A pot of gold at the end of a race!

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than putting your green on and running a 5k?  Most people do not associate the two, but our 6 Pack did the St. Pat’s Run/Walk put on by DuTriRun.

After a little more than two months of training, 6 Pack coach Junius Ho was confident the group could finish this race.

St. Pats Run_6 PackSo, thanks to Aurora BayCare’s partnership with DuTriRun, the 6 Pack met in Kimberly on a cold Sunday morning to go on a 3.1 mile jog.

Missy explains her experience at the St. Pat’s Run/Walk:

“Sunday, March 16, we did the St. Patty’s Day 5K in Kimberly. The temperature was 9 degrees with a wind chill on -7 when I woke up that morning.  I thought I was prepared for this race.  As soon as that cold air hit my lungs, I could not breathe.  I have exercise induced asthma and had the hardest time.”

“I am trying to keep a positive attitude but it is hard after a day like yesterday.  I keep thinking this is next to impossible.  But to look on the positive side, I did finish a 5K.  I did a 3K 2 years ago, finished 2nd last.  So I have accomplished something.  I did a 5K!  This is a personal accomplishment, but as for the team part, I held them way back.  I will continue working at this.  Hopefully this breathing issue will get better.”

The entire group finished, but it was not easy.  Cold weather and wind did not make it an easy task, but the group persevered and accomplished a pretty big goal.

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Special thanks to last year’s 6 Pack member, Dr. John Utrie for joining the group.

At about the halfway point of their training, the 6 Pack is getting ready to do some triathlon-specific training starting on March 25th at the East Side YMCA.

Stay tuned to see how the pool, brick workouts and transitions treat the group as they get ready for the Aurora BayCare Green Bay Triathlon on Sunday, June 1st.

Something to react to: Explain how you braved the elements to complete your 5K this past weekend.  What tips and tricks did you follow going into the race to make sure you were warm enough?

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Don’t let your buddy down!

They say you are more apt to follow through on something if someone is relying on you.

Have you ever “planned” to do a workout early in the morning, by yourself, and just hit the snooze button when your alarm went off?  Put that same scenario into play, but your best friend is meeting you at the gym, at 5:30 am, to do a spin class with you.  People are more likely to not hit the snooze button if their friend is expecting them to show up.

We put this same philosophy into play with our LiveFit Triathlon Challenge.  We took our 6 Pack and put them into teams, or buddied-them-up.  Bill and Sandy,   Becky and Angie (see photo below from a recent workout) and Tina & Missy are training as buddies.  They are holding each other accountable, pushing each other to do those last couple of reps and supporting each other when they are struggling to get motivated.

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Working out with a buddy is not only holding you accountable, but it gives you the ability to relate to someone going through the same stuff you are.  You will be sore together, can complain about a trainer (i.e. Junius) who is putting you through a hard workout and smile together after achieving a milestone fitness goal.  It is fun to share that experience with someone else, especially one of your best friends…

A quote from Angie’s blog entry in Janaury:

“I’d also like to mention how happy I am to be taking this challenge with my workout buddy, Becky Rosenbaum.  Becky and I worked out prior to the 6-Pack which has only been a benefit since our training began.  We’ve spent a lot of time talking about our strengths, struggles and goals.  I think we’re at the same fitness level which also helps during our training sessions.  I look forward to seeing Becky accomplish this challenge.  I look forward to taking the journey with her.  We’ve only completed a couple weeks but I can honestly say that this has been life changing.  I can’t wait to see how I feel after I complete my 1st triathlon!”

Today’s takeaway is “buddy-up!”  Find a person, friend, spouse, parent or sibling, who you can take the journey to a healthier lifestyle with.  This person will be your partner who you can rely on to get you through the challenging times of training, but will be there at the end when you cross that finish line.  There will be an amazing sense of accomplishment, and what better way to do it than share it with someone close to you.

Something to react to:  How has training with a buddy helped you through the challenging times of working out?  Examples are great.

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2014 LiveFit Triathlon Challenge – 6 Individuals, 1 Goal, FINISH!

