Update 2/14/15: I set up my CaseCat student and i got the dictionary from support. Although they do not recommend that we use software till about 180 wpm. I asked for it anyways, since i already had CaseCat student. I can now see what i am writing on my desktop. This is very cool. BUT, at about an hour into my practice session. I can already see that this is a huge distraction. Yes, you don't have to have your screen showing you realtime as you write. But, the dictionary is very limited. You could spent A LOT of time perfecting it. I do think it will help with reading back more quickly. But at this point, i do not see the benefit to getting it early. And i was the one complaining in theory about not having it. I will spent time watching the tutorials and stuff like that. But, i can see how this could slow down your progress, if you let it. After you are done writing a 5 minute take. You can go back and read it. Which is great. Except, there are tons of mis-translates. Even "HOW WERE" did not translate. I think 180 is a little too far down the road to introduce software.. But right out of theory, is sorta a waste. IMO. I will spent one day a week working on my dictionary. That is all i can allow to pull me away from speed building. I have enough distractions on a daily basis, in the form of a 3 and 4 year old:)
Update 2/23/15: 80 is kicking my butt a little bit. I can to the 15 second drills just fine. But as one 5 minute take, i fall behind. I am marking where i start to fall behind and practicing that. I am working on drill 2 of 3. Drill one wasn't nearly as hard as drill 2. CaseCat is going fine. Still working out tweaks. I didn't get any practice in this weekend. So, this week i need to buckle down.
Update:3/17/15 I get a lot more bang for my buck with practice when do not have CaseCat open. I spend a lot of time, messing with my dictionary. I am doing well though. I am working on the 3, 80 wpm takes. I have memorized parts, so, as i get near the end of my third take, i will do the free dictation from StenoLife.com. I feel like CaseCat is a double edge sword. You really have to be diligent about not messing with it too much, because it does take away from writing time. I bought the Magnum Steno book by Mark Kislingbury. I love the phrases part. Other then that, i haven't used it too much. It is expensive, so, look on ebay for a used copy. I paid $80. Another book i like is One Word,Two Words Hyphenated by Mary Louise Gilman. I got my copy from NCRA store. My goal is to be at 100 wpm by my one-year anniversary. May 1st, so, i better get busy. 60wpm, didn't seem too bad to me, but 80 is a little more tricky. You have to start trusting your fingers because, if you start hesitating you will lose it and won't keep up. I didn't get a lot of practice the last week or two, my kids stopped napping, and it is really throwing me off. It is hard to up in my office when all i hear is arguing and fighting. I am working on quiet time with books and toys in their respective rooms. But, in true 3 and 4 year old fashion, they end up in the same room fighting over toys. I can see the benefit to brick and mortar school. I'll update soon. Good luck everyone!!!
Another Update 6/24/15:
I am still at 80. I moved my practice time to after dinner. I wasn't getting anything done in the middle of the day. The kids are out of school and the days are filled up with play dates and park visits. Still keepin up at 80 wpm. Not super clean writing though. Gotta keep at it.