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WanderingEng  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Big's Backyard Ultra

Terumichi tripped, temporarily lost consciousness, and missed a cutoff. https://www.instagram.com/p/CVObxm-rXQ_/

The last two are out on lap 83.

WanderingEng  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Big's Backyard Ultra

I'll have to figure out who Jon Noll is, because he's local from here and still in.

At the start of work from home, the entire company was told on Thursday to start working from home the next Monday. Everyone except for my managers' groups. We were told to come in Monday normally. Monday, that changed and we went to work from home like everyone else on Tuesday.

I asked my team lead why. Why was there one day we were different from everyone else? He won't answer why. I think he's afraid to say our manager said so and then got overruled that Monday. This breeds distrust.

They like to say we're better together, but the same leadership does nothing to foster relationships while we're apart. Again, I think that erodes trust. Appearances are they don't care about relationships, so there must be an ulterior motive. I suggested we make time routinely to talk about what we're doing in our personal lives. Nobody would have to talk, but it would make the opportunity. "No, we don't need that, we have plenty of opportunities to talk." Except those meetings have set agendas, and we don't talk.

I think there will be pockets of happy people and pockets of unhappy people within the same companies.

    a job change because they weren’t satisfied with their options.

My (current) employer rolled out a flexible work policy a year ago to be used upon a return to normal. The policy doesn't say it, but execs were saying "in the office one day a week." Recently it came down that we should disregard that. Apparently at the board level they were told to not be so restrictive.

I'm really pessimistic about it. I think some people will almost never pop in the office and be fine while other managers will expect their employees to be in most of the time. Who's going to monitor if a manager is squeezing an employee out unfairly simply because they work remote 29 days a month? I can assure you, it's nobody.

So to the bit I quoted, it won't be enough to pay lip service. Companies have to mean it.

WanderingEng  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Out There: On Not Finishing

The full Ironman was run the same day I did my half. They went into the water at 6:45 and us at 8:40.

I know this guy Mark. He isn't a friend, he's a casual acquaintance I swam with in a group in 2019 and bumped into a few times this summer at events. Mark was doing the full Ironman, his first. I'd told him I was doing the half, my first.

After I'd finished, I went home, showered, napped as much as I could and ate a little before going back to find Mark and cheer him on. I found him around mile 20 and shouted "nice job Mark, good pace!" He was walking but I meant it. He was moving forward consistently. He recognizes me and says:

"How'd it go?"

He was 20 miles into a marathon he started after biking 114 miles (course was a little long) and swimming 2.4 miles. He'd been moving for 12 hours and had two more to go. The first thing he thinks when he sees me is "how'd it go?"

The point I think goes with the author's write-up is it's the people that make this. Not just events but everything.

WanderingEng  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 13, 2021

If it makes you feel better about acupuncture think of it as "it works and we continue to develop hypotheses and experiments to identify why."

WanderingEng  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 29, 2021

I agree! I’ve described my boss as this: it’s like he’s standing on a bucket in a canoe. It’s very unstable, and he makes every attempt to make no sudden movements. I think he might hear my frustrations but simply does nothing. It might not be apathy but simply his fear of doing anything to shake anything up. If work got done today, that’s success with no vision to the future.

Thank you! I got to meet the other two engineers (virtually) that will be in my team. One is pretty new out of school and the other has a good amount of experience. I asked what they like about working there, and both answers were perfect. The new one talked about how helpful everyone is, taking the time to not just answer the question but help him understand. The experienced I’ve talked about how he directly gets to help people. Lights stay on because of him, and he finds that rewarding.

I expect I’ll get offered at least some nominal offer to stay, and I'm really curious what it will be. The future employer nailed their interview with me. It would take a lot for the current one to show they're worth breaking my commitment to them.

WanderingEng  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 29, 2021

I have an agreed to start date for mid-November on my new job. I haven't gotten the written offer yet which is fine because it gives me a reason to put off notifying my current employer.

My boss's boss asked to meet with us each individually a while back; I set up monthly recurring 30 minute meetings. I used to work directly for him with a fantastic working relationship, but that's eroded since he got promoted. On my end, it's eroded because the person he hired, my current boss, is terrible at his job, and I judge them both for not doing better. I think he's negative toward me because I'm critical of my boss, his employee.

At any rate, we talked last week, and I expressed some frustration (again, that isn't new). That was the topic of our entire 30 minute meeting. Another longtime engineer left about a month ago, someone we both worked with for a long time in another department. He noted she left because she'd tried to push some changes in her department, her management didn't budge, so she left. He said something to me "if you're thinking about leaving, say something first." I'd already given verbal acceptance of my new position a week earlier.

