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A fun and fantastic swim, bike, and run challenge for women and men in 2010

Posted Dec 11 2009 1:01pm

DaveFinishesthe4MileSwim Editor's Note: Over the last two years hundreds of amatuer athletes have taken on the B-Fit B-Day Challenge.

These are a just few of their stories:


This was a blast! The B-Fit B-Day Challenge pushed me to tackle distances I’d never even approached before – a four-mile swim!!! Whoa!

First, the details:
Age: 42
Swim: 4 Miles in 2h 25m 49s (62 seconds per 50 yard lap)
Bike: 42 Miles in 2h 26m 51s (17 mph)
Run: 2 Miles in 16m 56s (8:28 minute miles)

Total Time: 5 hours 9 minutes 36 seconds

The swim was the real challenge for me. Swimming has always been my toughest discipline and this year a respiratory infection wiped out my training for the entire month of June! I came into the BDay Challenge sorely under-trained and I turned the race into three training sessions. I made great strides during the weekend. My mile split times fell steadily. I was happy to finish without drowning and thrilled with my progress!

The Bike portion I split into two stages: a 17 mile ride on Friday morning followed by a 25 mile ride to historic Walden Pond on Saturday. Unlike Thoreau, I didn’t stay … my quest was the ride!

I completed the 2 mile run Sunday morning. The overcast skies left the air warm and heavy. My two mile loop starts with a short decline and ends with the same meaningful rise while the rest of the course is fairly flat. Given my limited training, I was right on pace with my expectations.

So with the BFit BDay Challenge under my belt, I plan to tri it again in three months on my quarter birthday to see if I am getting better with age!

The idea of the challenge is very simple---but athletically very challenging.

In case you are wondering B-Fit B-Day athletes must take their age and in any order:

1) Swim the number of yards in the first number(# multiplied by 1000 yards),
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 4000 yards
2) Run 5 miles
3) Bike 45 miles

If they choose to accept the B-Fit B-Day Challenge they have four options for ribbons:

Bronze: Do all three (swim/bike/run) during the week of their Birthday.
Silver: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in the three days before, after, or on their B-Day.
Gold: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in 24-hours to celebrate their B-Day or for the super fit:

* Platinum: Do all three in miles (swim first number in miles not yards/bike/run) in 24-hours to celebrate their B-Day.

The challenge is a celebration of your life, health, and fitness on your birthday.


I have lost 35 lbs, found happiness and health in this challenge. Who would have thought that one little challenge would have such a huge impact in someone's life? Certainly not I. I went from fearing swimming 3 miles in a week to honestly considering swimming 3 miles in 24 hours. I am not so sure I can do it - but you know what? I am going to tri! ;)

I feel stronger with each workout. I feel happiness pouring from me after each minute spent moving forward. I have taken this challenge personally. If not now, when? If nott his, what? My vices used to control me... not any more. My new addiction is health. Living with a purpose. True happiness in being me.

This challenge is not about a killer finishing time... it is about have a killer time finishing!

Tatoo Syd Trefiak

Well, it was my wife's birthday, so I talked her into some training. She turned 27, so that meant 2 miles, 7 miles, and 27 miles.

She couldn't make the ride so I still finished it for her!

My totals:
3miles' swimming, 1:10
10miles running 1:25
and a 3hr trainer ride (roughly 50miles)

A little bit of an overachiever, but the fear of Ironman looms large, so I guess that is what you do!


I have a confession. Sadly, I didn't take many pictures. I'll explain as I go.

My birthday is July 3rd, 1980. It fell on a Thursday this year and if you do the math correctly, I turned 28. I have never taken my birthday off work but this year was different. I took Thursday off, had Friday off for the holiday and then of course Saturday and Sunday. It was a whole birthday weekend. Mr KT was on mission trip with the youth from our church and our "boarder" went home for the long weekend and so I had the house to myself.

Swim: 2 miles
I woke up bright and early on Thursday and headed out to do a double masters workout. 2 swimming miles is apparently 3300 yds. Perfect. I had wanted to take my picture from the back putting on my goggles with the pool ahead of me but about 50 or 60 swimmers who were in town for the Olympic swim trials were there that morning and that just seemed too weird. The masters set included

600 pks warm up
4x150 free getting faster within the 150 RI:10
16x25 IM order RI:05
4x200 (2 pull, 2 kick) RI:05

Then I was told to warm down. Um... I need at least 900 more yds coach. She was a rookie (not my usual coach) and didn't have anything else planned for me and just then two guys jumped in my lane for the next practice. They started their 600 warm up and so I just added myself to their circle swim and swam a 900. Why not? Felt good, did the first 700 at race pace and the last 200 as a warm down.
Total time for practice and the extra 900 - 1:20

T1: 4 hrs 10 min
I had a buddy coming in from out of town to ride and run with me. So I took some time during T1 to have some breakfast, calibrate my ipod, run to Target and the bookstore and play my guitar.

Bike: 28.05 miles
E and I rode south on the Keystone Trail with the wind. That meant that at our self proclaimed turn around we had the wind in our faces. I ate every 30 minutes, drank Gatorade every 15 and sipped on water from my Camelbak throughout but my legs were still tired from Sunday's longish brick and it was a somewhat challenging ride. I wore my local team's sleeveless triathlon jersey and the pockets are minimal so no room for the camera.
Bike time - 1:40
Pace: 16.3

T2: 10 minutes maybe?
Enough time to change into running clothes and grab a visor for me and a hat for E.

Run: 8.2 hot, sweaty, thirsty miles
We headed out with no water bottles or fuel belts. I tried to pick a fairly shaded route but its hot and humid in Nebraska in the summer no matter where you run. We were about 3.5 miles in and I could tell E was not feeling awesome. He is in great shape but hadn't had lunch. We ran the back half of the loop and then came back around looking for a water fountain. At this point I accidentally reset my Nike ipod+. Totally annoying. We figured out how much further it was and headed out on the sun baked Keystone trail for a mile and a half or so. We finally turned around and headed back home. I never run in just a sports bra but I was so hot and miserable I peeled off the tank top. I'm not proud of it but it felt good to be free of that sweaty shirt. I had to walk for about 200 yds as we headed home due to cramps in my pelvis and low back, not sure what that was all about. Ran the giant hill up to my house and it was over.
Run time: 1:15
Pace: 9:08 min/mile

So no pics (may post some soon) but got the job done!
Happy birthday to me.

On Thursday I did this little event and then on the following Saturday (2 days later) I did a 53 mile bike/12 mile run brick and felt great. 2 weeks from the day after that I will compete in my first ever HIM! Perfect training. Couldn't have timed it better if I had tried.

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