Here we go... two weeks to go...
Another check box being checked this weekend: the last two team assignments are being drafted...
One week for these assignments and two weeks for the final papers... that is it- then the OMP and Residence... the hardest kilometres are now...not over, but this is the wall...
In the marathon, at 32km, the wheels fall off... literally and figuratively...
Most people will only train to 32km. That is all you need. That is all that is actually beneficial. After 32 your body is out of stored food (glycogen) and will literally consume itself, muscle protein first.
Drink some water, listen to the body, watch form, assess pace, tend to the blisters, watch the heart rate, eat a power gel, chew an advil... you are at the wall, and quitting isn't an option... ahead of you are the last steps...
A very clear memory shines through the haze which my life has become...
These days we rise at 545, feed, wash and dress the boys and ourselves, we then scamper to the daycare to drop off the boys, then to the office, then we work through lunch and scramble home, ragged, and get the boys. Supper time, bath time, playtime, porridge time, reading book time and bedtime by 730. Phew. If I have energy, we clean and wash the house, the little fingerprints and the food on the floor. Often Heidi does this solo (trooper!). Then MBA o'clock, if I am able, till 1130 or later if I have had enough coffee.
Many times through the day, and in the evening, I am asked a question and my response is to carefully rephrase then ponder for a bit, as I try to arise my senses and shake off the fog- try to focus and make a sensible response.
But clear as clear can be, I recall running the Red Deer Marathon, near 34km. I staggered to a tree and barfed a litre of electrolytes and energy chews. I was soaked with sweat and puke- washing my self with my bottle of water. The following few kms were a blur. Left Right Left Right Left Right. And after the finish line I headed into the medical-tent and sat in a chair to let them monitor my comedown.
That is today - barf a bit, and keep shuffling. There is light in this day and ground to cover.
Karen sent a message on WhatsApp: "Last team summary is due on Friday!"
I looked up from the trenches, tired, hungry, one coffee shy of awake, rubbed my eyes...
What? Really? There is an end to this march? Oh yeah, we already had our last exam a while back- years ago it seems.
If I finish two papers this week, that means I have three papers and an OMP - that is the end in the MBA journey! Well, and residence, but hopefully residence isn't hard. And the OMP is going to be hard. And being away from the family will be a stinky. But, there is an end and it is rushing.
So, now what? Survive, compartmentalize, get the work done. Focus and get this done.
Then rest after residence, after crossing the finish line, after closing these books, I will rest.
Left Right, Left Right. Get this done.
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR