In a nutshell, I got fat and I got lazy.
The BEST of 2013:
FAST – 5.72
Bill Drill -2.99
IDPA Classifier Marksman, SSP!
That’s right, I packed on 40 some seconds to my Classifier score. Three things, I didn’t dry fire enough, I didn’t live fire enough (4 range trips in 2013) and I got lazy. That last range trip was the same one we ran the classifier. I shot no clean Bills or FASTs. It might have been an off day – but performance on demand is one of those traits I very much appreciate. Shooting is very much a perishable skill and it doesn’t require so much upkeep as to be inconvenient.
For my 13 in 13 I had listed:
- Ham Tech License
- GSW 1st Aid training
- Physical Fitness (Cont.)
- Long Range Marksmanship
- Cleaning and butchering game (Chickens, I’m looking at you.)
- Deer Hunting
- Joinery and Finish Carpentry
- Playing the Harmonica
- Playing Pathfinder (the Wife is making me, honest.)
- Fermentation and Cheese Making.
Of which I accomplished… nothing. Now – I did do some carpentry, but no joinery and nothing coming close to “finish.” A lot of rough, but functional stuff got done. I also flirted with fermentation and canning, mostly helping the wife. Some things not on the list:
Knife making. This activity stole my heart and attention, and it’s a skill I’m going to continue to develop. There will be some posts in 2014 about the progression of knife design I’ve gone through.
I’ve replaced switches and outlets – standard home owner fare. This year I also changed an electrical breaker. Not a huge thing, but one of those tasks that I feel accomplished for having done.
The pocket FAK was carried every day I wore pants. It does take up an entire pocket. Amazon has listings for Z-fold Combat Gauze that isn’t $80 – so I’m going to jump on that wagon and see how a slimmed down FAK does. I did take the time to re-familiarize myself with SWAT-T, CAT-T, TK4 and the Israeli Bandage.
Goals for 2014?
Raise up another batch of Chickens. (There will be a story on that in late February.)
Get down to 200lbs. 210 and might be more reasonable, but I might as well shoot for the moon.
Break 5 seconds on a FAST.
Classify Expert in the IDPA Classifier.
Get harder, better, faster, stronger.
Extend food and water stores.