I am living with a couple of physical fitness nuts. My husband and my second daughter are training for a 180 mile bike ride for charity in April. That makes them do crazy things like spin class at 6 a.m.. They are totally focused on when the next ride will be and how far it will be and how many miles they can log in a week. They have a goal they are determined to reach.
We have Marathon Girl living with us for a few months while she does an internship in Houston and she is training for the Boston Marathon. Needless to say, training for a marathon is intense. I would not know because running 3 miles would be a marathon for me and it is merely a warm up for Marathon Girl. Her goal is to train without getting injured in the process and run in Boston!
I am surrounded by people training for something. I am starting to feel like I should set a goal and start training! OK, maybe I'll start training to break 100 on the golf course. A goal that has eluded me thus far and on many occasions seems totally out of reach... until I have a good round and I feel like it is just around the corner. Lately, the corner has been all the way down the block though. Maybe I can train for our upcoming ski trip. Oops....too late, it's only two weeks away. Better do more wall squats to strengthen my quads and maybe ride the bike a little, I hear it helps on the slopes. Something about that whole balance thing along with working the quads.
Obviously, I am not as goal oriented as my husband, my daughter or Marathon Girl. Goals are good, they give you direction. Guess I should set a few and get a little direction in my life. I did recently take a step to get closer to one of my goals. It is less of a physical fitness goal and more a mental fitness goal. I have wanted to take a writing course for a while, to learn some tricks of the trade and see where I lie on the Richter scale of writing. Many of the courses offered are just not what I am looking for. It is not my goal to publish the next great novel, I just want to improve my writing skills. I don't need a grammar lesson, some might disagree, but that is not what I'm looking for either. I found a course that comes close to what I am looking for, it isn't perfect, but at least I am going to jump in and get my feet...or in this case, hands, wet. The course begins at the end of February and to say I am already a bit intimidated would be an understatement! Someone else is going to read what I write and "grade" it for the first time in over 30 years, yikes! Writing for a semi-anonymous cyberspace public is one thing but writing and being judged by a professional and compared to other students is another thing. Will I be able to think of original material? Will my ideas seem elementary? Will I be able to stay awake for the entire class? ( It is from 1-3 in the afternoon, I remember sleeping through every university course I had at that time of day! The post lunch nap always won!) You can all look forward to riveting posts during the month of March as I improve my writing skills. Then again, I may not even have time to post anything on this here blog because I will be busy doing homework!
P.S. If you want to help my husband and/or my daughter reach their financial goals for their MS150 bike ride click here