I love goal setting. I love it almost as much as I love working towards the goals.
January is an exciting time of year because it’s when you set your goals and start working towards them. The year is full of possibilities!
So what are my goals for 2016?
In 2015 I was inspired by watching Dave and Alissa’s exploits. They both set HUGE goals and went after those goals without reservation. I have a tendency to be a bit of a sandbagger, but this year I’m going to try and emulate Dave and Alissa’s strategy of going for it all even if it means you might fail. It’s only by pushing yourself to your limits that you can find out where your limits truly are.
Goal 1 – Complete the Banff to Lake Louise Loppet on January 24th. This is a 72km cross-country ski race. I bought skis last week, I don’t really know how to ski with any sort of technique, and until this year the furthest I had ever skied was 22km. Special thanks to Arielle for convincing me to sign up for this race. Big, scary goal.
Goal 2 – Compete in the Canadian Ultra Skyrunning Series. This may not sound like a big goal, but consider that this means I will be racing 4 ultras in less than 3 months. More terrifying than that, is the fact that I will be starting with the Sinister 7 100M. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that 100s are very unpredictable. I’m also retiring my sandbagging attitude; I will compete for the top position and the fastest time possible, not just a finisher’s medal. This will require a huge shift in mindset and that scares me.
Goal 3 – Climb at least 200 000m. Last year my goal was to climb to Outer Space (100k metres) and I completed my goal in August. I figure this year I may as well double it. This goal doesn’t scare me, it’s just exciting. All my favourite places seem to be uphill 🙂
Goal 4 – Climb another 25 unique peaks. Okay, maybe this goal is not as big as the others, but this streak will get tougher as the years go by. I’m playing the long game on this one – how many years can I maintain the streak?
I hope you are having as much fun planning out your year as I am.