So far, I’ve taken the big steps in getting ready for my adventure — first, actually making the decision to walk away from my career (if, perhaps, temporarily), then breaking the news to my employer, and then, of course, telling the world (i.e., Facebook). That was the easy part.
- Iowa (RAGBRAI, a week of biking and drinking across Iowa)
- Colorado for three weeks
- Back to Chicago
- Madison, WI (Ironman Wisconsin)
- Peru (Machu Picchu)
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- New York, NY (NYC Marathon)
- Mendoza, Argentina
- Pucon, Chile (Ironman Pucon 70.3)
- New Zealand
- New Zealand
- Australia (Mooloolaba Triathlon)
- Lanzarote, Canary Islands
- Ironman Lanzarote
- France? Germany?
- ???/ Europe
- Swim in this pool:
2. Learn Spanish: I admit, most of my thinking about this trip has been quite positive. But every once in a while, usually late at night, I allow myself to consider the fact that my vacation won’t be all puppies, rainbows, and unicorns. I’m traveling by myself, and inevitably, there are going to be lonely days. I’m thinking those lonely times can be alleviated if, y’know, I can communicate with the people around me. So…. Spanish lessons it is.
3. Learn to surf: my grandparents lived right on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a huge surfing locale. I’ve gone there multiple times a year since as long as I can remember. Why have I never actually graduated beyond the boogie board? Don’t know, but I’m going to change that.
4. Do this:
Sandboarding on the dunes in Peru. I tried snowboarding once. I finished all black and blue, and spent the next couple days complaining that my “brain hurt.” But sand’s softer and less slippery, right? Time to try again.