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I hope my battery doesn’t die

Posted in Cardio,Concept II,Dinsoaur Style,Kettlebells,Toys and tools by Mike on July 1, 2007

It’s a beautiful day and I have been on the porch trying to writh my first Visual Basic application for the last two hours. It’s going well but I have a long way to go. It’s training related, believe it or not. I have several versions to go through befor I get to what I really want it to be. I’ll post it up here as I pass certain milestones. Right now, you put in an amount of time you’d like to train, a number of sets and/or a set length and it tallies it out and tracks your time for you.

I did Providence yesterday. I just tried to make it through and I did ok.

Today I went to the gym with the rower…and they were closed. Oddly I was able to walk in and walk around. It was just dark and no one was there. I thought about rowing anyway but that room was locked. So I came home. I felt compelled to do something so I went to the park with my 16k kettlbell, my tire (with a 45lb plate inside) and a 100lb sandbag

10 snatches
Sandbag carry
tire drag
and repeat, several times.

yardage was  20, 10, 10, 20, 20, 10, 10, 20

So eight sets total. Total time of 22 minutes, average heart rate of 170 and max of 180. It was a pretty decent workout. I’ll have to make up a park workout for wednesday cause the gym will be closed then for Independence day.

Gotta go, battery will die.

7 Responses to 'I hope my battery doesn’t die'

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    🙂 I went through all the trouble of writing in Visual Basic. Then the guys at my work told me all the pros use C#. Doh! Something to think about before you invest too much time in VB.

    Workout looks like a good one. Keep it up!

  2. Scott said,


    The time writing the VB code certainly isn’t wasted though (particularly if you’re also doing the ‘laptop outside’ thing – beautiful). Once you know how to solve the various site problems, you’ll be able to rewrite it in any language much quicker.


    Using a laptop is great, isn’t it? 🙂 Wireless access, swimming pool, coctails – what’s next?

  3. Mike said,

    Scott S, Once I started playing in VB I debated the whole C# thing. Here’s my rationalization. I am learning to code a lot in VBA as a function of my job. The transition from VBA to VB.NET requires that I learn OOP. Desipte having taken a semester of C++, I learned nothing about classes. So, I’m attempting this to help me understand the class structure of OOP. I’m also using it to let me understand the logic of the program before I sit down and write the whole thing from scratch. The first version of this thing will require that it takes time, breaks it apart into it’s units to put it back together in a string and update that string appropriately. It also requires that while I have it apart, I have to do math with it. That’s all stuff I have never done.
    I fully expect that A) I will end up recoding this in a different language later and B) It will be useful to almost no one.
    The workout was good though.

    Scott B, I think my best techno moment was recorded in this blog a little more than year ago. It was titled ont he road again or somethign like that. When we lived in the heart of the city, we didn’t have any land lines. So we lived off of cellphones and a aircard for broadband. In that post, we were driving down the interstate from here to Kansas (a long desolate drive) and I was surfing and blogging away. It was very geeky and very cool. I had to give up the air card eventually but it was fun while it lasted.

    I’ll have to post up the first, not even done version of my little appy-kins later in the week. That way you all can look at it and say, “Why are you wasting your time on that?” Of course is anyone actually likes it and has ideas for improvements, you can say those too.

  4. Chris Rice said,

    HUH? says the anti geek.
    Row on Tuesday and Thursday – take Wednesday the 4th off and celebrate the fact you live here in the good ole USA.

  5. Mike said,


    Yeah the geek is getting thick in here, but hey, welcome to the intar-webs.
    Tuesday – Thursday is a good idea except that’s my night to take care of the dog.
    I’ll have to see what I can negotiate with other parties involved.

  6. Scott Styles said,

    As long as you know VB isn’t highly marketable, you’ll be good. Doing it to learn is a completely different story. I think you’ve got the right idea.

    I did several terms of C and C# in school. Converting from VB.NET to C# still sucks. I’m sure part of it is that I started with a site in ASP. It’s quite possible I’ll just end up redoing it from scratch. Once the overtime dies down, that conversion is high on my priority list.

    I always thought the cell phone based internet card would be cool to have. If not for the desire to have two computers on the internet at home, I’d probably get it instead of Comcast.

  7. Mike said,

    The card was cool. Unfortuantely, in certain parts of the country, it’s picky.
    I gotta say, I never concieved of running a webiste off a C based language.

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