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Ladies and Gentleman, Introducing Steve Patton
I would like to submit my birthday challenge. I turn 40 this year, and have 2 challenges I want to try to tackle:
444 in 4
This is 400 miles cycling, 40 miles running, and 4 miles of swimming in 4 days. I'm going to try this in Phoenix next week when I'm there. The conditions will have to be just right, so I'm not sure if I'll do it. The main Birthday Challenge I'd like to do this year is the following:
In one day:
4.0 kilometers swim
40 leagues biking (approx. 120 miles)
40 kilometers running (approx 25 miles)
Probably do this in August, as my 40th birthday is in December. Please let me know what I have to do to get the 2nd one sanctioned. I'd post it on my website along with other Epic workouts I do. please see, www.pattonathletics.com/Sub/epic.htm
Todd Break 700!
This afternoon I finally
broke the 700 pull up barrier. I managed 707
pull ups in 60 minutes. The pull up portion of my challenge is completed,
though I am still wondering if I should contact Guiness and go for an "official"
attempt. The breakdown:
1-30 / 11 per min
31-50 / 12 per min
51-60 / 13 per min (within the last 15 secs I did 7 additional pull ups).
Brian says it was the Beethoven he was playing in the background. I feel like I had a finishing kick like Roger Bannister in the home stretch.
Steve Schulz Report
well, the first part of the
challenge went awkwardly with one broken
car and a few changed plans. the date for the devils lake portion of the
challenge has been changed to april 1 due to people not being able to make it on the 25th. i'll send over a brief report of the first part later in the
Sarah's Blog now playing
Steve Schulz Contemplates Monster Challenge
now all he's got to do is, um, do it.
it took me a while to figure out what to do but i think i finally nailed it down tonight. first it was gonna be a weekend challenge. then it was gonna be a weeklong challenge. soon after it went to a single day. i've finally decided to divide the challenge into two versions of it. one with friction, and one without! here ya go:
this part of the challenge is going to happen during our tour de force with southern sandstoney friction.
1 5.13 and for good measure, since you all know how much i love the highball, lets toss in 5 scary highballs.
part of my challenge is gonna take place on the wonderful frictionless quartzite
we've grown to love at devils lake.
Slab at Burma-V2
2. Voodoo eliminate at Burma-V4/5
3. Pinball Arete-V5
4. Lunge on top of the West Bluff-V3
5. 45 degree left-V4
7. Beautiful Soup-V7/8
8. Smooth Operator-V4
9. The greatest arete-V?
10. Bark Biter-V4
11. Green seam-V5
12. Show Me The Kind-V4
13. Barking Slab-V1
14. Bulbous Left center-V7
15. The Zipper-V6
16. The Flatiron-V4
17. Tombstone Classic-V2
18. Beer Buzz-V2
20. Mantle Project-V?
21. Slope of Dadaism-V3
22. Warmup at Burma-V0 As everyone associated with birthday challenges knows, a challenge just isnt complete without some fritters involved.
23. eat 3 fritters on the 25th.
we're definitely gonna need some spotters and pads for the 25th. let me know if you want in and we'll get you the info you need. its gonna be a good month and i got a hunch that this will be bessie's inaugural trip to the lake. gonna be good.
Anthony Brantley Sings Up
To Whom It May Concern at Birthday Challenge.com:
I would like to submit a Birthday Challenge for my 35th birthday, which occurs on April 16th of 2006.
I found your website a while ago and it’s been a great motivator for my 35th birthday. It’s great to see what others have done to make their life memorial, fun and of painful, keep it going.
My challenge is straight forward, but there is one task I think I should clarify so you understand why I’m doing it. Otherwise I’m doing this for the fun of completing an epic challenge and testing myself like everyone else. My sport of choice now is ultra-marathons, prior to that I raced road/mtn. bikes for Sierra Nevada Ale, and back in the day I was a Speedo wearing triathlon geek.
Currently I’m a Detective for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept. here in Sacramento, California. In July of 2005 two officers died and one was critically injured while on duty flying one of our helicopters (Star 6). This was the greatest tragedy my department had ever seen. The pilot was a former partner of mine and I was on duty when this occurred. He crashed in the area I was working at the time. This struck me hard because I had to see it first hand.
