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Fast fit and free: training and racing on a budget

Posted Apr 15 2009 11:02pm

Piggy

Getting fast and fit in the word of endurance sports is never inexpensive.

You' ll either pay for speed and fitness with your money or with your time, but most likely you need both.

So what' s a amateur endurance athlete  supposed to do in these tough economic times to make training and racing ends meet.

Here are two suggestions for great places to start.

Active.com has put together a useful website page called " Active on a Budget ".

The page includes such great resources and stories as (to name just a few):

* How to Save Money on Sports Equipment

* Fueling on a Budget: Making Smart Choices on the Cheap

* 9 Camping-Friendly Races

* Who Needs a Gym?

This is a great place to start if you are looking for tips on how to get fast and fit for free.

If you are looking for a completely fun and free triathlon challenge (like all of the amateur athletes below) visit our B-Fit B-Day Challenge for a truly unique and super fun way to celebrate your health fitness and B-Day.

Why not swim, bike, and run your age.

The  B-Fit B-Day Challenge is a celebration of your life, health, and fitness on your birthday.

Click HERE to join and/or find out more.

Take your 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 you choose to accept the B-Fit B-Day Challenge you must....

Bronze: Do all three (swim/bike/run) during the week of your Birthday.
Silver: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in the three days before, after, or on your B-Day.
Gold: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in 24-hours to celebrate your B-Day!
Platinum: Do all three in miles (swim first number in miles not yards/bike/run) in 24-hours to celebrate your B-Day!

Over 200 athletes have already taken the Challenge. Here are just a few of the 2008 age group records.

AGE GROUP WALL OF FAME   2008

GOLD Challenge (Women)


24-Year-Olds Lisa 2 mile swim  time :56, 4 mile run 33:40, 24 mile bike 1:27:40, Total time: 2:57:20

32-Year-Olds: Stronger Swim: 2:13 Bike: 2:06 Run:16:23 Total: 4:35


35-Year-Olds
Jonah Holland
5th birthday, I took on the Gold Bday Bfit Challenge on July 22
swam 3 miles - 2.05
biked 35  Miles -  2:46 (including rest stops)
ran 5 Miles - 1:04:48
Total Time -  5 hours and 55 minutes and 48 seconds


49-Year-Olds
Patricia Page
May 15th, Gold Age 49
swim: 1:55, run 1:35, bike 3:35 total 7:05

GOLD Challenge (Men)  

23-Year-Olds: Guo-Liang Chew 2 mile swim: 54:00 23 mile bike: 1:30 3 mile run: 27:17 Total : 2:51

27-Year-Olds: Steve Swim: 2 miles: 1:10:51 Bike: 27 miles: 1:08:45 Run: 7 miles: 46:22 Total: 3:06:58

27-Year-Olds: The Wrench Swim: 00:54:26 2 miles Bike: 01:38:12 27 mi Run: 01:26:207 mi Total: 3:48:58

28-Year-Olds Iron EricSwim: 2 miles - 59:52 Bike: 28 miles, 1:32:21 Run: 8 miles, 1:01:49 Total Time: 3:34:02

28-Year-Olds Adam Lesser Swim: 2 miles - 1:07:49 Bike: 28 miles - 1:45 Run: 8 miles - 1:05:48 Total: 3:58:37


Mike Mackrory
32-Year-Olds
I did the Gold Challenge for my 32nd birthday on July 3rd of this year.
Swim: 3 miles 1:45:41  Bike: 32 miles 1:42:49  Run: 2 miles 19:44
Total Time: 3:48:14



35-Year-Olds TriDummy 3 mile swim: 2:06 35 mile bike: 1:56 3 mile run: 41:12 Total: 4:43:12


36-Year-Olds
Jan Musil
I finished the challenge May 23rd with the following times:
Swim (3mi) 2:18:02
Run (6mi) 53:16
Bike (36mi) 2:11:13
Total 5:22:31


39-Year-Olds Neal Oseland 3 mile swim: 1:25 39 mile bike: 1:51:15 9mile run: 1:00:16 Total: 4:16:31

39-Year-Olds Jack M 3 mile swim: 2:03:53 39 mile bike: 2:17:30 9 mile run: 1:11:54 Total: 5:21

41-Year-Olds Craig 4 mile swim:  2:38 41 mile bike: 2:45 1 mile run: 8:20 Total: 5:31:20

47-Year-Olds TriBoomer 4 mile swim 2:37:23 47 mile bike 2:34:08 7 mile run 1:06:51 Total: 5:77



Gold Challenge (Kids)

Jakey Swim 9 laps:16:47 Bike 9 miles: 39:13 Run 9 laps: 29:21 Total: 1:20:81



SILVER Challenge (Men)

30-year-olds Charlie 3 mile swim: 1:44:50 30 mile bike: 2:18:00 10 mile run: 1:50:00 Total: 5:52:50


44-Year-Olds: John Maynard Swim 4: 55, Bike 2 :15, Run :35,  Total time -----> 7:45:00


46-Year-Olds Kevin Bambury 4/10/08 Swim 2:38, Run 51:49, Bike 2:54, Total Time 5:43


SILVER Challenge (Women)

29-Year-Olds: Melissa Swim: 41:37 Bike: 1:00 Run: 1:29 Total: 3:10:37

Julie 35-Year-Olds Swim: 2:18:59 Run: 1:00:00 Bike: 1:38:00 Total: 4:56:59

46-Year-Olds Beverly 4 Mile Swim 2:42:02 46 Mile Bike 2:14:07 6 Mile Run 55:13 Total 5:11:22

50-Year-Olds Rambonie 5 mile Swim 4:00, 10 mile run 1:42, 50 mile bike. 3:10 Total 8:52


55-Year-Olds Pat -- April 11th 2008 -- Swim - 2:51:59 (5 miles); bike - 4:35:00 (55 miles); run - 58:53 (5 miles) Total: 7:44


Bronze Challenge (Women)

31-Year-Olds Lauren Starks   Swim: 2 :15, Bike: 1: 58, Run: 9:22 Total: 4:24: 09

37-Year-Olds JavaMom Swim: 2:00:10 Run: 1:24:51 Bike: 2:24:22 Total: 5:49:23

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