Finished reading: If you want a very detailed resource on how to do CBAs, especially for public sector projects, Cost-benefit analysis of investment decisions by Glenn Jenkins, Chun-Yan Kuo, and Arnold Harberger is the book for you. That said, you really need to want details – you’ve been warned πŸ“š

πŸ“· Day 04

Lush green grapevine leaves cover a wall and pergola, exuding growth and vitality, with a clear sky barely visible above.

Foliage

πŸ“· Day 03

Greeting card with illustrations of Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2-D2 from Star Wars. Text reads: “TO A DAD WHO IS… AS WISE AS YODA AS STRONG AS DARTH VADER AS DEDICATED AS R2-D2”. Stars decorate background.

A well targeted card from my children

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ New running shoe day

A pair of blue running shoes with neon green interior rests on a wooden floor.

πŸ“· Day 02

Pink magnolia flowers in bloom on a tree with a backdrop of a house and overcast sky.

Flowers

πŸ“· Day 1: Toy

Lots of small figurines, many with large eyes, lined up a few deep and facing the camera

Finished reading: I can’t decide if I liked Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. The first book of the series, Gideon the Ninth, was one of my favourite books of 2021. The second, Harrow the Ninth, was frustratingly confusing. Nona was similarly challenging: lots of names, hints of conversations, and plot twists. Felt more like work than entertainment πŸ“š

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Dynamic run training in Training Today

I’ve been using Training Today for a while now to track my readiness to train (RTT). They’ve recently released a new feature that provides dynamic training for running based on RTT which takes into account your current recovery and health to make sure you don’t overtrain.

Generating the workouts is easy. In the iPhone app, you choose the type of run (speed, endurance, recovery, etc) and then the app shows you the structured workout, targeting your current RTT. There are options to adjust the RTT (though that seems like cheating) and to shorten the run, if you’re pressed for time. Once you select β€œCreate Workout”, the run is sent to your Apple Watch.

iPhone screenshots showing how to setup a dynamic run

On the watch, the Training Today workout shows up near the top of the list in the Workout app and behaves like any other workout. The interval times and heart rate zones with alerts are passed along, making it easy to follow the workout.

Apple Watch screenshots showing the Training Today workout in the Workout app and the summary screen after the run is complete

There are a few obvious enhancements, which the developers have already promised. The first is the addition of cycling and swimming workouts. The second is creating actual fitness plans across multiple days.

I’m really intrigued by an app like Training Today. Our smartwatches are continuously monitoring us and tracking our fitness. Why not have them also program tailored workouts? That said, I have an actual triathlon coach that creates a comprehensive fitness plan while also providing expert advice and motivation. My watch isn’t this sophisticated β€” yet.

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Part of today’s trail run was mostly made of broken bricks

Bricks (mostly broken) of many different colours embedded into the dirt. My feet are at the bottom of the frame

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Today’s run burned off the last of the March Break cervezas. Back on the program tomorrow

Trail towards a lake with sun reflecting off the ice

🎡 Right Back To It - Waxahatchee is a stand out song on a great album

Such nerdy fun

Finished reading: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson continues this entertaining series. A nice break from the β€œheavier” fantasy books πŸ“š

Finished reading: I enjoyed Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson. Some of his usual attention to detail without getting too dry and a nice emphasis on Chinese culture and historyπŸ“š

Finished reading: Although difficult to describe, I enjoyed The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada. A strange, slightly creepy story about modern work life πŸ“š

Finished reading: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik is a great sequel to A Deadly Education πŸ“š

Finished reading: Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator by Keith Houston is more fun than you might expectπŸ“š

Finished reading: My Murder by Katie Williams has an intriguing premise, good twists, and is well written. A great bookπŸ“š

My plan for the week

Feet on a deck chair with palm trees and blue sky

Finished reading: The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older is a fun, short murder mystery on a gas giant planet πŸ“š