From Transrockies to VMworld

Well, I’m on my way to San Fransisco for this year’s VMworld.  Things have been very busy of late, which has delayed the publishing of the updated vReference card (covering the vSphere 4.1 updates).  I hope to get something out there soon if I can, perhaps between the packed VMworld schedule.  Anyway, my apologies to those waiting.

As I said recently, I’ve been pretty quiet of late due to a couple of projects which have been eating up all my spare time.  One of them is very VMware related and will continue to keep me burning the candle at both ends for the next couple of months.  I’m not quite ready to let the world know yet, but anyone who enjoys this site or the reference cards should be pretty interested.

In addition to that, I’ve been completely offline for the last couple of weeks.  I’ve been running in the Transrockies 2010 Run.  It is a trail run across the Rockies in Colorado lasting 6 days, covering around 190 km (120 miles), at breath sucking altitudes of 2,500 to almost 4,000 meters (8,000 to 12,500 feet).  Each day yourself and your partner head out for anywhere from 20km to 40km (13 miles to 25 miles), eventually arriving at a campsite to sleep in a tent, only to get up the next day and repeat.  Approximately four and half marathons in less than a week, up mountains and though high passes, without the luxurious oxygen levels normaly afforded to you at sea-level.  Well, we completed the whole race (I was very fortunate to run this with my wife) and had a great time along the way.  We’ve been training for several months, and even stayed in Breckenridge at 12,000 feet the week before to try to acclimatise a little.  Neither of us are super fit, or accomplished runners, but both love being out on the trails and enjoy a challenge.

It has been strange to miss the build-up to VMworld this year.  I’m sure I’ll have missed out on a few parties and special invite-only events, but the Transrockies was a fantastic experience.  So if you see a sorry looking soul, hobbling around the Moscone Center this year them come over and say hi.

Perhaps somewhat foolishly, I signed up for the VMworld Run a few weeks ago.  This is a short fun run that started last year, and which this year is scheduled for today (Sunday).  I’m not sure if my legs are ready to do any running again (and I may not make it to the shuttle buses in time). Ahh, hindsight is a wonderful thing 🙂

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