
around corners a little strange, the other cox having a terrible line anyway,
and our crew just being far more awesome when it came to the final straight
they might have taken their place back. As it was, once we got around the
corners we pulled away and were safe. The party afterwards was pretty damned
good, but I left at around 01:00 rather than do anything silly. People were
starting to get drunk and I was in danger of being distracted by things. So I
This did mean that on Saturday, not able to sleep in past 07:00 I was down at
the boat house for about 08:00 to find it deserted, and pretty much demolished
(not really, but it was in a state). I cleaned the entire building inside and
out (glass all over the hardstanding, etc.) and even rescued some flowers and
put them in a vase. I had some help from a few people who popped in and out,
and was out of there with a job well done by around 14:00. Which was pretty
good all things considered. After having gone home and showered I got a late
invitation to see people for lunch, so cycled out there and had a chat while
we ate. After that I decided to pop into Waterstones and read some more of a
book I was in the middle of before going home, having some dinner and getting
an early night.
The reason for the early night was the 10K road running race in the morning.
To get there was a 15 mile cycle, which I really enjoyed and got the muscles
warmed up and the blood flowing. The race itself was held under a cloudy sky
and with the weather significantly cooler than it had been for the previous
few days, which was brilliant. I hadn't aimed to push too hard, but I think I
ended up getting a PB, which was brilliant. Even if I got a stitch in the
last 2K for the first time in maybe a decade of being stitch-free. It
definitely had an effect on my run into the finish. Still, pleasing otherwise
I think! The cycle home was with a female triathlete who was in the mood for
sprintervals on the bike, so I did that all the way back. That was... fun. I
did get half a calf's worth of cramp just before I got home. But a Nuun
tablet seemed to fix that fairly quickly. That and lunch. After a shower,
lunch and a film I found I was full of energy, so headed down to the boat
house to do a weights and core session, assuming no-one else would be stupid
enough to be there on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There were eight other people
doing things. They all cleared off fairly quickly to do other things, but
many came back to order in Mexican food (I crossed a line off my bucket list
by getting two burritos in one sitting) and watch a film, which was a
brilliant way to end the day. All but two of us left before the end of the
film due to tiredness, but I think that was OK.
Today has been quiet, work-wise. Nothing really to report to be honest. Life
outside of work is far more interesting, and at the moment that's saying
something seeing as there's nothing really going on right now. On the up side
I am getting to work through my inbox of personal emails a bit between work
requirements. I'll head down to the boat house for a gentle erg this evening,
then pick up "important post" from my old house (probably not for me), and go
home for a nice steak and chips (also vegetables).
[16:45] Day three of racing and we definitely did a whole lot better than
yesterday. While we were in no danger of being caught, we also didn't make as
much progress as we might have liked on catching the boat ahead. Tonight, of
course, will be a whole new thing. I think the way we approached last night
was a hell of a lot better, and it showed in every aspect of our rowing. We
just have to do the same, or better, tonight!
Work? Something meaty, finally. Setting up some Apache/MySQL servers to do
master/master replication and other funkyish things. Also lots of email
coglomeration, and even a sign up for another psychology study next Tuesday to
earn a bit more pocket money. Add that to the few pounds I get every time I
do a panel survey online and I seem to be making a little bit here and there
every few weeks, which is nice.
So tonight is the last day of racing, followed by a monster party which I do
not intend to stay to the end of. That way I'll not have a messed up sleep
cycle for tomorrow, when I need to get a few things done (and also will keep
distractions to a minimum). That then feeds forward into Sunday when I have
to be up early to cycle 15K to do a 10K road race (running), and then cycle
back again. Here's hoping the weather is as nice as it is now, only perhaps a
little less hot! And then that'll be the weekend over and I'll be back at
work. Time files when you're having fun.
[17:15] Day two of racing and it was a close run thing. We nearly got caught
in exactly the same place as we won yesterday. Only some extraordinary rowing
stopped that. Hopefully this evening we'll do a better job and perhaps stand
a chance of catching someone else, rather than being someone's target.
I've been in and out of town twice today getting network and power things
sorted. Happily I managed to get things fixed both times, which was quite
satisfying. Hopefully this made my line management feel a bit happier about
what I'm doing at the moment as, other than this network stuff, things for me
to do are a little slim on the ground.
Still, it does mean I get to catch up on work (and social) email and think
about tonight's race. Maybe I'll get home and to bed (via Skype) a little
sooner than last night...
[16:15] Yay! We won! Well, in as much as you can 'win' in these races. It
was a hard row. And it's only going to be harder tonight, I think.
We're going to be faced with an angry crew who're determined to get their own
back for last night.
