12 Jan It’s a New Year, 2017 is here.
It’s a new year, 2017 is here and resolutions are flying around everywhere. I’ve set resolutions each year and I’ve never felt content with them, they always seem too broad and come the following year I can’t even remember what they were. You know the usual ones, “I’ll try too eat cleaner”, “I’ll get fitter” or “I’ll be a better parent this year”. They seem so silly because how do you even measure goals like these. So this year I’ve made 3 goals. Simple and straight forward goals that I should be able to commit to for the rest of the year.
My first one seems simple but trying to fit everything in is always a struggle. So my first goal is to surf at least 3 times per week, that is 156 sessions in a year and totally achievable. I would love to aim for more but trying to set a higher number would have been unrealistic. It would then become another one of those disappointing new years resolutions that I never actually finished. If I can fit in more sessions then that is a bonus, also don’t forget I have to get through winter. I may have to invest in some gloves this year. I’m pretty sure my finger went blue or just plain white more than a couple of time this winter and deterred me from wanting to get out there until the sun came out. However, after reading about women surfing in winter at the top of the United Kingdom, I don’t think I have anything to complain about, nor can I make excuses.
My next goal is most likely going to be the hardest and the one that is going to cause a whole lot of frustration and determination. I want to learn how to do a turn on my back hand. My pop up is getting better slowly and my paddle strength is getting stronger each week. However, the most consistent wave in our area is a left, which isn’t great when you surf natural footed. You see when I actually catch a wave, I always find if really hard to keep up with the wave and loose so much speed. After watching lots of ‘Youtube’ videos and talking to some of the guys, it seems this turning thing is pretty important. I’m pretty sure this is going to take me longer than a year but lets see how I go. I’ll let you know next year. It may even turn into a 2 year goal.
Number 3, last but not least, to enter in a surf competition. We are very lucky to have a local board riders club and every couple of months they run surf contests and coaching clinics. Although the thought of competing seems to be way above me, I’m very keen to compete in at least one comp this year. Unfortunately, they don’t have a beginners level and you just compete in the open womens category, which I already know is way above my level but it’s also very relaxed and everyone involved is very encouraging. Therefore, I’m going to try and push aside my competitive nature and concentrate on it as being a learning experience, not a competition. Just getting out there will be a good little achievement in itself.
Hey! I even woke up first thing New Years day, sent a text to my surf buddies and headed out for a surf. I started the year the way I wanted the year ahead to be like. Full of fun, laughter, happiness, waves and salty hair.
So there you have it! My 2017 year ahead, I will no doubt have many other little goals along the way but this is a start.
Oh! Don’t worry I didn’t forget about the little munchkins. I do still have the goal of trying to be a good/better parent but thats going to be a life long goal.
Happy New Year everyone.