[17:25] Well, this is it. My last day in work before Henley Qualifying Races
and, hopefully, Henley Royal Regatta. I won't be back in work before a week on
Wednesday, unless I decide to reclaim a week on Monday and Tuesday as I feel
like I've had enough time off. Chances are that'll be the case, to be honest.
Especially as Rachel can't get the same time off. We'll see anyway, as there's
only a certain number of days I can carry over from one vacation year to the
next and not taking those might push me over my limit and I'd lose them anyway.
Last night's outing went reasonably well. I think everyone's a bit tired, if
I'm honest. That meant that the three minutes pieces really wore most people
out and is causing me to be worried that we're not going to last the distance
tomorrow, and at at the regatta proper if we make it there. There's plenty of
strength, but not everyone has a decent cardio base, I don't think. I'm also
worried that as we get tired we're going to lose our ratio of drive:recovery and
the whole boat/stroke's going to go to pot. I'm not getting back into the
stroke seat for Henley, I'm sure of that. But I'm going to do my damnedest to
do my part and try and get us there anyway.
Thankfully nothing's really gone on at work today either, so I'm not leaving
anything hanging for a week. However I may have to pop in on Monday, at least
into reception, to collect a delivery. For now though, that's me done for a
week and a bit. I hope everyone has a good period of time doing whatever it is
you do when you're not reading this, and I'll see you with good news or sad in a
little while. Good news to end with for now, though: Rachel's on her way to see
me again for the evening, which is fab.
[16:30] I actually thought last night's outing was going quite well. We'd moved
on from the previous day, and the bursts we did looked pretty good on the GPS
track I looked at afterwards. Sadly though, the coaches felt that my catches
were holding back the crew/were the last in, so I've been moved out of the
stroke seat and the person at 6 (who was in stroke before I got into the crew)
is back there. The coaches admit that he has some issues too, but his catches
are faster, and apparently that's what's going to make the boat go faster. This
is the point at which I have to accept that I'm not going to be stroking the
boat for Henley, and to therefore rely more on the other reasons to give
everything in the time trial on Friday (and then hopefully at the regatta next
week if/when we qualify). Not that being at stroke was the main reason, but it
did make me proud, gave me something to focus on, and a sense of strong purpose,
rather than 'just' being a piston in the engine. Now I have to concentrate on
into the boat and doing my part another way; as one of the 'middle four'
instead. As I said, the tracks on the GPS seem to show that we went faster
before the change, but this is the point that you just accept the much more
experienced coaches' decisions and go with it for the good of the boat.
Suffice it to say I was feeling a bit flat when I made it home after the outing.
And I'd been on a considerable high beforehand as Rachel got a very early train,
which meant we were able to see each other before I went to the boat house.
When I got back she helped me feel better about my (perceived) demotion as well
as making a great dinner for us to share. Sadly I then slept quite badly, and
have been pretty tired for most of the day.
We've our last outing tonight before we pack up the boat for Henley. Chances
are we'll be doing some high rate/race pieces to see what's what in this new
configuration. I think what bothers me more than not being in the stroke seat
any more is that the person at 7 really splashes his catches in, so I'm going
to get soaked. Not too bad when the weather's warm, but otherwise it's a bit
annoying. I'll let you know how it goes.
[17:00] Surprisingly, last night's outing was quite good. Even really good, in
places. We had one sub in, and a different crew order behind me. It looks like
we're going to keep that crew order for at least tonight (when we have our
actual proper crew together for the first time in over a week). Hopefully the
few vocal/analytical crew members will continue to keep their thoughts to
themselves for the remainder of the week, and just listen and try to act on what
the coach and finishing coach are trying to get us to do. I don't agree with
everything they've been telling us, but for the most part I think they're still
going to get us rowing better by doing what they say than us not doing so. I
think that's the big difference between this crew and the previous two years'
crews. This year everything is questioned, statistics are king, and the crew
don't just get on with rowing the boat. There's too much discussion. It may be
down to the stronger egos, greater experience, and the nature of the crew/coach
relationship. At this point though it's time everyone just knuckled down and
got on with it. The coaches have more experience than us, no matter what
statistics say. I'm not blind to the things the boat has done in the past, even
the recent past, but I'm putting my faith in them for this last week that they
know how to get us through the Henley Qualifying Races. But anyway, that's
that. The outing was good, we have to try and build on that tonight, and
Nothing happened at work today. Other than I went out at lunch time to collect
a parcel. Rachel has already arrived at home for the evening, amazingly. As I
said, I have an outing this evening, but I hope to have it over as efficiently
and early as possible so I can go home and see her.
