CCIE Pursuit Blog

September 3, 2008

Status Update: 30 Days Left

The final push towards my date with the lab exam has begun.  I have 30 days left.  I’ve scheduled every bit of my vacation allotment over the next month.  I don’t want to have any regrets (“If I had taken a couple more days to study”) after the lab.  By draining my vacation days I’ve pretty much ensured that I either nail this sucker on the first attempt or I won’t get to it again until next year. 

My cell phone is powered down and I’m only checking email once in the morning and once at night.  Too often a “quick call” from work results in hours of lost time.  I won’t be VPN’ing in or checking my work email.  The days that I have to work will probably be absolutely fruitless as they’ll be spent battling my inbox, but I couldn’t convince my employer to grant me a leave of absence.

No podcasts.  No sports (I’ll miss the Vikings’ opener – against the hated Packers no less – for the first time in a decade).  TV ist verboten.  Pas d’alcool.  I’ll still hit the gym, but only for a quick workout prior to sitting on my ass all day doing labs.  I do plan to do a little bit of fishing to clear my mind, but I’ll be listening to CCIE lectures on my iPod whilst I battle bass.

My wife, [insert preferred deity here] bless her is onboard and is making sacrifices of her own in order to ensure that I can dedicate as much time as possible towards my studies.  I’ve been an absolute (even more than normal – which is hard to do) asshole the last couple of weeks due to stressing over this damned lab.  My family has been very supportive and I love them to death for that.

I’ve mapped out my last month of training.  I’ll be on a rack every day that I can.  I’ve booked four IPexpert labs, two Cisco Assessor labs, one Internetwork Expert proctored lab exam, and I plan to mix in a couple more IE Mock labs if I have time.  I’m making my push through all of the IE labs (Volume II and III).  If I have time I plan to do the two labs in the recent Cisco Press Routing and Switching practice labs.  At the very least I plan to read through those two labs.

I’ll pop up when I can but blogging will be light to nonexistent over the next 30 days.  I will be posting a ton of links to other CCIE blogs over this time.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done this and there are a ton of new blogs out there.

Anyhoo…back to my studies.

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13 Comments »

  1. Best of luck! I’m kinda jealous of you getting to have that kind of dedicated study time.

    Comment by Joey B — September 3, 2008 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  2. Goodluck bro! I wish I had the same “luxury”.

    Comment by CCIETalk.com — September 3, 2008 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  3. Buddy! You´ll have the hardest 30 days of your life, but after that, everything will change in your life! You´re ready, and you´re getting even more hands-on and knowledge than you already have! Just be cool! You´ll PASS! You´ve worked for that, and you deserve it!

    Best of lucky on your studies, on your lab, and with your family! Im making my wife to pass to a hard time myself too, so glad shes supportive as yours!

    Take care man! Let me know if I can help you in any way! Always here!

    Cheers,
    Caue Wailemann

    Comment by Caue Wailemann — September 3, 2008 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  4. LOL you have ONLY been an absolute asshole these last few weeks!!!!!! Lies!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck man, forget the blog, forget everything else(not like the Vikings are going anywhere! Although it is the NFC and anything can happen over there,)and hammer this…

    I would offer any help I could, but we both know that would be useless 😛

    Comment by cciejourney — September 3, 2008 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  5. Good luck man on going dark! Think of the light at the end of the ip unnumbered tunnel.

    Comment by ccielab — September 3, 2008 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  6. Good luck. Wish i had vacation time to use up like that. 🙂 I am sure you ll come back a winner.

    Btw Go Cowboys. 🙂

    Comment by navfett — September 3, 2008 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  7. Good luck in the preparations man. We hope to hear very good news soon 🙂

    Comment by Nickelby Thane — September 3, 2008 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  8. No Sports? Now that’s a sacrifice! Good luck!

    Comment by dh — September 3, 2008 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  9. Dont Weaken Cowboy !!! When it gets tough suck it up and go on!! Sprinkle a little aunda ley On it!!! I believe in ya!!This is 4th and goal dig deep baby!!

    Your favorite friend!!! LOL

    Tony

    Comment by Tony — September 4, 2008 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  10. Dont even Blog they(your fans lol) will be here after you get your digits go for the gold!!!

    Comment by Tony — September 4, 2008 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

  11. I’m really inspired by what you’ve done, and what you are about to accomplish. I’m still just a little CCNA working on the BSCI CCNP exam, but your posts give me hope of one day grabbing the brass ring too.

    You can do it! Best of luck.

    -Brian

    Comment by Brian — September 4, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  12. Good luck dude!

    Comment by Ian — September 5, 2008 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  13. Hey man, best of luck we are all rooting for you!

    Comment by Joe A — September 6, 2008 @ 9:37 pm | Reply


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