Training July 23rd – 29th

This week 51.2 Miles

Saturday July 23rd – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Sunday July 24th –  20 Miles LSD in 4:19:04. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday July 25th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups.

TAPER TIME!

Tuesday July 26th –  4.8 Miles.

Wednesday July 27th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:34:57.

Thursday July 28th – 4.8 miles

Friday July 29th – Date night with my Wife!

Enjoying my taper.  Vroom! Vroom! Fueled up. Tires aired up. Engine fine tuned. Ready to race.

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Training July 16th – 22nd

This week 55.2 Miles

Saturday July 16th – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Sunday July 17th –  24 Miles LSD in  5:05:29. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday July 18th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday July 19th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups,  21 minutes of planks.

Wednesday July 20th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:36:05. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday July 21st – 4.8 Miles.

Friday July 22nd – Date night with my Wife!

Eighteen, Seventeen, Sixteen, Fifteen……….. counting down the days till the 105th British Centurion Qualifier. Wont be long now. I am So ready. Since Australia in April This has been the longest, hardest training session I have done. Is it going to pay off? It has to pay off twice actually. My plan was to train for both the British and African Centurions this summer. After the British I will focus on recovery and then fitness maintenance. No back2back’s during that eleven weeks. Two races out of this summer’s training.

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Training July 9th – 15th

This week 74.4 Miles

Saturday July 9th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:10:59.

Sunday July 10th –  24 Miles in 4:57:42. Very pleased with today’s walk on tired legs.

Monday July 11th – 4.8 Miles.

Tuesday July 12th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Wednesday July 13th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:35:45. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday July 14th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday July 15th – Date night with my Wife!

There are moments during a training cycle when you get a glimmer of hope. I had one of those moments this last week. My 24 mile walk on Saturday was harder than it should have been. I am going to blame the heat. I started at 6am and the temperature was already 80 degrees. I was dreading Sundays 24 miles. Sunday was easy. A great pace that felt easy to hold. It is easy to second guess your training. Am I doing too much? Too little? Then you have days like Sunday that let you know, Everything is going to be alright. A slow decrease in mileage the next two weeks. The hard work is done. Now to let my legs recover for the BIG race. Strict diet to reach my racing weight. I need to drop 6 pounds in three weeks. Booooo!

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Training July 2nd – 8th

This week 55.2 Miles

Saturday July 2nd – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Sunday July 3rd –  24 Miles 4:56:22. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday July 4th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday July 5th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups.

Wednesday July 6th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:35:05, 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday July 7th – 4.8 Miles, 21 minutes of Planks.

Friday July 8th – Date night with my Wife!

My legs are feeling good and strong. Looking forward to my Back2back this weekend. My last big workout before The British Centurion Qualifier. Four more weeks.

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Training June 25th – July 1st

This week 50.4 Miles

Saturday June 25th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:19:19. 3 sets of 30 squats. Did not feel the love today.

Sunday June 26th –  Unscheduled day off Visiting Our Kids in Arkansas.

Monday June 27th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday June 28th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Wednesday June 29th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:35:03. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday June 30th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday July 1st – Date night with my Wife!

Just walking and dreaming this week. Adding up the miles wishing the British Centurion race was this weekend. I am so ready. Starting to look forward to my taper.

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Training June 18th – 24th

This week 82.4 Miles

Saturday June 18th – 28 Miles LSD in 6:01:30.

Sunday June 19th – 28 Miles LSD in 6:02:14. I had to reach down deep today.

Monday June 20th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday June 21st –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Wednesday June 22nd – 12 Miles LSD in 2:38:33. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday June 23rd – 4.8 Miles

Friday June 10th – Date night with my Wife!

My biggest back 2 back weekend ever. I am not going to lie. Sunday’s walk was tough. Nothing was sore on Monday. I just fell right back into my regular training. A little over four more weeks of training and then a nice taper for the British Centurion. I am looking forward to racing another Centurion Qualifier. There are only 35 Centurion’s with three Badges. Success in Redcar, UK would put me in some rare company. Speaking of Rare Company. Sandra Brown will be racing at Redcar. She is one of two people with six Centurion Badges. Redcar will be her 175th 100 mile or longer race. Just the thought of such an achievement is mind boggling. Right now 23 have signed up for the race. 16 are Centurions. I already feel overwhelmed. To see my name on the entry list knowing I can compete in that company. I don’t know what to say.

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Training June 11th – 17th

This week 55.2 Miles

Saturday June 11th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 70 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Sunday June 12th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:06:49. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday June 13th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups.

Tuesday June 14th –  4.8 Miles

Wednesday June 15th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:33:56.

Thursday June 16th – 4.8 Miles

Friday June 17th – Date night with my Wife!

I have had to skip several of my planned strength training workouts. My wife and I have been going to our Grandson’s baseball games. My walks have been late at night after the games. So I skip the Strength work. As long as I get one of each workout per week I am not worried about it. I feel like I can maintain my fitness with once per week strength training. The mileage is the most important. Never skip the walking.

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Training June 4th – 10th

This week 55.2 Miles

Saturday June 4th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Sunday June 5th – 24 Miles in 4:53:52.  3 sets of 30 squats. One of those magical walks that felt like I could go forever.

Monday June 6th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday June 7th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of planks.

Wednesday June 8th – 12 Miles LSD in  2:30:12. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday June 9th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday June 10th – Date night with my Wife!

