My new Fitbit flex arrived last night. The package with alternative wristbands will arrive later this week. Joni got it for me as a birthday present. I’m not sure that I need to track my workouts, but it should be interesting. Last night the Fitbit tracked my sleep pattern. Apparently, I moved around a bunch. Maybe that explains why I reached for a larger cup of coffee.

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Rainy day

Rain has been falling since yesterday. Yesterday happened so fast. Lately, that seems to be happening more and more.  Going from meeting to meeting makes things seem to go quickly. Having a few moments to think about context and strategy is important. I spend an hour at the gym every weekday composing my thoughts and thinking through different strategies. The exercise probably has helped my focus. Maintaining a new diet and vitamin regimen did not hurt my energy and concentration levels. Right now I measure the amount of time I can spend in deep thought or writing at a high level. The entire routine is designed to maximize my productivity. The outcomes matter.

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Exercise plan update

Apparently, the key to starting a workout routine was leaving the house ready to work out. For the most part it is the same people every morning that are working out. My plan was to workout every weekday morning before work. The plan worked. The only exception to the plan was my trip to Chicago. That trip involved a lot of walking, but no visits to the gym. The gym is only about a quarter full this early in the morning. At this point, working out is part of my routine.

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New running shoes

Procured a new pair of Nike running shoes yesterday from the local Sports Authority store. They weight about half of what my old shoes did. The last time I had purchased running shoes it was technically a different century. The old ones pretty much had only been used during sporadic lawn mowing sessions. Our last yard was pretty small. I could now it with a push mower in about 15 minutes.

At the time of the purchase the Sports Authority store was pretty empty. A nice  college age employee told me all about the different shoes. Apparently, that particular employee really liked the new Nike Free running shoes and the arch support insoles. Before I went to the store after work my coworkers told me not to get the insoles, but it seemed like a good idea.

This morning after warming up and wearing the new shoes the plan seems to be achieving the desired effect. No shin splints today. That’s pretty awesome in my book. After a month of working out it appears I need to better manage my exercise routine.

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Staying on track

This has been a productive week. I seem to be getting a lot of stuff done very quickly.

Joni is super concerned that I do not understand what a mud run entails. I know it will be a difficult to complete 3.5 mile track covered by mud. My weekday running routine has been expanded to include 3 miles each session. If I can maintain my weekday workout regimen for the next couple of months, then I should be able to complete the mud run.

On the academic front, I may be picking up a business strategy class this term. Over the course of the last two years, my course roster has only included intro to business. It will be nice to get back to grading APA formatted papers again. Introduction to business is a first term class. Business strategy is a 7th term class. I should find out this weekend what classes I actually get assigned.

At the MPSA conference last week, I made the decision to start volunteering to review journal articles. My research background is pretty technical in nature, but I think being a reviewer could be a rewarding experience.

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A focused Wednesday

I’m back from Chicago. I’m running on a treadmill before 7:00 AM writing this post on my HTC One Max. Pretty much everybody who notices the phone thinks it is a tablet. It works for me and that is what counts.

My exercise routine took a hard fall off the wagon last week. I kept up with my vitamins, but the only exercise I got was walking around the City of Chicago.

Joni had me walking all over Chicago. We walked from Hot Doug’s to Wrigley field for the Cubs opening day. We walked from the hotel to Sable Kitchen and Bar for dinner one night. It felt like we did a ton of walking.

Strange things were afoot while I was away from work last week. Apparently, the IT team planned a mud run. In a couple months they think it is a good idea for me to run 5k in the mud.

I have time blocked off to exercise each weekday. I have time dedicated to writing everyday. The 30 day book writing plan is in progress. A shell has been setup. Chapters have been drafted. All that is left is the execution part of the plan.

More on that tomorrow…

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Making progress

Two things of note happened yesterday. 

First, I made some real progress on answering one of my principle electronic government research questions. Stay tuned to figure out which one.

Second, the event last night was pretty decent. I got to meet Jeff Kaplan from CIO magazine. It was a relatively small 50 person meet and greet. Now that I’m living in Denver, I feel like making a better effort to network. So far I have been converting that strategy into action. The IT community is smaller than the broader business community, but it is still pretty big.

The event was hosted by CDW. They titled it “Maximizing your private/hybrid cloud strategy.” The speakers/hosts were from VMWARE, CDW, CIO Magazine, and NetApp. The best commentary of the night surrounded getting data back from the cloud for business analysis, long-term storage, or to manage vendor change. Some partnerships requires so much integration that vendor lock in can seem irreversible.

It’s interesting to hear people talk about Amazon web services. People have such different takes on cloud services. I still look at the cloud as an off premise service, but I do acknowledge that some things exist in a hybrid format.

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Workout week 2 is go

The weekday working out plan has been successful. Today marks my 6th consecutive weekday workout. The vitamins appear to be working. I don’t have any complaints about them. My routine appears to have changed. My big plan for the day includes documenting the top 10 things I’m working on. I spent an hour working on my main data collection script yesterday. I still need to build some visualization scripts to take the project to the next level.

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5 for 5 this week

The new weekday gym plan worked this week. From Monday to Friday my mornings started with a trip to the gym. That’s right. I went 5 for 5 this week. Today I’m going to finish up editing my MPSA paper and watch some March Madness basketball games. I will be clicking the submit button for my paper before lunch. It should be a good weekend.

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Match Madness Thursday

The second round of the NCAA tournament starts in just a few hours. The Jayhawks have experienced losing this season. The team knows what it is like to watch the other team celebrate. That experience may drive them forward during the tournament. They have the talent. Bill Self probably has been coaching them to play defense. It could happen. They could rally. We will know for sure tomorrow.

Today I’m going to be watching the games. Like a growing number of College basketball fans I took the end of this week off. To get prepared for the big day I spent a little extra time at the gym today. The weekday gym plan has been working. So far this week I have been to the gym four out of four days. That almost represents a significant change to my pattern. One more week like this and I’ll be on track to sustain the weekday gym plan.

Four days in and I can already text on the treadmill without falling down. The gym is only 25% occupied this early in the morning. I tried to work out after work one day, but it was just to crowded. A lot of the same people work out every day at the same time. I’m not going to be running marathon s anytime soon, but I won’t be winded walking up a couple flights of stairs anymore.

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