Six Aurora BayCare Medical Center 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.
Leslie Iles shares her experience from week 4 of training:
“Saturday February 4th started like any other day — until I heard a pop and a crack while playing with my daughter. I hear these sounds all the time, so I’m used to them by now. I didn’t think much of it, no pain or swelling.
Sunday morning, I woke up with pain in my knee to where I couldn’t bend or walk on it. I immediately burst into tears the pain was unbearable. The first thought was ‘my training days are over.’ I hobbled over to the medicine cabinet popped some ibuprofen and went on the couch with some ice. I laid myself up the rest of the day and tried walking on it a few times, horrible pain would shoot through my knee. Again, I heard those thoughts of ‘I’m done.’
I woke up Monday morning to pain, still hobbling and immediately emailed my trainer to find out what to do. Monday afternoon, I was visiting with an athletic trainer to find out what was going on. The conclusion inflamed patella tendon area. Medicine: ice, ibuprofen and light duty exercises. I took it easy and hobbled around for two days.
I went back to training on Thursday with my trainer to see what I could do. Boy, did I feel out of shape. The days I didn’t work out really put me behind. I’m glad to say my knee did not bother me at all. Of course, we limited what exercises I did but I was sweating by the end of the hour.
This week really put into perspective what I am working for, finishing my first triathlon and living a healthier lifestyle. The possibility of not finishing this triathlon is not an option.”
Follow Lisa’s journey with weekly updates here at our fitness blog!
Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.