I love training in the summer. Hot weather does not bother me training. Racing, I want it cool. Hot weather training makes your body more efficient. It improves your endurance. Then the first race you do in cool weather BAM! PR time. I wonder if it will be cool in Northern England the first part of August?  Without a doubt it will be cooler than Oklahoma. Eight more weeks. Excited.

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Training May 28th – June 3rd

This week 74.4 Miles

Saturday May 28th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:10:01.

Sunday May 29th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:09:05.

Monday May 30th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday May 31st –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday June 1st – 12 Miles LSD in 2:32:10.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday June 2nd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday June 3rd – Date night with my Wife!

For me the greatest training for a Centurion race is the Back 2 Back weekend. The mileage each day is not so high that you need a recovery. The tired legs on day two is great training physically and mentally. Learn to Love those B2B weekends if you want to be a Centurion.

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Training May 21st – 27th

This week 56.1 Miles

Saturday May 21st – 5.7 miles in Enid, Oklahoma.

Sunday May 22nd – 24 Miles LSD in 5:09:43. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday May 23rd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday May 24th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday May 25th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:35:12. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday May 26th – 4.8 Miles.

Friday May 27th – Date night with my Wife!

A great solid walking week. I would like to declare myself fully recovered from my Centurion Race in Australia six weeks ago.  I have Back2Back 24 mile walks this weekend. I will hold off on that declaration till Sunday afternoon. I feel fully recovered.

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Training May 14th – 20th

This week 55.2 Miles

Saturday May 14th – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Sunday May 15th – 24 Miles in 4:57:34. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday May 16th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups.

Tuesday May 17th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday May 18th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:34:54. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday May 19th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday May 20th – Travel out of town for a Funeral.

I had my fastest training walk on Sunday since before the Cowtown 50K in February.  I have that spring back in my step. I have a good feeling about my race in Great Britain. I know that no hundred mile race is ever going to feel easy. However after my last two I would except an easier feeling hundred mile race.

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Training May 7th – 13th

This week 46.4 Miles

Saturday May 7th – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Sunday May 8th – 20 Miles LSD in 4:12:35. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday May 9th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday May 10th –  Unscheduled day off.

Wednesday May 11th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:38:38. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday May 12th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday May 6th – Date night with my Wife!

I did something I never do this week. I took an unscheduled day off. Right now I am stuck between my recovery and my next Centurion training session. I felt tired and unfocused. So I pushed the reset button. Just a simple day off and now I am ready to prepare for the British Centurion Qualifier.

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Training April 30th – May 6th

This week 51.2 Miles

Saturday April 30th – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Sunday May 1st – 20 Miles LSD in 4:18:48. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday May 2nd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 8 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday May 3rd –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday May 4th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:34:59. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday May 5th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday May 6th – Date night with my Wife!

Slowly building my mileage back up. I have 16 weeks between my Australian Centurion qualifier and The British Centurion qualifier. I am counting the weeks it takes till I feel fully recovered. It has only been three weeks and no surprise I have not yet recovered. I am feeling stronger each week. I think 16 weeks will be more than enough time between 100 mile races. There have been many Dutch, Belgian and English racers qualify at both European qualifiers in the same year. May to August. An average of 12 weeks between races.  All this matters because I signed up this week for the Inaugural African Centurion Qualifier on October 22nd. This race is 11 weeks after my British Qualifier. Can I fully recover and race another 100 miles with 11 weeks recovery? That is what I am going to try and find out.

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Training April 23rd – 29th

This week 38.4 Miles

Saturday April 23rd – 4.8 Miles

Sunday April 24th – 8 Miles LSD in 1:43:06.

Monday April 25th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 8 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday April 26th –  4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday April 27th – 12 Miles LSD in 2:42:29.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday April 28th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 8 chin-ups.

Friday April 29th – Date night with my Wife!

Back to my workouts this week. My legs feel great. My strength training is not as easy. Amazing to me how fast you lose fitness when you take a break. I just don’t see taking a long break from training. I have worked so hard to get to the level I am at. I can’t imagine starting all over again. I would rather stay ready than have to get ready.

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Training April 16th – 22nd

This week 109.5 Miles

Saturday April 16th –  Start of the Coburg 24 hour Carnival.

Sunday April 17th – Finished my Australian Centurion Qualifier. 101.57 miles in 24 hours.

Monday April 18th – Day Off Touring the Southern Coast of Australia.

Tuesday April 19th – One long Day. Left Melbourne and Arrived in Dallas 10 hours later by the clock. Trust me it was a much longer day than that.

Wednesday April 20th – 4 Easy Miles

Thursday April 21st – 4 Easy Miles

Friday April 22nd – Date night with my Wife!

Wow what a race. Worked through my stomach and sleep deprivation issues. Very pleased that I was able to gut it out. Except for those issues everything else was spot on. No Blisters. This was my first hundred miler my knees did not bother me late in the race. Other than being sore for a couple of days I have no ill effects from the race. What I take from that is my training is working.  I am fit for Centurion Races. Keep on Keeping on. Same training plan starting back this next week. Start slow and build up.  I must Train my mind to better handle all the “other problems” that can wreak your race. 15 weeks to the British Centurion Qualifier.

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The Next Big Goal

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.

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The Redcar Blast 24 Hour Centurion Qualifier August 6th.

Going to be Fun!

