Happy Friday and welcome back to the Friday Five 2.0 linkup. Link with the ladies of Fairytales and Fitness and me this, and every, Friday! This week I’m taking the topic of “fitness trends” in a slightly different direction and heading toward “bucket list.”
The first time I posted about fitness trends, I told you five I would never try. The next time I posted about fitness trends, I pointed out five I wanted to try. Interestingly enough, some items were on both lists. But since I’ve covered the trends I’m both willing and not willing to tackle, I thought I’d tell you about five awesome activities that are on my bucket list — and should probably be on yours!
5 Awesome Activities for Your Bucket List
1. Snowshoe Racing
I joke with my friends about how ridiculous snowshoe racing is but let’s face it, it looks like so much fun! Plus since it’s such a hardcore workout, it’s totally badass, too. Without ever having tried the sport myself, I can’t vouch for the “fun factor” for sure but I can tell you this much: it’s a workout like no other. If you’ve ever run dense, snow covered trails, imagine doing that — times a thousand. High heart rate, slow slog through the snow. But doesn’t it sound awesome?
Yeah, yeah. I know. Snowboarding is nothing special. But for someone who’s been asking their significant other to teach them how to snowboard for the last 15 years, it’s kind of a big deal. Especially when they have one of the all mountain snowboards stored away, not being used! I was thinking 2017 would be my year to learn how to snowboard but with our serious lack of snow (except for the inopportune mid-week snowstorms) it was hard to come by a free lesson or two. There’s always next year…
3. Iditarod Trail Race
Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a mild obsession with the Iditarod. Fun fact: Balto, the famous sled dog of the 1925 Serum Run to Nome, Alaska that inspired the creation of the Iditarod Trail race, is at final rest at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. I remember learning about the Serum Run and then seeing Balto at the museum when I was young. Ever since I’ve been enamored, intrigued, and in awe of the Iditarod. Now, I know I would never be a participant in the Iditarod, but to at least experience part of it in person would be nothing short of incredible.
4. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (or PCT!)
It seems the older I get, the more I retreat to the desires of my younger years. Not that I’m necessarily an old bag yet, but there were a brief few years in my life that I ignored my grounding ideals, one of which was to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. 20 years ago or so ago, I vowed to thru-hike the AT. Yes, it’s seriously been on my list for that long. Now that I’m a mom with two young kids, this will obviously have to wait even longer. Make no mistake of it, though — a thru-hike is definitely still in my future.
I’m totally not gonna skydive. In theory, absolutely. In reality? Nope. It looks awesome and I would love to have it on my “crazy shit I’ve done” resume, but I also value my life and just standing at the top of a high staircase gives me the heebie jeebies. I’m sure many of you reading this are braver than I am, but I won’t be giving this a go. If you also value your life like I do, but are planning on sky diving sometime in the future, it would be best for you to check out companies such as Money Expert, so you can protect your precious life against anything was to happen during this activity. You just never know. There are a number of insurance policies that are available, so it is best to do your research into finding the right one for you. Once when I was 15 I was on a high ropes course and the grand finale was a zipline. All my friends were super stoked. Me? I sat on the platform having a panic attack for a good 20 minutes before I finally made the decision to go. #facepalm
That wraps up some of the stranger items on my bucket list. Others include sleeping in a tree house in Costa Rica, visiting the Redwoods in Cali, and summiting Mt. Everest (which I’m reconsidering after reading High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed). Some of my bucket list items are within reach while others are rather obscure and unlikely. It’s good to have options.
And now I’m kinda curious — how many of the things on my bucket list items have you done or wish to do?
TALK TO ME!
What’s one adventure you have on your bucket list?
Skydiving: have ya done it? Would you do it?