My 50th year on earth will end on June 23, 2007. However, I work better on calendar years, so I'm going to devote the entire year of 2007 to my Year 50 Challenge. I *want* to do something rather spectacular, but what my body really needs is more week-in, week-out consistent training. So that's the bulk of the program.
Here's the plan so far. I may add to it before the end of this year, when I get it all worked out in ink on a wall calendar. Some parts are quite conservative, some are ambitious. It doesn't allow much time at all for illness or injury, so I'm skipping those in 2007. I'm also not planning on doing as much in the way of travel to destination events as I have lately. All told, it should add up to a year of consistent hard work:
50+ miles total in the year
5+ 5*500m swims (2500m)
5+ 100 mile rides (five centuries)
5*500 miles total in the year (2500 miles)
50+ 5K timed runs (one or more under 25:00!)
50+ 5 mile (or 5*1 mile) timed runs
5+ 10K timed runs (one or more under 55:00!)
5+ timed half marathons
5*5*5*5 miles total in the year (625 miles)
Log food 50*5 days/week
Lose 5*5 pounds (25+) from Jan 1st to Jan 1st
5+ triathlons or duathlons
(Some of the 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons above will be in road races, some not).