#1 – Learn how to clean and take care of my bike. I just purchased this brand spankin’ new beauty. It feels good to say that I have my own bike. The past two years I’ve ridden a clunky hand-me-down from my younger brother, which really doesn’t make sense considering the direction sibling inheritance usually goes. The last thing I want is to become someone who rides up and down the Monon with no understanding of all those gears and gadgets cranking beneath my seat. I need to learn to change a flat. I need to learn to clean my chain. I need to learn to ride in a straight line, but that’s another topic of discussion.
#2 – Not get sunburned. It’s nothing but SPF 50 from here on out guys, I’m serious. Yesterday, I was lying out by the pool with the little gal I babysit. It was hot of course, but cloudy (you can see where this is going). I had been outside the previous day, with sunscreen, and was disappointed that my skin’s color had barely changed. So yesterday, impatient me left the sunscreen at home and today, I’m paying for it. I KNOW! It was dumb. And it’s got to stop and I’m stopping it now. Sun, you’ve burned me for the last time.
#3 – Read as much as I can. I know I talk about books a lot. But that’s because I love to read. I also think reading is the easiest, fastest way to get a little smarter. Right now I’m finishing up David Sedaris’s new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. Weird title, right? After that, I need to read some Hemingway and possibly take care of that Jane Austen problem I mentioned in my last post.
#4 – Hike a fourteener. That is, a 14,000 foot mountain in the beautiful state of Colorado. The boyfriend and I attempted a fourteener last summer and failed pretty spectacularly. But no hard feelings, it was our own fault. We were ill prepared to say the least. Problem number one was our lack of a 4WD Jeep. Imagine us, trying to navigate our way up a road like the one below (yes, that is technically a “road”) in our rental Ford Escape.
Nothin’ parties like a rental, as they say. The boyfriend manned the wheel while I guided him up the road, trying to strategically place rocks so he wouldn’t pop a tire… yeah. This summer, we’re going to make sure getting to our trail head requires nothing but our own two feet. Some maps might come in handy, too.
#6 – Swim, bike, run. Now that the mini-marathon is over and done with, I need a new competitive event to obsess over. Enter, triathlon training. More on this later, don’t you worry.
#7 – Slow down, relax and smile. Because life is good.