Sunday, May 29, 2011

My first couple weeks of unemployment

Here is what I've been doing since my last substantial post:

I spent from April 26 to May 10 mostly trying to get my last project done. Many people encouraged me not to do this. They pointed out that essentially I'd been fired and I owed the company nothing. I couldn't really disagree with that but I also had things that I personally wanted to accomplish for my own reasons. So I continued to try to finish things off including coming in on weekend. Part of me thinks that was dumb but part of me wishes I'd gotten even more done.

Then, I had a few days where I did something every day to find a new job, before taking off for an already planned and mostly paid for trip to Vegas. That trip was very interesting in many ways and I'll probably post separately about it.

Since I've been back I've been: unproductive, unmotivated and otherwise not doing what I know I need to do. But I am trying to give myself a break since I feel like I really need to decompress from what was going on at work. So I've given myself until the end of the month to lollygag and take it easy.

I did attend a "webinar" (I hate that word, by the way) about finding a job after 40. It was lame. I haven't made much progress on fixing my resume. I paid someone $90 to rewrite it and I am not happy with what he did. Unfortunately, I paid him ages ago and then didn't do much with what he'd come up with so it's kind of late now to complain. I feel like he Dilbertized my resume. I am definitely not getting the kind of response I want to get from my resume and that I used to get.

Intuit does supply us with access to an outplacement agency and part of their services do include a resume rewrite from a "professional resume writer". I am going to try them. But also do it myself. It will be a contest to see who does a better job.

Some other things I've been up to:

On the workout front, at first I was getting in LESS workouts while out of work. I was finding the options overwhelming. There were too many choices. Plus, I did go out of town. I did bring my kettlebells with me and I used them and also ran on the treadmill at the hotel gym. But that was nothing compared to what I should be doing.

At some point, I got the fear of failure instilled in me and I realized I need to kick it up quite a bit or I am going to totally bomb Ironman Canada. So I came up with a good schedule and this week I implemented it. Theoretically it includes 2-3 runs a week (depending on injury), 3 Crossfit sessions, 3 bike rides and 2-3 swims.

The swims are the hardest to get in because I don't want to do my club's Podium workout any more -- I am sick of being put into the slow lane where everyone is much slower than me and then I can't swim as hard as I need to because I keep bumping into the slower swimmers. I have talked to the coach about this but she won't stop pulling me out of the lane I belong in and putting me in that lane. I've decided to wait until we move to the summer schedule of 6-7 and 7-8. There will be less people in the lanes so it should be less of an issue. I am also planning to do the Santa Cruz OWS on Friday evenings. Though I haven't managed to make one yet.

This week has been decent. I won't get in every planned workout but I will do quite a bit more than I have been doing. Next week I hope to add in even more. Then, I just have to make the new schedule a habit.

One thing I've realized is that certain workouts just don't work for me. Even though I 'should' be able to workout any time since I'm not working, it just doesn't work that way. I have difficulty making myself do swim workouts by myself. I have difficulty making myself to trainer workouts on the bike. I have difficulty making myself workout early in the morning. So I need to acknowledge this and figure out what does work for me. I'm doing a Spin class instead of trainer workouts and I'm doing noon workouts instead of morning ones. The swim issue is still a work in progress but hopefully the group swim on Fridays will help.

In the meantime I'm crossing my fingers that my calf will continue to heal and I'll be able to run more and will be able to run all of Vineman 70.3 and a lot of IMC. I guess we'll see.
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