Friday, September 26, 2014

35 by 35 Bucket List

I've always been a goal-driven person, even when I was younger. I would set goals as a young competitive swimmer and when I accomplished them I would set even higher goals. I did the same thing in school, after not doing well at the beginning of my college career, and graduated from my master's program with a 4.0 G.P.A.

The same is true as a triathlete, I set goals and I work extremely hard to accomplish them. Sometimes they are time goals, sometimes they are distance goals and often they are experience goals.

 This was a pretty big goal!

If you are friends with me and Mike on Facebook, you'd have noticed by now that I share a lot of races, events and experiences that I find with him on there. And usually I say, "we should do this!" or "let's do this!" He always says, alright, but the problem is when? When will we do all of these things that I want to do?

It is hard to do all of the things that I want to do because I typically have the next year or so of races planned in advance (we sometimes change things but for the most part it stays the same). At the same time, I see all of these things and I MUST. DO. THEM. NOW! Alright, maybe it's not that extreme but I get really excited about all of the opportunities out there, I just need to find time to make them all happen!

This coming year I am turning 30. I have not given myself "enough time" (really what is enough time?) to make a "30 by 30" bucket list since I have less than 6 months until my birthday. So, I am going to make a "35 by 35" bucket list instead, I don't like being like everyone else anyway.

Most of these, naturally, are triathlon related. Some are not, since I do have other interests other than triathlon. If I accomplish them all, great! If not, I can add them to my "45 by 45" bucket list.

So here it is, my "35 by 35" bucket list, in no particular order:

1. Go to Alaska (this one is pretty obvious, ha).
2. Compete on an ultra relay team.
3. Complete a multi-day cycling event.
4. Become a 46er (if you don't know what that means, a 46er is someone who has hiked all of the High Peaks (46 of them) in the Adirondacks).
5. Race in all 50 states and Washington D.C. (obviously quite ambitious, even for 5.5ish years)
6. Go on a vacation that is not race-related.
7. Go on a vacation with my family (Mike, my parents and my brother).
8. Buy a new house, with a bigger yard (Bernie wants a puppy brother).
9. Pass the next promotion test at my job.
10. Qualify for the Boston Marathon or Kona (both would be cool, but for now I'll go with either).
11. Run an ultra marathon, any distance beyond 26.2 miles.
12. Race in another country, not including Canada (already did that a few times).
13. Race a 5K open water swim.
14. Finish riding around all of the Finger Lakes (we have completed 5 and have 6 more).
15. Run up Cadillac Mountain (technically I have already done this during my one year of high school cross country, but I'd like to do this with Mike).
16. Go to Hawaii.
17. Go to Prince Edward Island.
18. Visit as many lighthouses as possible.
19. Related to #18, visit some west coast lighthouses.
20. Go on another cruise.
21. Compete in an off-road triathlon.
22. Win a triathlon as first female (dreaming big here, but why not?)
23. Compete in a triathlon with an ocean swim.
24. Hike all of the mountains on Mount Desert Island (we have done a lot, but have more to go).
25. Go camping with Mike and Bernie.
26. Go to a triathlon training camp with friends.
27. Go on a vacation, race or non-race related, with friends.
28. Renew our vows.
29. Go skydiving (I have to put something on there that is a bit of a stretch for me, but that I'd do!)
30. Go on a hot air balloon ride, preferably during fall.
31. Do a corn maze (I've never done one, lame, I know).
32. Go to the Grand Canyon.
33. Eat gelato in Italy (dreaming big here again).
34. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
35. Go to the Olympics (winter or summer) as a spectator.

Edited: My friend, Isaac, informed me that I had two "21" and "22" bucket list items, oops! So here are some bonus things I'd like to do. 
36. Be a guide for someone during a triathlon or running event.
37. Run in Central Park.

Well, there you have it. I'm sure tomorrow I could think of even more things that I would like to do by the time that I turn 35, which is kind of the beauty of a "bucket list". It isn't stagnant and can change with me.

It will be fun to see how many of these I do actually "cross off", though!


  1. Gelato in Italy is THE BOMB! just saying...

  2. I've been thinking about #36 too--being a guide for someone. The selfless act of training alongside someone and racing with them has to feel so rewarding. I'd probably do it for a running race first before thinking about a tri; guiding someone via foot is much easier than in the water (for me anyway).

  3. Come do a race in Phoenix and then I will take you to the Grand Canyon! You can stay with me! Is that weird? I've decided we're good enough internet friends for that. ;)

    1. That is not weird at all! We'd love to come race near you and then go to the Grand Canyon!

  4. I would like to mention that Charleston has tons of open water swim races for this one:
    13. Race a 5K open water swim.
    Check out the:
    Lowcountry Splash
    Swim Around Charleston

    And you could check a lighthouse off your list - Morris Island Lighthouse.