[17:20] Mixed fortunes this weekend, sadly. It started with a very early rise
on Saturday to drive to Dorney with the trailer. We managed to tear one of the
trailer's four tyres on a curb when we stopped for breakfast at a service
station. Luckily the trailer carried a spare, so we were OK. At the regatta we
prepared for and rowed a reasonable time trial. Not super fast, and well below
half way on the ranking. However many of the faster crews aren't going to be
ones we'd be facing at Henley, if we end up competing there. It still rankles
that we were beaten, though. What was even worse was how well we performed in
our 'final'. After being bumped down one to the bottom final, we then did very
badly. I can't tell you why, other than the fact that we all seem to forget how
to row to varying degrees when we're side by side with other crews. This
doesn't bode well for Henley.
We don't actually know if we're going to Henley yet. The lists of
pre-qualifiers and those required to qualify came out and we have to turn up
this Friday and take part in the time trial for the Thames Challenge Cup and
see what happens. There are 28 crews, and 13 of them will qualify for the
event. Right now I give us a 50/50 chance on us making it to Henley Royal
Regatta itself. This is mainly based on the fact that even after (being in the
towing vehicle) having to wait for the last crew using our trailer to get off
the water before I could go home, and having a poor night's sleep, we had a
reasonable outing on Sunday morning where we potentially began to work on a few
of our issues (including going back to our original start sequence). It was a
reasonable outing, and moderately cathartic after the previous day's debacle. I
spent the rest of Sunday post-Tesco trip sitting on the sofa watching downloaded
Work today has been standard Monday-like, and I'm going to be leaving soon for
this evening's outing. It's more than likely going to be windy and raining. So
long as it's not too cold I don't think I'll mind all that much, I hope.
However, our coach is going to be there and he's not going to be happy about
Saturday's performance. Plus we're doing our one hard (physical effort) outing
of the week, so that plus the inclement weather is going to make it a fairly
difficult evening, I think.
In much much better news, Rachel is coming tomorrow evening and potentially
Thursday evening, too. Which is marvellous. However, for now I should
probably go and get ready for rowing.
[16:10] This morning's outing was cancelled, thank goodness. However, we still
got up and went and did a 30 minute erg instead. It was supposed to be UT2, but
I don't think everyone did that. I know I was pushing a little harder. The
aches and pains in my shoulders and feet don't seem to be bothered by the rowing
motions, thank goodness. When I'm walking around or getting into and out of bed
I do feel a little like I'm suffering, though. Anyway, after the erg we
derigged the boat and as we were putting it on the trailer noticed that two of
the cross-braces were cracked. Them breaking completely is something that's
happened a few times in the boat, luckily not during a race, thus far. I waited
until it was a more polite time and then called our resident ex-rower and
handy-man, who promised to take them away and get them welded/braised/whatever
you do with aluminium. Hopefully they'll have been returned to the boat house
by the time I get back there after work in about an hour from now. That way I
can put them back in the boat before it goes down to Dorney tomorrow. We've
actually, as yet, been unable to work out travel logistics for everyone, but
hopefully that'll happen before 05:30 tomorrow morning.
Otherwise I've been at work today, trying not to overeat too much, drink enough
(the usual failure on that score), and let my body recover as much as possible
before the hardest row(s) of the season (thus far). Our time trial tomorrow
could be what gets us pre-qualified for Henley, but probably won't unless we do
something amazing. There's a final to row after the time trial, but how we do
in the final we get into is less important than which we get in to.
Sadly, both of our women's crews lost (one failed to qualify) at Henley Women's
Regatta today. I know that the 4+ at least will be rather upset, given the
amount of training they put into their campaign. Hopefully it won't mean any of
them give up rowing.
So, my weekend is a day of rowing at Dorney, then home, Sunday we're apparently
rowing in the morning (madness), then I guess I have the rest of the day to do
things like Tesco shopping and washing. Rachel's coming this evening as her
parents are with her all weekend for an Amnesty walk and then some other stuff.
