[16:30] Core testing last night was a little embarrassing. I don't think any
of the men got anywhere near to the times some of the women were posting. This
may have been down to where we were sitting on people's legs (far closer to the
ankles than the women had been) to keep them in the right positions. Or maybe
we're all just really weak in the core. Who knows?
Anyway, other than that I got to go home to Rachel, have a great dinner with an
actual pudding (really, actual pudding as in bread and butter pudding), not
have to get up early this morning for erging, rowing, or patching, and have a
reasonable day where nothing particularly went wrong. Which is great as I'm
off all of next week on a trip to Cornwall. It started out as a running
holiday. But with injury, time constraints, and other things it's more... not
a running holiday. However, we can hope there'll be some somewhere at some
point. Otherwise, as the weather is going to be atrocious there'll be lots of
books, and maybe even some sleeping in.
This weekend there's rowing, in the rain, I imagine. Also some packing. Some
fridge emptying, and probably some other stuff I haven't thought of yet.
Whatever happens, I should be back a week on Monday.
[14:40] Early morning down at the boat house. Managed to give a key to a cox
so they could have an outing, did my 30 minute AT erg (quite good), cycled to
work in shorts and T-shirt sweating madly in the cold morning air. Did the
morning's patching without any major or really any minor incidents. Have been
into town once to sort out some network snafus (not my responsibility that they
happened). Have just had lunch. About to go back in to do the second half of
the snafu fixing, and then I may not come back to work as I've probably accrued
enough TOIL to not need to.
This evening I've got core testing at the boat house, then I'm home to see
Rachel and have a great evening.
[16:25] An OK outing last night. I put down a fairly chunky rhythm and was
backed up by Max in the seven seat. Given the weather was perfect but the
light was pretty much completely gone there were some issues with following us
down the boat. Plus our coach was... frustrating. Anyway, I was pleased with
a) being back in the stroke seat and b) doing OK for my own part. Steak and
potato cakes with broccoli for dinner, far too late into the night.
This morning was another early morning patch day. Everything went as according
to plan as it could, given the circumstances. Tomorrow morning's going to be
the big one for this week as I've got to get a 30 minute AT erg done first,
then get into work and patch some live systems as quickly as I can. Tonight's
weights session first, then dinner with Kate as it's her birthday.
[17:45] Last night's weights session was good. I think I came very close to
doing myself a minor lower back injury again, so I'm glad I backed off on the
weights I was lifting. I definitely need to do some more back strengthening
exercises. I'll just have to wait until there's a lull in the patching when I
can start doing morning exercises again, rather than having to get up and go
straight out of the door.
This morning's patching was a mixed bag of perfectly fine, weird, and totally
broken. All of the above seemed to be working fine by the time I handed off
the servers at around 09:30, though. I've managed to more than half the number
of servers I have to patch tomorrow morning, which is good. It doesn't mean I
can come in any later, but at least I'll have higher blood pressure for a
shorter amount of time.
There's an outing this evening that I need to leave for in as short amount of
time as possible. Hopefully I'll be stroking the boat and hence maybe stay a
little dryer (and therefore warmer) than elsewhere in the boat. We'll see how
that goes. I think the crew will be made up of the two fours we're taking to
Fours Head in a little over a month.
A few personal things seem to be evening themselves out a bit, which is good.
A few plans are being made for next week. I won't be here, by the way, I'll be
in Cornwall. I did hope to be running, but my right achilles is still giving
me all kinds of worries such that never mind next week, I may not even be going
to the St. Neots half marathon... and if I do I certainly won't be in any shape
to get a personal best. So very far from the kind of shape I was in this time
last year, both on my feet and in a boat. It's distressing.
You know, I think it's going to be steak for dinner tonight.
[16:45] Raced twice on Saturday, spent all of Sunday morning rowing in pairs
with good quality rowers. In the grand scheme of things it was a good weekend,
even if I had to row stroke side in one of the Sunday outings (new blisters),
and both afternoons were whitewashes as I was so tired I ended up spending them
entirely on the sofa.
