I’m sitting to write this after several hours of lab time..
Around a month ago, I started INEs foundational labs. First one I did great, took me about 3.5 hours from start to finish.
The following week I started Foundation Lab 2. That took me about 25 hours to complete. I got stuck on a redistribution issue and wouldn’t allow myself to move on from it until I understood what was going on and how to properly diagnose and fix it.
The week after that I started Foundation lab 3. Foundation lab 3 took me 22 hours. I did both Foundation Lab2/3 over a course of a couple of day and performed code review afterwards. Redistribution was an issue in Foundation Lab 3 but wasn’t nearly as much of an issue for me as in Lab 2.
I still wasn’t happy with how much stumbling I did in both labs but I decided to try Troubleshooting Lab 1. I got my chin checked so hard! I got to ticket 5 and gave up. It was odd, I understood what the questions were asking but I sat almost paralyzed in thoughts… I spiraled for a bit in my own sauce for a week trying to figure out what I need to be doing to get to being, Troubleshooting Lab ready. I decided to go back to the Advanced Technology labs and get terminal time. This is what I am doing day in and day out. I’m trying to randomize things though. For instance ill spend an hour in multicast, jump to OSPF, go to IOS security for an hour. Then I’ll come back the next day and jump back into multicast from where I left off last, hit BGP, etc… Just trying to get my recall and enforcement up.
I met a fellow Cisconian going through the grind as well. It felt great being able to relate with someone. We shared our struggles and strategies and I’m hoping to link up with them soon to do labs and maintain our ambition.
Its an unreal, humbling and emotional experience going through this journey. I’ve never had to endure something so mentally challenging in my life. LET’S GET BUSY!!
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing something impossible” – Saint Francis of Assisi