My 2011 Resolutions

Happy New Year!

As I mentioned in my last post, I really like setting resolutions at the beginning of the year.  I’m a pretty goal oriented person, and even if I fail at the original resolution, it usually leads to something that I am glad I did.  This year I am going to try something a little different.  I have a few year long goals, but I am also going to focus on a smaller goal each month, something I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to do for a whole year.  Well, enough talk,, here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2011.

Complete a Triathlon (Olympic Distance)

This should be quite challenging for me, the closest Michigan triathlon is the Grand Rapids triathlon on June 5th, which gives me just under 5 months to train.  I think it’s possible, but will take a lot of work.  An Olympic triathlon is a 1.5K (.93 mi) swim, a 40K (25.1 mi) bike, and a 10K (6.2 mi) run.  The biking won’t be a problem. and the run shouldn’t be too brutal, but the swim will be tough.

No Ice Cream

Last year I didn’t drink pop for the entire year, so I thought this year I would try something similar.  Ice cream is one of the things I am routinely bad about eating, so I thought it would be a good choice.

Develop one new website/web service

Pretty simple, I want to design/develop at least one new web site or service.  Could either be someone else’s, or something of my own.  I’ve got a few ideas, but haven’t decided on one, so if you’ve got something you need some help working on, let me know!

Become Proficient at Shooting a Handgun

Just to be clear, I’m not planning a murderous rampage or anything.  I have enjoyed shooting rifles since I was younger and have always wanted to learn to shoot handguns.  For my birthday I got a free private shooting lesson at a local gun range, and plan on shooting at least once every other week until I’m a relatively decent shot.  I’ll be looking at buying a gun in February, so anybody with suggestions, feel free to let me know!

Blog at least once a week

Pretty basic, last year I started and will continue posting there, with some changes.

Monthly Challenges

Like I said earlier, instead of just yearly resolutions, I am focusing on something different each month.  It’s pretty simple really, each month I’ll choose one thing to challenge myself, and at the end of the month I will measure how it went. A few ideas I have are not eating out, no television, etc.  Each month I’ll post what I’m up to so you can follow along if you want.

Well that pretty much wraps it up, if you have any good ideas for a monthly challenge be sure to let me know.  Hope everybody has a great year!

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