Ten things to do in 2009

It’s almost a week into 2009 and, for the most part, I’ve been thinking about what I want to achieve during the rest of the year. I thought it would be a good idea to document my personal goals here so that come 2010, I will hopefully can hold my head up high and say I at least tried everything the list. For the last week, I’ve had a text file on my desktop and whenever I thought of something I would like to do, I jotted it down in the file. So here is the list:

  • Lower my body mass to 65 kg
  • Run 8 km in 40 minutes
  • Cycle 100 km per week
  • Complete the orienteering course at the Padarn Country Park
  • Boulder at V5 (for non-boulderers, that’s F6c, 6a, 5.11, etc.)
  • Take up sport climbing
  • Complete in at least one adventure race
  • Learn the basics of Welsh
  • Take more time off from work
  • Take a real holiday at least once

Some of the goals are pretty easy (a map of the course can be purchased from the gift shop in the slate museum car park!) while others require a lot more commitment. I would go so far as saying that 7 out of 10 are challenging. However, I’m not one to back away from a challenge. The adventure racing goal involves some sports I already enjoy doing (running, mountain biking, etc.) and will give me a chance to try out some new sports, such as kayaking. The trouble is selecting which event to enter! I’ve already identified several, one of which is a fairly epic 4-day event. I have a feeling I’ll be entering more than one.