For my regular readers you’ll notice that I haven’t posted in about a week and have been scarce on Twitter (@farsided). I had a really rough week last week dealing with the family separation and the job search, and felt really tired of being on the bike so much. I did ride a few times but they were slower endurance pace rides instead of hard intervals.

Most of you know that I’m working in Dallas while my family still lives in Jacksonville, FL. I’ve been trying to get back to Jacksonville but the job market there has been a tough nut to crack. I put a lot of effort into the job search over the last couple of weeks and reached out to some old acquaintances of mine that were able to stir up some leads for me. Up until a couple of weeks ago I had had a good lead in my back pocket and was just waiting for the job to be posted. Turns out the the job was canceled and I was back to square one. I found out yesterday that the job was back on and I applied for it today. I won’t elaborate now but I’m very excited about this opportunity and have high hopes that it will be what gets me back to Jacksonville with my family. I’ll update as I know more.

It had been four months since I’d seen my family so this past weekend I flew home to be with them. It was a planned trip so I could attend my wife’s parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Party, see my youngest daughter get baptized, and be there for her 9th birthday. The trip was a whirlwind of activity but it felt so good to be home and around family again. I was away from them for long periods of time while in the Navy but I find it much harder to be away now since I’d gotten to spend the last two years with them after leaving the military.

Needless to say, I didn’t ride much more than about 40 miles last week and didn’t get a long ride in on Saturday. I’m OK with that though because I really think I needed the rest. One thing I did do was weigh myself this weekend and since getting weighed on my doctor’s office visit back in April I’ve lost right at 20 pounds. That’s right at one pound a week which is what’s recommended. I could tell my clothes fit better but after not seeing much change lately I was getting discouraged on this front as well. Now that I know my hard work is paying off it’s just fuel to keep going.

To those that reached out to me this past week I appreciate it.