Month: June 2015

SUNDAY 33

Place: 005, Devi Residency

Time: 7:45 P.M

Another 6 day week at the office. This one somehow not very tiring. So more good work at SR’s, although no closures to talk about.

Work put into Migration and ES services as well. Yesterday I got the first taste of Patching work when I sat with Varma to do Exadat QPD patching. There was no upgrade involved so it was a short activity. Stayed back a couple of hours after SSC shift ended. Almost set for independent patching.

There is a new migration starting sometime next week and I will be getting involved into it from the start. With GG certification and IELTS happening next month, the next few weeks promise to be quite hectic. I hope I am up for it.

Payed the WES fees today. The only part remaining is to send the transcripts over to them. Then it will be waiting and writing IELTS.

Had a nice long skype chat with the nice couple in Chicago today.

SSC: 4

Mig: 5

ES: 5

Avg: 4.67

Total avg: 3.87 (8)

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SUNDAY 32

Place: 005, Devi Residency

Time: 5:42 P.M

Another okayish week gone by. Did not study GG. Did not open IELTS. It somehow felt like another tiring week, although I don’t recall doing a lot in the week.

I will be working the next 6 days so I need to really pull up my socks and bring up the energy levels. This is the last week for taking the GG exam. If I haven’t done much work by Thursday, I think I will postpone the exam. Will see how it goes.

4 days in the Gym add to some more progress. Haven’t been feeling well the last couple of days.

Ratings:

SSC: 4

Migration: 3

ES: 4

Avg: 3.67

Cum Avg. 3.76

SUNDAY 31

Place 005, Devi Residency

Time: 8:00 A.M

After a few good weeks came an okay week. This week was tiring in the office. I has worked both Saturday and Sunday last week and by Wednesday, I was mentally tired and couldn’t wait for the week to start. Once the weekend started for me though, I haven’t done anything with my time. I swapped my shift for yesterday but even in the office I did not do much work.┬áHave to make up for the lost time today.

I had asked Mr.B to send the courier to the IELTS test guys. I hope he did send it. With that done the only thing left now to do is to sit and prepare for the exam itself. I haven’t done much work on the GG certification also this week. Again something that I have to make up for today.

One good thing I did last week was have a lot of good phone conversations. Also it was the first time since I joined the gym that I did workout for 5 days. Hope I can keep that up in the coming weeks. I haven’t reduced much in terms of my weight but I do feel lighter so counts as progress.

Next week will be another hectic one for me.

Ratings:

SSC: 4

Migration: 4

ES: 3

Avg.: 3.67

Cum Avg. 3.78 (6)

Preparing for AHM 2015

I caught the running bug way back in 2012 in Chennai. I decided to run the Wirpo Chennai half marathon then and that has been my best performance in a run so far. I think I was physically the fittest in October 2013. I had built up that fitness over the course of 5 months and I was in very good shape. I was lean, had built muscle fitness and was raring to go.

Fast forward a couple of months and all the effort that I had put in, the months spent in the gym and the hundreds of hours running and preparing for running, came to nothing. I went upto 70 from a lean 65 and have struggled to come back under 70 since.

I can clearly see the affects of aging here. I put in the same amount of effort in 2013 that I am putting in the Gym these days. I saw the results of the training better back then. Work was relaxed then and I could work out in the mornings. I also had the advantage to being fitter generally. In a sense, I started building fitness in July 2011. I wasn’t working out that much but I was putting in hours of running and Gym time so I was decently fit, leading upto Sep 2012 when I started running seriously.

I can generally divide my running “career” so far in 4 stages:

1. Pre Wipro Chennai Marathon 2012 — This is the period when I had started running. I did mistakes in the preparation that affected me post my run but in general I think that was a good period for me. My timing of 2:02:34 is much better than my next best of 2:16 which happened couple of months later.

2. Auroville 2013 and the Fitness One — My shins got banjaxed post the Chennai run in 2012 December. By January, I knew that I had muscle issues that needed serious work and I cut down on my running. I was still decently fit in Feb 2013 when along with Sainath, I got into the Xylo heading to Auroville. The run itself was a good experience. Post the Auroville run, I quit running and enrolled into Fitness one. I worked out for 4 months and then started building up again in the summer.

3. Stupid AHM 2013 and the following high — AHM was my first run post the shin splints recovery. I wasn’t in perfect shape yet but was decently well prepared. If it weren’t for the stupid mistakes that I did the day before the run and during the run, I would have finished much better that the 2:30 that I managed. Coimbatore happened, where I spent the previous night fighting bed bugs but still was fine enough to do a good run but chose to selflessly sacrifice my timing to help out my friend who was fighting cramps. 2:34. Okay. The next run was the October 2013 Chennai trail run. In the build up to the run, I got super exited and decided I wanted to run a full marathon in the Wipro Chennai marathon 2013. I was putting in the long runs and was working very hard at the time. The fateful night before the Trail run, mom died. I caught an early flight to Hyderabad the next morning and returned to Chennai a couple of months later with an additional 4 Kgs of fat. Fat that I have still not lost.

