LiveFit Challenge Week 10: John’s Update


Dr. John Utrie is a fellowship-trained urogynecologist and OB/GYN at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

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.

This weather is incredible.  With the snow disappearing, plants budding and ice making an early exit everything seems to be moving quickly.  This excludes my running which is better classified as a trot reminiscent of a Clydesdale.  Swim coaching provided immense insight and help with efficiency in the water.  You really can’t appreciate the value of a good coach until you are open to suggestions. Other things are moving fast.  The triathlon class is in full swing and it is great to see everyone take advantage of the skilled coaching and insight of our trainers.  It is amazing and gratifying to see the changes folks are undergoing. 
The nice weather allows for doing things earlier than expected.  The past weekend allowed for pleasant outdoor running and cycling and hordes took advantage.  Even the open water was inviting a swim but given the choice of run-off versus chlorine I still choose chlorine.  The transition from machine dictated training to the open road has moved up a few weeks and doing things outdoors increases the vigilance needed during a work out.  Cracks in the road, inattentive drivers, inclines never before noticed and the wind have all become adversaries.
At the onset of this journey there was a universal concern among the six pack about injury or ability preventing us from finishing the task.  Certainly I was full of excuses and rationalizations preparing to fully fail because of my preexisting lack of condition.  Those fears are gone mostly due to the skill of my trainer.   Looking over the past few weeks I marvel at how they were able to pace each of us to overcome physical and emotional limitations and secure a fitness foothold.  I doubt any of our six pack questions their personal progress and are optimistic about finishing the goal in style.  Wonderful to see. 
The aches and pains continue but nothing too serious so with 12 weeks to go things seem on track.  Now if I could just figure out how a person can work out for 2 hours, eat 1500 calories and gain 2 pounds!

Follow John’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.


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One Response to LiveFit Challenge Week 10: John’s Update

  1. Patricia Utrie says:

    Oh my John. We are so impresses with your progress. What a super job you are doing. Totally awsome….pride does not even describe what we see and feel for you. Good goin

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