My Goals for 35-36:
BHAG Consigliere for 3 Friends – Fail- Not for lack of trying. The idea was that I’d help three of my friends achieve a goal that they’d otherwise find extremely difficult. I found that if it’s important to them they’ll make it happen. Once I realized this was probably a wash I focused just on helping friends be awesome at what they wanted to be awesome at. Not that I don’t normally try to do that, but I focused on being very forward learning on it.
Run a 100 Mile Ultra marathon- Fail- Per my previous post, I didn’t achieve this. My second individual race and fourth overall. It was a good learning experience. If I hadn’t run this race I wouldn’t have known as much as I *think* I know now. It taught me a lot about the longer distances, and I’ve been training my ass off in preparation for next year.
Learn to scuba dive – Pass- Completed my final dive in early August. Still looking forward to doing the next thing, which is diving with sharks.
Visit Australia- Fail- Didn’t make it out there this year, although this year is looking very promising.
Become proficient in CSS, Python, JS, HTML- Pass- My skills have gotten seriously rusty in the last six months and I’m certainly not a professional, but I can get by on simple things and find the answer to complex things now. I’ve finally gotten past how to architect things and tie them all together, which was always my sticking point.
Pitch an Angel/VC investor- Pass- I was really only focused on presenting a business plan to a large group of people. Which makes me really, really nervous. I pitched a crazy business idea at StartUp Weekend after we rolled snake eyes during our market research. Gutterdrip will always hold a special place in my heart ;o)
Things went well here this year. Continued to grow my people and give them a safe place to expand their skills. Through no small amount of help and good words from friends was promoted to a much larger role. Interesting things are also coming with recent changes in ownership.
Tampa Bay Investment Alliance
Had an awesome year but had to bow out of this group. While I loved meeting with very smart people every month. In the end investing in stocks, etc is a bet that they can return more than you can yourself. With plans for this year being what they are I decided to continue to focus and put more wood behind fewer arrows.
Not My Day Job
For the most part, things went well here this year as well. Without getting into details, new product launches were well recieved and I expect this evergreen content/IP to generate money for quite some time. I have stopped doing the minor amounts of effort for this, and won’t be doing any more for several groups. More wood behind fewer arrows.
Additionally, I had a failure in this area and learned a lot. I used what I had learned from Mindbottling, and I think that stopped my losses from being much larger.
VDOT- Last Year – 35
34-35- 310.2 Miles
36-35- 960.8 Miles- not counting the run I’m doing tonight ;o)
I’ve done a lot more running this year and believe I’m a significantly improved runner. I’ve worked on nutrition, mental, time on feet and many other things. Also, starting the end of January I’ve been doing the Maffetone training method which focuses on low heart rate training. I also do leg strengthening excercises and strectches during my downtime. I also attended a Cross-Fit Endurance course this year, which taught me some very interesting things about injury prevention, form, and foot turnover. I spend at least ⅓ of my training time running Florida hills (aka bridges), and try to spend at least ⅓ on trails or on the beach to strengthen my legs. Myofascial release has helped for the big adhesions and I believe it’s kept me injury free since january. My IT band really hammered me in the middle of the year and I thought it might take running from me.
I raced twice this year, Ragnar Keys, and Long Haul 100. Ragnar Keys was fun, and I learned a lot from Long Haul. I also paced for a friend at Croom Fool’s Run, which was a good learning experience. With 4 races under my belt now I’m not as nervous at the starts.
I have also switched from being vegan to keto, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate based diet. I did it for health reasons, as well as hopefully performance improvement at ultra distances. I’m in ketosis now, but not yet keto adapted. Planning on trying it for 90 days to see how my body adapts to it, but so far, it’s been very, very interesting.
Wow, what can I say. She’s an amazing woman and it’s been an amazing year for us. We’ve made some big decisions about things and will be doing some of those things this year. I love her more than the moon, and that’s saying a lot. =)
He’s grown so much this year. Learning to read, being awesome to young kids in his Montessori class, helping in the garden, and floored me by comparing one of Dali’s paintings to Van Goh. He’s a little adult now, and I’m in awe of him as he grows into the man he will become. Certainly looking forward to taking him to Colorado soon. Nothing else scares the crap out of me so much but gives me so much pleasure.
Cool things this year:
- Solomon’s Castle with Tyler
- Ragnar Key West
- Startup Weekend
- Long Haul 100
- Making several new, awesome, friends
- Glaser museum
- Went to Silicon Valley for the first and second time!
- Received my Product Management Certification!
- Lot’s of Geek Breakfast’s in St. Pete!
- Had drinks with Adeo Ressi (even though everyone else hates him lol)
- Made a custom treasure map for my son and had him lead the adventure to find it in Weedon Island.
- Started a garden. Taught tyler about how we get our food and what goes into it.
- Had my nails painted pink by Vicki
- Sang Jewel while in a friends dollhouse it was a par-tay!
- Helped a friend learn to run. Now he can smoke me =)
- Took Tyler to legoland
- Whiteboard wall!
- With the help of many others, post it noted all of a coworker’s office!
- Survived the Mayan apocalypse
- Tyler lost his first tooth!
- Helped Ty learn how to use tools
- Went to Ashville with Vicki!
- Ran, mostly solo, a 45 mile practice run before my big race. Was an amazing experience.
- St. Anthony’s Family festival bouncy house with Tyler was amazing
- Halloween with Tyler!
- Tyler’s first baseball game!
- Tylers first day of real school
Books I read this year:
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
The Cool Impossible
Endurance Training and Racing
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving
Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyab
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)
The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons
Guards Guards! (Terry Pratchett)
Our time this planet is short, and I will make the most of what I have left. It’s going to be an awesome year!