[17:00] Last night's two UT2 ergs (only 6km each) were hot. Not particularly
hard, but definitely perspiration-eliciting. And we were outside on the balcony
too, rather than in the sweatshop that was inside the training room. It was
good to do at least one of them as the four that we're taking to Wallingford
this weekend. After I got home I managed to get my downloaded
television-playing computer's hard drive cloned to something a little larger
while I made dinner, and then watch a few episodes upstairs on the other
computer whilest I waited for it to finish doing its thing. All seemed well
afterwards, so I've returned the cloning kit/software to Cormac.
Work today never really seemed to get started. I don't have anything particular
on my plate at the moment. This did mean I could cycle out to give my Networks
team leader a help with some fibre stuff, and then cycle back in what passes for
spring sunshine around here. Otherwise, it's the usual mix of things and stuff.
I'm off now for weights circuits again, then home for sausages and relaxation.
Tomorrow morning is an 8+ outing, I believe. It's going to be an early one,
again. Then Rachel arrives after work. Hopefully I'll be home before she is
after what promises to be a rather hard 30 minute AT erg, unless my legs are
lying to me.
[17:10] Weights circuits last night, early morning outing in the 4+ we're taking
to Wallingford (Dorney) this weekend coming. It's all about the rowing at the
moment. Which is helpful as it turns out I still can't run without major
discomfort in my right back/hip/leg joint area. I think it's time to visit a
physio again, and see what can be done. I honestly think it's eminently
fixable, and probably boils down to tightness/tension/inflexibility. We'll see,
and of course I'll keep you informed.
The morning outing didn't go too badly. We haven't been in this configuration
of people (crew and ordering within the boat) so it'll take us a little while to
get our 'eye' in, as it were. Sadly, I don't think we have another 4+ outing
before the race as the next time we're out it's the 8+ we're also taking. But
never mind, it's all good practice, even the races themselves.
Work today saw me catching up with nearly all of my email, and doing a fair
chunk of the small but important things which are my job description. However,
now I'm off to do two 6km (strictly) UT2 ergs, and then go home and clone a hard
drive for the rest of the evening. Hopefully while watching downloaded
television on the spare computer.
[17:15] And I've returned. In one piece for the most part. Although I have
discovered that I can't actually run at the moment. Either I've got some damage
that I've finally allowed myself to feel by not masking it with ibuprofen, or
there's something which has finally seized/tightened up to the point at which I
just can't move faster than a nice quick walk. I think it's more the latter
than the former, but while it means I'm extremely frustrated at not being able
to run, it hasn't affected my rowing, thankfully.
So, I was on a rowing training camp for the previous four days. Not much to say
about that other than a lot of rowing went on. I suffered one minor injury that
I won't go into the details of except to say that it was due to a seat in a boat
and leave it at that. I think I won my seat race (look it up), which was good.
There was a lot of food, not quite enough sleep, and plenty of socialising. I
even socialised well past my bed time, even if I didn't necessarily enjoy it all
that much. Anyway, that was the training camp. Lots of rowing, some
improvements by me, maybe.
I got back pretty late on Sunday night after helping take everything back off
the trailer at the boat house and rerig everything. Rachel was wonderful enough
to come and visit just after I got home and we had some delivery food and
watched something on the television as I wasn't really up to doing much more.
This morning I didn't feel too bad, so was able to get up in good time for work.
Mostly today has been about catching up with being away from a computer for four
days. I think I'm in a good place to actually do some real work tomorrow!
[16:40] Last night's ergs apparently really took it out of me to judge from how
I felt this morning when I got out of bed. Definitely plenty of gluteal
discomfort going on from the muscle activation. Also, I was very very tired. I
probably still am, to be honest. But sitting down all day in an office chair
tends to hide that until you try to stand up to go home, which I'll be doing in
a few minutes. Well, not to go home. I'm seeing a friend in town for a drink
first, then going to the boat house to load the trailer for this extended
weekend's training camp away. I'll be leaving for it tomorrow morning, rather
Today's mainly been about getting Observium up and running given all the network
complications and configurations we have here. That and relearning everything
about adding static routes on top of VLANed virtual interfaces on linux. Simple
when you know how, but a real pain in the proverbial when you've shuffled all of
that knowledge out of your easy-access memory. So, it looks like this server is
all ready to go now. Nessus, Observium, and now NeDi on top of that. Although
the latter doesn't seem to be especially well written to judge from the number
of PHP Warning and PHP Notice messages it's spewing out.
But anyway, that's about it for me for the remainder of this week. Another
short one, which has been nice, even if a little busier than usual because of
the compressed amount of time I've had to do things in. Hopefully I'll come
back from training camp a little better at rowing and injury free. We'll have
to see. In the meantime have a great next few days and I'll see you on Monday.