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2016 Australian Centurion Qualifier

The Coburg 24 Hour Carnival April 16 – 17 on the Harold Stevens 400 meter track in Coburg, Victoria. A Big Thanks to the Coburg 24 Hour Organizing Committee, Coburg Harriers Athletics Club and Tim Erickson. If you want an over the top excellent Centurion event let a Centurion set the race up. Tim is Australian Centurion C13. Tim is one of the reasons I became a Centurion. He promotes race walking in Australia and around the World. The Australian Centurion website that Tim manages was about the ONLY information I could find about training for 100 mile walking races. Without Tim my journey would have been much tougher. This race was my first thought not long after my United States Centurion race success.

As usual I got to the Race Track early. I like to remove all stress on race day. Rushing around for me is stress. I would much rather arrive early, wait around and relax. I enjoy watching other racers. I was looking forward to meeting everyone. One person in particular was Double Badge Centurion John Kilmartin.  John became Australian Centurion C67 at last years event. Almost two months before my Centurion attempt in Minnesota. After His success I made contact with John. He was more than willing to offer advice and training tips.  John’s help gave me the confidence boost I needed before my U.S. Centurion Race.  John and I both share the same goal. We want every World Centurion Badge. John however is on a super charged pace than I could not ever consider. I was not disappointed. You know how when you look up to someone. Then when you meet them you thought they would be taller because of your perception of grandeur. No disappointment with John. In Real life and My perception John towers above everyone. It was great to see Triple Badge Centurions Justin and Sharon Scholz again. I would not be surprised to run into to the Scholz’s at every ultra event on earth. I also met Husband and wife Australian Centurions Terry and Karyn O’Neil.  I was pleased to meet the Double Badge Centurions from The Netherlands, Albertus van Ginkel and Sandra de Graaff.  John, Justin, Albertus , Sharon and Sandra will all five race the Continental Centurion Qualifier in The Netherlands in less than four weeks.  An insane schedule. True Elite Ultra distance athletes. I also was honored to meet Australian Centurions, Michelle Thompson, Clarrie Jack, Robyn Whyte. Long distance walkers Phil Essam, Saul Richardson, Albin Hess, Louis Commins, Blu Young, Dawn Parris, Val Chesterton, Sandra Howorth and John Timms.  A very strong field of Walkers.  I have never been in the company of so many Centurions at the same time. That in itself can be a bit overwhelming. No matter what Continent, Ultra races are like attending Big Family reunions.

The race stated at 10 am. All the walkers in lane three. Runners in lane one. This is where it pays to have a Centurion set up a Qualifier. Tim has the walkers away from the runners.  Just 388 laps in lane three plus a few steps for a total of 100 miles. After training on the rubberized track at home for two months I knew I would like that surface. The weather was perfect. Sunny and a little warm at the start. After a couple of hours it became cloudy with a nice cool wind. Over night was cold with about 20 minutes of light rain. Melbourne can have weather extremes. We were very lucky.  My plan was a nice steady 13:20 pace for the whole race. Set my gear bag under a chair and my food on top. Tim Tams every 30 minutes. I confess. The reason I train hard. The reason I do Centurion races is so I can eat candy all day and night. Australia has good sweet biscuits and lollies. Started off at pace. I was having stomach issues. I have the same diet day after day. However traveling the food is great but the little differences upsets my system. I also tend to overeat. The pace got harder to hold. Then along came some help. The Dutch racers Sandra and Bertus. They support each other, race together with a perfect pace to finish with success. I joined in right behind them. I knew if I just stuck with them I also would find Australian Centurion Success. For 80 miles in the race I did this. As I felt better I would pass them and then later join the Dutch train again. My next problem was sleep. I could not sleep on the overnight flight. I slept very little the next two nights in Melbourne. I really felt this lack of sleep during the race. Being an International Centurion race these issues turn an already Very Tough race to one even Tougher. Not something you really need.  At one point in the race we passed the big monitor that told what lap you had just finished. Bertus said, ” Look Rob you only need 100 more laps.”  In training on the track at home I would walk 105 laps. Several times during training I would do this 105 lap walk on back to back days. That second day would always be tough. Now I needed 100 laps and had already walked 288 laps. At that point I really thought I might not make it. I was hurting. I was sleepy. I was out of gas. If you want to be a Centurion for me anyway, the race is a real gut check. With about 60 laps to go I was finished. No food looked or tasted good. I had my Wife Brenda buy some Coke. This perked me up a little. With 22 laps to go I was down again. So close but I just did not feel like I could Finish. Brenda got me another coke. Tim Erickson and All the Australian Centurions, support staff, my Australian friends Kevin and Wanda who drove down from Canberra recognized my plight. Everyone was cheering me on. It was not till I got within 12 laps that I thought I could finish. I crossed the 100 mile mark at 23:13:53. Finished with 163.462K. 101.57 miles. Centurion races really are more mental than physical. I made up my mind this race would be a success ten months ago. Had a game plan for the training and the race. I stuck to the training and had to adjust my race plan. Now I am Australian Centurion C68. Got my name right under John Kilmartin’s name. Enjoyed everything about my first International Centurion Race. Tough but Enjoyable.

Our Trip to Australia was perfect. The Race. The other Athletes. All the support staff. We enjoyed touring the Yarra valley and along the coast. Beautiful Country. The people around Melbourne are a lot like the People of Oklahoma. Friendly hard working folks. People that appreciate what they work for. People that enjoy their free time. They are “Okies” that talk funny. This will not be my only trip to Australia.

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Michelle Thompson Won the Women’s race. I wish everyone could see Michelle Racewalk. She has a grace and beauty to Her style that is mesmerizing. I Won the Men’s. This is the Perpetual Australian 24 hour Champions trophy. Our names will be added. On the left  Robyn Whyte a three time Australian Centurion. To the right Now Three World Badge Centurions Albertus van Ginkel and Sandra de Graaff.

