365.25 days (scientific year - the whole leap year thing is just dumb. I mean, what is that anyway?)
Just think about it; that is a lot of seconds. But, if you want to feel a little less significant or a little less sure of what it all means, think about this: If you equate the 32 million or so seconds into the length of how long the universe has evolved.....then mankind existing from whatever means we sprang would equate to the last 9 seconds or so of the Universe evolving! So there you have it. You can stop here if you want - go for a ride, or ski, or have a coffee, maybe a burrito.
Before we go any further, I should let you know that I kinda get carried away with this whole goal thing. I like to take the time over the Xmas holiday and write out a few goals. I mean, Santa is a fat man anyway. Just a few, say about 50. They are not all important, but they are all fun. But at this point it is a look back that comes first.
Here are some memorable things that happened to me or the people around me over the past nearly 32 million seconds or so.
- Ali and Thomas bought their first house. This is the kind of thing that, as a parent, will make you feel old. In spite of that, I am pretty proud of them for buying their first house.
- Hanna graduated from University and had a 2nd successful trip to Ethiopia. The whole Ethiopia thing made me nervous, but I am really proud of her for chasing her goals.
- We acquired a cabin in northern Wisconsin. It is quickly becoming my favorite place in the world. There are 100 miles of singletrack there and tons of XC skiing. This past year we spent our first Christmas there with our whole family. My mother came up to spend time there as well.
- I finally was able to visit my Dad in Asheville. I love that town and it was good to spend some time at his house with him.
- I still have not ridden the whole of The Whole Enchilada in Moab. This year I came close, but it was still just too early. We rode the lower half in April.
- In 2014 I was able to get to three Pearl Jam concerts. Leeds in the UK during the TDF, Minneapolis in October, and the best PJ show of the whole tour (I am told) - Milwaukee in October. I cannot wait to find more to go to.
- This past year I had an epiphany about my eyesite. I figured out my eyesight problems and now I can see again. It makes riding my motorcycle and my bicycles much more successful. You can read about the epiphany here.
2014 was a pretty good year. There were things that happened that were not so good, both on a personal level and a professional level. But, when I look back, it was a good year. Time passes and I just think you want to make the most of it.
As great as 2014 was, I think that 2015 will be even better. A person has to have goals, and I have a few. So without any other fanfare, here are SOME of my goals for the next year. All serious of course.
1. Take Liz on a non-cycling vacation. I tend to be one track minded - 2 wheelers. She has tolerated that for a long time.
2. See Pearl Jam. Rumors of a 25th anniversary concert.
3. Ride the Strade Bianche citizen race.
4. Make a decision on our house. Keep it or sell it.
5. Ride Moab or Whistler or Fruita or something iconic
6. Do a MTB trip with Lloyd.
7. Learn to take tight switchback turns on my Slash. This was on my goals last year, and I failed. So...it remains.
8. Wave at all cyclists that I see.
9. Drink more water. I should be drinking 116oz per day.
10. Get rid of all the junk in our basement.
11. Do a road bike trip. I do like riding my road bike, and more importantly it is what Liz really really likes.
12. Master small and medium double jumps on my mountain bike.
13. Learn to wheelie on both my favorite mountain bikes and my motorcycle. I have said before that this is a genetic skill. I am going to take the year and learn to wheelie, or at least just about kill myself trying. By the end of the year, I will either wheelie or it will be a lost cause.
14. Take Liz and the girls to New York City. Liz has been all over the world, but not to NYC.
15. Change all my mountain bikes to 1X drive systems. Time to move into 2012.
16. Ride Copper Harbor.
17. Ride at least 3 MTB Enduro races.
18. Ride a race with Noah.
19. Ride a race with Russel.
20. Drink only great beer.
21. Ride the State Championship CX race in Wisconsin.
22. Read 5 personal books.
23. Read 3 professional books.
24. Get more involved with my community. Give time, get involved with a local cause directly. Find a good charity that we can align with.
25. Preseason off-road training camp in late March before South Carolina GNCC .
26. Ride the Loose Moose Enduro.
27. Finish on the podium at Ironman GNCC in my class. In 2011, I was 4th at Ironman GNCC, then 5th at the first Loretta’s and won the 2nd Loretta’s race. In 2012 I notched a 6th at Ironman and then 5th at Loretta’s. In 2013 I came 5th at Ironman. In 2014 I was again 4th at Ironman. Close, but not quite there.
28. Learn to use the rear brake while using the throttle on my 250F. I am still struggling with this skill. I think it is imperative for me to get this skill if I have any hope of winning a GNCC race.
29. Master flat corners on my 250F.
30. Get one of those really cool Bluetooth phone devices that allow you to walk along in the airport talking to yourself out loud. You look so cool while doing that.
31. Do all of my Christmas shopping from Sky Mall catalog.
32. Get a Babelfish installed. This whole multiple language thing has me baffled.
33. Put together the plan to climb Kilimanjaro with Liz.
34. Help Ali and Thomas build a garage.
35. Finish my first Birkebeiner ski race in 10 years.
36. Make 3 dance videos while traveling.
37. Make my bed every day.
38. Cut as much sugar out of my diet as I can. Sugar is the new boogieman.
39. Build a little 2-stroke for tight woods races.
40. Go to a World Cup DH race.
41. Go to a World Cup XC race.
42. Go to a WEC MTB Enduro.
43. Go to Flanders and Roubaix pro races.
The rest of my goals are work-related, and although they are really important, they are not to be published outside of appropriate circles. Trust me, there are more than 50 when you add them together.