My road to Rio

Here goes...

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13/08/2012 at 07:05

So, the journey begins...

Im sure many others have been inspired by the british athletes this olympiad, everyone has their idol/hero, mine is Mo Farah, to emulate what he did is my dream, my destiny, my journey.

I begin today a path that I hope will take me to the pinnacle of any sporting career; Olympic Gold. This is no small feat, you need dedication, perserverance, determination and ability, all traits I believe I possess and are required to reach the top.

My running career is short but I am only 18, I always believe you are never too old to achieve your dreams, stick to it and don't let anyone bring you down.

Seb Coe, I salute you, you have inspired a generation, you have inspired me.

What is my dream? To achieve Gold in the 5k and 10k, and goddamn I am determined to do so, and I won't let anyone tell me otherwise.

Bring on Rio!!! 

13/08/2012 at 09:21

£5 says you're already too late to qualify.

13/08/2012 at 09:24
Posting an ambitious comment. That's a very good first step. What next?
seren nos    pirate
13/08/2012 at 09:26

glad to see you are p[osting your short and long term achievable goals..................

13/08/2012 at 09:40

If this dream is ever to become a reality, at some stage or another you will be dealing with UK Athletics.


13/08/2012 at 09:46
mike rushton wrote (see)

My running career is short but I am only 18, I always believe you are never too old to achieve your dreams, stick to it and don't let anyone bring you down.


In which case............

I'll see you in those finals in Rio, Mike!

Edited: 13/08/2012 at 09:47
13/08/2012 at 11:12
See you there. I'm going to have at that greco-Roman wrestling.
13/08/2012 at 11:12

Mike, last thing we said on your other thread was to pick some attainable short term goals...

instead you've gone the other way and picked an even sillier target. Surprised you didn't add, smash the world records as well!

13/08/2012 at 11:15
mike rushton wrote (see)

I won't let anyone tell me otherwise.

Bring on Rio!!!


Good luck to you then and there's nothing wrong with having a dream but there'll be times along the way people tell you things you don't want to hear.

Edited: 13/08/2012 at 11:18
13/08/2012 at 11:19
Behave yourself MR. You've only knocked a few secs off your 5k last week and doing 20mpw won't get you far as well as playing other sports. I'll have a bet that you're not below 17mins by end of year at a park run. You want to get to club standard, then county, national and finally international before you talk about gold medals.

Are you from Iten in Kenya by any chance before I make that bet?
Edited: 13/08/2012 at 11:21
13/08/2012 at 11:27

JH, i think that bet is very safe...sub 18 by the end of the year won't be a stroll...

13/08/2012 at 11:47

Hi Mike - nothing like a bit of enthusiasm! How about doing a blog to chart your progress? If you do win your medals you could perhaps make it into a book which I'm sure will sell really well! But you might wish to aim for 2020 - Mo is 29 and to be fair started a bit earlier than you so maybe 2024 for the double would ba a safer bet?

13/08/2012 at 12:02
Nice one Mike....try googling Alex Vero. he'll show you exactly how its done
13/08/2012 at 12:10

Alex Vero wants to update his website, where he calls himself an athlete. According to his Po10 profile he's not raced since 2007.  Or does he only run ARC sanctioned races these days? 

13/08/2012 at 12:11
Alex is a good example of getting from slob to 2.20 marathoner. Mo Farah spent the last four years going from 5th placer to 1st placer. Kenyan and Oregan boot camps and four years of hard work to gain a few seconds over his rivals to turn a finalist into a champ. Four years may sound like a long time but 10 years is closer to the amount of commitment required.
13/08/2012 at 12:26

Bear in mind that the Alex Vero route will require a period of heavy drinking and getting Mike's weight up to 16 stone before the training can begin. That's a lot of pressure on top of picking up two Rio golds.

13/08/2012 at 12:49

MR - has the 5k thread been killed off then ? I hate to say it but - starting when you're 18 quite patently is too late. Your enthusiasm is admirable but you slightly run the risk of becoming a figure of ridicule stating these frankly ridiculous goals.

I could come on here and say I'm planning to train to run a sub 2.30 mara as a 45 year old next year. It's a lovely thought but it ain't going to happen

Perhaps you'll prove me wrong but I suspect you won't

13/08/2012 at 13:02

I like the ambition however overambitious it may be, but four years of training, physio, coaching, travel to races etc don't come for free. I may be wrong, but I'd say unless you are in contention for club races now, at 18, then 2020 is too close.  

Athletics may be about hard work, but natural ability is important.  There are doubtlessly athletes who work just as hard as Farah but don't acheive the success. At that level, tiny differences mean the difference between success and failure. Ali Brownlee when asked about decreasing his 10k time from 29.07 to that which Farah won the 10,000m in said something along the lines of that 90 seconds (from 29:00 to 27:30) is far harder to gain than the three minutes from 32:00 to 29:00.

If you do it, I'll be the first to cheer.

13/08/2012 at 13:11
Sussex Runner: I don't think Alex ever got anywhere near 2:20.......more like 2:57, pretty pedestrian for someone with such lofty aspirations.
13/08/2012 at 13:12
Oh really?
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