[17:15] Easter! It was great! I did lots. Friday was relaxing and not doing a
whole amount other than lots and lots of housework. I even strimmered the
lawn. This involved me having to stop half way through, cycle to B&Q for
new strimmer line, and then continue. Now it looks like someone gave it a home
hair cut. Maybe once it has grown a little I'll get the lawnmower out and see
if I can't make it a little neater. Rachel came over towards the end of the
day. There was nice food. Saturday morning saw me rowing, lots. We had the
head coach there so he made us do hard things in the second outing for about two
hours. In the evening I popped out for the ingredients to make American
pancakes (including Canadian maple syrup). Sunday we didn't do all that much at
all. I might even have set up a computer in the bedroom for the day so we could
watch things while lazing on the bed. A proper Easter break from the norm.
There was a moderately awesome roast dinner in the evening, too. Monday morning
was supposed to be a bit of a lie-in but who can do that when the weather was so
good. We cycled along a quiet cycle patch for about 21km, had some lunch in a
pub, sat by the river and read the paper, then cycled home again. In the
evening I went to do weights at the boat house and Rachel went for a run. And
that was Easter pretty much done and dusted.
This morning was a return to normality with a 06:00 outing for me (not too bad)
and a return home for Rachel. I've been working on getting my new server into
its rightful place, figuring out all kinds of annoying network things (which I
don't doubt I still haven't gotten quite right and I'm going to get sighed at by
my team leaders when we first try to use it for Nessus scanning), and have been
struggling to get Observium moved across and up and running. Thus far it looks
like I've got about 50% of the tasks done, but no more than 20% of the actual
work. I have to leave now anyway as it's time for ergs at the boat house, then
home for masses of leftovers from this weekend's eatings.
[17:00] Spent most of morning the strugging to get something to kickstart
before working out what it was that was the issue. That took a while and I'm
still not sure why things worked out as they did.
The early morning was spent rowing. It was a reasonably good outing, which was
helpful as I was feeling pretty shattered when I got up. I'm off to do some UT2
6km ergs this evening. Rachel's due tomorrow and then we're doing various fun
things between then and Tuesday morning. There'll also be some rowing, and
maybe even some lawn strimmering (not double entendre). Have a nice Easter and
I'll see you in a few days.
[15:35] Last night's AT erg was hard. And a little embarrassing that the guy
everyone's always thought would always be the weakest of us in the 'top crew'
was very close to beating my distance for 30 minutes. Not my PB, but last
night's attempt. I'd like to think that once I start getting back into a rowing
frame of mind (and body) I'll be a lot better than him. We'll see. Anyway.
Up early this morning to help move one of our core switches from one side of a
wall to another (thus clearing another piece of active kit from what used to be
a server/comms room and is now going to simply be a secure store room. Once we
got the polarities of the fibres right everything went pretty swimmingly,
At work nothing much is happening. In fact I was able to get one of my huge
email replies done, and even some of the smaller ones, as well as the majority
of today's work. I may spend a chunk of tomorrow over at the new server room
finally preparing the server which is going to run our Nessus client and switch
monitoring software. That would be good.
Tonight is weights at the boat house, then I may be doing some coaching of the
women's squad, or simply going home to do some housework. I tell you what
desperately needs doing, and that's putting away all of my clean and neatly
folded clothes, and mowing the front lawn. Or at this point strimmering it, as
I don't think the lawnmower's going to cut it. Literally. But for now, I think
it's time to head off as starting work at 07:00 means I can do that kind of
[17:25] Last nights semi-abbreviated weights session didn't kill me, as didn't
this morning's outing (which was remarkably set (balanced), too). It was pretty
cold at 06:00 though, I don't mind telling you. Still, with all of my new
compression kit on courtesy of my parents and Rachel (birthday presents) I was
rather warm everywhere except my fingers. Rowing harder fixed that.
Today's main achievement was catching up on all of my email (mostly work, a few
personal) such that I actually know everything that's in my inboxes now. That
makes things a lot easier to deal with. Only four or five emails I currently
need to deal with tomorrow if people don't deluge me with messages while I'm
away from computers until tomorrow morning.
Stupidly I've offered to help someone do some network-related things at 07:00
tomorrow morning so tomorrow morning's slightly later sleep in has now vanished.
It'll be Friday before I get to lie in past 06:20. However Friday is Good
Friday, so it's actually a completely day off day! As is Easter Monday, hurrah.
Anyway, I need to head off and go and exhaust myself doing this week's 30 minute
AT erg (something I haven't done in a few weeks now because of tapering and time
off after the marathon, so it's going to be 'interesting'). I hope the
weather's as nice where you are as it is here. Not that I've experienced it
except through my window today.
[17:00] Well, here I am again. Another birthday older and a marathon better for
my time away. I wouldn't say everything went according to plan with the
marathon. I got 3h19m. I'd been hoping to hit somewhere between 3h05m and
3h010m, but the two separate week long breaks I had to take from training in the
lead up to the half marathon and marathon due to back and achilles issues meant
that I just don't think I had enough 'time on the legs' going into the race.
