The bearded midget is ready for peak delivery driving season.

Well fuck a duck, its nearly that time of year again. Peak season is a few weeks away, fuck.

Last year was crazy busy, this year we’re being told to expect up to a 25% increase on parcel volume.

Bring it on!

Compared to last year I now know my route. I’m a better delivery driver all round and most importantly I’m mentally AND physically ready for peak season.

Because my route was until a month or 2 ago having me out for 10/12hrs a day, I know I can cope with peak season. Having the odd 13/14hr day chucked in is shit but I’ll be fine.

Other drivers in the depot, maybe not so much.

Most of them whinge like children if they have to do over a 10hr day. Most of them don’t look after themselves, chocolate and fizzy sugar drinks for breakfast etc.

So it’s no wonder they can’t cope with a bit of hard work.

Oh well, that’s them. I do me and me only. I focus on what I have to do each day and ignore everyone else’s shit.

Plus this year I’ve got a full on beard to get me through any tough times.

Bring on the apocalyptic rain. Bring on the 1ft of snow that grinds my country to a standstill.

I’ll deliver parcels through anything.

A bearded midget is unstoppable!

Until next time…

WeeMike

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Longest hours of the year and it’s not even Christmas.

Well it’s been a challenging few weeks that’s for sure.

Someone with no name at the top made a decision that the depot should take on a new area, one that was busy and far too much for a depot of our size to handle.

To say it’s caused issues is an understatement to say the least.

Only twice in the last few weeks have I done less than a 12hr day.

The warehouse staff are now having to come into work a full 2hrs earlier to cope with the increased parcel volume and to make sure the trailer unloading is done early enough for the drivers to leave the depot at a decent time.

Who knows what it will be like come Christmas time. We’ll just have to see.

The change of jobs for me hasn’t materialised a yet, which is good as I don’t feel that I want to stop move into the office side of things under this person at the top.

I’m going to see it through beyond Christmas as a driver and then see where I’m at mentally and if I want to continue.

It’s so difficult making the decision to change jobs at the moment due to money be so good.

Even with doing 60hr weeks most weeks the money still works our more per hour than any other job I’ve been looking at.

Especially taking into account how closed I am to the depot and my travel to work time.

Its stupid really, everything points to staying put and just putting up with the long hours and yet on an almost daily basis I’m fighting myself to decide to stay or leave.

Ah fuck it. Time to forget about it for now, its the weekend time for some R & R.

Until next time…

WeeMike

All work and no play = burnt out WeeMan.

As the saying goes “time flies when you’re having fun” or in my case “time flies when you’re always working”.

One minute I was glad the school summer holidays were about to start and the next, they are nearly over and 7 weeks has whizzed by.

On the delivery driving front I’ve put my all into getting my route to work after having one village removed (e.g trying to get my hours down) .

It’s meant that I haven’t done a 12hr day for nearly the whole 7 weeks, until this week that is.

After much deliberation I decided to hand my notice in 7 weeks ago. I’d had enough of the managers not listening to me and felt the only way they would take note that my route wasn’t working was for me to leave.

Alas, it worked. I was told that the problem village would be given to another driver, who went past it every day anyway (which I didn’t know) if I was to stay.

And so I did. And since then as I said, I’ve given it my every effort and my route is as good as it gets now, regular 10.5hr days instead of 12 hrs, with the odd 11.5hr day thrown in when it’s mega busy.

Which I can handle and it’s been great getting home 11hrs after leaving rather than 13, I’ve been doing some regular lifting 2/3 times a week and have felt much more at ease with things. Until this week pmsl.

I’ve been thinking about how long we have left to pay off our debt and even though we’re still on track to be debt free by December 2020, I’ve been struggling to think that I could continue this effort for that long.

If I was to take just 2 weeks holiday during the year to try and really relax and recuperate it would end up costing me a full month’s money.

