LinkedIn seems to only be about management strategy and recruitment, but it does mean that sometimes you see posts like this one that I saw recently entitled “Nine Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job”. It made me wonder what other signs there were that maybe it was time to move on. So here are three of my own:
You accidentally left your axe embedded in the desk of your least favourite colleague.
You forgot to take your bosses’ shoes out of the microwave.
No matter how hard you try you can’t get rid of the permanent marker from the photocopier glass.
Shout out today to the very remarkable Heather Burns and all those involved in WordPress 4.9.6 which landed today. It’s the one with the privacy stuff…
If you run WordPress you should be notified of the available update any time now.
The data export and data erase tools come in to play too, which is nice. Oh, and WP have added some PHP polyfills to core.
I recently had the pleasure of setting up a WordPress install for a client who already had GoDaddy hosting.
I won’t say this too loud or often, and hopefully no one will read this anyway, but I was pleasantly surprised by the GoDaddy WordPress hosting that he had – it included SSH access, default plugins that seemed to be useful rather than hinder, and most impressive was the inclusion of a full staging area, with quick and simple deployment options.
A staging area is, in my experience, missed off the list of things to use by so many, it was good to see this done on what has to be said is a very low budget hosting solution.
I ran a few times – 16 miles total including a 10 miler, slightly by accident, I swam, and I cycled more than I have in ages – 40 miles this week I think.
The cycling included 14 miles of something called “Mountain Biking” which, as far as I can tell, involves a lot of peddling hard up hill for a long time, and then short bursts of hurtling down hill trying to avoid rocks. It was a lot of fun. Certainly something I would like to do more of, though I reckon I would need to lose quite a lot of fear to be any good at it.
I also cycled to and from my physio session on Thursday. Physio was useful again, it’s only a couple of weeks in but my back is feeling stronger and I am moving more freely. I’m not going to speak too soon about it as my back pain comes and goes anyway so I may just be in an easy patch at the moment.
I feel like I have the motivation back to do the long slow running trip at the weekend – the great weather really helps with that! If I have nailed this then it means I need to focus on speed a bit more during the week. The only disappointment this week from a running point of view was that Monday didn’t pan out as I expected and I ended up not running. I was hoping to try for three miles at 8min miles on Monday. That will have to wait till Friday now.
Here’s the summary.
Swim – 1200m Bike – 44 miles Run – 16 miles
Coke – 2 cans, 1 bottle Chocolate – too much Extra snack – most days again.
Every now and again I decide to play around with the more ‘arty’ features of Photoshop. I’m fine with it from a design a website point of view (though it’s not really the way I do that anymore) but, when it comes to using it for art projects and things like that, I know my limitations.
It makes sense to try to push the limitations though. Here is a very simple first attempt at layer masks and brushes.
Things have been going ok in terms of actually moving more, since I last updated I think I’ve been out running every week, usually on more than one occasion, I posted my longest run for a while (still way off the required distance for October, but that’s ages away!), I’ve cycled to the office when possible and I’ve been swimming a few times. I felt pretty guilty for not going last week ‘because it was raining’ but I’ve got over that.
I have also, for the first time in ages, seen a physio to talk about my lower back pain and associated issues with not being able to move around like a normal human being.
I went to The Treatment Space which is in one of my favourite Sheffield work spaces – Sum Studios. I saw the very helpful Carolyn who moved me around, poked me, and generally made me feel rather uncomfortable but in one of those ‘a room has to get messy before it gets tidy’ kind of ways.
Carolyn suggested a few things, talked about the fact that generally I don’t move too well, and then stuck some needles into my lower back. Acupuncture isn’t one of those things that I thought I would go for. I am not really sure whether it has any real base in science (shock – the internet isn’t the easiest place to separate fact from fiction here), it still feels a lot like voodoo, but I am pretty sure it helped last week, the follow up exercises have definitely helped and I am very much open to the idea of giving this enough time to make sure it works!
This week in numbers:
Swim – 1200m Bike – 10 miles Run – 16 miles
Coke – 3 cans (improvement!) Chocolate – too much Extra snack – most days
Somewhere, under it all, was the solution. Seeing as the solution was required there was nothing for it other than to start picking it all up. Bit by bit, one heavy piece at a time, being careful not to break anything else in the search for one final fix.
In a vague attempt to lose a few pounds, and get ready for the York triathlon I’m bringing back the old, and very short lived, #SBATOL.
This week has been encouraging. Two runs, a (slightly shorter than planned) game of squash, a swim, cycling to work, and generally eating less junk than previous weeks.
The amount of food consumed is still too much, and I’ve tried to reduce the amount of Coke I’m drinking, but three mid-week bottles have snuck in.
The squash was frustrating as my left foot hurt quite a lot every time I stood on it, which made playing squash quite tricky. There were three of us playing last night so while I wasn’t on the court I had a go at a Beep Test (remember those?!) – which proved to be rather hard work but very satisfying. I reckon I’ll give it another go next time I’m off court.
The Friday run (today) was my first outing using Sian’s old TomTom watch – long story short, she lost it, bought a Garmin instead, and then found Tom. It’s nice, so I’m using it. It has the option to set workouts / targets and things like that so I went with a 3 x 1mile interval thing with 0.2 mile rests in between and I started by trying to go at sub 8 minute miles but quickly realised I’m way off that pace. My faster pace was more like 9 minute miles. Still – I ran. It counts.
Anyway – this week in numbers:
Swim – 1200m Bike – 12 miles Run – 12 miles
Coke – 3 bottles Chocolate – too much Extra snack – most days
Target time. Because, you know, I have been so good at reaching my targets before…
1 – Complete the York Triathlon. It’s not a long thing, 400m swim, 18k bike, 5k run so completing it won’t be a problem. The only thing in there that I’m not sure about is the transitioning. I can’t remember the last time I cycled 18k on a real bike, but there’s still time for that. The swimming is coming on ok, I’m not fast but 400m is pretty short and a 5k run is fine. But my aim for this one is simply to actually do it. Last year I dropped out as I wasn’t feeling motivated by the training. This year I hope that won’t be the case.
2 – A PB at the Oxford Half Marathon. Now, my PB isn’t anything spectacular, currently sitting at 1:49 a few years back so I’m hopeful I can beat it, and October is a good few months away but I will be disappointed if I don’t go faster this year. I am a long way off the distance (and the pace to be honest) at the moment, but I’m just about getting back into a habit of exercising, swimming, cycling and running every week. The next step, I think, is to try and cover more miles in one go. Much like the longer bike ride above, I can’t remember my last proper long slow run, and I really know it is these that make the difference in the whole half marathon training thing.
So there we go. A target for July, and a target for October.