Cooper Ott : 2018 Goals

It hasn’t quite sunk in that it is 2018 yet, I am still having to cross out out 2017 just about every time I write the date, but I will figure it out eventually. The past year FLEW by and I am so excited for 2018! I have been putting in time at the gym, skiing, and even down at Hartman Rocks on my mountain bike. As I wait patiently for big snow to fly I have taken some time to set a few personal goals for myself in 2018 and reflect on the goals I set in 2017.  

2017 Goals

Goal 1: Improve my wheelie. I am happy to say that I was able to improve significantly on my wheelies.  Wheelies may not be the most useful skill on a bike but man are they fun! I like to argue that they help with overall balance and coordination.  

Goal 2: Compete for a series overall result in both the Scott Enduro Cup, and the Big Mountain Enduro Series. When I planned out my schedule at the beginning of last year, I didn’t account for things such as mechanicals and sickness. Luckily, I was able to adjust my schedule and still land a podium spot in both series! I would like to do the same in 2018, maybe minus the mechanicals and sickness. 

2018 Goals

Alright enough about 2017 that was soooo last year. For 2018 I will continue to perfect my wheelies and go for overall series results in both the Scott Enduro Cup, and the Big Mountain Enduro Series again but will also add 2 more new goals.  

Goal 1: Keep up with my gym routine. Having CB South Fitness to go to this fall has opened my eyes to how much of a difference adding a little strength training to my life it can make. I find myself spending my free time at the gym instead of on the couch. I can’t wait to see how it translates onto the bike!

Goal 2: Go on more all day adventure rides. There is nothing quite like the feeling of rolling back into the driveway after an all day adventure by bike. When you are exhausted, hungry, and smiling from ear to ear replaying the day in the mountains. One of the best parts about Crested Butte is the endless amount of adventure. The most important thing to remember about an adventure ride is that there might be some really challenging times, like a steep climb, or maybe a crash (see picture below), but it is all worth it in the end. You gotta keep your chin up and keep chuggin!

Goal 2.5: Document these adventures! I want to take the time to stop and snap a photo. Being able to look back on the adventure and smile and laugh at the awesome time we had that day is part of the fun!

Wrap up

I am super excited to see what 2018 brings! I can’t wait to see how the time I have spent in the gym working on my strength, coordination, and endurance translates into my Enduro races! My goal of going on more adventure rides leads to more amazing memories with my husband, and our friends, while taking advantage of the beautiful country that we live in. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to travel around the country exploring new places, riding new trails, and making new friends.

Well that's all for now - I hope to see you at the gym or out on the trails!  

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