Well I guess I have to run a marathon and a bit in two days' time!
Hmm...I could consider riding 45km next month, but that definitely wouldn't be enough of a challenge for you, Ricky.
This doesn't sound like a plan to continue with as you get older. I might do a 74km ride on my birthday. Run more than 7.4kms - forget it!
Maybe once you get past 50 you can do 100 less your age. Much easier!
I'd consider "progression" in as many minutes as years.
I would be happy to run my age in a week. That would be a big week. A day... entirely implausible.
I haven't run my age in a week in a very long time.
Of course I just immediately proved myself wrong by having a look and realising I did it in January (if I sum both running and urban orienteering).
My 50th was in Budapest last year. I had a cold and think I managed 5k (barely).
Maybe this year I could try 51kms. At the moment I'm just about averaging 50kms a week.
When I was younger I remember a guy in Sydney who was a well known lunchtime runner in Corporate Cup and other regular events. He ran 60km on his 60th.
the way my running has been progressing the last few years I'll be lucky to make that number of minutes by the required date in Feb next year.
I could aim to do my age in minutes
Not sure what the congratulations are for other than reaching 48 3/4, and most people stop paying attention to 3/4 birthdays after the age of five, with the singular exception in Canberra of 16 3/4 because that was, at the time such things were relevant to me, the age at which one could obtain a learner's permit in the ACT, unless you'd used the address of a holiday house or a relative to get a NSW one at 16 (before switching back to the ACT to do your test because at the time the ACT didn't have P plates).
oops, sorry. I did think it was odd that you were going to do a 49th birthday celebration rather than wait until the 50 year milestone. I should have read more carefully.
Happy 48 and 3/4 anyway.