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This was very special.  The Jack Webber Trophy.  Only Presented if the performance during a 24 hour Centurion event is deemed a high enough standard. Voted on by the Australian Centurions present. I am very Honored to be have been considered for this great award. Thank You my Australian Centurion Brothers and Sisters.

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I feel like I earned this Shirt and Badge. Hats off to the Australian Centurion Club. They do everything over the top. A proud Club proud of their members.

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Thank You to Wanda Stewart for all these great photos.

A great magazine article about the Coburg 24 Hour race.

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Training April 9th – 15th

This week 27.2 Miles

Saturday April 9th –  4.8 miles

Sunday April 10th – 8 miles in 1:41:39.

Monday April 11th – 4 miles

Tuesday April 12th – 4 miles early before leaving for the Airport.

Wednesday April 13th – Poof this day disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday April 14th – Arrived in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. 4 miles on the hotel treadmill.

Friday April 15th – 2.4 mile shakeout walk before Touring The Yarra Valley with my Wife!

Light walking travel week. Save up your money and fly first class. I knew the flight would be long. It felt even longer than the 14 hours we were in the air. All the perks and extra room are worth the difference in price. My legs are well rested and ready to race. Oh my I can’t believe I am in Australia.  The Centurion is here for the taking. The training has been done. Just waiting now on the alarm to go off. Let’s do this. Going to be fun!

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Training April 2nd – 8th

This week 51.2 Miles

Saturday April 2nd –  4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday April 3rd – 20 miles LSD in 4:16:08. 3 sets of 30 squats. One of those magical walks that felt like I could walk forever.

Monday April 4th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

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Tuesday April 5th – 4.8 miles

Wednesday April 6th – 12 miles LSD in 2:38:41.

Thursday April 7th – 4.8 miles

Friday April 8th – Date night with my Wife!

Another easy week of Centurion pace work. I love race taper. The extra free time skipping strength training. Being able to relax knowing you have finished all the hard work. The way your legs feel all rested. My mind at peace, filled with anticipation.  Starting to get all my gear together for my big trip to Australia. I like to collect my gear together early. Almost every day I think of something I forgot. After all the hard work preparing for a Big race now is not the time to drop the ball and forget something. I am ready to Race.

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Training March 26th – April 1st

This week 51.2 Miles

Saturday March 26th –  4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday March 27th – 20 miles LSD in 4:26:02. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday March 28th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday March 29th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday March 30th – 12 miles LSD in 2:37:36. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 31st – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday April 1st – Date night with my Wife!

Over nine months ago I became United States Centurion C78. A few days after that I announced my intentions to become an Australian Centurion. I had ten months to prepare. Let me tell you that ten months has flown by. Step number two of a six step journey I have planned. My journey of five world Centurion Badges has changed to Six. Looks like Africa will host the inaugural African Centurion Qualifier on Robben Island, South Africa this October.  I will have to sacrifice my trip to New York for the U.S. Qualifier. I hate to miss any Centurion race. The chance to race an inaugural Centurion Event is too good a deal to pass up. I am getting way ahead of myself here. One BIG goal at a time. The way the time flies by I have no choice but to plan ahead. Trust me I am not overlooking Australia.

Easy week training for me this last week. Just nice Centurion Pace work. Another round of the same next week. Same mileage minus the strength training starting on Tuesday or what I affectionately call TAPER!

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Training March 19th – 25th

This week 46.2 Miles

Saturday March 19th –  2.4 miles

Sunday March 20th – 26.2 miles at the A2A Marathon in 5:01:53.

Monday March 21st – Day Off.

Tuesday March 22nd – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday March 23rd – 8 miles LSD in 1:47:48. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 24th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday March 25th – Date night with my Wife!

Last weekends Marathon and my legs. Without a doubt I can walk high weekly mileage. I can train hard and walk long distances both without injury. The question is do my legs fully recover? I think late February’s Cowtown 50K race left my legs tired. More tired than I thought. I resumed my hard training for three weeks. Then raced the A2A Marathon. My legs were not responsive. I have been under the impression that if I kept piling on the miles my legs would adapt. I still believe that. However I also need some recovery time. My plan was to pile on more miles before the Australian Centurion. This week I focused instead on recovery. I will do the same between now and my Centurion race. I have the fitness now for a hundred mile race. This last week and next week would not have added much more to my fitness. Just looking to maintain now, then Taper. Achieve my Goal. Race Australia with happy RESTED legs.

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2016 A2A Marathon

My third year in a row to do this Point to Point Marathon in Ardmore, Oklahoma. I get to sleep in my own Bed. Easy 30 minute drive to the race. The race officials take the racers by school bus to the starting line. An eye opening 25 minute ride that gives you a chance to fathom what your feet are about to do. The last two years we pushed 20 mph headwinds. Not this year. Cool with a 15 mph tail wind. The wind is significant because 19 miles of this race is all in one direction. My goal this year, just a nice easy sub five hour marathon. Sometimes races don’t go as planned. I just didn’t have my “A” game today. Nothing is wrong. Nothing hurt. No blisters. I just could not walk as fast as I wanted, For me anyway this hilly marathon is tough. There were more marathon racers this year. The support staff is Great. Water stops are about every mile. The A2A is a great race. I just have not figured out how to race it YET. I finished with a 5:01:53. The highlight of the race was my Wife and Grandkids waiting at the finish line. The race finishes on the track in the football stadium. I was the only racer in the stadium. My grand kids were so excited. They said, ” Granddad you won the race.”

