July came roaring in far more quickly than I expected it would. And that was a little overwhelming. June was not as productive as I would have liked, and July was very much on my mind. For July, I had a bunch of things I wanted to tackle, and while I was fortunate to have a few weekends with an overabundance of time to get stuff done without the kids underfoot, I still wasn’t as productive as I would have liked.
Here’s what I had intended for the month:
- Build out a budget with YNAB.
- Maybe, finally, get the gravel bike built-up, and rideable. This, of course, depends on the framebuilder, not on me.
- Wrap up my Azure AZ-104 certification prep coursework and schedule the exam.
- Get a bunch of things done for Project Insight. This isn’t a measurable goal, just a “gut feel” thing.
- Get my replacement for the Twitter/Todoist script that I built back in April up and running.
- Stick with the training plan I established in June.
Budget with YNAB
Spent my 4th of July weekend doing this. It wasn’t easy. But I got it done on July 4th, and Didi and I discussed it more at-length. Like any budgeting tool, there’s a learning curve, which I hacked away at over the course of the month, and I’m sure I’ll be fine-tuning it along the way, which is what you should do with any budget. I’m gonna call this one done on July 4th, and call it a win. Thank you, YNAB, for the awesome tool. Win.
By the fourth of July, the builder had it ride ready, and all it needed was the anodizing. I could barely contain myself. By the 23rd, Alex had the frame in my hands. The build went semi-smoothly other than a few parts I overlooked (and I owe a special thanks to Angry Catfish for having ridiculously deep stocks of every possible part), and the end result was gorgeous. On the 27th, I took a “mental health” day and went for a decent ride, just to get a feel for how things were set up. All in all, pretty pleased — just need some minor changes to seat position and height, and probably some different handlebars. I did hold off on cutting down the fork steerer until my final fitting, which is scheduled for next month. Win.
Ugh. As I mentioned, this month was something of a clusterfuck, so I didn’t get as far into the AZ-104 training as I would’ve liked. I should have it wrapped before Friday the 4th of August, though, so all is not lost. Still, though, I have to call this one a fail.
Nope! Without formal goals, this became a clusterfuck of not really accomplishing anything. Go fucking figure. Fail.
I wasn’t super-rigid with the training plan, but I did get almost all the rides in. One weekend, I skipped planned workouts in favor of unstructured rides, both of which were more intense than originally scheduled. (Saturday was a mountain bike ride with a 100 TSS instead of 90, and the Sunday was road ride with a 236 instead of a 70. Oops.) Data at TrainerRoad and Strava. (And the publish date of this post, August 1st, I have a Functional Threshold Power test on the agenda. We’ll see how the start of all this paid off.) Win.
- Got started on getting my B.A. finalized — took a Friday to go down to Mankato, to visit my alma mater, and see what it would take to finalize my B.A. I should have more info in August, but in the meantime, I am registered for the one class I’d probably need to complete it, but we’ll see how this all shakes out.
- Helped Didi get a bunch of planning/prep done for our wedding next year — mostly I helped with design oversight, worked on our website, and got a bunch of the save-the-date cards tackled.
- Took a day trip to Cayuna with Didi to do some mountain biking, which was fucking fantastic, as always. That place is a gem. I don’t consider this a true “blocker” — it was much needed, and I love riding with her.
- The training plan intensity might be a bit much — I’m on the bike five days a week and even after my Monday rest days, I’m still exhausted on Tuesday mornings.
I think I bit off more than I can chew for July. I think I should dial it back for August.