Monday, May 20, 2013

I Live in Iowa: Week 108

Another busy week in the books! It started with Mother's Day and visiting my family in Madison, WI. Yet another too windy day to go skydiving. For the second time in the last two months my family has gone to an art museum when we were together on the weekend. It's a rather nice thing to do, plus we are getting more comfortable critiquing the art.

Monday once again came early with a trip to Davenport to spend time in the factory. The factory is such a learning experience for me. For example, interchangeable parts is only mildly correct. Due to manufacturing tolerances things don't always fit how they are supposed to. Of course that means change the tolerances. It is a learning experience.

The rest of the week consisted of the normal FEA with a little strain gaging of physical parts. Once again, no job is perfect or will ever be, but I am awfully fortunate to be in the position I am.

Coaching was light for me. I think I was seriously at only two practices. A few of the athletes competed at a last chance track meet and now only two of the athletes are going to nationals and neither do I work with often.

Related to coaching, one of our coaches left this week. S, our throws coach, is going back to South Dakota then to Washington. I will miss him. However, that is how life goes, people move. I have certainly done it enough. Honestly, him and his girlfriend will be close together and that will hopefully be a good thing for them.

Running was great! As it usually is. I ran 21 miles and all of it pretty slow, certainly slower than 9 minute pace. Well, that ends three total recovery weeks. It is time to ramp up again! It is strange, in part I did this to retain some fitness, and I have, although I don't feel the same over rested I usually do after a break. We will see if this is a sustainable feeling to go into a training cycle with. Part of me thinks I will burn out in two months. Another part of me thinks that I will be in the best shape of my life going into this fall. We shall see.

Finally I ended the week up in Minnesota visiting my grandparents and aunt and uncle. I was only there for less than one total day, but it was very quality time. I heard stories I had not heard before, such as the 19 year old draftee who was the platoon leader during a long train ride to Seattle including a two day snowstorm in the Dakotas.

In short, a good week. I hope you had a good week too.

1 comment:

  1. It's HE and his girlfriend, not HIM and his girlfriend. Proper usage of grammar is critical among everyone, especially professionals such as yourself.


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