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My Physical Bucket List

Monday, October 20, 2008

I promised that I would write these out a week ago. These are a list of physical goals, or things I want to be able to do that are physically challenging, before I die. (These are not in any sort of order…just as I think of them.)

1)Bop to the Top (from tuxbro.com) “’Bop to the Top’” is a run-walk-crawl up the 37 floor OneAmerica Tower {in Indianapolis, IN}. The race will be strictly on the staircase...” The thing about this is I have been climbing the stairs to my cubicle (on the third floor) for the past two months now and I’m still breathing heavy by the time I make it to the top.

2)Thru hike the Appalachian Trail. What about strapping 50-60 pounds of gear, food and housing on my back and carrying it over 1700 miles through the woods appeals to me? I have no idea, but it has always appealed to me. I love being in the woods. It calms my soul and heals my heart.

3)Finish a marathon, or two, or maybe even three. This has been on my list for a long time. I have done several half marathons, but have never done a full marathon. Hopefully, I will have finished my EMT class and start training for my first marathon in the spring of 2009. (There are several marathons to choose from that are held in the fall.)

4)Do the “Goofy Challenge”. Walt Disney Wide World of Sports is responsible for this one. In January of every year, Walt Disney World in Florida hosts a half marathon and a full marathon. If you complete the half marathon, you get a Donald Duck medal. If you complete the full marathon you get a Mickey Mouse medal. If you complete both, you get a Goofy medal, plus the Donald and Mickey medals. Hence the name, Goofy Challenge. (My best friend who has done 3 of the half marathons with me says it’s called the Goofy Challenge because you would have to be goofy to attempt it.)

5)Finish an Ironman Triathlon. Again, this has been on my list of “want to do some day” for a long time. I saw a video about the Ironman one time and I was struck by desire. The Ironman, for those not familiar, is an endurance triathlon. It is a 2.4 mile swim in open water, a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 (full marathon length) foot race. Why do I want to do this? Just to say I have. As John Collins said “Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles…brag for the rest of your life.” If and when I do this, I will get an Ironman symbol tattoo. I even have on my fridge (done in Magnetic Poetry) “I do not want to be a weak and fragile woman, I want to be an iron goddess.”

6)Achieve a black belt in a marital art. I think strong women are sexy. And I think strong women who can kick butt (Think Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow in Alias or Jennifer Garner as Electra) are even sexier. I want to be one of those women. And I think it is important for every woman to be able to defend herself. One of the most empowering things I have done is take a self defense class.

7)Go rock wall climbing. I want to be able to do this. I want to have the strength necessary to do this.

8)White Water Rafting in Grand Canyon. I have a desire to go to the Grand Canyon and explore. I would love to see the Canyon from the bottom side up, instead of the upside down.

These are the ones I can think of at this time. Bottomline is: I want to be strong. I want to be able to defend myself or run to get out of the way. So I guess I better get off my fat butt and get started.

What would you like to achieve physically?
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  • REDNECKFEMINIST
    Very cool bucket list. I am trying to do at least one video a day because I have been relying too much on walking.
    4667 days ago
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