I know what you mean about how hard it is to keep endurance gains--the body holds on to muscle but stamina seems to evaporate in no time. Kills me.
You put in punishing hours, and I can see how those hours would curtail a social life. Hard choices, eh?
I notice you don't ping Blogrolling, so I don't ever get a notice when you update. Joined your list, but there's another solution, too.
http://pingomatic.com/ will allow you to ping whatever you're indexed with. Very helpful :)