Have you noticed that the days are getting warmer and the sun is shining a little longer? Spring has arrived and summer is coming but no season lasts long in New England. We could be back to snowy forecasts in just over 4 months so time is of the essence. I find that lists help me get more done when every weekend counts. Below is my list of my warm weather goals; hopefully they will inspire you to make your own list then get out there and do it.
1. Climb Owl’s Head
New Hampshire has 48 mountains that are 4,000 feet or taller and I have been fortunate enough to climb 47 of them. Owl’s Head is the only peak left on the list. Reaching the summit of Owl’s Head will accomplish a goal that I have been working towards since I was a teenager.
There are trail races and there is the 7 Sisters Trail Race. Some trail races meander over pleasant meadows, fields of flowers and forgiving hills. The 7 Sisters Trail Race course climbs almost 4,000 feet in 12 miles while subjecting runners to mud, loose rock and sometimes vertical climbing. The average runner takes three hours to complete this feat which is agonizingly slow by road running standards. I have done this race several times but was unable to complete it last year. This year I am determined to get my revenge by reaching the finish line.
This the oldest canoe race in the United States for a reason. Your $15 entry fee gets you into an exclusive party with hundreds of paddlers waiting their turn to get in the water and eight miles of top notch paddling that features everything from flat-water to class III rapids. The hundreds of fans lining the course and rescue boaters at the most intense rapid are icing on the cake
I should disclose that my boat is a Dagger RPM MAX which is great for the rapids but it tracks as well as a bath tub (and half as fast) in flat water. This means I certainly won’t set a course record but that doesn’t matter. This race is New England tradition where the only real goal is to have a great time
4. Ride to Work Five Times
Riding my bike to work is a win no matter how you look at it. The 40 mile round trip is a great workout, I get to park next to the building and I avoid burning any gas. My work day just seems a little better when I use my bike to get there. Riding to work five times is completely attainable and it will save a few gallons of gas and burn thousands of calories.
5. Learn to Rock Climb
Life would be pretty boring if I never tried anything new. I have not spent much time on rock but I am hoping to change that this summer by learning rock climbing basic then getting on some rock to see what it is all about.
Accomplishing these goals will make for an epic season. What are your goals?