“What did you do this summer?”
Those are the words most of us heard on the first day back at school as kids. Family vacations to the beach or a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Little League baseball games or Girl Scout Camp. Those were the activities of summer for many kids.
As adults, those words don’t carry the weight they once did. I want you to change that idea.
Plan an Epic adventure.
Each year, many of us train in the gym. Then, we might run a 10K or marathon. Participate in the CrossFit Open. Join a softball team. Good activities. Using your fitness.
But you won’t talk about it for years with friends. People won’t ask about them at dinner parties, awed by your boldness. Those are not the stories you will tell your kids.
Plan something Big.
This summer, find a challenge to do. Sign up for an event. Make it bigger and harder than you have ever done. Make it worthy of memory. Test your fitness. Test your toughness. Test your audacity.
Trek 5-days unassisted along the Lake Superior Hiking Trail.
Do a GORUCK Challenge (one of my recent tests).
Run a Spartan Beast Race.
Portage a 7-day trip through the BWCA.
Trek Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Go Mountain Biking for a weekend up at Lutsen or Colorado with those crazy friends of yours.
Plan a hike-in salmon fishing trip on the Kenai peninsula.
Go run up some Munros in Scotland and crash down the other sides.
Cat-skiing in the Chugach Mountains.
Bike across Europe.
Do something epic with your fitness.
Train for it. Just do it. Make it Dinner party worthy.
Life won’t wait for you to do something Epic. Find a friend or 3. Plan it, prepare for it, and talk about it for the next 10 years. Make this adventure one that will inspire your kids or neighbors to plan their own trip. And pretty soon, standing at the bus stop or around the Labor Day BBQ, you will have the coolest story.
My next adventure: 2015 Rugby World Cup trip with my brother. Some rugby, some old mates, some new Munros to climb.
I better get on with my training, back in the gym and more running. Something epic is coming my way.