Category Archives: Nerd Fitness

Commitment to the Cloud

I made the decision to attend the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this year in November.   I’ve thrown my hat in the ring for Monday’s Hackathon at re:Invent, and am hoping to come away with new insights into ways to employ AWS infrastructure for faster and more cost-effective software deployments.  There is also 5k run on Wednesday morning that I signed up for.  I figured it was a good way to get in some exercise after sitting all week, and I’m working on some solid fitness goals for next year…

I also made a commitment to myself to study for, and take, the Amazon Certified Solutions Associate Architect Exam while I’m at re:Invent.  My primary study guide is the ‘AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide’, AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide.

While at the conference, I am particularly interested in hearing anecdotes from startups in how they are using Cloud-based infrastructure to start, grow and scale a technology/software businesses.  It would seem that Cloud Technologies could be a great leveler in this regard.  And of course, hearing from Werner Vogels about what new technologies are on the horizon for the AWS Platform should be very interesting as well.


The Morning Row

This is my eight this morning rowing out on the Potomac River with Alexandria Community Rowing.  I am the stroke – the guy in the front setting the pace and rhythm of the boat.  I like being the stroke.  It’s kind of like being the lead drummer in a band…sometimes the band follows you, and sometimes they play a completely different song.

It takes concentration to row.  You either have to set a pace that others in the boat can follow, or you have to have precision in following the stroke of people in front of you.  It takes concentration, anticipation and a sense of rhythm.  You have to feel, and anticipate, the rhythm and swing of the boat in order to be of one accord with her.  It’s hard work.  The pay-off can be thrilling.  Mostly it’s just frustrating.  But when she hums, you know she’s happy; and when our boat is happy, we are happy.

Follow me and my partner as we row across the North Atlantic Ocean next June…

ACR Athlete Has Too Much Schwag

Her goal was to help Team ‘Viking Atlantic Row’ (who is affiliated with Alexandria Community Rowing (ACR)), erg across the Atlantic Ocean, virtually, as part of the Concept2 World Erg Challenge, which takes place every year from March 15th to April 15th. Instead, however, Cindy Way and one other teammate, Stephanie Holmes, won accolades from Concept2 for their participation in the event.

On May 29th, ‘Viking Atlantic Row’ Team Captain, James Caple, presented Cindy Way with the schwag received from Concept2 for her stellar performance as a member of the team and for participating in the Concept2 World Erg Challenge.

Cindy Way and James Caple at Dee Campbell Rowing Center
Cindy Way and James Caple at Dee Campbell Rowing Center

While Team ‘Viking Atlantic Row’ ( did not erg enough meters to cross the entire Atlantic Ocean, they did manage to assemble a worthy team of stalwart rowers who were able to log over 2,789,698 meters during the month of competition and ended up finishing in 5th Place overall among teams with between 6 and 20 team members. 192 teams participated this year ( Please consider joining Team Viking Atlantic for the World Erg Challenge in March of 2016 to help us row across the entire Atlantic Ocean this time!

In addition to virtual Atlantic Rowing, follow James and Cindy as they attempt to become the first American Pairs Boat to row across the North Atlantic for real in 2016 (

Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Get On Your Butt…And Row!

I just received my Indoor Rowing Trainer Certification from UCanRow2.  I can now instruct people on proper rowing technique and in how to put together an indoor rowing training regimen.  The irony about rowing, and indoor rowing in particular, is that after sitting all day in front of your computer at work, you can actually get a great workout sitting on a Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine.  Check it out.  Let me know if you need help.

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