It has been just over a week since I officially launched this little project of mine, so I figured I’d take a minute to review what I’ve accomplished thus far and highlight the areas where I’ve stumbled. I’ll try to do one of these Updates once a week. I figure this will provide a simple synopsis to those of you who want to stay informed, but don’t care to read all of my ramblings. For my part I’ll either be crushed when I realize the weight of my failures, or motivated when I see the scope of my achievements. I really hope it’s the latter, but I suspect it will be a mixed bag. A little bit of “yeah, I did” with a touch of “awww man (thumbs down emoticon)”.
I’m going to take a bad news/good news approach. That way those of you who are rooting for me to fail can get your daily dose of Schadenfreude early and then get out, while the rest of you who are hoping I succeed can read to the end and leave on a positive note.
Setbacks, Obstacles, & Failures
There weren’t really any failures this week, it’s still way to early for a real juicy failure at this point. But don’t worry, there were a few setbacks and disappointments.
- My baseline tests – this was more of a blow to my ego than anything. As I said in The Long Road Ahead, the numbers are pretty humbling. Like a fool I thought I would come out with Maximums of at least 35 pushups, 60-80 situps, and 10-12 pullups. What a fool indeed.
- Yoga — back on Sunday I was pretty stoked about my Yoga setup and becoming a bit more enlightened. As it turns out a person would actually have to practice Yoga to find that enlightenment, and I just haven’t been practicing. Since Sunday afternoon I have done exactly 0 minutes of Yoga. Definitely a setback.
- Gateway Music Festival — as part of my tour of Saskatchewan, I really wanted to visit this music festival held in Bengough every year. Unfortunately this year’s festival is being held on the same weekend as the Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival, for which I’ve already registered. DISAPPOINTED!
Achievements, Opportunities, & Successess
- Blog — that’s right, I got this badass blog up and running, and managed to contribute content to it most days. That’s a win in my books.
- Pushup, Situp, Pullup Programs — I’m not happy with my baseline results, but I did get my programs in place and started working them. I’m tracking my results here if you care.
- Couch to 5 km — I got back into running last Tuesday with the C25K program from Cool Running. I’ve been using their app and haven’t missed a run yet. self-high-five
- Scheduled Races — I have now signed up for my three distance races. 10 km at the Saskatchewan Marathon on May 28th, 21.1 km at the Queen City Marathon on September 10th, and a full marathon on December 17th (race name withheld to preserve a surprise).
- Reading List — Not only did I get my list of 40 books completed (with a little help from my friends). I managed to get started on two of the books. I’m plowing through the Brothers Karamazov a little more slowly than I’d hoped, but I’m still making progress. To make up for my slow pace on BK, I’ve started listening to St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves on my drive to and from work. If you enjoy dark, macabre stories told from the perspective and with the wit of young protagonists I strongly recommend this collection of short stories by Karen Russell.
- Dragon Boat Team — I managed to successfully register a team for the 2017 Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival. Now I just have to find a team to put in that boat, which would have been a lot easier if I was still running the Taekwondo school.
- Country Thunder – Craven 2017 — What used to be known as the Big Valley Jamboree, a Saskatchewan institution, is now part of the Country Thunder festival circuit. I’m not a huge country music fan, but it wouldn’t be a tour of Saskatchewan without a stop in Craven and the only reason to stop in Craven is for the beer and the music festival. All this to say that I purchased two tickets for the Friday Lineup.
- 40 Saskatche-wonders — I finally got my list together of places and things I’d like to explore and do throughout Saskatchewan over the next year. I haven’t written a post about these events and places yet, but you can find a google map of the list here if you’re interested.
- Piano — I continued with my practice on the old Casio LK-260. More importantly, as requested I have begun the work of composing a little song of my own. I’m calling it Ross’ Dream in honor of Dr. Ross Eustace Geller esteemed paleontologist and amateur keyboard enthusiast.
- Supporters & Followers — unexpectedly, my blog has developed a handful of followers. So shoutout to my friend lmunif, following via email, to fellow bloggers @meditatingmillennial and @geekyggirl, and of course to my good friend Tara who left this on my Facebook feed today: If I’ve missed anyone please let me know so that I can give you your props in the next update.
Ten seems like a good number of achievements, so I guess I’ll leave it there. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking it out, and if you’ve been waiting patiently thank you, but you’re better than this.