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Training March 12th – 18th

This week 58.2 Miles

Saturday March 12th –  4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday March 13th – 27 miles LSD in 5:53:55 in lane 3 on the track. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday March 14th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday March 15th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday March 16th – 12 miles LSD in 2:37:58.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 17th – 4.8 miles.

Friday March 18th – Date night with my Wife!

No taper before my A2A Marathon this Sunday. Just using the race as a supported training walk. I need the miles more than a personal best marathon. There will be time for personal records after my World Centurion Quest is over. The Forecast is about perfect for a marathon. Dry, cool and light wind.

Speaking of World Centurion Quest. I signed up for the Redcar Blast this week. The Redcar Blast is the 105th British Centurion Qualifier this August in Redcar, UK. That is my next goal. Just thinking about Australia right now. One Goal at a time Please.

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Training March 5th – 11th

This week 58.2 Miles

Saturday March 5th –  4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday March 6th – 27 miles LSD in 5:50:50 in lane 3 on the track. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday March 7th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday March 8th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday March 9th – 12 miles LSD in 2:34:27.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 10th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday March 11th – Date night with my Wife!

I am getting excited about my Australian Centurion Race in five weeks. I have trained hard. Much harder than I did for my U.S. Centurion race. I feel great. That is not the reason for my excitement. It is getting to share the Track with other Centurions. Some of the best long distance walkers in the world. I am inspired by watching other Centurions Race.  These folks have also chewed the pavement training. They have survived the race, felt the pain, enjoyed the success.

Australia will be well represented with Australian Centurions.  Michelle Thompson holds every female walking race record in Australia up to her age. Every new age group she enters She breaks the records.  Will be fun to watch her zip past every few laps.  Clarrie Jack will be looking to add to his many walking records. He is now racing in the 70 year age group.  John Kilmartin is a double Centurion with Australian and British Centurion Badges. John has been a mentor to me in my Centurion quest. John is faster than I am. Can not wait to meet him and watch his walking form.

The Netherlands will be represented by a pair of Double Badge Centurions. Sandra de Graaff and Albertus van Ginkel. Both are Continental and British Centurions. I raced last summer with two Dutch racers. I expect to be equally awed by Sandra and Albertus.

There are several other top Australian walkers in the field. Excited. Going to be Fun!

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Training February 27th – March 4th

This week 55.0 Miles

Saturday February 27th –  2.4 miles

Sunday February 28th –  31 miles at the Cowtown 50K in 5:57:17

Monday February 29th – Day off

Tuesday March 1st – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks.

Wednesday March 2nd – 12 Miles LSD in 2:38:36. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday March 3rd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday March 4th – Date night with my Wife.

With post race recovery being a good judge of fitness my training has worked for me. I took one day off and jumped back into my workouts. I feel great. Only my core and glutes were sore. Looks like I will lose both big toe nails. I have lost each one over the last two years. First time to lose both together. I will keep building mileage. Six weeks to my Australian Centurion attempt. I have a small local hilly point to point Marathon in two weeks. I have finished the A2A marathon twice. Once one second over 5 hours. Once 48 seconds under 5 hours. This year I will try for a 4:59:59 training walk finish.

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2016 Cowtown 50K

2016 Cowtown 50K in Fort Worth, Texas. Last year I was trained and ready for this race. Two days before North Texas had a major ice storm. The race was changed to a half marathon. This year I was more trained and extra ready for this 50K.  The weather this year was perfect. Not too cold at the start, 55 degrees. Not too hot at the end, 75 degrees.

I just had a peace about this race. The plan. A five hour Marathon and then just five more miles at Marathon pace. Wow. Turns out it is that “just five more miles” that makes the 50K a bear. I felt good all race. I felt like I was holding back up to about mile 23. At that point I could put the pedal down or finish easy just under Six hours. By mile 30 I knew I had made the right choice.  The last thing my Wife told me when I went out the door for the race, “Remember Your race in Australia in April.” I picked the easy finish. 5:57:17. I am very Pleased. The 50K is a very good endurance test. I will race The Cowtown 50K every February. Love everything about the Fort Worth experience. One of these years that Cowtown 50K and I are going to see who is the boss.

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Training February 20th – 26th

This week 28.8 Miles

Taper Starts

Saturday February 20th –  4.8 miles

Sunday February 21st –  8 miles

Monday February 22nd – 4 miles

Tuesday February 23rd – 4 miles

Wednesday February 24th – 4 miles on my 53rd Birthday.

Thursday February 25th – 4 miles

Friday February 26th – Date night with my Wife!

I am so looking forward to Sunday’s 50K in Fort Worth. My legs are rested and ready to go. The forecast is 55 degrees at the start and 75 degrees when I finish just under six hours later. A little warm but not too bad. Excited.

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I am moving back toward my Youth.  Wish I had skipped those 30 years in the middle. Those lazy heavy Years. Glad I saw the light before train.

 

Training February 13th – 19th

This week 51.2 Miles

Saturday February 13th –  4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 22 minutes of Planks

Sunday February 14th –  20 miles in 4:13:20. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday February 15th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday February 16th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 69 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday February 17th – 12 miles in 2:16:43. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday February 18th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups.

Friday February 19th – Date night with my Wife!

Looking forward to my race taper this next week. I feel like I could have a great 50K race. The weather forecast looks good. Excited. I enjoy training but I need to break it up from time to time. A taper and race is a good way to do just that.