[17:20] A reasonable, if hard, outing last night. Our second coach, who's more
experienced than our usual, experienced, coach said I did my best ever rowing
last night. Which was nice. Amazingly for me this wasn't even damning with
faint praise, as he never normally is positive about someone unless they're
actually doing quite well. Anyway, we were all pretty shattered afterwards,
although the GPS track shows that we were almost as fast as we've ever been over
some of the pieces.
Our women's crews head to Henley for tomorrow and the weekend's Henley Women's
Regatta. I would have loved to have gone with them, having coached the 4+, but
it wasn't to be, and instead I battled to get into the M1 8+. Which I managed.
Now all we have to do is do Marlow Regatta and (pre)-qualify for Henley Royal
Disk replacements, plenty of small things to keep me busy, and even coming off
my bike on the way back from replacing the disk and nearly breaking my shin, has
been the order of the day. It's going to be strange not rowing this evening,
but we have a gentle erg tomorrow morning followed by derigging, and then
nothing in the evening, thank goodness. I'm about to go home and tackle the
mountain of washing up that's accumulated over the course of the week, and then
maybe even do a bit of vaccuming. These evenings off really are all about
[17:15] Last night's outing didn't go too badly. We keep having breakthroughs
as to what the stroke rhythm is supposed to be, and then the boat sits up and
goes really well, then we either forget or someone out of the eight of us does
something off and it goes away again. In any event, the outing was fairly good
Got to bed fairly early (I think) but was totally shattered this morning. After
forcing myself through morning exercises I got to work on time and then after
getting the morning alerts and other things sorted headed over to one of the
server rooms to install the other VMWare host. Once done that was handed off to
the VMWare host-master, who added it to VSphere, or whatever it is. Once that
was done I was able to re-create my three guests and install them with all the
Moodle-related configuration stuff that they need. That took me up to just
after lunch. For most of the afternoon I've caught up on emails, tried to find
web developers to ask why some of their applications were going nuts and nailing
their DB servers (no-one to be found), and made a start on ordering Rachel's
birthday presents. We've another outing this evening where we'll have two
coaches on the bank and our original cox back again. We're practicing starts
this evening. So it's going to be lots of 1, 3, 8, and ~20 stroke bits, all
from a standing start, I imagine. Although we do have a rolling start for a
time trial first thing on Saturday at Marlow Regatta, so there may be a few of
those too. Once that's done I'm home for some food, and another early night, I
hope. Thursday we have the whole day off!
[17:10] Throughout the day we've been having intermittent power outages.
Nothing that causes our computers to reboot, but they have been tripping the air
conditioning units at one of our server rooms. This then necessitates someone
going out there to reset them. If someone does, the temperature rises in the
server room very quickly. If this temperature reaches 35degC a thermal cutout
drops power to the whole room. This is technically known as a Bad Thing. This
morning, after three power blips a couple of the air conditioning units wouldn't
seem to come back on after being reset. This lead to the temperature in the
room going up to 32.86degC at the sensor. We asked the estate management people
to come out and fix things while we ran around shutting down as many servers as
we could to take load off the remaining working air conditioning units, but they
asked if we could wait until someone was back from lunch. Yeah. In the end we
figured out where the breakers that'd popped were and got things going
ourselves. Since then I've gone back to initialising the sister server of the
one I redid as a VMWare host last week, and bringing back all the servers I shut
down over lunch.
Last night's outing with two coaches and a different cox was further enlivened
by two subs and one of the regular crew swapping sides for the evening. On top
of that we had a lot of new ideas and things to try and intergrate. The coaches
thing we improved a lot. From my seat it felt... occasionally good, with
patches of terrible. But what do I know. We've got another outing tonight with
no coach, but some hard pieces of work. I just hope we can keep it together for
the water time. I've dinner with Kate after that, which hopefully I won't be
late for. Then bed, which I'm definitely looking forward to, too.
[15:45] All manner of things have been going on in the last few days. I'm sure
some of it might even be of moderate interest to some of you. Friday evening
finished off with an outing on the river. Four 4min pieces. Plenty of grunt on
the boat, although perhaps not as awesome as we could have been in places.
