CCIE Pursuit Blog

August 27, 2007

Status Update: 20 – 26 August

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification,Personal,Status Updates — cciepursuit @ 10:16 am

Well, it was bound to happen.  This week I fell off of the CCIE study horse.  I had planned to do the following:

My goals for this week are to get 20 hours of labs done as well as reread the RIP chapter in Routing TCP volume 1 as well as review the IEATC RIP video. I’ll try to start on EIGRP as well.

This week was a mess because of the continuing painting, upgrading, moving crap going on at my house.  Plus, I had relatives in town.  But I still had enough downtime that I could have easily met my goals for this week.  Instead, I put off firing up Dynamips and labbing away because I was feeling lazy and because I had deluded myself into thinking that I need a block of at least four hours in order to do any “significant” labbing.  I went into the weekend with a big fat zero hours of lab time completed.

I did manage to get in a lot (for me) of lab time (16 hours) over the weekend.  I am proud of that.  Much like working out or dieting, it becomes really easy to completely blow off studying when you know that you are not going to meet your self-prescibed goals.  Much like one missed day at the gym quickly becomes a week, so it is with keeping up with CCIE studies.  I still managed to avoid the temptation to just fly through the labs just to put some numbers on the board.   I did manage to complete RIP and 90% of EIGRP this week(end).  Not the most difficult of topics, but still good to hammer home the easy stuff before tackling the harder technologies.  And even though RIP and EIGRP are easy in comparison to OSPF and BGP, I never touch either protocol at work, so I still need the practice.

I am really wanting to get started on full labs, but I still have a ton of labs and reading to get under my belt before I start to tackle full labs. 

This week will I plan to finish up EIGRP.  I have a set of EIGRP labs from CCBootcamp, so I’ll probably spend most of my the weekdays plowing through that material.  Then I plan to start on OSPF.  This is going to require going over the OSPF lessons in the IEATC.  There are probably a good 12 – 18 hours of lessons, so this week is going to be pretty video heavy.   I may just read my notes on the first week’s OSPF lessons, but I’ll definitely need to review the more advanced topics.

So here are my goals for this week: 20 hours of EIGRP/OSPF labs and 8 hours of reading/videos.

Days Until Lab: 218
Readiness (1 to 10): 1
Lab Hours This Week 16
Study Hours This Week (estimate): 4

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