Luckily, I went to bed late and got up early this morning, so I'm feeling all
kinds of great... Actually, I'm not doing too badly, given the early start to
do big important networking things in town at 07:00 this morning. Having done
that does mean I get to go home as soon as I've done this entry though, which
Other than the networking work this morning everything else has been small
things and general maintenance. We're all about rowing (again) this week,
[17:10] Spent the whole morning in town doing network things. The whole
afternoon catching up on emails. Last night doing a final outing before the
first race tonight.
What else? Resolution still in effect, although tonoght is sort of the first
real test. Also, have to have dinner as soon as I get home. Early morning
start tomorrow to do lots of very important network things.
Sorry for the staccato entry, I'm in a rush. Something better tomorrow, I
[13:45] The weekend was hot. Damned hot. Excellently so, in fact. Saturday
morning was rowing, which went quite well. Saturday afternoon was spent on
the river in a different manner with friends. Although I did head off at
around 17:00 so I could get indoors. I didn't bother with much sun cream, so
thought it would be a good idea to limit my exposure. I think Saturday night
is when Kate and I went out for drinks in town because the evening was too
lovely to be indoors for.
Sunday was again about rowing, and then some video analysis during which time
I discovered that I'm putting my blade in a little bit later than most other
people. Not so brilliant when you're in the stroke seat. So that's something
I need to work on tonight and try and keep a handle on for the remainder of
this week at the very least. The rest of Sunday was spent going to Tesco and
then sitting on my sofa and reading a book. Nothing else. It was brilliant.
I did have a few qualms about not being out enjoying the summer sun, but you
know what? Sometimes it's just better to kick back and relax. Also, it kept
me out of mischief, which I'm very capable of getting into if I don't keep a
tight rein on myself. Speaking of which, I have again made a resolution/vow
to generally Do Better in certain areas of my life starting this morning.
Hopefully I will.
I had wanted to go to the boat house this morning to do an erg/watt bike
session but I had to be in town patching in new offices and other things like
that. So while it was still an early morning, it wasn't one with much
exercise in it. I've eaten masses today in an effort to start having a bit
more energy for this week's rowing schedule of races. We'll see how that goes
as right now all I feel is really, really stuffed.
As I was in early this morning I'm heading off into town to rack up a switch
and a UPS and then I'm out of here! Until tomorrow, at least. Tonight is our
last outing before we start racing tomorrow. Hopefully I'll fix my late catch
[17:10] I spent most of this morning standing around waiting for someone from
the network group we're about to be amalgamated with to meet me so we could go
over fibre routes in town. That didn't happen. I went to work and spent a
little while doing useful things and then headed off for a psychology study
thing which earned me some money for what turned out to only be ten minutes of
sitting down and looking at things. This gave me a bit of time to have tea
with a friend before I went back into town to do the network work I thought I
would be doing this morning. That achieved I came back into work and have
spent what remained of the day doing email things and stuff.
Last night I did a 5K run. It went quite well all things considered. I came
in the top 20 by a few places, and got a reasonable time, considering the
terrain, my lack of training, and the heat. I think I might have just avoided
getting achilles tendenitis in my right leg again, although I do have that odd
pain in my right bum cheek again. Maybe I need to start rollering it, or
sitting on a tennis ball. Anyway, rowing tonight, with what I hope will be
the full crew for next week's four days of races on the river. I guess we'll
see how that goes.
Plenty of rowing in the mornings over the weekend. Potentially going to a
barbeque on Saturday afternoon, and I have no idea what I'll be doing with
Sunday afternoon at all.
[17:30] So a few of us turned up to rerig our boat last night at the boat
house. Turns out it hadn't left Henley yet. So, that was a wasted trip.
Although I did fix W1's rudder, and then get conviced to do a sneaky 30 minute
erg with a few other from the crew. Dinner with Kate afterwards was nice, and
we got to talk about what's going on in our lives and generally catch up. A
definite winner there.
Work today has been kind of a non-event again. Tomorrow's going to be a lot
more interesting as I'm starting off in town doing fibre chasing, then going
to do a psychology study over lunch, then a short afternoon of work before an
evening outing. At least, that's how things are supposed to pan out. We'll
see how things go down. As for the rest of today, I'm off home shortly, then
to do a 5K race (running) then home again to relax and generally see if I can
get a handle on things that've been waving around in the air for a while now
(like the washing up, house work, etc.).
[17:40] Mostly not much happened today. Honestly. Other than getting in late
because of Reasons, the rest of the day basically wasn't about much of
anything other than me cycling into town to do some networking stuff, and then
failing to go for a 10K jog at lunch time.
Really, that was it.
Rachel goes to Kenya this evening, and I get to rerig our boat (finally) and
then have dinner with Kate. Let's see what happens tomorrow.