Everything was perfect up until just after the half marathon distance. I was
right on where I needed to be, and I felt good. Then I started getting either
quad cramps, or just overly tired muscles. I had to walk up certain inclines,
and getting started again was painful. I probably could have toughed it out,
but I don't think it would have gone well. But, I finished. Rachel did really
well, only a minute behind me. That was incredibly good and a real testament to
the amount of training she was able to put in. Maybe next time I won't also try
to do the same amount of rowing training alongside the running and see how well
I can really do. So anyway, we got to Paris on the Friday, found our apartment
for the weekend (which was pretty lovely and perfectly placed), and settled in.
Saturday morning was mostly spent at the running expo getting our number and
drooling at all of the running and outdoor kit for sale/on display. The
afternoon was mainly about ambling a little and not spending too much time on
our feet. The race was on Sunday and I've covered that, I guess. The weather
was lovely, a smidgen too hot, but there wasn't anything to be done about that.
None of the injuries I'd picked up in training manifested at any point during
the race (but the back issue did, and still is afterwards). I also got a bloody
blister and some serious chafing here and there, but that's all pretty much gone
now, too. We got the Eurostar back the same day and made it to Croydon just
about in one piece. I spent most of the train journey back rollering in the
aisle, which amused a few people.
A night in Croydon, then a night in a 5* hotel in London with a trip to the
in-house spa for a proper massage and pool/steam room/sauna pampering. Then we
were off to Dorset for three nights of 'glamping' in a yurt. Definitely an
experience worth doing once. I had my birthday there, enjoying the comforts of
the yurt and delivery food direct to the door (all mod cons!).
Back home on the Friday I had just enough time to get unpacked and things washed
before rowing training started up on Saturday. Two usual outings and then I
spent about two hours getting the trailer ready to take boats for the racing in
Bedford the next day. Up early again on Sunday morning we drove to Bedford and
pretty much everyone raced twice in two different crews. My B crew was the
fastest out of the four crews of a similar level, so that was quite pleasing,
especially as I was back in the stroke seat for the first time in a while.
Rachel came over in the evening around the time I got home after marshalling the
London Marathon. Food was had and relaxation was achieved. This morning she
had to be up early, so I took the opportunity to sleep in a little and then
start what I hope will be habitual morning exercises again (when I don't have
morning outings as on Tuesday and Thursday mornings). At work I've managed to
reduce a hugely swollen pair of email inboxes to those which're a little easier
to deal with. There's a few long emails that deserve a bit more thought, but
otherwise I think I'm pretty much close to be being back up to date. It's
amazing sometimes how quickly one can get behind on correspondence.
Monday evening weights beckon. Then a pile of housework and working out what to
have for dinner.
[17:30] My final day at work before I head to Paris tomorrow and thence to
Dorset for most of next week. Nothing much happening. My back isn't doing
great at the moment. It's not impossible, but neither is it the best that it
has been while being Not Right. I'm using ibuprofen now and again, and will be
a lot more over the next three (plus) days. Obviously as soon as I can get by
without it, I will be doing so.
I got my go-faster hair cut at lunch time today. I already feel cooler
(temperature wise only). Given it's going to be warm and rainy on the day I
think this is probably the best thing I can do, other than lots of hip flexor
stretches, to prepare for the marathon. That and probably wear contacts and a
buff to keep sweat(y rainwater) out of my eyes on the run. Bin bags will be
packed also. I'm just glad I don't have to wear kit to travel to the start and
then worry about leaving it until I get back. We're so close to the start that
we can emerge from our apartment ready to race with just bin bags to keep the
rain off and some heat in our bodies.
I guess that's it, really. I'll post my result when I get back, and what I did
when I wasn't here, for the most part. Until then, have a good week and a bit.
[19:10] Late at work today, but for a good cause. I updated a piece of
monitoring software we use and came across two issues. After fighting with the
developers being obtuse on their IRC channel they finally got around to helping
me and we not only solved both problems, but I made a code contribution back to
the project, which was pleasing.
I did my last run pre-marathon at lunch time. It didn't feel all that awesome.
I maintain that the breaks I've had to take because of my back and achilles have
scuppered my chances of the time I was hoping for in Paris. We'll have to see
how it goes. As it was today's 6km was faster than my planned marathon pace,
plus it was hot and humid.
I think this morning's early (07:30) sports massage helped a lot with how OK
bits of me have been feeling today. I think I may go back there as the guy
seemed to know his stuff and I think he can help me with my back/pelvis issues.
Nothing much to be done between now and the marathon other than stretch my hip
flexors now, though!
[17:05] A quiet day today. Nothing much happening at work, which is nice
considering I have a short week and I'm off next week recovering from the Paris
Marathon. Yes, not a lot to say, really. Ran 12km fairly easily with Rachel
last night with only a moderate amount of back pain and no real achilles
problems (although I did 'notice' it). Nothing this evening other than some
home PC reinstallation, some television watching if I get the time and the
beginnings of a packing list for the end of the week and next week!