A person has to have goals. Like, drink more water, or ride your bike more or try not to curse. I have tried to tell people that goals are important. Without goals, what are you...dead! One day, when I reach the end of the internet, maybe I won't have any goals. Mostly people just glaze over when I talk with them about goals. Hmmm, maybe it is just me...
It will be odd, and require a red hand letting the gas off and adding 2 numbers together while taking a shower ski racing while on the way to work eating an orange. But, in soccer they have goals - so does hockey. For crying out loud, that means the Canadians have goals. If the Canadians can do it (the happiest friendliest people in the world), I am certain I can...I mean for real, they have more winter than the rest of us and they're still happy. It's due to this that I will have goals every year from here sideways. Given how cold it is outside later, we will take some time with this.
Last year I published my goals. They were exhaustive, and I was exhausted. I have always had goals, just never linked them to this blogsite. I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, and I have never done that, either. I have spent a lot of time in Belgium though.
So without further hesitation and build up, here they are. A pile of really well considered goals. Um, sort of well considered. If not well considered, they are at least spelled right, as I ran them through the spell checker.
1. Go to Hawaii Ironman. I have never been, and Hanna's boyfriend qualified. Seems like the perfect time to go.
2. See Pearl Jam. Duh. I am not even going to explain this one.
3. Ride Flanders citizen race. The best road bike race of the year. If you can only go and see one race, make it this one. The course is incredible, the Belgian crowd is incredible. Riding it the day before the pro race is an unforgettable experience.
4. Visit my father in North Carolina.
5. Visit my mother and have her come to Wisconsin.
6. Make a decision on our property in Hayward.
7. Ride Whole Enchilada. Duh. Check it.
8. Make a decision on our house. Keep or sell it.
9. Ride Whistler. Duh. Check it again.
10. Do a MTB trip with Lloyd. Here is the link to the last trip I did with Lloyd. Read it, and you will know why I cannot wait to do it again with him.
11. Learn to take tight switchback turns on my Slash. If you read the story on the previous entry, you know what I am talking about.
12. Wave at all cyclists that I see.
13. Drink more water. I should be drinking 116oz per day. Typical goals entry.
14. Trim the number of bikes in my garage to:
2 MTB (Fuel EX 29, Slash 27.5)
1 Road bike (Flanders Domane)
1 Fat Bike
1 Cyclocross Bike
1 Jump/Pump track bike - Really, does a person need more than that? Some people would say yes (normally I'd be one of them), but I am going to do my best to pull it down to those.
15. Do a road bike trip. I do like riding my road bike, and more importantly it is what Liz really really likes.
16. Master small and medium double jumps on my slopestyle bike
17. Learn to wheelie on both my favorite mountain bike 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.
18. Take Liz and girls to NYC Liz has been all over the world, but not to NYC.
19. Change my bikes to tubeless. It is 2014, it is time to move into 2010. Now that I can do all my bikes, I am going to go there full time.
20. Ride Copper Harbor
21. Ride 3 MTB Enduro races
22. Ride a race with Noah
23. Ride a race with Russel
24. Make the Gravity MTB project in Wisconsin a reality.
25. Drink more beer. (Belgian of course)
26. Do at least 8 CX races.
27. Win a CX race.
28. Read 3 personal books.
29. Read 3 professional books.
30. Get more involved with my community. Give time, get involved with a local cause directly.
31. Find a good charity that we can align with.
32. Fix my garage floor
33. Preseason training camp in Feb/March – St. Joe or Georgia
34. Win a 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. This past year I got a 6th at Ironman and then 5th at Loretta’s. Close, but not quite there.
35. Win WIXC old guy class. I have become a huge fan of the WIXC series. They are the best races in Wisconsin. I plan to do most if not all, and hope to win my class.
36. 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.
37. Master flat corners on my 250F.
38. Buy Aztalan membership and get better at jumping my 250F.
39. 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.
40. Shop more out of the SkyMall Delta magazine. They are such wonderful gift giving sources.
41. Get a Bablefish installed.
42. Put together the plan to climb Kilimanjaro with Liz.
There are 8 more, but they are work specific, so I can't tell you those. You know the drill, if I tell you I would have to blah blah blah...