January 26 Days 283.9 miles
This week 80.4 Miles
Saturday January 23rd – 27 Miles on the track in 5:57:26. My Centurion attempt pace.
Sunday January 24th – 27 Miles on the track in 5:56:55. More Centurion pace work. On tired legs this time.
Monday January 25th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Tuesday January 26th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks
Wednesday January 27th – 12 miles 2:28:55. 3 sets of 30 squats.
Thursday January 28th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Friday January 29th – Date night with my Wife!
Kicked off my serious Centurion Training with Back2Back 27 mile walks. Finished both days at my Centurion race pace. None the worst for wear. It has been a BIG confidence booster to walk without pain. More of the same for me. A regular walking week coming up and then another B2B weekend. Tim Erickson has written a A HISTORY OF ULTRA DISTANCE WALKING IN AUSTRALIA http://www.centurions.org.au/documents/cent-history.pdf I enjoyed reading this very much. One thing I took away from the Australian Centurion History. The thing that has stuck in my mind. There have been several good racers, some of them big name multiple international Centurions that came up short in Australia. I am trying to come up with the Why. Melbourne has wild swings in weather? The race is on a track? Winter training up here? The end of summer down under? Your internal clock is off as a result of travel? The added pressure of a travel itinerary? What ever the reason or combination of reasons. I will be trained. I will be mentally ready. I will not come up short.
This week 55.9 Miles
Saturday January 16th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks
Sunday January 17th – 24.7 miles LSD in 5:38:26 on the track. 3 sets of 30 squats.
Monday January 18th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Tuesday January 19th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks
Wednesday January 20th – 12 miles LSD in 2:37:30. 3 sets of 30 squats.
Thursday January 21st – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Friday January 22nd – Date night with my Wife!
I had a pain free week. Caught up on my sleep. I have a big boost of confidence as a result. This week I started making my racing plans for the Australian Centurion Qualifier coming up in Twelve weeks. The race is on a 400 meter track in Coburg. The walkers will be in lane 3. Each lap in lane 3 is .25768327 miles. Just a hair over 388 laps for 100 miles. I plan to race the same pace I started at the United States Centurion Qualifier. A 13:18 minute per mile pace. That would give me 17 1/2 laps per hour. A little over 9 miles every two hours. 105 laps or 27.056 miles every 6 hours. If I don’t fade toward the end. The weather is in our favor. I should finish with a 22:10:32. A great pace and time for me with a little wiggle room for the unexpected and the bizarre.
Back2Back 24 milers on the track this weekend. Looking forward to it.
This week 55.2 Miles
Saturday January 9th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks
Sunday January 10th – 24 miles LSD in 5:29:00 on the track. 3 sets of 30 squats.
Monday January 11th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Tuesday January 12th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks
Wednesday January 13th – 12 miles LSD in 2:33:03. 3 sets of 30 squats.
Thursday January 14th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Friday January 15th – Date night with my Wife!
This week was the first of ten 24 miles walks I have planned for the High School Track over the next twelve weeks. My Centurion Race in Coburg is on a track. Getting my feet and legs use to that surface. I enjoyed my walk on the track this week. Nice to have every foot step land on the same level plane. After my Race at 24 The Hard Way back in October I changed my walking form a little. Opened my arms up more. This gave me a little longer stride. I raced my last 100 mile race that way at the Ultracentric. Raced both Marathons during New Years Eve and Day. After all three races I had the same problem show up. My left iliotibial (IT) band gets inflamed. I think I over stride. Puts pressure on my Tendon. This flare up has been the worst. Does not hurt so much walking as it does when I go to bed. It keeps me up all night. This loss of sleep has left me wore out. Thursday I switched back to my old form. Closed my arms more and went back to those fast short steps. Slept like a baby last night. No pain today. Fingers crossed. 13 weeks to the Australian Centurion Qualifier. More than enough time to get back into form with my old walking style.
This week 34.4 Miles
Saturday January 2nd – Day Off
Sunday January 3rd – 8 miles
Monday January 4th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 8 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Tuesday January 5th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks
Wednesday January 6th – 12 miles LSD in 2:38:33. 3 sets of 30 squats.
Thursday January 7th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Friday January 8th – Date night with my Wife and Grand Kids.
Working on my recovery. Next race is the Cowtown 50K in 7 weeks. I have a two tier plan for this year. Step up my training miles. Race as light weight as I can. The Mileage prepares me for my Centurion Races. Racing lighter makes the time on my feet easier. Every step I take, every bite I eat, every minute of strength training I do will be with my Australian Centurion attempt in mind. I will step onto the Continent of Australia as the leanest most fit American to ever line up at their Centurion Qualifier. Getting more and more excited.
New Years Eve Marathon in Allen, Texas. Just above freezing with light wind. Four 6.55 Mile loops at Celebration Park. Wide flat concrete path. I set a goal with myself to finish under 5 hours. I had to work to meet that goal. Not many Marathoners in this race. About half the race you are meeting the other racers face to face. That makes for a nice race. Seems more personal. I am not a big fan of concrete. I know they say that asphalt is just as hard. My feet disagree. Nice steady pace race for me. Worked a lot harder than I wanted. Finished with a 4:59:26. I have nothing left for tomorrow. Glad there is a 7 hour time limit. Looking for a nice easy walk in the park. Interested to see what my legs feel like tomorrow.
Woke up this morning feeling a little better. Repeat of yesterday’s weather only with more wind. Cold and Windy. I dressed to stay warm. Did my warm up and thought, I don’t know if I can do this. I started at the very back so I would not hold anyone up. To my surprise I loosened right up and felt good. No high gear but the pace was comfortable and easy to hold. Just a nice Centurion paced recovery walk on tired legs. Perfect training. The New Years Double is a well organized race. Great support. Great Venue. Today I finished with a 5:43:27.
This Week 75.6 Miles
Saturday December 26th – 4.8 miles
Sunday December 27th – 8 Miles
Monday December 28th – 4 Miles
Tuesday December 29th – 4 miles
Wednesday December 30th – 2.4 Miles
Thursday December 31st – New Years Eve Marathon 26.2 Miles in 4:59:26.
Friday January 1st – New Years Day Marathon 26.2 Miles in 5:43:27
I am so glad I made that Right turn three years ago. I am not the same person I was back then. Much healthier and happier now. You are never too old to make a positive change to your life.