I said it last week, and I'll say it again: they're screwed without me.

WanderingEng  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 29, 2021

Are you disappointed? I applied for three jobs before accepting an offer on the fourth one. Of those three, I turned down one offer and wasn't offered the other two. There will be more opportunities out there.

WanderingEng  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2021

There were a crap ton of people cheering. Out on the bike course it was sparse except for one big up hill where the road was taken over by spectators (a bit dangerously as the road was not closed). There were other spots with spectators, though. People in chairs in their driveway and a number of people where the course crossed a popular bike trail.

The run was well spectated with only a few more remote areas without, at least while I was out there in the afternoon. I'm sure for the full distance athletes those remote areas were desolate and mentally taxing to not simply lie down and "embrace the sweet release of death" as ultrarunningmemes would say. The worst spot would have been about mile 21 of the marathon. Plenty of people would have been there at 10:30 PM after going in the water that morning at 7:00 AM.

The finish line was busy whenever I was around. I'd meant to be there at midnight because I've always heard for a full Ironman the crowd gets bigger toward the time cutoff despite most finishers being done. Supporters come out just to cheer for the random people fighting to the end to make the 17 hour cutoff.

When was your last race? I'm not sure anything will ever top how I felt in June after my first in-person race in 17 months. I didn't think about the pandemic for hours, and I spent all morning with a couple hundred like-minded strangers. I got home and laid on my floor completely blissed out.

WanderingEng  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2021 Barkley Fall Classic 50K

It really is, but that confidence comes with practice. I was faster on the bike descents in the race than I was the first time I rode them. I've tried hiking faster, too. I used to always try to take the ideal step rather than the fastest one. It was exhausting because I'd pause constantly. I started to look at it as taking the easiest step down unless there was no safe one. I got better with it with time.

I don't know that there's a way to practice muddy descents, though. I mean you can but it's still just a mud hole.

WanderingEng  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Can We Expect From Kenenisa Bekele in Berlin? No One Knows For Sure

I assume I'll be asleep for the race, but I'll check out coverage once I'm up.

I'll also be checking out how Shalane Flanagan did. She's doing six major marathons in seven weeks, starting with Berlin: https://www.yahoo.com/now/running-legend-shalane-flanagan-plans-193044799.html

WanderingEng  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2021 Barkley Fall Classic 50K

    I am very slow on the technical descent

This is very much me, too. On big hikes when going up I can keep up with most people, but going down they all seem to just walk away from me.

I enjoyed your write-up! Congrats on the finish! I love the joviality you noted several times. I find endurance athletes to be some of the most optimistic, supportive people.

WanderingEng  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: They just don't get it, do they?... HBR: Who Is Driving the Great Resignation?

I've been trying to hand more things off or at least cross train a bit, but people keep coming to me with the old problems because they know I'll give them a straight, clear answer they can act on rather than an ambiguous response that doesn't address their need.

My frustration is we have a major change being pushed on us, and after a year plus of gaslighting me over the problem and solutions it's all pushed on me to deal with. I can do it, or more accurately I could have done it if given the resources and support a year ago.

And the flip side is I don't think anyone else can do it. I'm usually not so self confident, but it's a problem that requires a certain creativity in engineering not many have. It's a problem that needs to be worked from both ends. Others could drive down the technical challenge but end up in a dead end. And others know what the solution looks like but have no ability to create it. Marrying the two together is harder, and it's what they'll struggle with without me.

I've been here seventeen years. I figure if I can get the same run in the next company I can retire then.

WanderingEng  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: They just don't get it, do they?... HBR: Who Is Driving the Great Resignation?

And that's step 1! Not "who do we need to ensure we keep," and not "are people unhappy!"

WanderingEng  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: They just don't get it, do they?... HBR: Who Is Driving the Great Resignation?

I took my drug test Tuesday! I should get the written offer once that and the background check go through. I fit what the article is talking about: I'm in the 30-45 group, and my job and experience is probably sufficiently "tech."

I am deeply curious what the response will be when I resign. I personally think they're screwed. Not "collapse of the company" screwed but more "will need to contract out at a much higher cost as well as rehire the position to get less work done" kind of screwed. They've been trying to cut budget, and someone is going to have to go ask for more money during a time when they're being told they'll be receiving less.

If I was a bookie I'd give strong odds that my department VP (who I know fairly well; we both ride bikes, and he gave me swim advice years ago) will call me, and pretty good odds that his executive vice president boss (who I know well professionally) will also call.

A lawyer friend's office buddy is in the same place as me with a verbal offer and just waiting for the written one.

WanderingEng  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 22, 2021

Congratulations! With that CEO behavior it seems like moving on to the new opportunity is a good move?