Friday was much more important, though. I think I made a good decision, came
clean about a lot of stuff which has been bothering me for a significant amount
of time and generally made up for a lot of things I'd made mistakes concerning.
You don't need to know the details. Suffice it to say we get to move on from
here in a much better way.
That's about it though, really. Monday has been Monday. My achilles still
hurts when I run, which is really beginning to worry me for the half marathon I
have in a little under a month, this morning's ergs were hard, and I'm not sure
why, work is going OK (even considering the motherboard replacement over lunch),
and even the web meeting I had this afternoon wasn't too problematic.
Now it's time to get out of here, do my weights session, go to Tesco and get
home before something happens. Tomorrow's a patching-morning day, followed by
a day of work, and an outing in the evening.
[16:25] Maybe I was tired. Or having an off day. Or just at a low ebb, but I
had a really poor outing last night. First off there were some emails that I
wasn't included on with regard to something at the club. That's fine, I didn't
really need to be a part of those. Then I discovered that I could have stayed
in bed an extra hour yesterday morning and done my erg yesterday evening with
other people. Then I discovered that those other people had pushed a lot
harder in their erg than I had, and I wished I'd done better (although I am
still technically getting over a cold). Then I was replaced in the stroke seat
for the outing for not readily explained reason (although it may be because my
last outing wasn't so good). And then finally we did some high rate/power work
and because I wasn't at stroke I got pretty soaked by the people in front of me
over the course of the row. This lead to a fairly peeved me. I tried not to
let it show because, basically, none of it was anyone else's fault, really.
It was still nice to get out of there at the end of the evening, get home and
get to bed. This morning was another early patching morning, but with no erg
beforehand, so I got to stay in bed until 06:40. Practically a lie-in. The
patching went OK, and the rest of the day has gone fairly smoothly too. The
thing is, I've an outing this evening which could go either way, and then what
could be a rather difficult conversation after that. I don't really know how
either of them are going to pan out, if I'm honest. I'm just hoping for the
I'll let you know on Monday, along with how the races on Saturday, the outings
on Sunday, and whatever else I get up to goes. Have a good weekend, and enjoy
whatever it is you get up to.
[17:15] I think I'll rename this day of the week Crivensday. Because, crivens,
I've done a lot today. And it still isn't over. I was up around 05:30, out of
the door around 06:00, doing a half an hour erg (after getting the heating and
hot water working at the boat house again) by 06:20, buying belgian buns and
cycling to work by 07:10, patching servers at 07:30... and then the working day
happened. Luckily that hasn't been at all bad.
However, after a full working day I've still got to get down to the boat house
again, do an outing in the dark, and then get home for some dinner. I'm just
glad I did the mountain of washing up last night. Although it was a bit weird
getting home and seeing tiny little things out of place. Turns out I'd
forgotten the landladies had been due to come round with a gas person and check
all the gas-related stuff. So that was OK.
Right, I should get going I guess. Food to eat, boat to row, more food to eat,
bed to get into. I'm patching again tomorrow morning, but it should be a
relatively easy set of servers.
[16:55] So I think I may have solved almost all of my issues with the move to
a RHEL6 desktop. Almost all of them. And those that remain are things I can
train my brain not to be bothered about, I think. That was most of the morning
spent doing that, anyway. Getting the webcam working again was the biggest
part, and it still doesn't work with Skype, which is really annoying. How it
could work under RHEL5 but not RHEL6 is a mystery to me. Something for another
time, perhaps. There are also some generic copy and paste issues, but I should
be able to work around them too, in time.
At lunch time today I only went and got myself some new running shoes. 3100+
miles since the last pair were bought in February 2008 at the instigation of
Kris (who said I'd run too far on the previous pair). Well, I think I got my
money's worth out of that pair.
I'm about to leave and go and do some weights and rerigging at the boat house
and then maybe get home at a more sensible time than after last night's delayed
outing. We'll see. I ran some firmware updates this afternoon, and I've got
some more patching to do tomorrow morning at 07:30. Amusingly, I'm going to
try and fit in a 30 minute erg in before I get in to work. We'll see
how that goes. There may be belgian buns involved. I still have a stinking
cold, and pretty uncomfortable achilles tendinitis in my right ankle, which is
beginning to worry me for the half marathon I have exactly a month from now...
