Last week I entered another sprint race held by the Carolina Godiva Track Club (this time the 100m vs. the 200m I ran last week). My goal was to break 15 seconds, and I did so, but barely, coming in at 14.8 seconds. However, just like my result with 200m, I am thrilled as it is more validation that my sub-60 second 400m goal (sometime mid-to-late next year) is actually possible.
One of the things I like most about the Carolina Godiva Track Club is the diverse nature of the group. There are men and women of all ages and abilities giving 100% effort each time they race. My inspiration from last week came from a wonderful 66 year old man, Bobbie Perry. Mr. Perry had recently competed in the USA Masters Track and Field Championships, taking a bronze medal in the 800m. Last week he ran the 100m in 14.3 seconds (WOW).
Regarded by many as the godfather of fitness, Jack LaLanne passed away last week at 96. I have never seen any of the 3000 episodes of his television show, and before last week I didn’t know much about the man. However, after a quick scan of the internet, I am pretty sure the “godfather of fitness” label is absolutely correct.
At 42 he set the world record for pushups: 1033 in 23 minutes (on television). At 45 he completed 1000 pushups and 1000 chin-ups in 1 hour 22 minutes. At 54 he challenged the 21 year old Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwartzenegger, to a chin-up competition and terminated the Terminator!
The picture above is Mr. LaLanne at age 90, an inspiration for us all.
As I mentioned in this previous post, I have been running sprints every week with my family. I knew I hadn’t set any records, but I was happy with my improving times. Curiosity got the best of me, so I looked up the USA Masters Track and Field Rankings for 2010. Let’s just say the men’s 400 meter champ (age 80-84) has me beat, as does the women’s champ (age 70-74). Ouch. And Wow!
How do you stack up?
||400 Meter Men
||400 Meter Women
||100 Meter Men
||100 Meter Women
I find it humbling that Jack LaLanne did more than 50x the number of pushups that I can do. Equally humbling is the fact that several 80 year old men and 70 year old women can beat me in a lap around the track. In spite of that, I am inspired by their accomplishments and even more motivated to keep improving.