Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy New Year

Hello everyone.  I'm happy and sad that the holidays are over.  Holiady time means that work becomes relaxing and outside of work is stressful.  So, this is why I'm happy and sad.  Because now my life outside of work can get back to a normal routine but that also means that I'm back to the normal grind at work.  Speaking of work, I know I've mentioned before that I don't particiularly care all that much for my day job, but at the moment, I love my job.  Tuesday we had quite a few people get laid off.  I've been at this job for 8 years in February and so I am friends with and knew very well some of the people that got let go.  It's so sad, but definitely makes me appreciate that I have a job.  Having a job that I don't really like and stress over sometimes is way better than not having a job and stressing about finding a job.  However, this recent event at works also makes me want to work that much harder to put myself in a position where I don't have to worry about ever losing my job; where I can feel free to change jobs whenever I feel like.  If I'm not happy, then I can move on to something else with minimal, if any, worries.  If you can't tell, I'm not a big risk taker.  I don't gamble unless Daniel gives me money to gamble with and even then I stop after I've lost less than $100.  Sometimes it only takes me $10 before I say, "I'm out".  I don't do anything major or life changing without knowing what the consequences are and determining if I can live with whatever set back might happen.  Anyway, enough about that little rant.  On to more exciting stuff.

What to do with the New Year?  I don't do New Year's resolutions.  I don't know why.  I just never got into them.  However, I have organized my training life.  I set up a Training Peaks account and downloaded the Jefit app on my Nexus 7 tablet and set up an account online.  Training Peaks is pretty cool and I have the app on my tablet, but I have to have wi-fi in order to move around the app which is kind of annoying but tolerable.  I can also sync my Training Peaks schedule with my Google calender.  It only syncs about a week and half at a time, though.  Another nice feature about Training Peaks is you can set it up to email you the next 2 days workouts and the details of the workouts.  I'm using Training Peaks as my main training log and workout scheduler, but for strength training details I'm using Jefit.  I spent about 3 hours setting up 3 days/wk for 4 weeks worth of strength training.  It took a while, but it was worth it.  When I go to the gym, I bring my tablet in and I don't have to think about what I'm going to do for the day.  I don't need wi-fi to see the workouts either.  But, after I've done all the workouts, as soon as I get wi-fi I can sync all my workout information and notes I've made to the online account.  And, everything you can do online you can do on the app.  Like creating new workout routines, changing current workouts around, updating the sets/reps/rest time, etc.  The online account is free and they have a free version of the app.  I got the paid version that was $4.99 but worth it because it has better features and no ads.    

My only racing goal this year is to race the Full Vineman in 10:30 or less.  I know the trainig for it is going to be awful because it'll be right in the middle of summer.  But the reward is totally worth it. 

Sarah and I are starting the new year off with the Disney Marathon this Sunday.  Race recaps to come shortly after.  It's going to be on the warm side.  Let's see if I can actually pace myself accordingly. 

I hope everyone has a great New Year        

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