Because I don’t earn if I take holiday and still have to pay for my van lease and insurance etc, it ends up costing me too much to even think about taking a break, let alone paying to go off somewhere too.

So when another driver in the depot took the training course on offer internally to become a manager, it got me thinking.

Is that something I’d like to do?

To start with the pay is about 10-15% less, but it’d still be a good wage and enough to continue paying off our debt at the same rate.

I’d be working about 10-15hrs less per week and on top of that I’d get paid holiday too.

But it would mean I wouldn’t be driving very much if at all, as the managers rarely go out on the road any more as the depot has enough drivers and cover drivers.

And the road or being outdoors is where I’ve been and am at my happiest, so it’s a very tough decision to think about.

I’ve started the ball rolling by enrolling on the manager training, which gets me qualified for the role and then it’s a matter of waiting for a position to arise at the depot, which could be quite soon as one manager might be on his way out.

I’m just really torn between going ahead with it or sticking with being a driver.

Going back 15 years or so I’ve always made job decisions based on what makes me happiest and never based on money.

I spent too long in jobs that were decent money but bored me shit less and took away bits of my soul doing boring shit.

When I made the decision years ago to only have outdoor jobs, it was probably the single best decision I have ever made job wise.

Health wise and mentally I’ve been close to or at my best since making that decision.

Perhaps if I end up back in the office it will be different this time. Seeing as though I’d be in a warehouse for 1/2 the time on my feet at least.

Then the time I would be sat on my arse at a computer it would be organising drivers routes etc so would most likely keep my mind very active and I shouldn’t get bored.

The more I think about it whilst writing this, the more it makes sense to at least give it a go.

I can always go back to being a driver if I don’t like it/can’t do the job. I just most likely wouldn’t be able to get my country route back lol.

But just thinking of actually taking some days off and getting paid for it haha, that’s not happened for a few years and is quite exciting pmsl.

We’ll see what happens in the next month or so I guess.

Until next time…

WeeMike

Sweaty Delivery Driving and Deadlifts

Today was the quietest Monday delivering parcels for 6 weeks, which is about fucking time, I’m hoping for a quieter week in total too. Mainly so that I can partly recover from the last six ha!

Anyhoo, 6:15am arrival at the depot, delivered and collected 102 stops, left the depot at 5:15pm, 11hrs, boom, shortest day for 3 weeks too, saweet!

Got home, hot, sweaty, sticky and feeling pretty grubby. Opened an ice cold beer and poodled in the garden for 30 minutes, my way of chillaxing from the hectic day.

Then went and did 2 quick sets of deadlifts. 1 set @ 87.5kg x 5 reps and 1 set @ 107.5kg x 5 reps.

The 2nd set felt pretty tough, which was to be expected seeing as though it’s been several months or more since I’ve done any, but I’m happy doing 1.5 x body weight (I think) after that long without doing any.

The plan this week is to do something heavy every day. Only 2 sets at 5 reps each of something heavy will see me back into the swing of things and then next week I’ll start adding a few more sets to a few movements.

Think I’m going to literally stick to my big 5 and see how I feel.

Deadlifts, Squats, Overhead Press, Weighted Chin Ups and Weighted Push Ups.

I did 2 sets of 5 reps @ 47.5kg Overhead Presses on Sunday to see how I felt and like the deadlifts the 2nd set was tough, but again I’ll take it as I’ve not done them for a long while either.

I’m going to jump on the scale tomorrow morning, just out of interest to see what I weigh at the moment. Also to have some kind of gage of what kind of weight I’m lifting in comparison to bodyweight, which is what I’ve always gone on.

Rather than aiming for a certain figure weight wise, I normally aim for a certain percentage over my bodyweight, that way I feel I can better gauge my strength in comparison to others.

Which has never been important to me, comparing myself to others. But being a small guy I’ve always kept an eye on percentages so that on the odd occasion I do feel like comparing myself to others, I can do so more fairly.