Still managed to get home in plenty of time for dinner and a moderately early
night. Saturday morning was another outing. Just steady state, which suited us
well. The outing on the Friday had been with a guest cox, just as Saturday was,
so we had to adjust to that, as well as some crew changes. Again, only having
one outing I was able to be home well before Rachel. However, a badly worded
text meant that she rushed to come over from London, for which I needed to
apologise. I still got the shopping done and even tidied a little before she
made it. On Sunday morning I was up and off for the last outing away from the
boat house. Another guest cox, this time helping us do eight 2min pieces.
Unfortunately we thought that the cox box had broken, so everything had to be
done with shouting and hand signals. As a result I got a lot of one-on-one
coaching from the cox (which I really needed). Max was back in the boat for one
outing (it doesn't seem like he's in any more to judge from the outing lists
I've just seen). He was behind me, in a hark back to last year's Henley
campaign. I don't think he did too badly at all. I managed to get home just
before Rachel arrived back from doing a fairly impressive half marathon distance
along the river. After lunch and some television (we finished The West Wing,
again), we cleared the air a little over a few things which'd come up, then I
had an honest-to-goodness afternoon nap whilest brownies were baked. Following
some enjoyable tastiness, and two films, it was bed time. This morning was
something of a rude awakening, although I don't feel too tired after the last
few days (probably putting more carbs back into my diet has helped). I was
actually late for work by 8 minutes (the first time ever, I think). Not that it
mattered. What matters more is that I have a strangely blood-shot left eye (not
usually visible, unless you pull the lower lid away. My hypochondriac self
thinks it might be something to do with all the duck/goose/swan poo that was on
the wet grass where we boated from for the last week. In any event, rather than
worry about it much more I've got a nurse appointment this evening before my
outing which should hopefully get rid of any worries. Given the eye doesn't
hurt, and there doesn't seem to be any sight changes it's probably nothing. But
I'd rather know. Then there's an outing with not only the good-but-eagle-eyed
cox from Sunday (who will therefore pick me up on everything, but that's a good
thing), but also two coaches on the bank, the new one being even more critical
and technically analysing than our normal one. No pressure at all for me in the
stroke seat, then!
In other news. The disk I was waiting for to rebuild half of a RAID1 set
finally arrived today after being refused delivery twice due to an incorrect
name on the parcel. It's the wrong size (capacity). And the wrong speed. It's
even the wrong physical size, although that actually doesn't matter. It turns
out it's a joint mistake (both ours and the supplier's), but they started it, as
it were. Hopefully they'll ship out another one of the correct model to arrive
tomorrow (but I doubt it).
[16:50] Last night's outing wasn't too bad. 8x 2min pieces, which seemed to go
reasonably well. We might have turned a corner with regard to the mentality in
the boat, somewhat. I think we're getting out of our own heads and starting to
think in terms of what makes the boat go better, rather than how to make the
boat feel better. It's a strange distinction, but if you might understand it.
I went to bed reasonably on time last night after a good evening meal, but still
had serious issues dragging myself out of bed this morning. Still, I did manage
to get morning exercises, a shower, and a shave in and get to work on time.
Sadly, the disk I was hoping would arrive didn't seem to until I got an email
from someone else saying that it had actually been refused delivery twice owing
to the fact that the company sending it out put the wrong name on it. Someone
who doesn't exist here. They then told the delivery company to use the right
name, but the delivery guy(s) did not. Monday, now, apparently. I've told
reception to accept the delivery, even if it has the wrong name on it.
Another outing this evening, with a replacement cox. Hopefully it won't be too
bad. I'm mostly looking forward to getting home afterwards and eating some
more, before an early bed. This weekend I've outings away from the boat house
both days, with us coming back to it with the boat on the Sunday to rerig for
next week's outings. Rachel arrives on Saturday, so obviously I don't want to
spend too much time away from her once she's here. When not rowing we'll be
looking at holiday options, Tesco shopping, and getting as much relaxation time
in as possible. For the time being though I've got to get on my way, there's
rowing to be done.
[16:45] Not a huge amount happening here today. The weather has been perfect,
which is annoying as I've been at my desk the whole time. However, we have an
outing this evening, so we'll have to see how that goes. Having the wind
finally calm down a bit would be a good start.
