This past Sunday I had the pleasure of catching up with a friend at church. His wife is currently training for her first full IronMan and was out training in the Texas heat by riding 65 miles. Like I am sure the spouse of any endurance athlete feels every once in a while if they are being honest, he mentioned he was ready for the race to be done so the training could end and it would no longer be on the bucket list. So I asked him
“Well, what’s on your bucket list?”
His answer was not what I had expected at all.
“I have pretty much done mine. Martial arts – check. Hockey – check. Bass guitar – check.”
That got me really thinking. If your bucket list is done, what is left? Simple – adding more items to the bucket list.
Ok Andrew – what is on your travel bucket list? What the things you want to accomplish around your fitness goals and keeping sane on the road? So here are the top 5ons my RoadWarriorFit bucket list.
Swim in both the Atlantic and the Pacific on the same day.
I am never sure whether to cry or get excited every time I think about completing this one. I am the kind of traveler that if I am in sight of the ocean, I have to get salty. So much so that I have been known to take the last flight out of Miami just so I can hit the beach for an hour or even squeeze in a 30-minute run next to big blue. I have had the opportunity to complete this one slip through my fingers on 4 different occasions that I can remember. The challenge here is it usually means I am getting up way early to swim before meetings and staying up way late to swim after my plane lands. Throw in a 5+ hour flight and that is one really long day. Going to have to happen though.
Complete a RunDisney event.
If you are unfamiliar with these events, you need to check them out at rundisney.com. I have registered and paid for 3 different RunDisney events over the last 5 years, including the Inaugural Star Wars ½ Marathon. I have even gone so far as to train (including the long runs) to be ready and something has come up to prevent me from going. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I am so into this that I even know what my running costume will be if (when, I mean when) I will be able to check this one off. For a great read on how to really maximize this goal, check out my friend Jennifer’s blog here.
Visit all 50 States:
Last I checked I think I am at 42 states that I have visited for work (43 in total). I have the sick desire to visit all 50 on work trips. I know it is a basic bucket list items but still, I want to make this happen.
Run the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Yep, those steps. The ones Rocky conquers in Rocky III. The ones I went to run about 2 years ago and headed the wrong direction out of the hotel and never made it. I can hear the theme music now and can almost taste the raw eggs.
Train at one of the top MMA gyms in the country:
I make it a habit to research, contact and train at the martial arts gyms in my destination cities. Just this week I trained at Art of Eight in San Diego during my trip. There are a few top gyms that I have the goal of training with (assuming they let me). I am one of those freaks who likes to get kicked in the head and who better to get kicked by than those who train with the best?
Bonus item – Workout aggressively in an airport
This one is just silly and I think it would be fun to have someone video other’s reactions while I was doing it. I want to plan and complete a workout in the terminal of an airport. And not some walking lunges, wall sit easily hidden workout, no, I want Shaun T/Insanity, sweat dripping, “What is that freak doing?” kind of a workout. The kind that would have to take place in another one of those airports with an Admirals Club with showers in it.
I have been blessed to be able to do a lot of really cool things while on the road, especially around fitness but there are a few that have escaped me thus far. This was my top 5 list – would love to hear yours. Let me know in the comments below and I look forward to seeing you on the road.