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Have you ever thought doing a triathlon was crazy or unrealistic?  Well, it’s not, and here are six individuals who are on a journey to FINISH their first ever triathlon.

Bill, Angie, Becky, Missy, Sandy & Tina have all made the ultimate commitment, better themselves through lifestyle changes.  And in making this commitment, they have set the goal to complete their first triathlon on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

The event has been chosen, The Aurora BayCare Green Bay Triathlon.  Now, the hard work begins.

Each member of our “6 Pack” has and will go through fitness assessments, wellness coaching, goal-setting, personal and group training, all to prepare them for a 400 yard swim, 15 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.

Through the expertise of a staff of LiveFit fitness and Sports Medicineexperts at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, these 6 individuals will have get the training necessary to be successful and meet their ultimate goal.

Follow these 6 as they give you first-hand accounts of their journey to a healthier and fit lifestyle, along with tips and takeaways from our staff on exercise, nutrition, triathlons and injury prevention.

Also, visit our Facebook Page for more information and updates from our 6 Pack.

Something to react to:  What has been your biggest challenge getting started on a new training routine?

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LiveFit Challenge Week 16: Tim’s Update

Is it possible for someone to be disappointed when the sun is shining, birds are singing, grass is turning green, and the possibility of 80 degree weather is in the forecast? It is if you were planning on getting in a good bike workout only to have other commitments get in your way.

Tim Richards is an OR surgical technician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Tim Richards is an OR surgical technician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

WAIT!! Did I just say I was disappointed about missing a workout? What’s happening to me? In all seriousness though I am. We have all been cooped up for too long. I really do not mind working out inside but the true test of how all this hard work will pay off comes from getting outside. Now I am looking at rain for the next four days. I guess I am going to have to just bite the bullet and get out on the road.

You see I have a 20 mile section of the Paper Discovery Duathlon coming up and I am nervous about how I will do. I get to team up with Amanda, one of my fellow six pack members, and I am not letting her down. In case you haven’t guessed, I am doing the biking portion of this event. This is kind of like a warm up to the main event in June when we each compete in the Green Bay Triathlon.

Since I have not ever competed in any distance running or biking before, this brings a lot of excitement and nervousness. Will I start out too fast? What if I cramp up, or get a flat? And of course, knock on wood, what if I crash? I, for one, am not a big fan of road rash. It just doesn’t sound like a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. In all honesty though I know I will push myself but in a smart way. I will be fine with the distance and since the bike I am using was borrowed and I do not have that much actual time on it, I will not be taking any unnecessary chances. I have worked too hard and come too far to get hurt now and not be able to compete in June. I only have one question to ask though.

Why would you schedule this on opening weekend of fishing season? Oh well, I think the bass will have to wait another week.

Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center employees have embarked on a wellness challenge that will change their lives forever! Over the next six months, these people will be coached, trained and transformed into triathlon-level athletes through the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Live Fit program.  

To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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LiveFit Challenge Week 19: Jaci’s Update

Take time to review the race day course you are going to be on

Jaci_3This past Saturday a group of us went on the 15 mile bike course.  It was an awesome morning for it and I do have to say I feel great knowing what the roads and area is going to look like before race day.  It does relieve some of the anxiety.

Knowing that Packerland has many potholes before race day is really good thing to know and remember. It was good to see the Ashwaubenon lake being filled, a little more time to let it “warm” up.

We had another mini-Tri at the Y on Tuesday.   I’m so happy that practices like that have been put in our workout schedule.  Another way to ease the anxiety.  The swim was better for me.  I did the stroke that they taught us, but I also did the side stroke and back stroke.  The biking went well.  I wasn’t as fast as the others, but I got there in my own time. My first 20 steps into running after biking was a really unique feeling.  I could run, but I felt like I was running in place.  Once into the run about 5 minutes things started to get a little easier.

When our trainers told us that our workout shoes only last about 6 months, they were right.  I will be looking to buy another pair of shoes after the race day.

Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center employees have embarked on a wellness challenge that will change their lives forever! Over the next six months, these people will be coached, trained and transformed into triathlon-level athletes through the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Live Fit program.  