The crash occurred on the bluffs over looking Lake Natomas which is a nearby lake. It is located along our bike trail system which parallels the American River. The money I’m donating is for the memorial that is to be built and then placed near the crash site on the bluffs. The cost at this time I’m told is over $50,000. I am going to announce my birthday challenge in our Departments newsletter/e-mail to help draw attention to the memorial’s fund raising effort.
The challenge will take place on the American River Bike Trail, the Folsom Lake trails system, and on Lake Natomas. It will consist of the following:
DONATE $350 TO THE STAR-SIX MEMORIAL
STARTING AT 3:50AM ON APRIL 16TH (SUNDAY) AND WITH 5.3 HOURS OF SLEEP COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:
35 MINUTE WARM-UP; STRETCHING, 35 SIT-UPS, AND 35 PUSHUPS.
35 MILE TRAIL RUN STARTING IN FAIR OAKS AND CONTINUING ALONG TRAIL SYSTEM TO THE FINISH LINE OF THE AMERICAN RIVER 50 RUN IN AUBURN.
I’M RUNNING THE RACE TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE CHALLENGE AND IT’S THE FIRST 50 MILER I EVER RAN.
35 MINUTE MASSAGE AT FINISH OF THE RUN BY MY WIFE WHO IS A CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST.
35 MILE ROAD BIKE RIDE BACK TO LAKE NATOMAS.
3.5 MILE KAYAK ON LAKE NATOMAS.
35 OREOS EATEN IN 35 MINUTES AT THE FINISH. CHASED WITH 3.5oz OF MR. JACK DANIELS, MY LIQUOR OF CHOICE.
**** BONUS TASK*****
AS PART OF THE CHALLENGE BUT MORE OF AN ADDITIONAL MOTIVATOR
IF ALL TASKS ARE COMPLETED ON TIME I’LL HAVE A TATTOO DONE COMEMERATING THE CHALLENGE AT THE TATTOO SHOP I REGULARLY GO TO.
THE TATTOO IDEA THUS FAR;
A COLORED NAUTICAL STAR, WITH THE NUMBERS 35 AND 2006 IN ROMAN NUMERALS, SURROUNDED BY FLAMES ON MY ANKLE.
Besides the bonus, the challenge is more anal retentive then I would have liked but I couldn’t get a way from the “35” theme.
I hope you guys like my challenge and want to come help me out and drink my JD and beer.
Thank you, Anthony Brantley
Ben's Pics Coming, and a new challenge
steve, thanks and sorry i didn't reply earlier. i am waiting for some pics from my buddy and it will be sent. thanks for the support. it was kinda embarassing not finishing, and your email the other day made my day when i found out that i can still submit it.
ps: my buddy is going to a "board" BDC in april where he will snowboard 31000 feet, longboard 31 miles, and maybe do something with kite-boarding on the salt flats. more to come on that. i am totally trying to get the utah crowd into the BDC, and there has been good reception so far.
Ben Woods' Wrap-Up
it is with great regret that i report that the BC stopped short at about 8.5 miles into the run when those who had been given the authority to pull the plug in the name of my health pulled the plug (something about not being able to stand up straight or put 3 words together coherently).
i will attempt the same challenge in two years when i am a 4th year med student and can schedule more than 2 hours per week to train. the ice climbing was fantastic (i highly recommend this at night) and the skiing was amazing. my old college roommates thought the BC idea was brilliant, and a herd of them showed up for the event (we had six people climbing ice at 1:00am this morning). thank you for putting this site together as this is the kind of goal setting and the kinds of activities that strongly appeal to me. if you are still interested in the story and pics i can certainly send them (though this is kind of embarrassing as i know i could have pulled this off a few years ago).
cheers and many thanks
New Challenge From Idaho
Just curious what I need to do? My birthday is Jan 30, I turn 32.
Hoping to do something like this:
3200ft of downhill skiing
32min nordic ski
32 yoga poses (bikram class + 6)
Please keep me posted, I am also interest in a jersey?
