Active contributor and EveryMan Triathlete Roman Mica and the endurance-loving folks over at raceAthlete.com have created a challenge worthy of celebration. Well, chances are you were going to be celebrating on your birthday anyway...
But this takes the party one step (or several, depending on how old you are) beyond the traditional cake and ice cream. The idea behind the B-Fit B-Day Challenge is to swim, bike and run your new age. To do this, take your age and:
1) Swim the number of miles in the first number
2) Run the number of miles in the second number
3) Bike the number of miles in the combined number
So a 45-year-old athlete would:
1) Swim 4 miles
2) Run 5 miles
3) Bike 45 miles
"My goal in creating the Challenge was to come up with something that has all of the athletic appeal of a triathlon, but with a much more gentle and family-friendly atmosphere," says Mica. "We really hope this new Challenge will encourage athletes, their friends, and their family to celebrate their birthday in a unique and healthy way."
The B-Fit B-Day Challenge is completely free and open to anyone of any age. The website currently boasts over 120 members. Those who join can create profiles with photos and video, interact and encourage others, post completion times and take part in some great sponsor premiums offered on the site.
(Thanks to B-Fit B-Day member Stronger for permission to use her awesome photo montage!)
The Challenge is divided into three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Bronze: Do all three (swim/bike/run) during the week of their birthday.
Silver: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in the 72 hours (three days) before, after or during their birthday.
Gold: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in 24 hours to celebrate their birthday!
Some important notes: Since "0" birthdays (like 10, 20, 30, 40, 50...) are important milestones, the "0" represents a 10. This means that on those "0" birthdays athletes must celebrate this big milestone by running ten miles.
Also, note that transitions don't count in the overall time.
"It's not so much about how far or how fast you go or how many people you pass, but more of a celebration of your life, health and fitness on your birthday," Mica says. "In other words, where a race is highly competitive, stressful, punishing and very public
you know...a racethe B-Fit B-Day Challenge is personal, intimate, rewarding and stress free."