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  1. Catching up: Sunday, 10 November 2019: Deadlift: 5 x 135, 225, 225, 225, 225, 225 Tuesday, 12 November 2019: OHP: 5 x 45, 65, 85, 95, 95 Wednesday, 13 November 2019: Just bouldering, no gas in the tank for weights.
  2. It's an engineering manager role. Remotely managing a team of on-site engineers is usually a no-go. I have plenty of experience managing remote teams, but nothing really replaces face to face to conversation. It's also nearly impossible to be efficient as the lone remote person on a team that is working together face to face.
  3. Thursday, 7 November 2019: Barbell row: 5 x 5 x 95lbs I'm not sure if it's a good idea to combine pulling exercises with climbing. Usually by the time I move from the climbing area to the weight room, I feel like I've had plenty of upper body pulling work. I should probably have a separate pull day without any climbing.
  4. For the past few years I've told my optometrist that I'd like to trial some different lenses. I alternate between my old lenses and the trial pair for a week, then stick with the better of the two. I keep a running list of the lenses that I didn't like so I can avoid duplicates. For something as critical as my vision and daily eye comfort, I wish there was an easier way to optimize this problem. My dream product would be a contact lens sampler pack with the top lenses in my prescription from each different manufacturer. If I could rotate through brands for a few months and take notes, it wouldn't take long to settle on the best lenses for my eyes. I suspect the lens companies push hard against things like that, though. Every optometrist I've visited has posters on the wall from their preferred lens provider, and samples on hand from maybe two or three lens companies at most. At least we can easily walk out the door with a paper prescription now, rather than being trapped into the on-site glasses and contacts sales. Costco has the cheapest contact lens pricing that I've found so far.
  5. Monday, 4 November 2019: Bench: 5 x 135, 155, 175, 185, 195, 205lbs Squat: 2 x 20 x 45lbs Wednesday, 6 November 2019: Bouldering: About 8 routes, up to V6. Light week this week. Testing the waters with some high-rep, low-weight leg workouts. Got an unsolicited invite to interview at a well-known Bay Area company. I'm not interested in moving to CA, but I think I'll follow through with the interview process anyway to see what they can offer.
  6. My regular optometrist was booked solid through January, so I took a chance on a new optometrist down the street. I'm glad I did, because he seemed to be an expert on the latest and greatest contact lens technology. I've been having some trouble with my contact lenses not centering properly on some days. He recommended I switch from monthly lenses over to daily disposables. Specifically, he's a fan of these: https://www.dailies.com/contact-lenses/dailies-aquacomfort-plus/ Sure enough, they solved all of my problems. I'm kicking myself for not switching lenses sooner. The daily lenses are more expensive, but at this point I don't see myself going back to the older lenses. The optometrist said his all-time favorite contact lens is the Alcon TOTAL1 line: https://www.dailies.com/contact-lenses/dailies-total1/ They have some new water gradient technology that transitions to extremely high water content near the surface of the lens, making them feel almost indistinguishable from the surface of your eye. I would have tried them, but they're not available for astigmatism correction. Also, they're apparently quite expensive.
  7. On the topic of anxiety and sleep: I finally got a buspirone prescription. I finally just asked my primary doctor straight up for a 30mg buspirone trial for GAD. He said he hadn't used it much since his days as an army doctor, mostly because it's just not a popular treatment in the SSRI era. This was another shot in the dark because I don't have GAD per se. However, I do feel vaguely anxious starting around 8-9PM at night and very anxious when I wake up in the middle of the night. My hope was that buspirone was the most benign option for putting a damper on that anxiety. So far, mixed reviews. 30mg/day in two divided doses feels like too much. My mood flatlines during the day and it's difficult to get work done. I'm scaling back to 15mg/day for a while. After 3 weeks, I will say that it does work for anxiety. I still wake up in the middle of the night, but it's much easier to fall back asleep. If I can get the side effects under control this might be a winner for 3-6 months at least.
  8. Are you worried about using benzos for sleep? I've always thought benzos were best reserved as a temporary fix for a short-term problem. Also, I'm surprised your doctor is willing to write that prescription. I've been prescribed some weird things in the past, but lately my doctors have been hesitant to even prescribe small quantities of Zolpidem.
  9. I jumped through a lot of hoops to not use my real name, e-mail address, mailing address, or credit card. If someone had full access to the database and was sufficiently motivated, they could probably infer which records were mine based on relatives who have taken the test, though. I used the data deletion link right after I downloaded my results. In the past I wouldn't have fully trusted companies to honor the data deletion requests, but now that GDPR has some real teeth I think companies are taking data deletion requests seriously. If you wanted to go all out with your data deletion request, you could claim to be an EU citizen and submit a full GDPR data removal request.
  10. It's too bad they didn't want to make the cheap report business model work out. I'd rather pay a nominal amount per report than have my genetic data sold off to fund the service. I hope we see some alternate services pop up using the same data.
  11. Wednesday, 30 October 2019: Short bouldering warmup. Bench: 5 x 135, 155, 175, 185, 185
  12. Nothing wrong with a lazy day off every once in a while.
  13. I live around 5K feet elevation and I've been biking up past 10K ft most of my life, so it's not a stretch. The last time I had a chest x-ray, everyone commented that my lungs are huge. I hate to admit it, but my PEM is approaching classic CFS/ME symptoms. I feel great for the first 24-36 hours post workout, and then I get hit with brain fog, fatigue, and what feels more like nerve pain than typical soreness. Tried Cordyceps 10:1 extract from Nootropics Depot. I like it in general. Doesn't touch the PEM, though. Current experiment is D-Ribose, 5g, three times daily. More around workouts. Inspired by https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17109576 and some other underpowered studies.
  14. Saturday, 26 October 2019: Mountain biking: 7 miles round trip. Cut short because the clouds rolled in and the temperature at 9000ft plummeted without any sunlight. Snowed the next day. Was good to get one last ride in.
  15. The Fisher Wallace stuff has been around for years in different forms. They're one part science, one part quackery, and one part aggressive marketing department. Now that we've all clicked that link, we'll be seeing Fisher Wallace ads for months.
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