What have I been up to?

It has been far too long since I have posted.

Certification:

As I wrote a few posts back, I had been waiting for my Fire Fighter I exam results for quite awhile. It should have been back within 4 weeks, but 6 weeks later I still had not received any notice. I did finally get word. After 6 months of class at the Polk County Fire Academy, I passed my FF I exam. I also passed my Haz Mat Awareness exam. These two exams make me certifiable (pun intended) and able to enter burning structure where more sane people are exiting. I did end up missing my final Fire Fighter II exam due to being out of the state the day of the exam. I will have to take the test later in October if I want to get that designation.

Also on the subject of certification, I still have not heard word back on my VMware Enterprise Exam. You know the one where I was supposed to hear word in 7-10 days about a MONTH ago. I heard last week it was going to be by last Friday, and then I had my VMware TAM find out this week that I should hear by Friday. Well it is Thursday night, and I still have not heard. I am not holding my breath or anything at this point.

Florida Conference / Vacation:

Laura and I just returned from Orlando last week where I attended a Gartner Summit Event on Virtualization. It was about 180 degree different from a TechEd event. It focused more on getting engineers knowledge of the virtualization landscape and where its analysts believed it and the industry were headed. I have been attending large conferences (14,000 attendees) the last few years, so this was dramatically different. It was informative; a lot of the analysts simply affirmed what I already believed. It was nice to spend 9 days down in Florida in a couple of different condos. Kent and Yeti If the kids ever return to Florida with us, that is how we are going to vacation. Laura and I did spend a number of days at Disney, which was good and a little sad to do without the kids, but we did get to go on a number of rides we weren’t able to last year with the kids. Having time without the kids is always nice and makes you appreciate the times you do have.

Exercise:

June was a month of slacking off from exercise. Besides the Clive 5k, I really did not put a lot of miles in or cross train. In fact while in Florida, I didn’t exercise at all. My total mileage for the month was a woeful 66 miles — down from averaging 100 miles per month. I haven’t done a longer than 10 mile run since May. That all stops in July though. I have started my marathon training program for the Quad City race. I only have 12 weeks left before the big race, so I really need to get ramped up in my training. I am still gunning for a sub 4, but it will be challenge. I have also decided to restart P90x as well due to missing too many days. I will be doing 4-5 days per week focusing on improving core strength and flexibility. Here is my video I made I on the subject:


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