Ok, so let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions… it’s been just over a month since we rang in 2013 and it’s time to do some revaluation. First off, I’m not a fan of calling them “Resolutions.” If you look at the definition, it means “the act or process of resolving.” Ok, that’s really specific, and not what I visualize a resolution to be. It should be bold, something good, and something that should get me moving and running around. After all, the most common New Year’s Resolutions have to do with losing weight or getting in shape. Instead, I’m going to start calling my “New Year’s Resolutions” my “New Year’s Intentions.” I got the idea from a wonderful article from Backstage.com by Craig Wallace, an acting teacher. The title of the piece is New Year’s Intentions for Actors, and he highlights how having intentions may be better. Resolutions to him mean that you’re being selfish, like the world owes you something. But an intention is more active and it means that he is giving his all rather than demanding that something be given to him. I like this idea a lot more. So I’m going to list some New Year’s Intentions. And with me being a really active kind of guy who enjoys to travel and see all that the world has to offer, I’m going to talk about my resolutions that have to do with being active and enjoying the great outdoors, as well as checking out a couple of new places! Some prep work for this: I recommend writing your Intentions out on a piece of paper. Writing something on the computer makes it seem artificial and you can certainly write them out on your computer so you get the wording right, but hand writing something gives it a certain amount of personal meaning. Remember the last time you received a hand-written letter and how special that made you feel? Do the same with your Intentions; after all, it’s your life! Second, write them out beginning with “I intend to…” this puts your goals in the here and now, rather than in the future. It makes you think about them more, and maintains a sense of action. Third, put them in some place where you’ll see them every day. I have mine right next to my alarm clock so that when I turn it off I have to look at it. I also have one next to my bedroom door. So without further ado, I give you my New Year’s Intentions. 1.) Trifecta for Spartan Race I intend…to compete in the Trifecta for Spartan Race: Spartan Race is a type of adventure race, which combines trail running with obstacles ranging from climbing a rope ladder to jumping over fire and throwing spears. Think boot camp on steroids. I tried Spartan Race for the first time in August, 2011, and it was humbling. There was water, fire, mud, spears, and a giant dude who threw me literally on my ass…and I loved every minute of it. This year I’m going for their three distances: the Sprint (3 miles); the Super (8-10 miles); and the Beast (12+ miles). If you do all three distances in one year, you get a Trifecta medal, and it’s means you’re a special kind of badass, or crazy depending on how you look at it. This is going to involve me traveling to three different places: Nevada, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Since I’ve never been to Nevada, it’ll be a cool new experience. 2.) Re-start Skiing and Snowboarding I intend…to Re-start Skiing and Snowboarding: I live in Vermont, the home of beautiful winters, a few Olympic gold medalists, and spectacular mountains. Up here, if you don’t enjoy the winter sports, you’re just considered weird. I started skiing when I moved up here in high school, then switched to snowboarding. But once I got into college, I simply didn’t have the time, or the money. Now that I’m out of school, I intend to try both of them again and see which one I like more, and then get up on the mountain a few times. I mean, with so many ski parks around me, some of them world renowned, I don’t have an excuse. 3.) Re-qualify for the National Triathlon Race …Again I intend…to re-qualify for the National Triathlon Race…Again: This is a funny one. A good friend of mine had gotten into these insane races (where you have to do a combination of swimming, road biking, and running) a few years ago and convinced me to do one. I thought “ok, let’s do it.” So I entered one last July with no training, and no idea what I was in for, and while I didn’t do terribly, there was much room for improvement. So I signed up for another one a month later, and did a bit of training and got borrowed some equipment. The entire month leading up to it, this same friend made a gamble that I’d qualify for nationals (you have to win your age group), while I vehemently denied that that would happen. After the race, I found out that I won my age group, and thus qualified (due to a friendly bet, I owe her 5 bucks). But because of a technicality (mainly that I wasn’t a part of USA Triathlon, the membership that the serious triathletes are a part of), I didn’t qualify, even though I did. So, I’m going to give it another go. 4.) Visit Australia I intend…to visit Australia: I’ve always been fascinated with The Land Down Under and all it has to offer. It’s got The Great Barrier Reef, which is on my bucket list. That in an of itself is something to behold, especially because a lot of experts are saying that it’s shrinking. Plus, I want to visit The Outback and say I’ve actually been there. All in all, it’s going to be a very busy year, filled with lots of training, sweat, probably a nervous breakdown or two, and some tears. To be honest, I’m a bit scared; this is a bit daunting to me, and I am afraid I will fail. But to quote Michael Jordan: “I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” And with that, I’m off on another adventure!!!