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January 1, 2010 Family, Fear, Fitness, Friends 1 Comment

Enough of the reflection already. Let’s move on to the hopes of the new year!

I have said out loud that I have no intention of going back to a desk job just for the sake of having a job. If I find something that I really care about OR if things get really dire for us financially, I’ll take a job with The Man. Otherwise, I have my sights set elsewhere:

Number 1 Resolution for 2010:
Write my memoir

I have been talking about doing this for awhile now, and have even outlined a few chapters. I’m working on a more concrete plan, and even working on transforming our second bedroom into an “office” with a real desk and everything. I am not scared of failing in terms of not finishing it. I will get it done. I am more fearful that it won’t turn into anything or that I’ll find someone to publish it and it will otherwise be poorly received. The thing I’m trying to focus on is finishing the task that I have said I would do for several years.

Number 2 Resolution for 2010:
Complete the Vineman Half Ironman Triathlon

Burning calories is what you want? Train for a triathlon, that’s what I say! I was surprised at how many calories my body required just to stay nourished when I was training for the Santa Barbara Triathlon last year. A Half Ironman will be my longest event to date: 1.2 mile swim + 56 mile bike ride + 13.1 mile run. Greg signed up to do The Vineman, and then I was “encouraged” to do it by our friend Mike Kidder when I saw him in Kansas City just before Christmas. I agreed that this would be a good challenge for me and I psyched myself up to do it — but not psyched enough to actually REGISTER that day (December 18). No, I waited until today and found that the event filled up and that the wait list closed on December 24. Hmmph!

Mentally preparing for a race like that is difficult. Physically preparing for a race like that is grueling. Worrying how you’re going to get a registration ticket for that race is the worst. I am all set to find a swim coach to help me with my weakest link. I’ve been steadily improving my times on the bike and run. I love Kidder and his family, and it would be a great event to do together in Sonoma County ┬áin July. I just need a ticket!

These are some big goals for me this year. What are you aspiring to in 2010?

Happy New Year!


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