My Goals For The Year: 2019 Edition Recap
So 2019 has passed and here are my results of my goals over the past year, what happened, did I even achieve to complete one? (Hint no) 😂 It was a fun ride, but of course I took on way too much and failed every single goal!
- Cycle 500 hours
- Finish a 100km ultrarun
- Get 1,000 photos accepted as stock
- Speak 50 hours of conversational Spanish
- Create 50 YouTube screencasts
- Complete 3 30 day challenges
- Read 10 books
- Create a product for sale
- Go to the gym 200 times
Cycle 500 hours
OK, so I didn’t get anywhere near 500 hours but I gave it one hell of a shot. I hit 228 hours and 50 minutes. I was doing pretty good until the summer with a few holidays away made me lose the will to keep it up when I got back. If I only I chose something a bit more achievable…
2019 cycle stats
Longest ride: 11:57:07
Finish a 100km ultrarun
I signed up for the SVP100 100km ultra run from Suffolk to Essex and reached 51.2km before scratching.
The weather was great, the sun was out, my legs felt strong and I was in good spirits but ultimately succumbed to a breathing issue that has plagued me since I was a kid. Approaching the third checkpoint, I just couldn’t catch my breath (as usual), felt dizzy like I was going to pass out (unusual). I gave it a push to get there but just didn’t make the cut-off.
The one good thing about attempting this run was it pushed me to get my breathing more seriously looked at so I have been to the docs/hospital a few times and have more ongoing diagnosis scheduled.
Also, I f**ked up my strava by stopping it as I put my phone into my pocket after checkpoint two and having to start it again!
Get 1,000 photos accepted as stock
I was so close with this one! Ok for real though, how did I even come up with 1,000 photos as a challenge?? This was a ludicrous number to achieve in a year! So looking at my stats, I managed to get 137 uploaded, titled, tagged and accepted. I’d say I got about ~25 rejected or so.
Here are a few of my favourites:
- Looking into Old Jaffa City through stone window
- Fishing boats moored in Howth Harbour on moody day
- Lone iceberg in Jokulsarlon (Jökulsárlón) glacial lagoon, southeast Iceland
- Stream of water with mountain and moody sky in background beside Scogafoss waterfall, Iceland
- The year of living Danishly
- Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
- How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets
Speak 50 hours of conversational Spanish
I decided early on that this was too much with the other goals combined, so I intentionally didn’t attempt this goal. I left it in for integrity reasons.
Create 50 YouTube screencasts
Workload, fear of failure and about a million other excuses popped up for this one. I created two…
But 2020 is the year of embracing failure for me, so I will try this again and will do it this time.
Complete 3 30 day challenges
Same with last year, I completed only one of these goals and quite happy to have completed one to be honest. I created a little Spanish “vlog” for 30 days. I actually failed into day 10 or so, cancelled that and started a new 💪🏻
Read 10 books
One less than last year with a total of four read. I plan to write up some notes on what I read but the four that I chose were:
Create a product for sale
I actually created a little product for sale on this one but am declaring it a failure as I had anxiety about releasing it – Again, I aim to tackle this issue head on in 2020.
Go to the gym 200 times
So again, if I just gave myself an achievable number like 100 times in the gym I could have completed this, but no… I had to be all consuming and choose a ridiculous number like 200.
I achieved 93 times.
So there we have it, a lot of activities attempted, lots of cycling, gym, some photography and other bits and bobs. I’m going to tone it down in 2020 I think.