I had to come up with physical goals for next year this afternoon.
The Ninja asked for them. I tried to defer a question on them to Nighean Ruadh but she pushed my right back to The Ninja. I squirmed and coughed and tried to come up with something different, but in the end I sat down and drafted them up.
What came out of them was somewhat surprising.
They are not fully approved yet and so I will not really discuss them except in generalities, but they came down to strength and speed for use in Iaijutsu and Highland Athletics. This strikes me as kind of amusing as this is not something I would have ever predicted about myself 10 years ago, or even 6 years ago when I moved.
They included things like types of distances, number of games, and some things around Iai. The relatively amazing thing to me is that, with a great deal of work, they are things that are (I think) obtainable.
To be clear, they are hard. They will stretch me. They will make me work harder than I ever have in my life on such things. But what I have come to discover is that the hardest things - like an endurance run I never thought I could do - make me the strongest when I am through with them.
So I am hopeful. And a little scared. This will be good.
But it will be harder than I think I can possibly anticipate.