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Training February 6th – 12th

This week 80.4 Miles

Saturday February 6th –  27 Miles at Centurion pace on the track in 5:56:39.

Sunday February 7th – 27 Miles at Centurion pace on the track in 5:57:02.

Monday February 8th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday February 9th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday February 10th – 12 miles in 2:25:42. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday February 11th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday February 12th – Date night with my Wife!

You know you are doing something right when Back2Back weekends get easy. Funny when you realize that a weekend is 48 hours and you spent one quarter of it walking. Still just a drop in the bucket compared to a Centurion. Very pleased with my mileage build up. Dropping my mileage a little the next two weeks to prepare for the Cowtown 50K. Chance to catch my breath and have fresh legs.

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Training January 30th – February 5th

This week 58.2 Miles

Saturday January 30th –  4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday January 31st – 27 miles LSD in 5:58:30 on the track. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday February 1st – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday February 2nd – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday February 3rd – 12 miles LSD in 2:33:45. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday February 4th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday February 5th – Date night with my Wife!

Another great training week. My legs feel very good. Powerful and with pop. I have settled into a very comfortable Centurion pace of a few steps faster than 4.5 miles per hour. I feel like I can walk this pace forever. I just wonder if this comfortable pace has cost me speed. I will find out in three weeks. I have the Cowtown 50K in Fort Worth, Texas.  I have never raced a 50K. I would like to put up a good time. Under 6 hours for sure. Another Back2Back weekend coming up. I can’t guarantee speed but I have the long distance walking covered.

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Training January 23rd – 29th

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.

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Training January 16th -22nd

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.

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Training January 9th – 15th

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.

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Training January 2nd – 8th

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.

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New Years Double Marathon

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

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Training December 26th – January 1st

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.

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2015 in Review 2016 looking Ahead

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.

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December 2015 Mileage

December 27 Days 224.6 miles

November 20 Days 235.5 miles
October 25 Days 259.2 miles
September 25 Days 263.2 miles
August 27 Days 265.6 miles
July 25 Days 211.5 miles
June 22 Days 244.8 miles
May 26 Days 260.8 miles
April 25 days 212.6 miles
March 26 Days 238.5 miles
February 24 Days 184.0 miles
January 26 Days 181.4 miles

Total 2015 298 days 2781.7 miles

Training December 19th – 25th

This Week 51.2 Miles

Saturday December 19th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday December 20th – 20 Miles LSD in 4:09:25.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday December 21st – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups

Tuesday December 22nd – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday December 23rd – 12 miles LSD in 2:30:53.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Taper Starts

Thursday December 24th – 4.8 Miles early before work.

Friday December 25th – Christmas with Family.

Start of my Taper for the New Years Double Marathon. I am excited to try Back2Back Marathons. That second day should be on tired legs for sure. Learning to walk on tired legs is what makes a Centurion Possible.

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Training December 12th – 18th

This Week 55.2 Miles

Saturday December 12th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday December 13th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:09:40. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday December 14th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday December 15th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday December 16th – 12 miles in 2:23:00. 3 sets of 30 squats. One of those magical walks. Felt like I was floating on air.

Thursday December 17th – Night off to watch my Grandson’s Christmas Program.

Friday December 18th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

One of the best workout weeks I have had in a while. Legs feel great. I have that pop back. Looking forward to my Double Marathons in just under two weeks.

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Training December 5th – 11th

This Week 51.2 Miles

Saturday December 5th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday December 6th – 20 Miles LSD in 4:15:33.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday December 7th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday December 8th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday December 9th – 12 miles LSD in 2:27:56.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday December 10th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups.

Friday December 11th – Date night with my Wife!

No pain this week. My iliotibial (IT) band has recovered. Keep adding up the miles. I have a Marathon coming up New Year Eve and do it again on New Years Day. I have never finished a walked Marathon in over 5 hours and 1 minute. I hope to keep that streak going. Both Days.

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Training November 28th – December 4th

This Week 21.6 Miles

Saturday November 28th – 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 Minutes of Planks

Sunday November 29th – 3 sets of 30 Squats

Monday November 30th – 4 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Tuesday December 1st – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups. 21 Minutes of Planks

Wednesday December 2nd – 8 Miles in 1:42:45. 3 sets of 30 Squats

Thursday December 3rd – 4.8 Miles,  4 sets of 9 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday December 4th – Date Night with my Wife!

I eased back into training this week. Strength training has been tough. Amazing how fast you can lose fitness. Push-ups and chin-ups that had gotten easy are once again hard. All in the matter of two weeks. My legs feel surprisingly strong. I will keep pushing up the mileage. Get back into form for my Double Marathons the end of the year. Two double Centurions from the Netherlands have signed up for Australia. It will be nice to share the track with others working toward the same goal. We can feed off each other.  I get more excited every day.

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November 2015 Mileage

November 20 Days 235.5 miles

October 25 Days 259.2 miles
September 25 Days 263.2 miles
August 27 Days 265.6 miles
July 25 Days 211.5 miles
June 22 Days 244.8 miles
May 26 Days 260.8 miles
April 25 days 212.6 miles
March 26 Days 238.5 miles
February 24 Days 184.0 miles
January 26 Days 181.4 miles

Total 2015 271 days 2557.1 miles

Training November 21st – 27th

This Week 101.1 Miles

Saturday November 21st – Start of the UltraCentric 24 Hour

Sunday November 22nd – 100.744 Miles in 23 Hours 47 minutes 52 Seconds.

