Evidently Charles Barkley sets goals. He said so in an interview with Conan O’Brien a few weeks ago. Me and Sir Charles have that in common. Not that I’m comparing myself to “The Round Mound of Rebound”, just saying. Both regular people and big sports stars make resolutions. Either that’s my point or I just wanted to spice this post up with a blurb about an eleven time NBA All Star. You can decide. Anyway, let’s get to it. Here are my resolutions / goals for 2010. Assuming anyone cares.
1. Finish a half marathon. This is really sort of low hanging fruit, I will admit. I’ve spent three months of last year training, am already signed up, and paid my money to run in the PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Half Marathon January 17th. My goal is to finish.
2. Record all of my workouts in 2010. I have my spreadsheet all ready to go and this afternoon’s workout to record. If I can pull this off it will be the first year I’ve actually written down my workouts in any real detail.
3. Finish the Swedish Rosetta Stone course Level 1. This will make my wife very happy. The in-laws bought it for me last year for Christmas. If I can get thru it just once, we’ll both be happy.
4. Lifeguard & Swimming Instructor certifications. This is something I started out to do in 1993 and never completed. I was going to lifeguard at an adventure camp that summer. I settled for camp counselor instead. However, it’s always been in the back of my mind that I’ve wanted to do this.
5. Complete an olympic distance Triathlon. I’m 99% sure I’ve picked the race out already. It’s in Flagstaff, AZ in August 2010. I actually had this on my 2009 list of resolutions but decided to conquer a half marathon first, do a few more sprint distances, and then go for the olympic distance.
6. Take a photography class. Over the past year or so I’ve really gotten into taking pictures. It was a bit out of the blue really but that’s how a hobby hits me sometimes. I believe it mostly started with my iPhone; taking pictures because it was there. Then I bought a little point and shoot for my trip to the Grand Canyon earlier this year. Lately, I’ve bought a tripod, my wife gave me a monopod for Christmas, and I bought a really nice Canon SLR on eBay a few days ago and can’t wait to start improving my skills.
That’s it. Just six things. There may be more later on in the year as I don’t feel I have to wait until the new years to set goals. It’s just fun to make them, write them down, and then look back and see how far you’ve come during, and at the end of, the year. Happy New Year!