Monday May 16, 2005

Weights & Jogging

I read Scott Jolly's post on the question of lifting weights before or after running...

I have to agree that Regular Squats and Peak Running Performance are simply not compatible. However, I'm not pursuing competitive weight lifting nor competitive track results. So, if I can accept slower 5K times, I believe that strength training and running are in fact complimentary. I alternate days... therefore I lift weights before and after running, depending on your frame of reference :-)

But the reason for this post is that I have just discovered a new challenge that Scott didn't ponder... Weights WHILE running. I started with a pair of neoprene coated 2lb cast iron hand weights. That doesn't sound like much at all! Heck, I used to weigh 35 lbs more than I do now... But those four extra pounds really cranked up the running effort. I'm going to make that a regular component of my running from now on...

Scott... give it a try. It'll make running without the hand weights feel like you're floating across the track :-)

Saturday May 07, 2005

Budget Rent-A-Scam

Be very careful with Budget Rent-A-Car (although possibly other rental companies are as bad). Last week I rented a car from Budget's Newport News airport counter for a three day customer visit. I added a day to my trip to visit a client in DC, about 200 miles away. As instructed by my travel agent, I called Budget and left a message letting them know I'd be dropping off the car in DC. I expected there might be a small drop-off fee. What I got, when I checked the car into Reagan International, was a $625.00 drop-off fee! That's a significant percentage of the value of the cheap little compact car I rented.

Turns out that some Rental Car facilities are franchise locations. They own their own cars. And if you drop it somewhere else, they charge $3.00/mile + $25.00. Ouch.

Lesson learned: Don't rent from a franchise location if there is any chance you'll need to alter your travel  itinerary in-flight (which is always a possibility, especially \*if\* you rent from a franchise location :-).

Personally, if I were in charge of our Corproate travel policy, I would blacklist franchise rental car locations if an alternate preferred vendor (eg: Avis, Hertz, etc) has a non-franchise counter at that same location.

Monday May 02, 2005

Signing Off

To all my friends in BSC land - I've decided, after ten great years at Sun to accept a new gig. I'll rehost most of the content of my blog somewhere else (TBD). Sun is an awesome company and I have every confidence that Sun will continue to shine, driving innovation, challenging convention, and providing thought leadership. You can always reach me at: "Dave [at] Brillharts [dot] com"
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