Kick the Bucket

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What are your ultimate goals? What are the things you wish to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”? Sure we all have goals for this year, the next five years, and the next ten. But what is it you want to do? You know that list things you would have wished you have done if you were to die tomorrow.

As humans we always have this notion that tomorrow will always come that we will still be here next week and the year after. That isn’t always the case. They say work today and play tomorrow. I say play everyday. So here I am making a list of all the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime.  You should make one too and then go after them!

Bucket List:

  • Learn to play the guitar and be good at it
  • Travel across Europe
  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Win an oscar for best picture
  • Have a role on Doctor Who
  • Walk every major red carpet
  • Win an award at Sundace and Cannes
  • Sky dive
  • Become an accomplished novelist
  • Become fluent in at least two more languages
  • Complete at least 5 tours

This is just the beginning. More to come!

Unexpected Goal Making

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I have been biking regularly since April but I didn’t really expect to do more with it except exercise. After all I was using my mom’s 15 year old sears bike. However as I continued it became a bit more. I had mixed it with other forms of exercise but the other things felt forced and I dreaded doing them.

Biking however was always fun and I loved to push myself as much as I could. Then this came along: the Lifetime Grand Fondo, a tour with a choice of 15, 30, or 60 miles. I figured why not, and signed up, for the 15 of course.

Then it was suddenly like I got hold of a bug. I got a new bike off of Craigslist and updated it. Here’s the new bike:

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Yesterday was the event. 15 miles and one grueling hill that I had to take three times, also stopping twice to adjust my seat…. but in the end I made it!

I’ve made many goals for this year but this one wasn’t in the plan but it has become important nonetheless. It is amazing how things can change through out the year and small things can become goals. I am looking forward to my next bigger tour and new unexpected goals!

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Today’s Ride: Existential Thoughts

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Currently training for a touring event (marathon of biking) in which I will be doing a 15k. It’s been interesting so far. It’s just me, the wind, and nature. I never listen to music when I bike, mostly because then I can’t hear what is around me and I cross some busy intersections. Also I just like the peacefulness about it. Although no ride is the same and I seem to have existential moments as I’m riding so here is what happened with today’s ride:

1. Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten that peach prior to leaving. Granted I did it because it had been sometime since I’d eaten breakfast but now I might throw up. Great. Just hold it in.

2. Every time I come around the corner I look for deer. Is that weird?

3. If I had a nickel for every time a grasshopper jumped at me or a bug hit me in the face…

4. Was this hill always this hard?!?!?!?!

5. Why do so many other bikers still past me when I feel like I’m going so fast?

6. Nothing like breathing hard and biking when you pass down wind a field of manure. Never have I wanted to breathe and not breathe at the same time so badly.

7. I really should learn how to switch gears and also possibly get a new bike.

8. Did I mention I’m riding a 15-year-old crappy sears bike that keep having to adjust the seat on as it keeps turning. Did I mention it’s pissing me off?!

9. AND now I’ve been whistled at by a stranger from the dark cresses of his white pickup truck…. lovely.

10. Water bottle is covered in dirt. I would wipe it off with my clothes but I’m covered in bug spray. Last time I did that my lips when alarmingly numb. Hmmm what to do? I guess I’m eating dirt. I hope I don’t end up on one of those weird medical shows…

11. Up the hill. Down the hill. Up the hill. Down the hill. Why are there so many hills?

12. I am sooo hungry.

13. Yeah train! I wonder what time this train runs, maybe I can take it sometime? I wonder what it’s like to sit in the upper part? I bet it’s really cool.

14. Was that a deer? My heart might have just stopped.

15. I just got past by a little girl… I just… whatever.

16. Sir if you could not mean mug me while walking your little dog that would be great.

17. OMG is someone frying donuts?

Thirteen miles and finally home.

18. Stairs are hard.