[17:35] Another rushed entry, I'm sorry. This time it's because I've just
moved my desktop to a new machine (RHEL6 rather than RHEL5) and I've got to get
all kinds of things set up before I leave for an outing.
I had a great erg/weights session last night, and not only that, I got home to
find a letter from my surgeon saying that I didn't have any signs of hernias!
This is great news. I do have some inflammation and stuff, but nothing that
will require surgery, which is the key point. Hurrah! I celebrated by eating
a lot of food last night post-exercise and squad meeting.
I was in for 07:00 this morning to patch forty one servers. Thankfully only
one really misbehaved and needed to be cycled over to fix. Everything else was
pretty much on the money. Not something I see happening again, to be honest.
I very much dodged a bullet this time around. Next time I'm sure a live
service is going to be affected. Joy.
Anyway, yes, new machine, new OS, new things to complain about. Still, there
are a few technical advantages I'm going to be taking advantage of, which is
good. I just have to see if I've got everything I need from my old box and can
set up all the bells and whistles I had on there on the new one...
[17:30] Busy day. Can't really go on for long about the weekend. Key
highlights would be rowing on Saturday, getting up to row on Sunday in the
cold and wet and being told to go home as I had a really, really sore throat
and people didn't want it to get worse. Rachel visiting for the weekend and
it being rather nice, odd mealtimes, nice food, reasonable sleep and a chance
to think about a few things.
Monday has rolled around all too quickly, along with the masses of machines I
suddenly have to patch (only six today, but one necessitated a cycle over to
the old machine room and back), with forty one servers needing to be done and
rebooted tomorrow morning.
I need to head off to the boat house to see about weights/a 6km erg, but I
can't go until certain things have finished copying, which is annoying. With
a squad meeting this evening too I'm sort of trapped as to what I can do in
the time I'm going to have left available to me. Especially as I need to get
my workstation backed up before tomorrow's potential reinstallation to RHEL6.
[15:50] The 2K went OK. I didn't get anywhere near my PB, but I was slightly
faster than last time, which I guess is an improvement, somewhere. I could
have gone harder, I think, but it would have been at the expense of the
technique I wanted to hold, which I did. On that score I think I did really
well. Anyway, it's done, and there won't be another one for a while. In the
meantime I'm going to get busy with the leg presses and squats (but more on
the leg press machine than free weight/barbell squats, to save myself from a
potential pair of bigger hernias). I should try and fit some in every night
(or time) I'm down at the boat house really. It should help my running a
good bit too, I think.
I was in early this morning to do some patching. It went fairly well, for
the most part. Any problems which arose tended to be ones that weren't
really my fault. One problem stuck around until well into the afternoon, but
I learned something new in fixing it, so that was useful in its own way. So,
that's a few machines down, and many many more to go!
Other than that I've managed to get through the day without anything really
exploding, which is always a positive thing. I'm off now to do another of
those paid psychology experiments, and then either go home, to the boat house
for a bit of exercise and a film, or home to watch a film on my own. We'll
have to see how the mood takes me. Have a good weekend. I intend to do a
lot of rowing, eating, sleeping, and hopefully have a smidgen of fun here and
[17:00] It's 2K test day. I'm desperately not looking forward to it. So
much not looking forward to it. I'll be doing it, obviously, and trying my
very hardest, but I can't guarantee it's going to be any good. Surviving it
is mainly what I want to do. It's at 18:00 (or thereabouts, probably just
afterwards), if you want to be thinking of me for about six minutes and forty
Work today has been mainly preparations for the first early morning patching
session. Only six machines this time around. Hopefully it'll go smoothly
and there won't be any issues. It should, but you never know.
That's about it for today, really. Other than getting some bread delivered I
haven't really got anything else going on. Oh, I think my achilles
tendinitis is acting up again as well. See you tomorrow.