4. Bangalore and still stupid AHM 2014 — I couldn’t create any fitness regimen unto June 2014. I started running again in Bangalore from June in PSN which offered a good running track. My target was AHM 2014 but I didnt have enough time. The first few weeks of the training went fine but shin splints hit me hard in late July. I had to stop running completely leading upto the AHM. Then I went onto do even stupider mistakes the day before the run and in the run itself.

Last year’s AHM was the second most humbling moment in my life. I was fighting the terrain, the heat and my body and ended up walking the final few Km’s of the run. During the course of the run I seriously questioned myself on why I took up running in the first place. I was terribly disappointed and defeated. 2:50 something. I didn’t even care to remember the exact timing.

That was my last shot at running a marathon. The next event is AHM 2015 and I find myself in familiar territory. I am grossly unfit like last year and am fighting an uphill battle. The good news this year is that I have a few more weeks to prepare. The bad news is that the fitness regimen is proving to be difficult and is taxing.

Its been 2 months since I joined the Gym. The same 2 months effort in 2013 had shown great results but its been slow progress this year. I lost 3 weeks in between so it’s not like I have been at it all the time. 2 months and I have barely lost 2 Kgs. I still weigh upwards of 70 Kgs.

What do I do? I am caught in a terrible circle. I need to lose weight to start serious running as the additional weight is putting more load on my already imbalanced muscles. But I need to run to lose the weight that I need to lose to run. Added to that is the tight timeline for the AHM 2015. With about 10 weeks to go for the run, I don’t want to repeat past years mistakes hurrying up the preparation and injuring myself. So I give myself rest. Which means staying away from cardio which I need to do to lose weight. So the equation is:

Run –> to reduce weight.

Reduce weight –> to run

Rest –> To give time to heal

Nightmare.

I am putting to good use the wisdom gained over the past few years. Shin splints has done me the most harm. I have to avoid that at all costs. Which means I need to do three things: Increase my mileage very slowly, build muscles with strength training, and give myself adequate rest. But all of these things will mean progress will be slow and it will be incredibly difficult to keep up the motivation.

I have no other choice. I have now got to know how my body works. I need to workout to stay fit or else I will start ballooning like, well a balloon. Lack of workout makes me look fat, feel fat, produces gas problems and I don’t have the general confidence in myself that I do when I am fitter. I need to build up the required fitness to sustain even a moderate training regimen. This “season” is very crucial for me. I will look back at this season in the years to come as having been a great season, or an opportunity missed.

I hope some luck goes my way this time.

SUNDAY 30

Place: 5A021, OTP

Time: 12:51 P.M

This is my 5th consecutive Sunday post. Its been more than an year since I started this thing and I am proud of having written 30 posts in this category. Onto last weeks events

I booked the dates for GG certification in the last week of June and IELTS in the second week of July. These next 5 weeks will be very hectic for me. But these are also exiting times. Going back to the 4 quadrants thing that I mentioned few weeks back, I am firmly putting time and effort in the second quadrant.

Will work on procuring the transcripts this week. Will probably pay the fees to WES next month when I have some money. The total cost for WES processing will come close to 20,000. That will put the total amount that I will have invested in endeavor to 30,000. Given the tight situation that I am in currently, that will really be putting me in a difficult position. Will have to manage somehow.

Ms. N seems to have settled decently well in the U.S. That’s a relief. I think they will settle down slowly in the coming weeks and months. Had a conversation with Bro yesterday about the Sam chick. This is the first time I was speaking to him about this topic. We agreed that the status quo has to be maintained atleast until dad gets his money.

My current plan is to get the application to CIC done and hopefully if I get the PR and job by Jan or Feb, I can go there and work for 6 months and come back to get married by sep/oct next year. Things of course almost always never turn out the way you expect them to. Let’s see. The September 1 year on should be interesting.

Submitted the request for Transcripts to ARCD BITS. Cost: 480.

Finishing this post at 22:00 as I was busy with Starwood SR the whole shift. That’s 2 consecutive Sunday’s the same Starwood SR has eaten up my shift. Good days!!

Ratings:

SSC 5: Good work on SR’s. More studying certification.

Mig:3

ES: 3 — Lot of learning.

Avg: 3.67

Cum Avg: 3.802(5)

SUNDAY 29

Place: Devi Residency

Time: 2:30 PM 6/1//2015

The week gone by was a very eventful and fruitful week. Highlights:

I sat with Varma and Vijay during a patching activity for a whole day. Then I got access to actual Exadata test machines that I played around with. I did Cell storage patching and some other testing. I wish I had access for longer but I think I made use of whatever time I got. Also had a meeting with Mr. C.S to discuss the appraisal thing. He laid down the expectations from me for the coming year. They will be tough to match but not impossible. The good thing is that Oracle’s expectation from me pretty much matches my expectation from me.

The Migration activity started again and I tried to make sure that I was involved as much as possible.There will be more involvement over the next week.

I also set up my desk at Office so now I feel truly settled in Oracle.

Phani Teja’s wedding happened during the week and I attended his reception in Guntur. Didn’t get any time to spend with him but met Kunda and Achyuth after a long time. Also had a good discussion with Ghajini. It was nice to catch up with the guys. Also spent some time in Bala’s home. All in all a good experience.

Ratings:

SSC 5: Good work on SR’s. Started preparing for GG certification.

Mig:4

ES: 5 — Lot of learning.

Avg: 4.67

Cum Avg: 3.835(4)