My quest to join every Centurion Club in the World is winding down. Only New Zealand stands between me the finish line. While New Zealand is last on my list, New Zealand has NOT been last on my mind. I wanted to try New Zealand in 2015 after my successful United States Centurion Qualifier. I just could not wrap my mind around the idea of international travel for a race. My how times have changed. Now I want to travel around the world and race EVERY Centurion Qualifier. When I can’t make a race I feel disappointed. I have signed up for the 20th Sri Chinmoy 24 hour track Race in Auckland this October. Just over 17 weeks away. A couple of weeks to catch my breath. Start training on the track near home. I am already excited.
The quest to Walk 100 miles in 24 Hours in New Zealand!
Going to be Fun!
For me 2016 was a BIG Year. Four years ago I made my New Years resolution to walk 6 days per week. Who knew how far walking would take me? Took my first ever international trip. Flew down to Melbourne, Australia in April. While I was there I joined the Australian Centurion Club. C68. Only the second American member. The trip to Australia was so much fun in August I flew to Edinburgh, Scotland. Rode the train down to Redcar, England. While I was there I joined the British Centurion Club. C1169. Only the second American member in the 105 year club history. If you can walk two one hundred mile races in a year why not attempt a third. In October I flew down to Cape Town, South Africa. While I was there I joined the inaugural African Centurion Club. C11.
What did I learn from 2016. Just because you can do something does not mean you should. Three international One hundred mile races in the same year was tough on my body. My goal has been to join all six world Centurion Clubs. In a Centurion race you must pace yourself. I also need to pace myself on the number of Centurions I race each year. What would be wrong with one a year? I did that in 2015 with the United States Centurion.
So now I have two Centurion clubs left to join. The Continental Centurion Qualifier in Weert, Netherlands and the New Zealand Centurion Qualifier in Auckland. The races are four months apart.
My Goal for 2017. Finish my quest. Attempt Both Centurion Qualifiers. I think I would go crazy in October watching the New Zealand race on the internet. Knowing I could be there racing. After all, two International Centurion Races in a year can’t be that hard. Right? Going to be fun!
Wow I find myself once again this year setting a Goal. I have had a BIG year. My goal now is to continue on with my journey to join every world Centurion club. Only two are left. Next up is The Netherlands. There are no American members of the Continental European Centurion Club. The race is the first weekend of June in Weert, Netherlands. I have wanted to race in the Netherlands for a long time. I just could not make a race there fit my calendar. I have never raced a Centurion Qualifier without at least two Dutch racers in the race. The Dutch are very good even paced Racewalkers. I am excited. However the race is seven months away. Back to using Marathons and a 50K for training. Kick off with Back2Back Marathons New Years eve and Day. Then I plan to race for a big personal best at the Cowtown 50K in February. A local Marathon in March. Then my Big Goal Race in The Netherlands.
The quest to Walk 100 miles in 24 Hours in The Netherlands!
Going to be Fun!
I did it. I Achieved my Big Goal of Becoming a British Centurion. The oldest Centurion Club in the world. Now it is time to set my Next Next Big Goal. The Inaugural African Centurion on Robben Island, South Africa, October 22nd. The opportunity of a lifetime to have a New Centurion Qualifier Start up while I am in peak Centurion condition. The moment this race became a reality it has consumed my thoughts.
The quest to Walk 100 miles in 24 Hours in Africa!
Going to be Fun!
My Big Goal of becoming An Australian Centurion was achieved. Now it is time to set my next BIG goal. I want to earn a British Centurion Badge. The British Centurion Club is the Oldest. In fact this years race in Redcar, United Kingdom is the 105th British Centurion Qualifier. An old and VERY proud Club with a lot of History. 1164 Members strong. My Goal.
The Quest to Walk 100 Miles in 24 Hours in Great Britain.
The Redcar Blast 24 Hour Centurion Qualifier August 6th.
Going to be Fun!
Looking back on 2015. I had a FANTASTIC Year. Met my Goal of becoming a United States Centurion. Set personal best mileage and times in the 24 hour, 12 hour and the Marathon. Maintained my weight. Achieved a fitness level I have never held in my life.
Looking ahead to 2016. This starts my fourth year keeping the same New Years resolution I set in 2013. A long time to keep a resolution. I feel like I worked very hard to reach this level of fitness. I am not willing to give it up. This will be a BIG year. I have a 50K in February at Fort Worth, Texas. Looking for a sub 6 hour finish. Then my Big Goal Races for the Year. The Australian Centurion Qualifier in April. The 105th British Centurion Qualifier in August. The American Centurion Qualifier in September. Three 100 mile Centurion races in 23 weeks on three Continents. Whew Big Year. Going to be Fun!
This article written by Tim Erickson in the November 24th 2015 Heel and Toe online sums up my 2015.
I am goal oriented. I need a goal. A BIG goal. My last BIG goal was achieved. I became a United States walking Centurion. A very satisfying feeling. Now it’s time to set a new goal.
I want all Five active World Centurion badges. United States, Great Britain, Australia, Continental Europe, New Zealand. Only six people have all Five. A lofty goal to be sure. A goal like that needs to be taken in steps. I’m thinking like two steps per year.
My Goal, A BIG Goal. Earn my Australian Centurion Badge.
The Australian Centurion Qualifier is in Coburg, Victoria April 2016. That is about 10 months from now. I will use this Blog to record my Training and Races leading up to my Goal Race. Going to be fun!
The quest to walk 100 Miles in 24 Hours in Australia.