[17:15] Thankfully, last night's outing wasn't all that hard in terms of
energy expenditure as I'm still not feeling totally full of beans at the
moment. Couple that with a bit of an achesome stomach in the morning and I
really don't feel like getting out of bed all that quickly either. Not that
I've had any morning outings, or needed to be at work early. Those will both
be coming in the next few weeks as I've got a whole load of patching being
scheduled and almost all of it is going to be pre-07:00 work. Which is great
if I want to leave work early, but does mean I'm not available for morning
outings on those days, and have to get out of bed quite early.
Otherwise, it's been a quiet day, thankfully. Not really anything to report
other than some progress on the aforementioned scheduling of patching pretty
much every linux box we have. Currently I have eleven early mornings already
set for between now and 21 November. I'd be surprised if there aren't a lot
more before too long...
Now though, it's outing time again. I really hope it doesn't rain. Rain
would be a real downer. I just want to get this outing done, go home, have
food, watch a bit of downloaded television and try to get a good night's
sleep for tomorrow's 2K test. Not having an aching stomach would be a big
plus, too. Oh, and some energy, please.
[17:00] I slept better last night, but I'm still tired today. I think doing
three 6k ergs last night won't have helped, even if they were at UT2
intensity. Still, tonight's outing should be fairly easy, even if I'm in a
boat with a whole load of less experienced people.
Today's work has been pretty straightforward for the most part. Some network
stuff involving grubbing about underneath raised floors, some switch
configuration and a bit of social networking/engineering to get things
organised. Speaking of organising, I've started on the big 'mini' project of
getting all of our linux boxes updated again for this year. By which I mean
I might have them all done by April of next year. I've emailed out to all
the people who're team leads for all the different groups and started getting
responses. I don't have the brain power to start logging them to calendars
and things, so I'll be doing that tomorrow morning. For now I'm just going
to go to the boat house, do my outing, go home and eat and relax. Here's
hoping for another good night's sleep tonight.
[16:40] This weekend was good. My back returned to normal some time on
Friday, Saturday was spent rowing in a pair and not capsizing, which was good,
and then going for a long cycle with seven other people for 42km or so, which
was also good. Rachel turned up in the evening, which was even better. And
then on Sunday we did a local 10K race and I came 8th (I think) and Rachel
came in as first woman only 1min27sec behind my 42min exactly time. That was
rather good, too. On top of that, the achilles tendinitis in my right ankle
failed to manifest once I started running, my potential hernia sites didn't
feel strained, and I finished the run just feeling tired, rather than injured
which was fantastic. Cycling there in the morning sun, having perfect racing
temperatures, sitting in the sun afterwards with cake and drinks, stretching
in an orchard, and then cycling home again to relax all afternoon (post
Tesco) made for a rather lovely Sunday. Making wraps for the first time in
over two years was a little strange, but only a little bit. I'm out of
practice, so got the quantities a bit wrong, but that was OK in the end, too.
Slept awfully last night, so didn't end up doing the Monday morning erg,
again. As I'm refraining from doing weights this week due to the 2K test on
Thursday I'll do the erg this evening, or at least straight after work. Then
I can go home and get some stuff done before an early night and hopefully
feeling a bit more on top of things for tomorrow. Not that currently there's
anything important happening tomorrow. It would just be nice to be a touch
more on the ball.
[16:30] Back feeling even better today, hurrah! This is good as it means I
can go to the boat house after work (right now, in fact) and do the AT ergs I
should have done on Thursday morning. With the 6km ergs I should have done
on Monday morning done on Wednesday evening that just leaves one weights
session I didn't do this week. Which is fine considering it was weights that
did my back in the first place (so leaving them out for a week or so is
probably the best thing). I've seen the training plan for next week. There
appears to be another 2K Test planned for Thursday evening. This is rather
unexpected. However, as everyone's doing I guess that's just the way it is.
Of course, I'm going to be thinking about it for the next week. I also need
to make sure I don't overtrain before then so as to stand a chance of getting
a reasonable time. A place in a good boat for Fours Head could apparently
rest on it. This is mildly disconcerting as we've just had a new rower come
in who pulls a mean 2K time, apparently.
This weekend there's obviously some rowing, but only on Saturday morning.
