It turned midnight for my friends in Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Happy New Year! Yes, of course Happy New Year to all in Australia, but I have friends in those four places and want to make a particular shout out to them.
I do not make resolutions but I do make goals for the year. They are nothing crazy, they are measurable, reachable goals that involve developing skills and strength through practice. These goals only make my life more rewarding by having a healthy strong body but they are also really fun and will involve 6 months or more of practice each. So in particular order:
- Master the pistol squat.
- Get StrongFirst Certification
This is not so that I can teach Pavel Tsatsouline method of kettlebells, but to prove to myself that I can develop the strength to do 100 kettlebell snatches, 12kg in 5 minutes. along with perfect form in the
- Swing (one 12kg bell)
- Turkish Get-Up (one 12kg bell)
- Double Clean (two 12kg bell)
- Press (one 12kg bell)
- Double Front Squat (two 12kg bell)
- Snatch ((one 12kg bell)
There is a 30% failure rate on those that can even make it to certification day.
- Race the WhiteFace Skymarathon,
So when I say “race” I don’t want to just participate and run it, I want to run it hard and do well. Thanks to my new coach, Sean Meissner at Sharmaulta I am feeling really good about this. I have worked with Sean for just 2 weeks now, but I love how he puts together a training plan.
- Race the Marquette Trail 50 in MI
Same as #4. Additionally having a coach, I can focus on the work I need to do, running, and not think about planning my run schedule. Plus a coach can see far more clearly when their athlete needs to be pushed or needs to back off. This is hugely important to me.
- Build a canoe by hand.
This takes a lot of skill, none of which I have. I identified two canoe building teachers, one at the Adirondack Folk School, the other at the Bershire Boat Building School. What I especially like about the Bershire school is that the man who own’s it is named “Hilary.” Many of Hilary’s boats classes are solo lightweight canoes for easy carry and would be awesome for Adirondack canoe camping.
Of course there are other things I will do, other races, personal bests I want to beat, but right now they are not specific or measurable, two requirements of a good goal, as in S.M.A.R.T. defined as one that is specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and timebound.
After being in a boot last year for my broken foot and getting weak, I am all about strength focus and having fun. Being that my goals involve skill makes them all the more interesting. What are your S.M.A.R.T goals for 2016?