To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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LiveFit Challenge Week 19: Ed’s Update

Psych!

We are two weeks out from the triathlon on June 2nd.  I have no doubt that I will complete the event.  The only nagging concern I have is getting into the cold water at the start.  I drove past the lake and noticed that it was being filled.  I first drove by on Friday night and three days later it is still filling.  It is going to be cold.  I will have to put my game face on and attack the lake…No Fear.  I will have to not let it psych me out.

Edwin Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Edwin Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

We had some interesting workouts this week.  I like the one where we were teamed up and one person biked for five minutes and the other ran for five minutes and when five minutes was up we switched places.  I have never done a run like this and enjoyed this one.  I would like to do that again.

On Saturday a group of the Triathlon classmates got together at AshwaubomayPark and did the bike route for the Triathlon.  Cory led the group followed up by Junius in the rear.  It was a very enjoyable time.  I had a great ride.  After the ride I had to hurry to Lambeau Field and run in two races with my grandsons.  This was part of the Cell-Com Marathon pre-marathon activities.  The boys did well and it gave me a chance to do some running.  Each race was 6 tenths of a mile.  We got to run in Lambeau field.  I just love the pre-race atmosphere. That definitely got me in the mood for the Triathlon.  While I was running through Lambeau field I noted the field which is 100 yards long and tried to envision just how far 400 yards is or 4 Lambeau fields.  WOW!!! That is the distance I will have to swim at the Triathlon. I think I would rather run.  Now I have to try and not psych myself out before the event.

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LIveFit Challenge Week 18: Sara’s Update

I’m finishing off the last of the run.   I can hardly feel my legs.   I’m sweating and panting and my heart rate is racing.  I hurry into the parking garage as fast as my wobbly legs can take me to find my bike, but I discover that I came in on the wrong level! Everyone else is getting started biking and I can’t manage to even find mine in the rows of cars! I wander so far into the parking garage that I can’t see the other competitors any longer.  I’m going up and down in the elevator, frustrated that my transition time is now up to 15 minutes!

Ha! Then I wake up!

Dr. Sara Aicher is an urgent care physician at Aurora Urgent Care in Green Bay.

Dr. Sara Aicher is an urgent care physician at Aurora Urgent Care in Green Bay.

And that was what I was dreaming about before the duathlon! I could not imagine how the transitions would work, and so my subconscious came up with the idea that they were going to hide my bike in the parking garage.  Very weird.

Anyway, the duathlon was really a lot of fun! I would love to do it again.  I would even do the whole thing! Two miles running, 18 miles biking, and then two more miles of running.  It was just so incredible to be surrounded by all these people that were so enthusiastic at 6 AM!

Being around people who are energetic makes me feel more energetic.  And I can honestly see why these races are addictive.  I felt invigorated by the whole experience! It was nice to feel the cool, fresh air during the ride, see the people lining the streets cheering us on, and hear our coaches and teammates congratulate us as we were finishing! The yummy French toast at the end was a nice bonus, too!

A few things didn’t go so well, though.   I was passed by several pretty intense cyclists, one who yelled at me and someone else to “stay inside!”…oops, shouldn’t have gone around that pot hole.  I didn’t mind them passing me too much, especially if they had super fancy bikes.  I just chalked it up to their bike being faster, and if I had their bike, I would be way ahead of them.

So, then, to get a little extra pep, I decided to try to juice myself up with some Hammer Gel.  well, I almost fell off my bike reaching to my back pocket for it.  And then, I couldn’t squeeze it out all at once, so I took one hit and managed to shove it back into the pocket only to have it seep out all over the back of my shirt.  Newbie move.  Oh well.

I also couldn’t get my cadence monitor to work and my nose was running all over the place.  So my shirt was covered in that and hammer gel by the end.

All in all, it was great to experience this race before the triathlon.  I will feel much more comfortable with the transition set up, for one, and also just have a better feel for race day preparation.  Only two and a half more weeks to go!!!

Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center employees have embarked on a wellness challenge that will change their lives forever! Over the next six months, these people will be coached, trained and transformed into triathlon-level athletes through the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Live Fit program.  

To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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