August 10: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Roller-coasters and Drop Towers!
Thursday, August 10, 2017
* Yesterday was day 179 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak
* Today is day 115 of 123 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below)
Whew, I'm wiped out today. In addition to a bunch of work, I took half of the day off to take my youngest and his friend to the amusement park to celebrate his 11th birthday (birthday next week).
There weren't many people there today, so we did 11 roller coaster rides. This place has really good -- but not world-class -- rollercoasters. So it was a ton of fun.
Here is my favorite ride there if you are interested -- it's a fun hanging roller coaster that takes you right over a lake a few feet above the lake. We did this 4 times:
Here is my least favorite ride. It's called Drop Tower. I did it once and was shaking a bit afterwards and said, "once is enough for that one!" But then my son wanted to go again later, but said, "will you please go with me, otherwise I'm too scared to go by myself." So guess what I did? :)
A human body is not supposed to do this type of free fall! Sorry, the "s-word" is used in this one -- but totally appropriately!!
I'll tell you tomorrow about the kickoff event for SparkPittsburgh. I couldn't be there, but it was amazing and got great news coverage on the 6pm news on ABC with a top local government official speaking!! I'll try to find a version of this I can post tomorrow -- along with some even better details!
Here is the button to press. Each time you press the button, the number of total presses will increase by one as a way to show that we're all part of something bigger -- a community of people reaching goals together!
Below is overview information for the challenge:
In addition to pressing the button, if you like posting comments, feel free to make a comment in each blog. I love seeing all the comments on the first blog with people saying "I commit to.......". Also feel free to post/track any of those goals to the community goals feed if you'd like.
Come back and push the button as many times during the day as you'd like to re-affirm your commitment -- like if you are wavering on making a healthy vs. unhealthy choice or just need a little extra push. All you need to do is refresh the page and the button will also refresh. Remember to subscribe to my blog if you would like to get an email alert right when I publish.
The button will remain on my blogs for now, but we might move it to a more prominent location at some point.
I am committed to a couple of goal right now:
1) Getting this challenge launched. I think this could be a lot of fun and a big way to help people, so I will work on this almost every day at least some.
2) I'm working to build the fitness level for my kids in various ways that I'll share more about on future blogs.
3) A commitment to keep my 10+ fitness minutes streak going.
Do they still call that Top Gun? I haven't been to Great America since I lived in the Bay Area - in the 90s. It is an awesome coaster of that type - the G-Forces are super. I remember being wobbly kneed the first time we rode it. You could always tell first timers coming off. It was always our last ride of the night. We'd jump in line right before they closed it off, and hopefully make the very last run of the night. I also loved the Demon, which has such a smooth double corkscrew... I have never been a fan of Drop Zone... I tried to avoid it as much as possible! That and the Revolution, as I love going upside down, but not HANGING upside down. Happy Belated Birthday to your son! 1186 days ago
Running behind but tracking and trying to answer all my mail for Spark. Its part of my day. The rides that we enjoy as children is so frightening when we are adults. There was a ride like yours in Brooklyn that I adored as a child but wouldn't even think about it as I aged. 1208 days ago
Glad you enjoyed the theme park visit with your son and his friend. It's amazing the number of rides I have agreed to go on with my daughter. I loved them when I was young also, but can do without that level of thrill at this age!! 1209 days ago
Years ago when I lived in California I went on a drop tower ride and I have to admit it was the first ride that I never wanted to go back on. Glad you got to take the younger guy out for an outing for his birthday! Woo Hoo you for going on the rides! 1209 days ago
Looks like BIG FUN!! Amusement parks are one of my favorite vacation destinations! Good for you! Shows amazing courage to 'go again' when you really don't want to, so your son will not feel the fear that you do! 1209 days ago
The S-Word would have come out of my mouth too, scary rides are not for me. I can not even ride the kiddie roller coaster. I went on it once for each of my boys as they got of age (about 5) and was happy to have them stop it when my boys yelled "stop this thing" You are a super good father 1209 days ago
I hate roller coasters, esp. Space Mountain. Didn't like not being able to see what was coming because of the dark. Pretty sure the "s" word came out of my mouth, more than once even! 1209 days ago