Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's Next

Every year for the last 10 or so I have written goals and objectives for myself for the new year. The last two years those have been very very simple, 2008 was get out of pain ( that was berfore I knew what was causing the pain) and 2009 was recover. In years previous I have organized my goals up into personal, professional, athletic and spiritual. For 2010, now that I am mostly recovered, I am going back to the old way.

I have been thinking a lot about my athletic goals. I am waaaaaay out of shape. It is hard coming from where I was two years ago to now, to not beat myself up about my fitness. As a true puddin' I have always been pretty good abouyt only doing things that are funn and have immeditae reward. That is why it is much easier right now to watch House DVDs drink rum and eat bacon. I am already at 195 pounds which is 10 pounds heavier than I have ever been and 20 more than my fighting weight. On the psoitive side it is better than the 127 pounds that I weighed 14 months ago. The fact of th matter is that I just cant stand seeing the spare tire that has developed around my waist. There is no way that I am going to go out and buy another set of pants the next size up.
I haven't really gotten back on the bike yet. For some reason I am really having trouble with feeling ready for it. At the same time I really want it. So for now I am spending time in the gym on the walking/ running machine and the rowing machine. I am enjoying that, as well as the free weights and core work. I do feel like it is too early tgo set a big goal. No Death Ride this year. I would be really stoked if I could ride a century by next fall but I really don't know if that is realistic.
One of my goals is to be able to paddle Giant Gap this year. I think the hike in would truly be the biggest challenge for me. Not to say that the whitewater would not be a challenge. As a result I am alreaddy working on walking and getting my legs strong for downhills. I am also trying to figure out what boat to paddle... I am open to suggestions.

7 comments:

Heather Brooks Freer said...

nice to hear your words again!

wig sy said...

Hey Spence,

I'm the right guy for you. I just weighed myself at 214 yesterday and that was with the friendly scale. I just had surgeries on my left knee and right and left shoulders, all in the last 4 months. My left shoulder seemed to have freezed up quite a bit. In any case I'm up for getting the bike greased and moving and the Gap sounds good to me as well. I can probably make you look good on the bike just by riding with me. Let me know.

wig

NoTacoHandle said...

Spencer,
Let's ride. Give me a shout and we'll take a mellow ride w/our spare tires. Viva La LoCo y Tu!!
Patrick

bikesgonewild said...

...i agree w/ heather...glad to see a little articulation, spencer...

...no pressure, amigo but somewhere down the line when you get some cycling legs under you, i wanna come up for a ride...
...cross bikes, road bikes, whatever...

Anonymous said...

You know, anyone who can conquer what you did in 2008 is able to do anything. Give yourself a break.

Love,

Granny

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Anonymous said...

I can't kayak for shizzle BUT I am strong like ox & could hike a kayak in to Giant Gap. Consider it an offer. xo, Noey