Anyhoo, I’m hungry now. Time for some steak burgers and bacon followed by another ice cold beer.

Until next time…

WeeMike

Physical exertion, hot weather and beer.

Blimey it’s been a while since I last posted anything.

I need to stop saying to myself I’m going to post weekly, daily etc and just post when I feel like it.

Which is why I guess I’ve not posted in a while, I’ve not felt like writing anything down.

Alas, I do today.

Its been a challenging period work wise.

My delivery route has been as busy as it has ever been and I’ve been averaging 11.75hr days for the last 6 weeks.

Which up until 2 weeks ago was fine, but since we’ve had this heat wave here in the UK, it’s been too much.

Every day I’m getting home totally whacked physically. Hot, sweaty and ready for a cool shower and sleep, well, after an ice cold beer and some world cup football on TV!

My ability to stick to a routine has been my saving grace I think.

To make sure I don’t burn out Mon-Fri I know what I need to eat, how much exercise outside of my day job I can do each day, how much sleep I need too.

And as long as I stick to this routine Mon-Fri its all good.

Occasionally I’ve strayed from my week day routine and paid for it with lethargy and tiredness at work, but then you’ve got to overindulge yourself sometimes!

I actually thought about quitting the delivery job a few weeks ago. Basically I’d done four 13hr days on the trot and couldn’t see an end to it and had had enough.

I mentioned something to a manager and my route was reduced by a few drops per day and it made a difference and brought my hours back to under 12 per day, which I can manage.

I say manage but I don’t mean enjoy. Its something I’m happy to do a few times per week, just not every day of the week.

Last week was the first in 6 weeks that I didn’t do more than two 12hr days during the week, so winner winner chicken dinner.

Fitness and health wise I’ve literally just been ticking along.

I’ve propably only done 2 workouts max every week during this time and each time stuck to one lift/movement and kept it under 3 sets and 5 reps for each. Well except chin ups where I’ve done a few 15 rep sets.

But what I have also done during this 6 week period is start taking a few supplements again.

I’ve started taking a combo of creatine/beta alanine/taurine to help with my day to day activities.

I used to take this supplement stack back on the fruit farm and definitely felt it helped me then, so I thought I’d start again and see if it helps this time too.

I certainly feel like I’ve been able to maintain muscle mass during this busy period, without doing as much exercise as I’d like to do, as well as feeling less tired at specific points of the day.

I could be wasting my money but from what I’ve read on this supplement stack, it is ideal for what I need.

Anyway, I’m bored of writing again now, it’s time to get ready for another hot and busy week delivering parcels!

Until next time..

WeeMike

Delivery Driving & Exercise Diary 16.04.18

Decided to start posting daily again, but keep the entries shorter, more like a diary hopefully.

Got into the depot at 6:30am. Delivered and collected 100 stops with a total of 216 parcels handled. Left the depot at 5:45pm. 11.25hrs worked, ok.

Finally got back to weight lifting today.

4 x 20kg Chin Ups

5 x 15kg Chin Ups

5 x 10kg Chin Ups

Couldn’t quite manage the 5th rep at 20kg, but that’s to be expected seeing as it’s been about a month or more since I last did these. Left it at 3 sets and will do for the rest of the week when I do squats, overhead presses and push-ups.

Until next time…

WeeMike

Weekly Delivery Driving Summary W-E 15.04.18

This week was the first full 5 day week for a few weeks due to Easter and man was it busy and it felt so long pmsl.

This week I delivered and collected a total of 505 stops with a total of 959 parcels handled and I worked a total of 58.5hrs across 5 days.

That makes week gone the 3rd busiest hours worked and parcels delivered. Yep busy.

Be glad to see some normality over the next few weeks, or at least I hope so anyway.

Didn’t do much exercise wise, just stuck to a few days of bodyweight stuff, get my body back used to exercising outside of work again, next week I’ll hit some weights.

Until next time…

WeeMike