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February 28, 2012

Ill-tempered Dragon

If you find yourself in the company of a halfling and an ill-tempered Dragon - remember ... you don't have to outrun the Dragon. ; )

These words of wisdom apply here. I don't have to get _every_ troubleshooting scenario and _every_ configuration scenario 100% perfect. I need to get the ones on the TEST right. I can make all the typos and misconfigs I need to in order to learn. Now is the time to shake them all out. I get absolutely nothing for getting these workbooks correct. My gain is in the _learning_ and the awareness and the ah-ha moments that I'm seeing in these exercises.

I'm also encouraged by my increase in speed. I'm increasing in some areas...in others, not so much. But it's getting so familiar and _comfortable_ that it's okay to go faster. I'm also looking at ways to combine tasks so I don't have to keep going back and forth. While I'm on SW2 configuring this, I might as well configure that. These are the things that I'm now seeing from the constant practice.

One of the unintended side-effects of this is that I'm getting much faster on the IGP and BGP. Think about it. I bust into the scenario - and I'm going along at a good clip. That's the part that's getting faster and familiar. Much of it seems to be variations on a theme. So then I hit something that slows me. Maybe it's a typo or a misconfig or something that I don't really understand as well as I want to, so I slow down to delve into it. Usually it's at the point where I only have an hour and a half left where I look at the lab and think - oh shit - and bust hump to get as much configured as I can before the terminal disappears. So that's how I'm getting faster at my "opening" and "endgame"... the middle-game....hmmm... needs work (or coffee).

Posted by BlueWolf on February 28, 2012 11:42 PM