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Tough Mudder, No Drinking, and Other Updates on My New Year's Resolutions
At the beginning of 2013, I wrote a blog post that laid out my New Year's resolutions, which were:
I’m going to run at least two Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, or other similar races.
At some point this year, I’m going to not have an alcoholic beverage for 14 days.
I’ll achieve more focus in my entrepreneurial endeavors.
A couple of these have been or are being addressed recently, so here's a quick update on my progress.
Tough Mudder #1 Complete
Three buddies, my brother-in-law, and I ran the Tough Mudder this past weekend at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, and it was awesome. Everyone made it to the finish line (we thought one of the guys might croak) in disgusting, muddy fashion and earned our t-shirt, headband, and free beer.
I ran a Tough Mudder last September so I knew what to expect this time around; couple that with beautiful weather (it was pouring rain during last year's race), and this race wasn't as terrible. It was definitely still a tough mental and physical challenge, and getting electrocuted and jumping into freezing water still really sucks.
I need to fit in one more adventure challenge by the end of the year to fulfill this resolution, and am thinking about doing a GoRuck event. We'll see!
No Drinking for the Next Two Weeks
Starting yesterday, I'm staying away from alcohol for 14 days.
I know this one seems really easy, but I love having a beer with dinner or just to relax, and I don't think I've ever gone more than a week without having a drink.
After the two weeks is up, I'm going to reward myself with drinks at the Drake concert on October 31 and then my buddy's bachelor party in Vegas that weekend. I think that's a fair deal!
More Focus in My Entrepreneurial Endeavors
This one is a bit more subjective and fluid, and I'm probably breaking even right now.
I've taken on a co-organizer role with Startup Weekend DC, adding responsibility to my plate. But I've been more focused on a couple of my consulting clients and have made some progress on my next startup (more on that in another post). I think I'll focus more as we continue with the startup, but for now I think I have a good balance.
At this point, all of my resolutions can still be accomplished. But we'll see where I stand in a couple of months!