Monday November 23rd – Day Off

Tuesday November 24th – Day Off

Wednesday November 25th – Day Off

Thursday November 26th – .4 miles. My left iliotibial (IT) band hurts.

Friday November 27th – Date Night with my Wife!

My UltraCentric race was not as I trained or dreamed. It was a learning experience. I learned a lot about myself. I have stated, never ever even consider the though of quitting. Well I though about it. Almost quit many times. Now almost a week later I am so glad I stuck with the race. Did it hurt? Yes. Was it tough? Yes. Was it worth finishing with 100 miles? You bet it was. I would much rather recover with a big ole smile than recover wishing I had pushed on. My left iliotibial (IT) band is the only thing that hurts. No doubt my leaning put extra strain on it. I won’t push my return to training next week. I must recover and not risk a long term nagging injury. My next 24 hour race in Coburg, Victoria is in 20 weeks. Before that I have Back to Back Marathons, New Years eve and New Years Day.  In February The Cowtown 50K in Fort Worth, Texas. A little local Marathon four weeks before Australia. How I recover will determine how I race my Back to Back Marathons. I must keep my eye on the big picture. The Walk 100 Miles in 24 Hours in Australia is my only real Goal at this point.

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2015 UltraCentric 24 Hour

My second race at the UltraCentric in Grapevine, Texas. Last year I Walked my first Ultra here. The twelve hour. That race lead me to believe I could do a Centurion Walk. I have returned to see how much gain in fitness I have earned since my Centurion race in June.

Because of the flood damage in Texas last spring this years UltraCentric was moved to a .51 mile road course at Silver Lake Marina. I heard some grumbling about the short course. Not from me. My upcoming race in Australia this April is on a 400 meter track. That is Short. The new course was flat and paved. Perfect. The weather was cold and VERY windy. Gusts up to 45 mph all day Saturday. The only thing you can control in a race is your own training. You can’t control the course, the weather, the other racers. There is no use getting yourself worked up into a frenzy over things out of your control. With that mindset I raced. No pressure. Just line up and see how far my mind and legs could go.

My goal was to walk every mile between 12:30 and 13:00 minutes. Looking for a 12:51 Average for 24 hours. I started out even better than that 28 miles the first 6 hours in high wind. I was surprised that I only did 26 miles the second 6 hours. 54 miles at the turn. The night had North Texas first hard freeze of the season. I was getting much slower. I think the wind, cold and a sinus infection I am fighting took a toll. At 15 hours I was in trouble. Just no get up and go. So I forced myself into a 9 hour Death march. It was the toughest thing I have ever done in my life. First my wife told me I was leaning left. Then Marsha White told me the same thing. When the sun came up Sunday morning the shadow confirmed it. Leaning put extra pressure on my left knee. It hurt bad. The miles added up so slowly. The hours crawled by even slower than I was walking. I felt rough. Every mile I entertained the thought of quitting. For over six hours I wanted to quit. It was The great personal battle in my mind. With three hours left I need 11 miles. I started counting down 21 more laps 20 more laps….I reached down into places I didn’t know I had. In the last three miles I drank a two liter Mountain Dew. I would have let someone shoot me in the butt with a BB gun if I thought it would help. As cruel punishment I did an extra lap I didn’t need. But hey, I did it. I didn’t quit. I perservered. I found a toughness I didn’t know I had. That is how it should be if you walk 100 miles in 24 hours. 100.744 miles with about 12 minutes to spare. Fifth Place out of 30 racers. The only walker. First Place in my age group. This race has changed how I look at Centurion events. I still want five World Centurion badges. Double Centurions Richard McChesney and John Kilmartin told me no 100 miler is easy and each has its own unique challenge. A BIG shout out to my Sweet Darling Wife. I never got out of the car after the awards ceremony, because I couldn’t. She had to pack everything at the hotel. Carry it all down. Load the car. Drive home. Has waited on me hand and foot since we got home. All while shaking her head in silence. Thank you Bren.

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Training November 14th – 20th

This Week 28.8 Miles

Saturday November 14th – 4.8 miles

Sunday November 15th – 8 Miles in 1:40:07. Legs feel great. Lots of pop.

Monday November 16th – 4 Miles

Tuesday November 17th – 4 miles

Wednesday November 18th – 4 miles

Thursday November 19th – 4 Miles

Friday November 20th – Travel to Grapevine, Texas with my Wife!

I can’t remember the last time my legs felt this rested. This level of rest did not come without a visit from the Taper Phantom. I am almost sure the Phantom lives in my head but….. During my taper I turned my ankle and fell one night. Had a muscle in my lower leg knot up. Got pink eye from my Grand Kids. Fought a sinus infection and headache. Sore throat from drainage.  All attempts by the Taper Phantom to wreak my Race tomorrow. “Get thee behind me Phantom.” Nothing is going to stand in my way. Physically or mentally.

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Training November 7th – 13th

This Week 51.2 Miles

Saturday November 7th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday November 8th – 20 Miles in 3:48:09.  3 sets of 30 squats. Magical walk at Marathon pace two weeks before my 24 hour race.

Monday November 9th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Taper Starts

Tuesday November 10th – 4.8 miles

Wednesday November 11th – 12 miles LSD in 2:33:26. My 24 hour race pace.

Thursday November 12th – 4.8 Miles

Friday November 6th – Date night with my Wife!

