Our birthdays are special to each of us in our own personal way. It’s your day and if you have the opportunity take the day off of work then do it! Yes, take a vacation day and do something special for yourself or others. Over the years I have heard from many endurance athletes who have themed their birthday with a specific endurance based activity to make it memorable.
A few considerations for the Endurance Focused Memory Birthday:
- If it’s on a weekend, try to target a completely different race that you have not done before or a new sport discipline – try an open water swim race for something different.
- Run to a specific location based on miles or time the same as your age. For example if your turning 40, run 40 minutes, 40 miles or 40 hours (for those crazy ultra athletes).
- Consider do a specific strength routine and add it to your normal training. For example, assuming turning age 40, target a multiple of your age (10 X) – 400 pushups in 24 hours, just do them throughout the day.
- Swimming – break it down to something interesting like this: Age 40, consider swimming 4 times in one day with each workout lasting 40 minutes in length or 4000 meters per workout! This is something completely different and will be memorable.
- Consider volunteering time for a trail cleaning project, 400 minutes, 4 hours, etc.
- Consider an epic bike ride based on the specific theme of birthday age of distance, time, etc.
Remember, stretch yourself as this is your day and you want to make it special and it can be combinations of workouts, spending time with the family/friends and volunteering. Get your creative juices flowing and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’