It seems that my Fall training time for the Dallas Marathon may be fairly flexible. I received recent notice that my job of the last four years is ending this month. That happens, though I was still unprepared for it. I was rather liking what I had been doing the past four years. Now, I have to decide what is next, which is just not that easy to accomplish.
I will do alright for a while as I did receive a good severance deal from my employer. So, I have a little time in which to formulate a good plan. There are lots of choices but no clear direction or answers. I am toying with the idea of doing some tech work on my own. I’m not a web designer, but I do know a lot about setting up the systems and technologies so that companies can communicate with their clients and customers (I will not argue with folks on the most effective color of purple). It doesn’t really take a designer to get an organization’s presence and message clearly out onto the Internet. Yet, many don’t really know what to do with some of the newer things like social media. To paraphrase what I read today in an article by Bob Sullivan of MSNBC, organizations are being told they need to be in social media, but they don’t know how to use it effectively.
I have taken a little time to finally get off my duff on one of my personal pet projects. I now run my own Linux Server, with a real name. I kept it kind of low key for a long time but I got a good deal on a domain name this week and decided it was time to push things out there. My server can be reached at http://www.tardisgallifrey.com. I’ve called it the T.A.R.D.I.S. Server Project II, after my favorite BBC character’s transportation device. It is a big blue police box on the outside, but it is much bigger on the inside. I kind of see servers in that same light, bigger on the inside than on the outside. It doesn’t do a whole lot just yet, but the web site is functional and I can receive e-mail via the address I have posted there.
I missed my 8-miler on Wednesday because of thunderstorms. I literally woke up at 4AM and before I left the bed it was FLASH, BOOM…and oh well, back to bed. I got caught out once this Spring in a thunderstorm and they aren’t that nice for runs. So, instead, tomorrow I will run a 9-miler on my “usual” long run day as the prequel to my marathon training, which will start in earnest the very last Saturday of August. Additionally, a very hard project at work had me on my feet most of the week and I even missed running Thursday just for an extra rest day.
After the run, hopefully, I’ll get on the bike for my last training ride before Hotter-n-Hell 100 2012! Probably no more than just an hour on the bike after the long run. Yes, I believe I am ready for next Saturday’s ride. Or, at least as ready as I can get. It’s been four years since I made the hundred the last time. It’s time to do so again, and this year, we get to do it on a different bike and a different route. This year, all the riders will get to go through the Sheppard Air Force Base rest stop. I understand it’s better than cool.
I’m going to take my 1986 Fuji to this ride. After the work I did in the Spring, new wheels, beefing components up and putting on new brakes, it feels like a new bike. I’ve ridden it the most often on training rides and I can hold a good pace without working too hard. That will be key in the first 60 miles of the ride. You really need to hit 60 miles feeling like you have another 40 in you. You don’t really, but you need to feel like you do.
Changes are coming around my house. Fall will approach soon and with it will be a whole host of new things and events. I have already signed up for almost all my Fall races, so at least I do not have to decide on those. I know I’ll be busy, but my training does not stop. I have to do just what I’ll be doing for my marathon training, put a plan together and then follow it out to its conclusion. Been there. Done that already. Happy Running!