Last night's social event went OK, I guess. I'm just not a social creature by
habit. Only by necessity. As a result, even though I made the effort (ironed
trousers and a shirt!), and stayed to the end, I didn't go to the pub
afterwards. Nor did I drink during the event. I think the latter was mainly
due to the fact that I seem to be a lot tireder at the moment, without doing
significantly more exercise. I get the feeling it might be down to my decrease
in carbohydrates, although I didn't think I was eating significantly differently
to before. Anyway, I'll keep it up for another few days and then start back on
the pasta and stuff in time for the race a week on Saturday.
I can't really think of anything else to mention right now. I managed to clear
up a misunderstanding I caused first thing this morning with a phone message,
and we have some minor power fluctuations, but otherwise it was pretty much all
about the status quo today. There's a good chance I'll be moving another server
over to VMware ESXi tomorrow (with the attendant reinstallation of three guests
on it), but that's about it. Outing tonight, outing tomorrow night, sleep,
food, and work in between.
[17:25] A better outing last night. Not only that but it was relatively short,
too. Only 10km of steady state paddling. We even had our whole crew back
together for the first time in more than a week. It was good. Dinner at the
adjacent pub afterwards, then home in almost reasonable time.
Perhaps it was harder than I thought, though. I was actually woken by the radio
alarm at 07:00 this morning. Something that I don't think has happened in
months, if not what could be more than a year. Not only that but I went back to
sleep and woke with a start at 08:15. I was able to get to work on time though,
so everything was OK. Today's main task was sorting out the three VMs I built
yesterday. Two wouldn't boot until I'd figured out they needed to be installed
with EFI rather than BIOS booting. Once that was done it was moderately plain
sailing, even incorporating the extra setup that was required and had been done
to them before I reinstalled them. Now, when I do the three other guests on the
other physical server in a little while the installs should be pretty much
flawless and smooth sailing... I hope.
I have to decide whether or not to have a complete evening off tonight, or go
and watch rowing on the river in smart clothes. Most of me says stay home, but
I think it would be good to socialise at least a little bit. So, that means
going home as soon as possible, having an early dinner (as I haven't paid for a
food/drink ticket) and then heading on over as soon as I can. Perhaps once
everyone's had their fill I can vacuum up any leftovers. It feels a bit strange
not to be rowing this evening. But I am tomorrow, and I'm fairly certain we'll
be rowing Friday night as well. Then there's the weekend and most of next
week's evenings, too.
[17:20] Last night was pretty hard. Getting to the launch point/pub wasn't too
difficult, and the launching of the boat was a bit more organised than
previously, but the rowing was very tiring. I think we did reasonably well. At
least the coach - who was in the boat as a sub - wasn't too upset by how we
went. The wind was pretty high going down stream, so the piece we did in that
direction wasn't terribly awesome. The two we did on the way back were somewhat
better, but I'm having quite a hard time going with this new (actually a
variation on the original) style of rowing I'm being asked to do. And being at
stroke is therefore twice as hard as I have to be the one who sets the rhythm,
rather than just following it. I have this horrible feeling most of the time
that I'm either not doing the right thing, or I've switched back to the
rhythm/style I've been rowing for the two previous years. We'll have to see how
things go in future outings. Like tonight, which apparently is only 10km of
steady state. I'm quite thankful to be honest as we didn't get away from the
boat until well past 21:00 last night, and I didn't get on with eating dinner
until 22:10. In part this was due to us seeming to run over a muntjack deer on
the way home (although we saw it run off afterwards), which damaged the front of
the vehicle we were in. But also because we're so far out of town now, and the
outing was around 20km in length.
Work-wise I'm starting to get my head around VSphere/VMWare/etc. There are some
deeply annoying foibles to do with browsers and plugins and things, but I seem
to have worked around all of the ones that were a problem. Whilest I have all
three of the virtual servers installed (necessitating SCPing an ISO file around
a bit), only one of them seems to want to boot itself from the hard drive
image/OS I've installed. The other two resolutely believe they don't have hard
drives, despite just installing to them a few minutes earlier. I'll take
another look tomorrow, when I'm sure it'll all seem a lot more obvious.
