New Beer Mile World Record*
Since my last blog about my trip to world university cross country I have been up to some shenanigans. I don’t mind the occasional party, and this has resulted in me running a number of beer miles over the years. For those that are unfamiliar with the beer mile it consists of drinking 4 beers and running 4 laps of a 400m track.
I came back from Poland and my good friend James Hansen wanted to race me. Incidentally I was flying to Melbourne Friday night to do a beer mile in Melbourne Saturday, and to catch up with some good friends. I thought why not, to James’ idea as I thought I could move myself up the all time rankings.
I did a bit of sculling in the week, and realised I had found a new technique and that this could see me elevated into the top few beer milers of all time. Here are the official beer mile world rankings http://www.beermile.com/records/ref_wr
I rocked up to the track Friday night with my Lowenbrau beers which are 5.2% which is above the minimum 5% requirements for an official performance. I smashed the first beer and found myself 9 seconds behind debutant Pat Smith who had went out way too hard. I smashed beer 2 with no breaths and hit 800m in 2.32 with James Hansen, incidentally 1 sec slower than Jim Finlaysons WR split. I won the race with a quick 3rd beer and hit the ¾ mark in 3:50, on WR pace, but things went to crap. I was on the verge of spewing (penalty lap if spew) and took over 20 seconds to down the last beer. I came through the finish in 5:16.28 the 2nd quickest beer mile of all time, but slightly disappointed!
I knew that the WR was gettable the following night and purchased my Maxx Dry’s (5%) as recommended by seasoned miler Ash Watson. Anyway why read it when you can watch the race as 27,000 people have already! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMiC4lwa9X8
I came in under the WR in 5:02.5 but it has been deemed unofficial. The reason being people aren’t sure that the beers have nothing left in them. From where I was I drank all the liquid with the rest being foam. I have copped some criticism for this, with some wankers going as far as saying they are not even close to being finished and I am a 6:15 man at best. I don’t mind the guys who’ve said next time just tip the beers over your head once done, or to give them to a judge and it would be a WR. I know I am the best of all time, now it is just about ensuring nothing can be scrutinised.
I am sick of the know it all idiots who don’t know the rules saying bottles are unofficial or that getting them handed to you is unofficial. These guys are a joke. I have the only sub 5:40 video on you tube, and therefore copped criticism over it. I don’t see any other guys performance being under so much scrutiny. Another thing is that all these guys with cans can hide the froth left in the bottom.
My thoughts are that I will attempt the record again after the GC half marathon, will possibly VB cans. Which are 375ml (way above the minimum) just so nothing can be unofficial about it. Overall Ive had a lot of publicity from the performance, and 95% of it is positive. Including being touted as the Roger Bannister of my era!
Will let you know when Ive broken the WR!
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