Monday, July 27, 2009

Better get a post in...

As I've only made one post during July thought I'd better get another in quick!

The month started off with a bout of flu-like symptoms... ahem... was that swine flu? I doubt it.. was rough for a few days but no temperature so that was lucky... no pigs trotters for me!!

Recovered well enough to get back to training... Antwerp 70.3 is this weekend after all..

However - stand by your bedsides... I seem to be suffering from asthma, something I've not had badly since I was a kid. Thought I may have a chest infection so went to the quacks today and as a result I'm spraying stuff into my lungs at an alarming rate (per instructions).... good news is it actually seems to be working. Whether it does enough to see me start on Sunday remains to be seen! Travel out on Friday, with a reunion of room 349a (La Santa tri camp from earlier in the year) on the train. Unusually for any triathlon I've raced the start is not until lunch time - a real boon!!

Expect my next blog to either be a race report or a brief report of depression as I DNF or even worse... DNS!!

Keep yourself safe out there!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Reason for the silence

Hey folks!

So I've been away from blogland for a while.... no massive reason why .... just some moments of change going on.

Things on the work front have been bubbling for a while now... we have finally FINALLY after 7 plus long months of waiting started the "consultation" period for the restructuring. This period has been one of the most frustrating, uncertain and ridiculous (in many ways) period of my working life. I've been with my company for 12 years which is like just under a third of my life and certainly the majority of my adult/ working life. During this time I have had many different jobs with them, many of which I've enjoyed and learnt plenty. During this time I have been married, divorced, a witness to births and deaths, I've even been to "war" (Basra 2005/6).

But no longer. Having had plenty of time to think about things, and given the uncertainty that will no doubt surround the company over the coming months as they are acquired, and with the redundancy package being offered today, (which is likely to be chopped in half if not further on acquisition).... well I've decided to cash in my chips as it were and I put my hand up for Voluntary Redundancy which has been accepted (with "regret" so they say ..LOL!)

Some would question this decision in the current "climate", but for me it feels like the right one. I have some money to tide me over with the package being offered and I can take this opportunity to have a think. I'll probably stay right smack in the rat race, but whilst I work the next month before going on "garden leave" in August I will have some time to think of other options to.

This is going to be a period of change, development, exploration, excitement, challenge and so much more I'm sure.

In the meantime I've much to post about so here I am back again, at least for a while!