Adventurer conquers marathon, then Century

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

By: Femi Cole


Among the more than 600 riders in the second BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore bike ride, there was one Guinness World Records holder.


In May 2018, Will Kocken of Green Bay set a record for the fastest marathon while carrying a 100-pound backpack. He did it in 6 hours, 27 minutes and 59 seconds. Thirteen days later, Kocken rode the 100-mile route in the BayCare Clinic Century.


Making a mark with Guinness World Records wasn’t easy, Kocken says. It took lots of training and dedication.


“It was unreal. Weeks later, it still has yet to set in. It doesn’t seem real that the 17 months of training for this goal is over,” Kocken says.


Riding in the BayCare Clinic Century was the natural next step in his training regimen, he says.


“Several of my friends were doing it and I needed to transition quickly into Ironman training. I knew my cycling needed lots of work,” Kocken says. “I spent most of my time running to prep for the world record, so now I used the biking to catapult me toward the Ironman.”


It didn’t matter that he was days removed from setting a grueling world record.


“I believe in pushing my body to the breaking point to build mental strength and I have done that so many times now. The mental part of riding a century comes fairly easy to me now,” he says. “I did some cycling as cross-training, so I had base training, but I’d only gone as far as 50 miles in training this year. But after that, I knew I’d have the mental strength to finish.”



From left: Alan Kocken, Will Kocken, Daniel Doyen and Jeff Lamers.


He was further motivated to finish the BayCare Clinic Century by friends, family and familiar faces from his marathon team.


“I was with a group of friends and family, three of which were on my world record team,” he says.


Even with a marathon and century bike ride already under his belt, Kocken isn’t slowing down.


“In 2018, I have the Horribly Hilly 200K bike ride (near Madison), the Madison Full Ironman and the Antelope Canyon 100-mile run (in Arizona) left on my schedule,” he says.


He’s also started planning for next year.


“This was my first experience with the BayCare Clinic Century and I loved it. I’ll be back for sure,” he says.

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