It is 5:40 in the morning as I begin this post. Clearly I have failed in one of last year's resolutions to always get myself to bed at a sane hour. My other resolutions were for weight training, and putting.
The weight training resolution wasn't a total failure, but it wasn't a success either. It lasted me for five weeks, into the middle of February. At that point I caught the flu, lost a lot of strength, and never went back to the rec center. I finally picked it back up in early November and I've managed to keep it going until now. The putting routine one lasted about the same period of time: until mid-February. Then I quit for a time before picking back up after the Hambrick. For most of the fall I only practiced before tournaments, the day or two before. I've been out daily now though since the 20th, hopefully I keep it up. Guess I'm getting back into good habits...
For 2008 I have one over-riding resolution to put at number one, above all others, and this is to keep my routines. This is the toughest thing for me. I let myself fall off of the boat and lose track of my routines, convincing myself that they aren't as important as they seem. This happens in school, disc golf, eating habits (although I did kick Taco Bell a few years ago, ha), and physical fitness. Right now I've already got a putting and field work routine going, I've already got a lifting routine going... my goal is now that I've begun I need to keep them going daily.
My second resolution involves the one aspect of my physical fitness regimen that goes ignored. Three years ago this would be a total surprise to me, but I'm lagging in terms of cardio work. Right now I doubt I could run a mile in under 5:45. I'd probably be kicking hard at the finish just to hold myself in the 5:50s! This is almost embarrassing considering that in 2005 I was coming off of injury and about to quit Track & Field at B.U. and I was still running in the 4:50s. Only three short years ago. So I need to start a cardio workout. Luckily, for the first time since then I do have an actual workout partner in my friend Kevin, and he's a cardio-obsessed MMA fighter (thankfully, he's not insisting I spar with him). This all affects disc in how I will perform during longer tournaments, and on longer courses (Hambrick Memorial course, 27 holes...).
My third disc resolution, and final disc resolution, has to do with my attitude. I am known for getting angry with myself. This is, of course, an understatement. I need to eliminate this. When I manage to stave it off and fight through bad runs the results are obvious and great, basically every win in Advanced I've held off a fit at myself after a two bogey in three hole, or some similar stretch. I held off one after three bogeys in four holes during the Open win I had the other day. If I can hold off my own emotions, I feel like I can be in competition in any field when I'm on. I just need to get out and do it every time, and not just eight of ten tournaments.
Anyway... those are my goals. Coming into the year I had another one, to win at least one Open tournament this year... but I guess I've pulled that out of the hat early, so we'll just hope for some more at some point and avoid the directly result-related goals.
Anyway... It's getting close to 6:00 in the morning. I just kept that first goal by completing my lifting regimen, albeit a little bit late in the day (or early in the next day...), but yeah... sleep now. I really hope.