What’s Your 2011 Plan?
So here we are, nearly a week into the New Year. Wow, time flies! I’m not big into New Year’s resolutions, as I don’t want to be one of those people that plan unrealistic or unachievable goals that just get shelved after a month or so of half hearted effort. That said, I also try not to set my expectations so low that it appears all I want to do is sit on the couch. I’m sure there is a happy medium somewhere, and mine will involve 2 wheels in more ways than one.
Something new for me – and certainly a challenge is completing my first ½ Ironman later this spring. I’ve made the first commitment by signing up but much of the work is still to come. The training for this will have to start in earnest pretty quick. Spending more quality time on a road bike actually “training” for something will be a first for me but I’m looking forward to it. After a winter of running my cross training fitness should slide over into the bigger picture ½ Iron training schedule making for a strong base. My biggest challenge will be the swimming part. When running, you can always walk and riding, you can always slow down. Swimming though, if you stop, you will drown. An open water lake swim of just under 2 kms will certainly be my biggest hurdle. I’ll let you know how that training is going in the next few months.
I also am looking forward to keeping on mountain biking whenever/wherever I can. I have a trip planned with my wife down to Fruita, Grand Junction and Moab area later this spring too. That will be fun to explore some new terrain and trails in such a beautiful area. I’m also hoping to get over to Australia and Tasmania for some mountain biking with Ryan Leech and Jay Hoots sometime in the next few months too. Those cats always keep me smiling while chasing them down a new trail.
With bike shows taking Norco/us to Seattle, Sea Otter, Whistler and Vegas, I’ll try to pedal in every one of those locations too. Oh and I’ll be looking forward to supporting ALL YOU riders that will be doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer events this year. Norco has come on board as an official Bike and Tech Support Sponsor to these events. Check out conquercancer.ca to find out more information. Although I won’t be riding the event, it is rides like this that make me want to load up some panniers and go for a cycling trip. I haven’t done too much of that for years, but I grew up loving it.
Another 2 wheel experience I am looking forward to is off road moto’ing in and around Death Valley this spring with Factory Team Rider Jay Hoots and a few buddies. That will be followed up with other cool trips into beautiful BC planned later in the year. Moto’s are always such a good way to see a wide/diverse area when time is limited.
So, although I don’t have any official “New Year’s resolutions”, I do have lots of things I’d like to do this year. I don’t think I’ll get too bored wondering what to do next.
Enjoy your New Year. Think about your 2011 goals, and get on out there!