Binky Greene's Challenge Announced
LA Marathon March 19th
This may not seem like much of a challenge compared with the endeavors of yore. It's a monolithic and, literally and figuratively, pedestrian event of little humor or creativity. My particular challenge is not to finish the marathon, but to regain enough of my endurance to feel like I've gotten back on the horse. I've got a 13 week training program that's trying to get me off the couch and over the finish line in less than 4 hours. Picture to follow on starting physique. Not to make excuses, but shoulder surgery followed by antibiotic resistant pneumonia, coupled with a now 2 year old, makes for bad fitness.
I've got journal and update pics to offend the masses.
Merry Christmas From Nate Emerson in Wisconsin
I just had my second bottle of Malbec and took down my
third pound of meat for the day, I haven't slept in
about two and a half days, and there's some obnoxious
trance playing in the internet cafe. I just finished
eating asado in mendoza with Ian Lewis. Did guys
know about his challenge last year? He paddled solo
across Lake Mendota and then ran from the shore to
Devils Lake, and did 27 laps on routes. I'm really
being a pussy these days.
Anyways Merry Christmas from the miniskirt capital of
And Todd, it does seem like you should incorporate an
alcohol element into the challenge. myself, I'm going
to see how out of shape I can get. I'm probably down
to 7 pull-ups in one shot.
Wish you guys a happy holiday.
ciao (did i spell that right Lindl?)
Ben Woods From Utah
here's the final lineup:
29 pounds in the 2.9 months before the actual BC
-climb 29 pitches of ice up little cottonwood canyon
-ski 29,000 vertical feet at Alta
-29 almost-naked push-ups at the top of Alta
-run 29 miles of the great basin trail
-eat 2.9 pounds of Famous Dave's ribs
-swear less than 29 times
-encourage 29 people to become aware of the homeless situation in salt lake city and to become involved
-do 29 things to make up for the fact that my wife will have to deal with a dozen dirty hippies crashing at our place the weekend of the BC
-all but the first item to be completed in less than 24 hours between 12:00 am Dec 17th and 12:00am Dec 18
anyone wishing to take part of the festivities is welcome email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3000 Meters Elevation Gain
300 Push, Pull, & Sit Ups
30 Hours Straight, Pitches, Km Distance
3 Big beers, big scotch, big cigars
Destination is Yosemite, and my long time friend & climbing buddy, Brandon Thau will join.
Just a walk in the park,
Litler Matson's 55th Birthday Challenge
understand my list of challenges, here’s my history . . . I was born February
3, 1951 in Gary, Indiana. Nearing my 6th decade of living, I’ve
decided to challenge myself by participating in the Birthday Challenge.
Due to my health, I have some limitations – to name a few, I have
diabetes and Sarcoidosis, not to mention the sickle-cell trait.
Although my health has been in a shambles for the last decade, I’ve
always been determined to live my life. I’m
a teacher at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin and my students are all
privy to my birthday challenge. Here
goes . . .
games of BINGO
Vodka lemonades in 55 days
for 5.5 minutes a day
students 55 new words
positive comments to 55 students
new facts about students and people at school
hair groomed (combed neatly) for 55 days
crunches for 55 days
not push, poke, pinch or pull hair of my students for 55 days
around the school 5 days of the 55 days
y blood-glucose levels by 55 points
Do 55 leg
lifts (not during sex), for 55 days
midget pickles for 55 days
apple a day for 55 days
or any kind of soft drink for 55 days
Bill Allen's Challenge Report
guess if I send this to you, it makes it real….
here goes then:
40/40 Birthday Challenge!!
the 40 weeks preceding: (Starts November 21st, 2005)
at least 40 pounds
40 Live Bands
40 miles with the boys
$4000 for a charity
40 acts of random kindness (senseless beauty counts too)
40 letters to make the world a better place
40 new things
4 pieces of Art
the last 40 hours: (Weekend of August 25th?)
40 miles of Mountain Biking with 40 kisses involved
40 miles of Mountain Biking with 40 kisses involved
40 Orienteering points at
randomly into song
birthday spankings/love pats from the kids
4000 pounds of weights
crunches or pushups (or any combination thereof)
laps in a pool
4 Shiner Bocks
4 Frozen Margaritas
a 40th Birthday Bash with 40 friends and Family! (and stay awake
for at least 40 minutes of the fun)…
News From 2005