[17:30] Got up early this morning and cycled the 5K course for the race I'll
be doing on Thursday evening. It's going to be quite interesting. Pretty
narrow in places, and on basically every kind of terrain possible over the
length of it. Last night I did a 30 minute erg at the boat house. It was
hot. I mean really, really hot. I managed it, though. Tonight I
may not do anything at all! Which feels quite weird. I may have to do some
kind of thing or risk going nuts. Maybe a watt bike thing.
Work-wise it was all about building new workstations for people and doing all
kinds of post-installation configuring. Then a pop out to the other server
room, and then, well, lots and lots of catchup with email. I'm down to only
five emails which really need replies to now, which is brilliant. So to
celebrate I'm going to leave work now.
[15:45] Hello there, and a belated welcome to July. It has been a busy week
and a day since I last wrote anything here. Things started with Friday's
qualifying race for Henley Royal Regatta. Which we powered through to qualify
in what I'm certain was the high end of the 12 boats which made it through to
the regatta proper. We found out even before we'd gotten changed out of our
rowing kit, which was nice. We drove home again in high spirits, having left
the boat and blades in Henley in the boat tent. Saturday, Sunday and Monday
outings were done in various other boats in our fleet (rigged bow side so I
could stroke after Saturday's semi-abortive outing), and were nice, collected
affairs which put us in a good mood for the racing ahead. We travelled to
Henley again on Tuesday afternoon and were last off the water in the evening
after an acclimatisation row for our cox (who hadn't coxed us for the the
qualifying race). Tuesday night was spent in a Travelodge in Reading, before
we all packed up again and headed back to Henley in the morning. With our
race not until early afternoon we had time to take in Henley, get some proper
breakfast and gird ourselves for the ordeal ahead. Once we got on the water I
felt like all of my nervousness went away. We lined up with our opposition
and suddenly the race was off. We held them for pretty much 1800m of the just
over 2km course, but in the end the fact that they were on average 2st 4lb
heavier per seat than us (and at this level of rowing, very little of that is
fat) meant that they were just stronger than us. We lost by just about 1 boat
length. This was, frankly, far far better than anyone had been expecting. We
were the underdogs and we were expected to lose 'easily' (anything over four
lengths or so). They came and found us in the boat tent afterwards and let us
know just how hard it'd been to beat us. We did ourselves proud, in my
opinion. We packed up the boat ready for being transported back on the
weekend (just gone, hope it's back!) and spent the rest of the day watching
the remaining races before driving home.
I made a real effort to take Thursday off, and indeed, even went to London to
see Rachel. This resulted in pizza, Top Gear and even some port. Which was
very nice. Friday I decided that exercise was required, so went for a nice
long run in the sun, then sat on the watt bike at the boat house and pedalled
40+km in an hour, whilest watching the sun set. Which was great.
Sadly, pretty much everyone went to Henley to watch the racing over the
weekend, so I spent most of the day on my own, which for some reason I wasn't
ready for. I did parkrun in the morning and got a fairly OK time, considering
I haven't run competitively in months (and hadn't done parkrun since the start
of December last year), but then ended up getting lightly burnt on a green in
town while finishing a book. Some aimless cycling around after that took me
to Cormac's where I ended up sharing an impromptu barbeque with him and Karen
and watching a film before going home. I should have done much more with
Sunday morning that I did. Getting up late was actually harder than I thought
it would be, but I managed it. Tesco shopping came next. I could have gone
out in the sun, but figured the previous day's exposure was enough for a day
or two. Rachel turned up in the afternoon, which was lovely. We watched the
tennis, went for a nice run in the late evening sun, had some dinner, and even
saw something of a film before the heat of the day had me yawning and closing
my eyes for extended-length blinks.
Happily, today I feel pretty awake, which is nice. I'm a little worried that
I may have re-exacerbated a groin strain, or even have the beginnings of
sciatica/high hamstring tendenitis or something like that. I'll have to see.
I'm going to jump on the watt bike again this evening rather than go for a run
to give my body a bit more time to recover. Then try a gentle 6km run over
lunchtime tomorrow. I've a 5km race on Thursday (not parkrun), so that will
be a good time to evaluate things. Speaking of which, I'll be up nice and
early tomorrow morning to go and look at the course with another competitor
(or two, maybe) so that it's not a complete surprise on the day.
I think that's everything, to be honest. Qualifers, racing at actual Henley
Royal Regatta, some other stuff. Yeah, think so. It's Monday now, which I
seem to be handling fairly well, my outing this evening has been cancelled
(hence the alternative exercise), and the sun is shining. As things go, thus
far the day is progressing fairly well.