Monday, August 8, 2011

I Live in Iowa: Week 16

Another week living, and I suppose that means another week closer to my death. I've never really thought of it that way. It was a busy week. One of the busiest I have had working yet.

I officially worked 51 hours. That's the most I have ever worked professionally. While it is a lot, it still is far easier than WPI was. I spent the first three days learning the fundamentals of product for John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment. I basically got paid to drive around articulated dump trucks, bulldozers, motor graders, and four wheel loaders. While it is fun, it is tiring and those guys have hard jobs.

I came down with a sore throat the last half of the week due to running/biking more, lack of sleep because I was waking up at 5AM to go to Moline, IL, and dehydration. When I sit at my desk I drink water continuously, but at the training I was only getting like 80-90% of normal or perhaps I was sweating more in the heat.

I ran 61 miles and took two days off, although I biked about 38 miles over those two off days. I had a nice 1k hard 1k moderate workout. I struggle with the harder recovery running so it is something I intend to work on more in this cycle. I also had a nice 8.5 mile progression run on the track and that went well. I again struggle with steadily increasing the pace so I was hurting toward the end even though it was not terribly fast. Basically I worked on things this week that I am not good at, which means improvement will come.

Friday night I drove up to Mikwaukee to celebrate my sister's 21st birthday and I had a nice time.  We even went to a club and had VIP service. It felt like I was on Entourage or the Hills. Definitely not my normal Friday night.

It's late, I'm tired, I'm going to bed. Also, I'll say it on the blog so that I'm committed in public, I'm going to write an article about Work, Life and Retirement. I feel that the current stock market crash and debt crisis is making Generation Y even more doubtful of retirement and a better standard of living than our parents. Anyway, I'll elaborate later.

One last thing, I bought stock on Friday because it was at a good price. Well, it's at an even better price today but I don't have any cash. I live and I learn.

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