Each year at about this time I challenge my readers to reflect back on the previous year's paddling accomplishments.
Did you improve your paddling technique? Were there any memorable paddling trips that you took? Did you buy a new boat? Learn a new paddlesport? How many days did you get out on the water?
My philosophy is that we should all set annual goals for each aspect of our lives that we deem important. Therefore, if paddling is an important part of your life you should have some things you'd like to accomplish with regard to it.
I can hear the arguments already. "But that will take the fun out of the sport." "That will ruin the freedom I feel when I paddle."
I get that and I'm not at all saying to turn your hobby and passion into a chore. What I am saying is that there are at least 5 goals every paddle should have each year. When you read them you'll realize that they are easy to set and will give you something to look forward to.
Why not give it a try in 2012 and see if your paddling enjoyment isn't taken to the next level?
Happy New Year!