Well, I guess this could be considered an early 2012 retrospective as this is my first blog post this year (so much for the goal of doing one a week, a goal I am not sure is actually all that worthy to be honest)
Firstly, about the 101 goals in 1001 days. I am so glad I did it, just the act of thinking about what you want to achieve is worthwhile, putting a time limit on it so it’s not a bucket list for someday but a list of things you are seriously going to try achieve in a few years. The 1001 days is interesting, short enough to feel some pressure but long enough to have a few of each season for anything that is time sensitive. I think I was a bit ambitious with my list, though I always knew it was a reach I probably bit off more than I could chew!
Before I go through them all I just want to say the most transformative thing of the whole 1001 days has been this year, in particular running and the impact it has had on my fitness. When I talked about the 101 goals lots of people got excited but everyone kind of did a double take when they saw I was doing a marathon, I think they did not believe I could (and I can’t blame them, I’ve never been super-fit and was in my worst shape ever). I started in Jan with the NHS Couch to 5k and then an excellent training schedule provided by Oxfam as I was entered into Edinburgh for them in May. I trained really hard for it as you can tell from the runkeeper stats, 88,365 calories - 592.2 miles and active for nearly 6 days in total! The purple in May is when I started biking after not having a bike for 15 years or so and unfortunately I came off it a few days before the marathon and broke my arm and dislocated my shoulder. I was so ready and had raised so much for Oxfam that I thought I had to do it so (after being dissuaded from duct taping my arm still) I decided to walk it, and finished just in time for medals!
So that went well but I was unable to train for quite a while and missed the chance of doing a triathlon this year.
I used my new fitness level to try and climb every 3000ft mountain in Wales in a continuous walk on a weekend when a months worth of rain fell in a day and we had 40mph winds, managed 11 of them.
After going on a safari in Kenya with Petra, my sister Carrie and my Mum (which Carrie captures perfectly here ) I met my friend Colin (who I have known since the first day of primary school, actually not the only friend I can say that of I am lucky to have a few) in tanzania and we climbed Kilimanjaro. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but not in a satisfying way, the typical kili trip does not allow enough time to acclimatize and your resistance to altitude is largely genetic and it’s quite a dirty and busy mountain. Glad I did it? Yeah, proved I have some serious resolve. Would I recommend? No, there are nicer challenges that reward preperation more and are cleaner and more beautiful. Maybe I should say more but a portered trip walking only 5h a day and going too high too quickly does not compare to the Alps or even UK hill days. Maybe it’s still too soon and retrospective pleasure has not kicked in yet but I am sure I’ll stand by it.
The week after I did the Liverpool marathon too, basically I thought it was a toss-up between the red blood cells from kili and a twisted ankle how well I would do but in the end I had just not got enough long runs in and my quads packed in at 22 miles and I needed to walk a bit. Me and Carrie, who apparantly I inspired to enter the marathon (though she beat me by 15 mins!)
The founding members of the Bread Wine and Cheese Athletics association crossing the line together then finishing the goodies we took along with us.
I’m still raising money at justgiving.com/tommys-final-push for WarChild. All money donated is doubled by Forward next week so every penny counts twice!
So, smashing it this year but how did I do overall? Dayzero has me on 42 complete. I am quite pleased but have decided to extend to the end of the year and try and tick a few more off, not least so I can have a finishing party. My goals, my rules after all ;-)
I will be doing another 101 goals, building up to swimming the Helespont and doing an ironman (quite a reach as I can’t swim at the moment!)
What would I change? Blog more about it, involve more people, have as much drive as I had this year for the whole period.
I am really please to have encouraged half a dozen others to start lists.
1, Teetotalitarianism for 3 months 2, Cheeseless for 3 months 9, Read GEB 11, Reread all Dennett books 15, Proofread for Project Gutenberg 48, Create a Backblaze storage pod 53, Make Jam 66, Via Ferrata in Italy 78, Learn to use Emacs 82, Visit Egypt 83, Re-visit Louvre 85, Visit Pergamon Museum 86, Give Carrie a British Museum Tour 92, Read “An Ode Less Travelled“, do the exercises (but not share them!) 97, Be 1/3 through in 2010 100, Set success criteria / progression metrics for each goal 5, Lose 2 stone 10, Write book reviews for each book I read\ 76, Do on average 1 Project Euler problem per week 88, Go to the theatre on average once a month 101, Do 100 day updates 44, Visit The Uffizi in Florence (was Get CCEE) 61, Do a UK long distance path 3, Do a marathon 21, Read GTD 24, Swim with sharks 73, Make a Dots and Boxes program 79, Raise £5005 for charity 39, Take Mum, Dad and Carrie to the Welsh Mountain Zoo 56, Make beer 51, Investigate Visa situation for Australia 52, Investigate Visa situation for US 54, Grow mushrooms 32, Bungee Jump 34, Vineyard tour 96, Let loans run course and don't get any more 64, Climb a continental highest mountain 33, Safari 20, Organise a big bash for my 30th 84, Revisit Met Museum 28, Drive Off Road 31, Hire the whole of Salvos Salumeria for an evening
Attempting before Christmas (23)
13, Release 303 books on bookcrossing.com 68, Complete Pimsleur German 72, Read “Winning Ways” 74, Read AI: A Modern Approach 75, Watch SICP, do exercises from book 77, Complete “Real World Haskell” 91, Memorise 10 poems 46, Listen to Radio 4 / British Museum A History of the World in 100 Objects and view each 89, Return to the Theatre by the lake 7, Write an article for Plus new writers 14, Read a short story for librivox 16, Send Dennett a letter 17, Send Dawkins a letter 18, Read Joyce 23, Organise all my DVDs 38, Take dad to an opera 58, Cook a 4 course meal for 20 friends 55, Paint a watercolor 57, Make wine 71, Learn 10 magic tricks 80, Talk about Free Software at a school 87, Go on wine tasting course 99, Have a completion party
Abandoned / Failed (36)
67, Do another alpine 4000m peak 19, Blog on average once a week 50, Move 10 people to FreeAgent 95, Pay off all credit cards 8, Read all the VSIs 12, Read all PG Wodehouse 81, Watch all TTC Art history DVDs 90, See all world heritage sites in the UK 43, Visit the rijksmuseum (was Get CCNP) 45, Give blood every 20 weeks (was Get MCITP – Enterprise Admin) 47, Make a Munro bagging site in Rails (was Say to a recruiter “I dont work ” and turn down work) 60, Hike on average once a month 62, Do a big hike in Europe 35, Visit 5 Michelin 3* restaurants 37, Visit porto 94, Go to Edinburgh festival 4, Do a triathlon 6, Attend martial arts classes for 3 months 22, Spend 3 months in another country 25, Paraglide 26, Learn to play bongos 27, Skydive 29, Do a banger rally 30, Have a track day 36, See Northern Lights 40, Do 1000 things in London 41, Do a standup comedy course 42, Visit Japan 49, Work only 100 days in a year 59, Do a photography course 63, Attend NIM 69, Learn to dance 70, Learn to play golf 93, Go to Melbourne Comedy Festival 65, Volunteer for the mountain bothies association 98, Have done 2/3 by day 666