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That time of year again

It appears that this tradition (if three posts can be considered a tradition) is destined to be a biennial one; two years in a row is apparently too much for me. I do seem to remember writing one last year but it appears to be lost in the backlog of drafts I’m getting so good at ignoring.

Bundling these the two years together will be interesting; I’m not sure any two consecutive years of my life have been so different. Continue reading

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So far, not so good

I just looked back at the resolutions I set for myself just under a month ago. It turns out that, due to poor memory as much as lack of motivation, I have managed to fail one already. I should by this point be on my eighth post of the year. This is not the case.

In what could easily be seen as admitting defeat in a shock resolution u-turn, I have decided that it was a silly resolution anyway. I think writing to a quota means nothing of interest is written and as such I shall abstain until I have something of interest to share with you all. I may be some time.

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This is the first year since 1987 (and therefore in my lifetime) that the year has four distinct digits.

I was at this point going to write, in overview form, what had happened to me since I wrote a new year’s post last year. Then I went back to find it and discovered that this would be a little tricky since it was actually two years ago. Two years. How did that happen?

What this means is that you get two years for the price wasted time of one. Aren’t you lucky?

So in the last two years, 2011 and 2012, I have, in no particular order:

  • scraped a pass in both years I  had left of an unappreciated degree and therefore…
  • …graduated
      (hooray, woo, class of 2012 etc etc)
  • spent a weekend, with some of the most amazing people, in Nottingham (which wasn’t actually in Nottingham)
      and then spent a weekend with them not in Nottingham (which also wasn’t)
  • failed another minor cycling trip
      I got through one and a half days of a two day trip to the north but, although I managed my first century (113 miles with full luggage) on day one, ran out of time and had to get a train on day two. I didn’t think I’d have the energy to be sociable after arriving at what would have been nearing midnight.
  • failed to even plan another one
  • seen polar bears in Germany and Giraffes in Yorkshire
  • Won my first rowing point.
  • Learnt to scull and won my first sculling race
  • Made the first VIII and prequalified for Henley
  • then stroked the first IV to the quarter finals at Henley (3/4 length from semis – not that I’m bitter)
  • Tore my hamstring and spent two months limping
  • Got a job and survived (at least) four months without losing it.

Looking back that’s a remarkably short list. I didn’t even have to condense it. I can’t help but feel I do very little that’s noteworthy. This needs to change before next year I think.

So let’s go back to that forgettable day two years ago. To the post that was also the very first I wrote on this blog (albeit under a different name at the time) and to the part where I give myself improbable resolutions.

Having recently launched into a tirade against traditions and doing things because that’s what one does, it may seem odd that I’m now going to follow tradition and think about the year ahead in terms of a mixture of unnecessary and most likely unachievable goals. I think this tradition has always appealed to me by erring more on the side of forcing you to organise and chart your life than organise it for you. This way I have targets and can have tick boxes and charts to show the rate of achievement of arbitrary success. There could even be graphs. I have a check-list against which I can mark myself. What’s not to love?

So, last time I resolved to:

  • Get 6:30 for 2k
      I managed this within the first year and then bettered my time again in the second year.
      1:0 to me
  • Get 17:30 for 5k
      Again, managed this in the first year and beat it again in year two
      2:0 to me
  • Succeed in LEJOG or other cycle tour
      Nope, not even close. I started on a minor one and failed that.
      2:1 to me
  • Pass another year
      I would have succeeded in this if I hadn’t written ‘in a similar style to this year’ at the end. I did pass. The rest is debateable. Call it a draw?
      3:2 to me

In the other less quantifiable side of things I did not manage to be on time for things. I did sleep through many lectures. In terms of the trade muscle for fat thing, I did but not to the extent planned. That’s always the case though, right? My finances are still a mainly unknown territory other than glimpses of order as I think about being organised every now and then.

If we were still keeping score at this point I may end up losing so we’ll stop there I think.

Moving on to the future and the next things I have to set for myself, this year I will.

  • get 6:10 for 2k
      this is the cut off for GB trials and is therefore a target set by someone else but I’ll use it. It’s tough but doable
  • get 16:20 for 5k
      this is an arbitrary number I pulled out of the air but it seems a suitable distance from both doable and improbable.
  • 1:44 for 30min r20
      much the same as the 5k. I might make it.
  • Race at Henley
      depending on where I end up, this could include just going to qualifiers. I’ll decide this time next year.
  • At least go through the process of GB trials
      the outcome of this depends on so many things but if the other goals come anywhere close this should be within reach. They’re at the end of the year but we’ll have to see.

For the non rowing side of my life I will:

  • track money
      I will do this. I will
  • Write something here at least twice a week
      the shorter the better, When I did the daily post thing in November people read it and I like people reading it. It makes the graph of views look more interesting.
  • Move out
      nothing against my parents here but having spent three years at uni in (at least partly) my own home, it’s hard going back to what is very much someone else’s house.
  • Get a proper job
      not that this one isn’t but it was always supposed to be temporary

And this year’s bonus un-quantifiable goal is to do something interesting with my life now and then.

So that’s that then. I will be back next year with a large red pen.

(I may already be slightly late with the two posts a week thing – maybe I should have  split this in two)

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And for the twenty-first time…

And so another year has come and gone and in much the same way that causes most people (myself included) to simultaneously think “hasn’t it flown by” and “last new years seemed ages ago” it has lasted exactly a year. That time has predominantly been made up of prolonged periods of inactivity and little flourishes of frantic hurrying during which everything of note happened. I have, in no particular order (especially not chronologically) passed my first year of uni (fairly well if I might say so), jumped in the maths pond, walked along a beach before sunrise, walked up various hills of the lake district, walked at least some of Hadrian’s wall, bought a DSLR camera, a HIFI and an excessively expensive phone, cycled along the swanage part of the coast path (on a road bike) and, perhaps most oddly for me, competed in a ballroom dancing competition. All in all it’s been a fairly enjoyable and eventful year.

And now here I am, coming to the end of the holidays and already regretting the days spent doing nothing that I enjoyed so much when they were here. Of all the stuff I had given myself to do during the time off I have done precisely none and I therefore have the one week remaining to do everything including sorting everything on my computer so I can reboot it with a clean install of windows and possibly a more interesting version of linux, write an essay on a subject I know nothing about and finish writing a program in c and a report to go with it. In amongst this I really ought to row at least a couple of times and learn the complex analysis from the lectures I missed last term. I can’t see the learning happening to be honest.

This brings me on to the resolution part. The bit where I make a whole list of improbable promises to myself about what a wonderful person I’ll be by this time next year. Going for the realistic ones first,

– 6:30 2k and 17:30 5k (down from 6:45 and 18:12)
– actually succeed in a cycle touring trip, possibly LEJOG
– pass another year of uni preferably in a comparable manner to last year.
Without worrying too much about my priorities given that that’s the order I thought of them in, I shall move on to the less achievable but also less quantifiable goals.

– Standard, be more on time to stuff, do assignments on time, stay awake in lectures types. – also unoriginal, gain muscle lose fat types.

Moving on slightly (but not really) I’m hoping to keep track off money again. not sure I want to spend any more time being unaware of how much money I have. I used to be so good at it.

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