Let's dive into my focuses for 2018 and beyond. Past few years, I have been focusing on a few aspect in my life. The biggest one is improving my physical and mental health. Injuries, depression, and illnesses have kept me down over the years. It comes in waves, but I've never lost focus on what I want to achieve in life. I'm determined to keep progressing myself across all the activities I love. This has been and will always be a major part of my life. Said that, I do need to step it up and make some changes to the way I train. Each time I get injured, it takes that much more energy and focus to get back into the game. I've had a horrible track record for getting injured almost every ski season, which cascades into my other activities like mountain biking. I hardly did any biking last year, was mostly all on paved trails. That is a huge passion of mine and I miss it. But I was always focusing on pushing weight over mobility, recovery, and yoga. I thought being super strong was needed to do all the big jumps and tricks, which is not really the case. Well I am not one for tricks anymore. I like the flow and beauty of just ripping it up and being out there. Yeah still have some style but not getting sucked into having to land a big trick. I can enjoy watching the young rippers progress the activities instead. I would rather keep my body in tack so I can enjoy all of my passions throughout the year and into my old fart years. Plus in the years to come, I am going to transition towards bigger mountain, deeper backcountry, and longer adventures. Upping the challenge overall, but I need to further develop some technical skills first.
So this year I am changing my focus, adjusting my plan, and really diving deeper into areas I know need improvement. Wrists, neck, and back are the major areas I have broken and/or jacked stuff up. I want to finally be able to do handstands, ski/bike without a sore neck, and strengthen my back/core all while keeping mobility, flexibility, and stabilization as my priority. Endurance is another area I want to improve, which I will be biking, running (yes you read that right), hiking, and training more cardio focused over heavy ass weight. Yes, still lift heavy here and there because there are still huge benefits from it, but focus more on the other areas. Figuring out a better way to keep my frostbiten toes warm too! Been an issue skiing, but so far I have made it work. At the same time, making sure I am putting the proper intake into my body to get the results I need. Staying away from the shit that makes me sick, rundown, and tired. I have this pretty dialed in but one can always make improvements. Really need to cut out the sugar, which is not a ton. But my body does works better on fats!
Another major focus is on needs over wants. I have been in debt for years because I just spent money without really thinking about it. I tend to spend it faster than I received it. Towards the end of 2017, I decided enough is enough and I needed to make some adjustment. This year, I am going to attack my debt head on! I want to get to the point I don't own anyone a cent, which is totally obtainable. I am however, still going to go on adventures and looking to get a 250cc motorcycle. It will become my daily driver to save a ton on gas going to and from work, use for some adventures, and so much more. Big plans for it! Everything outside of that will need to be evaluated. Yes, replace worn out or broken gear, but see if I can fix it myself first. Take care of what I currently have to make it last. Sell the things I don't need/use too. Plus, get a part-time gig, which I have a catering job I can capitalize more in the spring/summer/fall and probably see if I can work REI seasonal again. We will see.