[16:55] A long long weekend. Saturday was supposed to be fairly hard work, and
it was, but for different reasons than I was expecting. We had only outing
rather than two, but the outing we did have was moderately poor. Especially
after Friday's nightmare. I'm certainly more to blame for Saturday's outing's
quality than Friday's as I've been put back at stroke. That probably
contributed to some of my mental tiredness, at least. Anyway, after that we
derigged the boat and stuck it on the trailer, and went for lunch with Stacey
and Max to catch up. After I got back home following that I absolutely needed
to get very close to dozing on the sofa for about forty minutes or so. Then I
probably did my body a disservice by doing about two and ahalf hours of hard
gardening to get the front garden back in some form of order. I managed it, but
ended up needing to spent much of the rest of the day visiting the smallest
room in the house, possibly for dehydration or food-related reasons. I had a
very bland dinner in the hopes I'd be OK for the outing on Sunday morning.
Luckily I did seem to be mostly fine the next day, so cycled down to the boat
house and caught a lift to the place the boat is going to be for the next week
or so. We rigged and got on the water with the coach in a motor launch and
proceeded to get 20km or so out of the way without seeing more than one or two
other water users, which was brilliant. The weather wasn't too shabby either.
Unshabby enough that I ended up with a bit of sunburn by the time I got home
following the outing and lunch in the pub next to our boating point. Happily, I
was able to get home before Rachel, so I could to meet her at Tesco and
congratulate her on her 10 mile run and tell her about my second outing at
stroke, which didn't go too badly, but has shown me how much I need to
concentrate on every stroke to make sure I'm doing the right thing for everyone
behind me to follow. Somehow it feels harder than it did in previous years.
Maybe it's because we have a new stroke pattern that's different to what I've
previously been doing. Anyway, we spent the afternoon relaxing very hard after
our respective mornings of exercise, and ate quite a bit (home-made
Today was the first day this year I decided to come to work without a waterproof
(my heavy one, anyway, I do have a pack-mac) and obviously after yesterday's
glorious weather it's now raining. Hopefully it'll stop before I leave work and
especially isn't raining by the time we get on the water. I'm not sure how
enjoyable it'll be to do race pieces in the rain, especially when I need to
concentrate on stroking this different rhythm, too. Work-wise the interesting
thing I had coming has thus far proven to be a smidgen less interesting than I
was hoping for, but there's a chance it'll improve over the course of the week
once I get a few more things in place. For now though, rowing.
[16:45] Rachel arrived late last night due to other people's late flights and
overrunning meetings. We still had a good evening though, which I think was
very much needed. This morning was annoying, mainly because we didn't have the
day off, but also because there was a torrential downpour. Luckily most of it
stopped before we went out in it, but it was extremely humid, even at slower
than normal cycling speeds.
I spent most of the day preparing the box I was due to install with VMware.
Configuring, initialising, and consistency checking 12TB of not terribly fast
disk can take a while, so it wasn't much before 15:30 before that was done.
After cycling over there with the ISO on a CD I arrived in front of the server
to discover that it didn't have a CD drive. I'm going to have to go back on
Monday with either a USB stick with the software on, or a USB CD drive.
Probably both, just in case.
There's a chance Rachel may come back this evening, but it's more likely she'll
head home and come back on Sunday afternoon. I've got rowing tomorrow morning,
and then after derigging and trailering the boat we'll be training out of town
from Sunday to Friday (and possibly the following weekend) whilest the river is
full of other people doing things. This Sunday we'll be rowing one long outing,
then apparently having lunch nearby before heading back to town. Hopefully the
time we get back will be similar to, or before, the time Rachel gets here.
Otherwise it's a standard weekend.
[16:55] Last night's outing wasn't shocking, this morning's outing wasn't great.
Not really a tale of two outings, but we certainly didn't take advantage of the
beautiful weather and low wind conditions in either of them, either. We're
stuck in a slump at the moment, and I can't quite see why that's the case.
Hopefully having this evening and all of tomorrow off will help, such that
Saturday on the river, and then Sunday and next week at our 'secret training
location' away from the carnage that's going to go on where we normally row,
will be an improvement. I can but hope.
My piece of work has finally made it to my desk. I start on it tomorrow,
hopefully. It should be interesting, but will have me away from my desk for the
first half of the day, I think. Not so much of a problem, really. I might even
get to be outside for a bit, too.
