Well, kinda. It’s really the DevLifts Open, which is a remote powerlifting meet I created. So no, I didn’t go to a meet where a bunch of us all lifted at the same time, but it was my first time to compete with actual rules.
The full details of the DevLifts open can be found here, but the TL;DR is: you get 3 attempts per lift (Squat, Bench, Deadlift), your form must be compliant with typical powerlifting rules, and you must film yourself so we can clearly see your form. You’re also able to enter as many times as you want through October 20, as long as there is at least 3 days between each entry.
I captured the whole thing on Instagram, which I’ll embed below, but here’s my final numbers:
Really late start this morning — not sure what happened, but I overslept until 6:30! Then I got to the gym and had forgotten my earphones. Totally first world problems, but I let it de-rail my gym session a bit. I didn’t do my warm-up, and I only did half my circuit. I made sure to give 100% on my squats, though. But I’m going to chalk this morning up as a failure.
Sprint 60 yd
Sprint 30 yd
Sprint 60 yd
Just discovered (after the workout) that this is actually a de-load week for me, so I lifted way too much weight yesterday and today. Whoops. ????
I did that thing again where I went a bit without writing a worklog. Man it’s tough to stay consistent sometimes. It’s easy to fall into not prioritizing things even though you know they’re really helpful (like these worklogs).
What I’ve done
I started organizing Notion for our company. I signed us up a couple of months ago and have been slowly adding a few things here and there. I’m trying to find a good organization that will work for the team and ensure that everyone (no matter if it’s their first day or their 1000th) can find out anything they need to know about the company.
I sat in on a call with a new vendor this morning.
I also worked on our company positioning statement.
This afternoon, I worked on setting up custom exception logging with Sentry. We now have nicer errors when something goes wrong with any API calls. ????
This morning I got all my tasks and appointments organized for the week, shipped some small changes for a freelance project, and made my FitLog for today.
What I’m working on
I’m continuing to work on interviewing high-level execs so I can refine our positioning statement.
Tonight I’ll be working on a freelance project with Rails. I’m working on building out a 2m+ record searchable database with Rails and Elasticsearch. That’s a first for me, so I’ll write about how it goes this month!
Today I Learned
Sentry’s Raven.js is actually on its way out, it seems. It still gets support and bug fixes, but new features are being added to the npm packages.
Here’s a few links to things I’ve read, watched, or listened to:
Last month, I set some goals for myself for the month. It’s now September 10, so I’m obviously a bit late at checking up on these to see where I’m at and set some new goals for September. I’m still struggling to keep up the habit of constantly writing and spending an hour a week reviewing progress on the important things I’ve set out to do.
Goal 1: Ship new feature at work
Status: Partially succeeded.
Feature is 95% complete and nearly ready to deploy. There’s definitely some refactoring to do, but the feature is complete apart from a couple of minor tweaks/fixes. It has not been deployed yet, as there are a few infrastructure changes to make to get the React environment up and running in production.
Goal 2: Land a bow and arrow choke
I ended up missing quite a bit of Gi classes in August so I could ship this feature at my day job, and a gi is required to land a bow and arrow choke. So I failed this one. One thing I can do better this month is prioritize going to Gi class, and not let it get pushed to the back burner. There’s probably a deeper lesson in here about managing my priorities and time alongside my day job, and knowing when to let work take priority vs when to not.
Goal 3: Get DevLifts to 60 paying fit.Start members
We blew past this goal and landed somewhere around 100 paying customers, crossing past $1.2k/mo in recurring revenue!
Goal 4: Take a few days off with my wife
And it was awesome.
Goal 5: Finish 1 freelance project
I actually shipped two freelance projects!
Goal 6: Read 1 book
I made it through the Preface. Wow. Shame.
Goal 7: Make 1 open source PR
I didn’t prioritize this enough and it ended up getting pushed to the back burner.
Goal 8: Sort through my Evernote
I never even started. I really don’t want to do this, but it still needs to be done. I know it’ll be so much better when it’s organized.
Goal 9: Restart my newsletter
In hindsight, I don’t think I’m ready to restart this yet. I want to get my writing habit re-established and also get a few more things off my plate so I can really do a good job on my newsletter when I do re-launch it.
Won some, lost some. Going to keep marching forward.
New stripe on my belt last night at BJJ! Went to class today, too — decided to go get in my deadlifts for the week this afternoon. This week was my week of single rep sets — next week goes back to sets of 5.
First set was supposed to be 75% of 1RM, but I went ahead and did more. Second set is 85%. Third is 95%, but I accidentally put the wrong plates on the bar so I ended up doing my previous max (385lb) for my third set. Whoops.
I was feeling good today so I went ahead and did more than I was supposed to. Finally back to 405lb — grip strength is returning!