A new year is upon us. With this new year comes new hopes, new goals, and new wishes for the future. What are some goals that can work for both our day to day lives and our obstacle racing hobby?
1. Self Improve
People like to better themselves, it is up to you to figure out in what way you are seeking improvement. Find an area of your life to set a new personal record and actually track your growth and progress. Are you looking to run a faster 5k? Mark down the time you take doing one today and work on your endurance throughout the year. At the end of the year go take on the 3.1 miles again and see how your time changes. Hoping to do more push ups/pull ups/burpees/manmakers/etcetera? Wanting to increase your current max weights for deadlifts/squats/presses/more? Take the same approach. Do as much as you can and write down the date you tried and where your current stats lie. Put that piece of paper in an envelope and somewhere where you will be able to find it at the end of the year. You could even just make a note in your cell phone or put a post on Facebook that will come up in a timehop after a year.
2. Try Something New
New year, new me. That is the popular saying, right? How about new year, new event? If you have never done an obstacle course race before, now is a great time to look into one and try something you haven’t experienced before. If you have already participated in an event, look into trying a different race. Tough Mudder, Spartan, Savage, Bonefrog, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac, Terrain Race, the list of events goes on and on. Not to mention all of the smaller local named ones that happen around the globe throughout the year. Do not just stick with what you know. Get out there and embrace new opportunities and potentially find yourself a new favorite race or hobby along the way.
3. Spend More Time With Family
Obstacle Course Racing is a past time that is on the rise and becoming a quick favorite as a past time with participants. A lot of racers take on these events solo while there are many who do them with their significant other/partner. There are many events that are appropriate for the whole family and can get everyone outdoors and making memories with those they love. Not everyone is going to be ready to take on the terrain of a Spartan Race. Not everyone will happily sign up for the mileage of a Tough Mudder. Luckily there are many events that are appropriate for all ages and athletic abilities and can be a great experience to bond with family and friends. Look into doing an inflatable 5k, a bubble run, a color run, a glow run, or more fun experiences available throughout the year.
4. Travel More
There are so many amazing venues to be seen across the globe. Get out of your local comfort zone and go explore a new area. Use the time not only to experience an OCR event, but also give yourself some time to really appreciate the beauty of the world and sites that other areas have to offer. There is something amazing about comparing the same event at different venues. It is a completely different experience wherever you go. Try to compare Jacksonville Florida Spartan to Wintergreen Virginia Spartan. Florida is flat and sunny and located near beaches for post race fun. Virginia has great elevation change can be really foggy and eerie and had views that would take your breath away. Cross another race off your to-do list, but see new sites while you are at it.
5. Volunteer More
As unfortunate as it may sound, we live in a time where most people think of themselves before thinking of others. Why not take time this year to do something special for someone else? Sign up to volunteer at a race or event. Get out there and help with set up, sign in, aid stations, water stops, hanging out medals, clean up… anywhere that is the best fit for you. Spend a day not only seeing how much work goes behind the scenes, but also realizing how great it feels to help out throughout the day. Most races and events offer entry to their volunteers. Why not take that day of doing good a step further and consider giving that race entry away. Do you have a friend/family member/coworker/neighbor who has never tried an OCR event? Know someone who is having a tough time in life and can really use a smile? Maybe have someone around you who could use an event as a goal to work towards? Maybe brighten their day by passing along your well earned ticket and inviting them to join you on a course in the future.
True, there are so many goals that can be set for 2017, but here are some good ones to start you off. Think you can knock out all five? Do you have other goals and resolutions you have added to your to-do list? Leave a comment and let us know!