Sunday morning I'm doing a 10K running race with Rachel (although not running
it together). Saturday afternoon is a nice spin on the bike with a whole
load of other rowers as the river will be closed for a small boats event.
Sunday afternoon? Lots and lots of relaxing, I hope!
I seem to have made it through the working week without anything going wrong
that I haven't been able to deal with, which is good. I'm turing off my mail
client and getting out of here, so if anything does go wrong I won't see or
hear about it until Monday, at which point my team leaders will almost
certainly know about it and be able to direct me appropriately. I did push
out a new version of the application I pushed out on Thursday morning (a bug
fix). That took less than a minute of my lunch time, which was nice.
Right, other than that I think it's time to get out of here. Have a lovely
weekend. I hope the weather is nice. It looks like it's either going to be
great or terrible here this weekend. The more things change, the more things
stay the same.
[17:20] Last night's two 6km ergs seemed to go pretty well. My back ached
somewhat afterwards as I began to cool down, and it wasn't awesome this
morning either. But a little bit (not enough) of stretching throughout the
day seems to have helped it. Also, I did a run at lunch time fully expecting
it to be a complete disaster given how my back is, but it was the complete
opposite. My back never hurt once, and indeed didn't hurt at all for a good
hour or two once I got back and showered. Running as a cure for back pain?
I doubt it, but it worked for me, this time.
Plenty of work happening today. I managed to foist off some of the more
drudgy stuff to other support teams, which was helpful. I may have some
emergency updates to apply to a fairly useful application tomorrow lunch time
I think. But that's tomorrow and I don't really care about that right now.
Between now and then there's an outing (which could be quite interesting, I
think), seeing a few people back at the boat house who haven't been around in
a while, going home and having lovely dinner with Rachel, and then a night's
sleep. Tomorrow's Friday, and it's hopefully going to be a rather good day.
Or at least start that way.
[17:10] I don't know if it was the wine last night, or just a day without
exercise, but my back feels like it's well on the way to recovery at this
moment in time. I'm going to head to the boat house as soon as I've written
this entry and do some very gentle erging, to see if I can do tomorrow's
outing. In fact, if tonight goes well I might even do tomorrow morning's AT
erg, but we'll take small steps one at a time, I think.
Work has been moderately busy today. Most of it was spent rewriting a script
that does date importing to use a whole new mechanism. It seems to work OK
on the test database, so I'm unleashing it on the live database tomorrow
morning. I'm fairly confident everything is going to be fine.
So, off I go to warm up very well for my ergs, and then go home and have
dinner. Last night's dinner with Kate was excellent, as always. A few hours
of unfettered chat (preceeded by a drink), setting the world to rights, and
generally spending time with someone else who really gets you. We like that.
[16:30] I can't believe it. I was trying so hard not to do myself
any more injuries, or exacerbate whatever was already wrong with me... and
then I went and somehow pulled my lower back last night doing weights. It's
so deeply frustrating. I'm half tempted to go back to the training I was
doing this time last year, as that seemed to be working more for me. I was
certainly running a lot better/faster than I am now. Then again, I am more
of a rower than a runner at the moment, despite all of the races I've entered
myself for recently. I just wish I could reset my body to its defaults again
(even if they were less fit defaults than I am right now) just to clear up
all of the injuries I feel like I'm plagued with at the moment. Suddenly
today (and possibly tomorrow) has become my rest day for this week. My speed
and stamina for long distance runs is way off what it was last year, I don't
think I'm going to do well in any of the half marathons (and don't get me
started on the Paris Marathon next year) given how I feel right now and when
I'm out running. I just want to turn it all around and be back to how I was
before, when I enjoyed pulling on my running kit, and looking forward to
getting on the Path. Rather than now when I almost dread running, and right
at this moment, when bending down to tie my laces would make my back twinge.
Work has been busy. Very busy. I'm just pleased that the service upgrade I
came in early for this morning went off with nary a hitch other than a weird
buffering issue with one of the log file writers. Otherwise it's been all
about rogue DHCP servers, VLAN netmasks, and firewalls.
No exercise tonight, but dinner with Kate, which should be good.