A Summer to Remember
1.Mountain Bike the Monarch Crest Trail
Mountain biking is something I’ve done with my dad since I was little. As beautiful as the scenery can be on a mountain bike trail, my favorite part is always the challenge that it represents. Mountain biking has always seemed to test me more both physically, and mentally, than anything I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve rode the crest trail twice before, and I can’t wait to conquer it a third time this summer.
2. Go to Disneyland
I first went to Disneyland with my dad when I was two years old, and it’s been my favorite place ever since. It truly is the happiest place on earth. The park never fails to capture my imagination and I always feel like a little kid again walking through the gate. I’ve gone to Disneyland five or six times before, and I will definitely be there this summer.
3. Hike Pike’s Peak
I’ve been to the top of Pike’s Peak twice before, once by car, the other time by the Cog Railway. When Zebulon Pike first looked upon the mountain in 1806, he claimed that no human being would ever reach the top. I plan to reach the summit this summer. I need to get in shape before that happens, but I will get there.
4. Launch My New Company
Yes, I do have another company in the works. I’m planning on a June launch date. All I’m going to tell you is it has to do with millennials. Stay tuned for an announcement video coming soon!
5. Run a Mile a Day
Back in the day, I was a cross country runner. When I was in 6th grade, I finished second out of all the grades in the city meet. I ended up playing football in 7th and 8th grade, then picking cross country back up in high school; running on the varsity team as a freshman. I used to love running, and it’s something to get back into again. I’ll start at a mile a day, then increase the distance as I get back into shape. Slowly, but surely.
6. Visit Cape Cod
Last summer, my brother Cory, played in the Cape Cod baseball league, and I had the opportunity to go visit him and some of our family that live on the Cape. It instantly became one of my all-time favorite trips. I’ll be on the east coast again this summer for the man, the myth, the legend’s (Sam Sumeracki) wedding. While I’m there, I’m definitely going to spend some time on the Cape and visit the family.
7. Hike the Incline in 35 Minutes
I’ve hiked the incline more than 10 times, and my personal best time of 38 minutes came when I was in my prime, right after track season my senior year of high school. I know, 38 minutes is still slow, but I will get to at least 35 minutes by the end of this summer.
8. Visit THE Tyler Shown and Go to Yosemite National Park
Tyler Shown, I’m taking you up on your invitation. After watching the Netflix show Valley Uprising, and reading Let My People Go Surfing (both of which I highly recommend), I’m currently fascinated with nature, and the current state of our world and the environment. It was at Yosemite National Park where John Muir convinced Theodore Roosevelt of the need for forest preservation. Roosevelt went on to say, “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias. . . our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children, forever.” I believe that way of thinking should be applied to our entire world. Tyler, I’m expecting to go on some insane hikes. I’ll see you soon.
9. Focus on My Nutrition
I’ve gotten lazy with my diet. This time last year, I was much more disciplined, and in much better shape because of my nutrition. It’s time I become disciplined again. With all this hiking and biking coming up, I really don’t have a choice.
10. Hike Another 14er
Colorado has 58 14ers, and I plan on getting to the summit of Pike’s Peak, and at least one other 14er this summer. I have no idea which ones to do, so if you have any suggestions or want to join, let me know!