New year, new you! I especially hate this time of year. Everyone crowds the trails with their have hearted attempt at New Years Resolutions. Come on we know this will only last for month. You know when the best time to buy fitness equipment is? March or April. By then everyone has side lined their far fetched goals. I found some statistics (but could find the source of the data) that estimated that only 8% of people who make resolutions, actually succeed at completing them. So as a little bit of fun I thought we could look at what 8% looks like in terms of our world, the outdoors.
The Marathon- That couch to marathon training plan looks more realistic now that you only have to run 2.1 miles. Maybe this is why the ultra is being called the new marathon.
The Pacific Crest Trail- Forget taking months off to hike the PCT, you only need to to do 213 miles of it! For some ultra runners thats only a 3 day trip. Piece of cake.
Race Weight- If you were only a few pounds lighter you could get that PR. It is much easier now that all you have to do is drop 1.2 pounds of your 15 pound weigh loss goal. Just one day of having the flu and you will have your goal met!
GPS Tracks- Throw caution to the wind on your next trip and spare yourself the hassle of downloading the whole GPS track. 8% of the track should get you a few miles past the trailhead, you'll be fine.
If you haven't figured out I think New Years Resolutions are a joke, and hopefully so do you. If you want to set goals this year, be realistic. Really quantify how much time you have to put towards these goals, and lay out specific plans for how to achieve them. Most of all, don't join the 92% club and not accomplish your resolutions.