This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the NCVRA spring meeting in Cary. About 30 professional reporters from across the state gathered to be educated on technology, ethics, and the rules about being a Notary Public as they apply to court reporters. It was a great meeting with a lot of information imparted. I love interacting with my colleagues. I always get such a good feeling from a conference to take back with me and inspire me.
On Sunday was the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon. I walked the half marathon. It wasn’t my best time, but I did finish. It was a beautiful day for a walk in Raleigh – the weather FINALLY cooperated for a gorgeous sunny day.
Court reporting and endurance events have a lot in common, and I dropped the ball on Sunday for sure. When you’re training for an endurance event, your stamina is key. Having a good breakfast and staying hydrated, getting a good night’s sleep beforehand, all play a role in your performance. In reporting, you need to be focused all day long, totally concentrating, and if you’ve not eaten or had a good night’s sleep, you could “bonk” – kind of like I did in the half.
I came home from our meeting mentally drained. Instead of eating a good dinner with carbs and protein and some veg, I had a bowl of cereal. Then I got up early and didn’t eat a good breakfast (who eats at 5 in the morning?). Even though I was well hydrated, I didn’t keep my fuel level up for the race and as soon as I crossed the finish line, I took myself to the medical tent, where I slammed back 750 ml of Gatorade, a liter of water, a banana, a chocolate milk, and then put cold towels on both my forehead and my neck.
My body had to recover – and it’s doing so slowly. In a deposition, I know that if I don’t take care of my energy level, I can get sleepy AND my translation can suffer. Yes, I’m still taking it down, but because I’m not “on my game” at the competitive level, if you will, my words will slur and there could be some interesting output. Computers’ “brains” aren’t as savvy as ours.
I’ve learned my lesson, I hope. Keep your energy level up at all times. Bonking is not fun. Instead, keep hydrated, have small snacks throughout the day, listen to what your body is telling you. Our record is so important that it’s critical that we stay focused at all times. You never know when a short sprint of a deposition will turn into a (half) marathon, and it’s important to keep your energy level up and your furnace stoked.