Setting a goal is key to getting back in shape, at least it is for me. I work out more consistently and I am able to track my progress when I have a race or event to target. In this case I am able to set a goal (goals) that also coincide with races that I want to complete and/or perform better than the last time I raced.
At this time I have two goals:
- complete a 50k trail ultra in under 5 hrs
- complete a Half Ironman race, also in under 5 hrs
I want to add a full ironman to the list but that will wait until I am officially retired. Training for those events is incredibly time consuming!
And I want to do this before (or at least in the year) I turn 60. I am 57 now so I have 3-ish years and 3 summer racing seasons to try to achieve these goals. This summer is a write off as there are next to no races due to cancellations due to COVID and I am not really in good enough shape to do any racing anyway.
After starting this blog I realized that there are multiple interpretations to the title:
- Running either/both of the races in 5 hrs by the time I am 60 (5 by 60)
- Each race can be broken into 5, 60 mins sections (5 x 60)
I am hoping to fill this blog with my experiences as I go along, tips on nutrition, training, feelings, successes, disappointments and accomplishments.
If you find yourself reading, I hope it helps you find your own motivation and goals.