- Complete at least one long race (over 10 miles)
- I had planned to run the cherry blossom race last spring, but work issues forced me to delay my trip back to the U.S. The baby's arrival has made it harder to prepare for and plan for a long race.
- Complete a triathalon (short distance)
- I didn't even get close to this one
- Do a pull-up (or three)
- I spent a lot of time working in Crossfit on this one in the first half of the year. If I had stayed in Frankfurt and kept working out at Crossfit, I know I would have met this goal. But, I didn't. I managed to do pull-ups with bands, jumping pull-ups and negative pull-ups, but never managed a strict pull-up.
For 2016, I am adding a new element to my annual tradition. In addition to setting a goal for the year, I am choosing a word for 2016. This word will serve as a mantra, a goal, a plan for the year. A few possibilities I considered included "adventure", "family", "aspire", "fatherhood", "experience", "listen", "focus", and "stretch." The word I decided on is "support." We have lots of changes coming in the next year: crawling, talking, growing, eating, walking and more for Jack. New jobs, new cities, new language, new roles for Sara and me. Sara and Jack will be living abroad for the first time. We will be new parents dealing with a growing child. We have to move houses and make new friends. Support will be key for all of us and I plan to make it my "word" for 2016.
As for the goals -
- Pass my Arabic exam with a 2/2 or better (I need a 2/1)
- Move to Saudi Arabia
- Train for and complete a triathlon before July (sprint triathlon)
- Watch at least two sun rises and two sunsets
- Weigh 175 lbs or less (losing about 20 more pounds)
- Visit at least 3 new countries
- Skype with Jacks grandparents once a week
- Visit with Jacks grandparents at least twice
- Post on this blog at least twice a month (this post counts for January)