With luck Rachel is already on the train here after her meeting. I've had no
texts from her all day so I can't be sure. I'm going to head off shortly
thought, and try and get the washing up done and the house a bit tidier.
[17:15] We did a little tin-pot race on the local river last night. Came 10th
overall, but top in our category, which was nice. It was atrocious conditions
in terms of headwind, but we hammered away and came away not feeling like it'd
been all that bad, considering. We have a technical outing tonight, which
hopefully will start us on the next stage of our rowing better and together. I
asked again about the possibility of going into the stroke position. It's not
out of the question, but I don't think it's going to happen. I'm getting pretty
sanguine about it these days.
There hasn't been much movement on the body of work that's coming down the pipe
for me. I think it has figuratively jammed itself in there due to its size.
Still, at least once it makes it out and to me I'll have something significant
to do for a little while. Not too long though as there's a fairly immediate
deadline on it, so I won't have long to learn the relevant technology and then
get it out out into the field and doing what it needs to do. Probably after
that is when I'll learn the nuts and bolts of it such that I can support it.
Rachel was going to be coming this evening, but as I have an outing tonight and
one tomorrow morning, and she's got things to do it makes a little bit more
sense for her to come tomorrow evening instead, which definitely works for me.
Anyway, outing tonight, and for once the weather is both sunny and not blowing a
tremendous gale. We might actually make some progress this evening.
[16:55] I don't know what to tell you today. It's very windy, and the sun has
come out. I'm racing in a local head race this evening. There are plans for us
to train elsewhere on the river from Sunday for a week, which will necessitate
a lift in someone's car, and us storing the boat elsewhere than the boat house.
It'll also mean some late nights getting home again, as well as longer sessions
on the weekend mornings, which is a bit annoying if I want to see Rachel.
That's about it, really.
Oh, a few videos from the cox's position in the boat came out today. Although
I'm second furthest from the camera, I can see that my technique isn't as good
as thought it might be. I think it's time I turned a corner on this and
actually made sure I row as well as I think I can.
[17:55] A long, tiring, and ultimately disappointing weekend in passing.
Saturday started with a very early rise and a drive to Dorney Lake again for the
Met. Regatta. Our first race was early in the morning, so we got on the lake,
did our warmup, and then rowed quite badly, to come last in our eliminator.
This then meant no more races for the rest of the day. Disappointing, to say
the least. I spent the rest of the day on a borrowed bike cycling up and down
the coaches path watching other crews from my club. In the evening we went for
a meal together, then to our respective hotels and B&Bs for the night. The
place I stayed wasn't awesome, being under the Heathrow flight path.
However, even with a disrupted night's sleep I didn't feel horrendous in the
morning, and the breakfast was OK too. Back at the lake for the second day's
rowing we were guaranteed three rows, so we got onto the lake for the time trial
in good time and had a reasonable row, placing somewhere about the middle of the
pack for that. We then didn't do stunningly in the group semi-final we were
placed in, nor in the group final itself. Overall I was disappointed in the
boat, the egos/opinions in the boat, and in myself for not enjoying rowing all
that much, and it having apparently been commented on by others in the crew. I
had hoped I was just coming across as quiet, rather than "lacklustre" (in
whatever sense that was being mentioned). I came home, had pizza, and tried to
sleep well last night in the hopes I'd feel a bit better about rowing in the
It's now the day after the weekend before and I'm still not all that enamoured
about various people in my crew, how the boat's going, and generally what I'm
doing in boats at the moment. Not only that but I feel out of shape (literally,
in that I feel like I'm putting on non-useful weight, i.e. not muscle), I miss
running, and am honestly not sure how I feel about rowing this week, let alone
if we decide to try and qualify for Henley. Given I've just renewed my rowing
license (but not just because of that) I'm going to stick with rowing until I'm
dropped from the crew, or this season's campaign is over. Then, depending on
who else comes back next season I might just give rowing a rest for a full
season and concentrate on running (hopefully injury-free).
Work-wise there's a good chance I'm going to be learning how to work with VMware
ESX in the next few weeks, so that'll be nice. For now though I'm off to brave
the weather at Tesco, the home to do all the other housework related things I
should have done over the weekend when I was failing at rowing.