Taper is working. My legs feel fantastic. Worked hard this summer. Looks like it is paying off. I am setting a goal of 112 miles at the UltraCentric 24 hour next week. Average pace just a little under 13 minutes per mile. A big goal.

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Training October 31st – November 6th

This Week 55.2 Miles

Saturday October 31st – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday November 1st – 24 Miles LSD in 5:07:31. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday November 2nd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday November 3rd – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday November 4th – 12 miles LSD in 2:36:49.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday November 5th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday November 6th – Date night with my Wife!

I am so looking forward to my taper next week. A lot of people hate race taper time. Not me. I look forward to the cut back in mileage. A chance to get my legs back under me. The break from strength training. I have done the work. Now rest up and get ready to race. Like a high performance engine tuned up and waiting on the green light. Like it!

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October 2015 Mileage

October 25 Days 259.2 miles

September 25 Days 263.2 miles
August 27 Days 265.6 miles
July 25 Days 211.5 miles
June 22 Days 244.8 miles
May 26 Days 260.8 miles
April 25 days 212.6 miles
March 26 Days 238.5 miles
February 24 Days 184.0 miles
January 26 Days 181.4 miles

Total 2015 251 days 2321.6 miles

Training October 24th – 30th

This Week 83.9 Miles

Saturday October 24th – 58.44 Miles in 12 hours at the 24 The Hard Way.

Sunday October 25th – Day Off

Monday October 26th – 4 Miles

Tuesday October 27th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday October 28th – 12 miles LSD in 2:34:31.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday October 29th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday October 30th – Date night with my Wife!

Great recovery this week. Right back into my pre race mileage. Blister on my right heel and two of the toes on my right foot. None of the blisters popped. They are painless now and drying out. Only my abs were sore post race. I guess you can tell more about your fitness by your recovery than by the race. You can have a bad race. Recovering well and quickly is a better sign of fitness.  A few more hard workouts then start a long taper for my 100 Miles in 24 hour attempt in three weeks. Excited.

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2015 24 The Hard Way

I did the 12 hour race at 24 The Hard Way in Oklahoma City. Used this as a long supported training walk. I love timed races. This is one of the best. Perfect course. Great support. A must do race. The real truth is I wanted to see if all the hard work this summer paid off. A test of my fitness level. The 12 hour started three hours before the 24 hour racers. This should not make any difference. My race strategy should be the same. There was a United States Centurion in the 24 hour. Yes I am a Centurion also. But still I wanted to race my best. Look good in the company I was in. Add up as many miles as I could early. The morning was perfect. Almost too cool at start. Overcast all day. Light wind, cool all day. I went out fast. Sub 12:00 minute miles. I felt great. No taper and still fresh legs. After a month of messaging back and forth I met C48 Ivo Majetic. Ivo is one of the Worlds fastest long distance race walkers. A lot of pressure on me to look good. I raced a beauty. No where as smooth or fast as Ivo. He uses his arms more than I do. Perfect form. I did learn a lot about myself. I can push the limits of my fitness. Only issue I had was my stomach. Mister cast iron stomach had to fight today. There are so many different things that can go wrong in these races. I faded a little toward the end. Ended up with 58.44 miles. A personal best. Men’s Masters Champion.  Always a thrill to race beside another Centurion. It is a magical bond we share. Next up for me. A 100 mile attempt at the UltraCentric 24 hour in just under four weeks. No pressure in this race.

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Training October 17th – 23rd

This Week 55.2 Miles

Saturday October 17th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday October 18th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:08:10.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday October 19th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday October 20th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 68 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday October 21st – 12 miles LSD in 2:33:42. 3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday October 22nd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday October 23rd – Travel to Oklahoma City with my Wife!

Lets Race! Legs feel great. Worked hard on endurance this summer. Changed my form. Smooth out my walking. Logged lots of Miles. A nice easy 57 – 58 mile 12 hour tomorrow would prove it all worked.

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Training October 10th – 16th

This Week 55.2 Miles

Saturday October 10th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 67 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday October 11th – 24 Miles LSD in 5:24:22.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday October 12th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday October 13th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 67 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday October 14th – 12 miles LSD in 2:31:32.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday October 15th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday October 16th – Date night with my Wife!

One week till my 12 Hour race in Oklahoma City. I have stuck to my guns on not tapering for this race. However, I did slow my long walk way down on Sunday. This had the same effect as a taper. My legs feel refreshed. Plus I am still getting in the mileage. Looking forward to this race. I have worked hard on my endurance this summer. Changed my form. Ready to see if my performance has improved. A test of sorts.

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Training October 3rd – 9th

This Week 55.2 Miles

Saturday October 3rd – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 67 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Sunday October 4th – 24 Miles in 4:54:38.  3 sets of 30 squats.

Monday October 5th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag

Tuesday October 6th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 67 push-ups, 21 minutes of Planks

Wednesday October 7th – 12 miles LSD in 2:35:32.   3 sets of 30 squats.

Thursday October 8th – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups. 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.

Friday October 9th – Date night with my Wife!

Spent most of this week fighting a cold.  My rule has been: If there is no fever – walk.  That is what I did. Who knows, I might have a cold during a goal race. Good to know you can walk through it. Made contact this week with United States Centurion Ivo Majetic C48.  Ivo has returned to long distance racewalking.  Both of us will be at the Oklahoma City The Hard Way in just over two weeks. Me doing the 12 hour. Ivo doing the 24 hour race. Ivo earned his U.S. Centurion with a 18:26:24 time.  I am very interested in watching his walking form.

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