LiveFit Challenge Week 13: 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.


Eight weeks to go! Man is that scary. Since this adventure commenced in January the world has been travelling in a direction I never thought possible for my aged body and soul. New inspiring friends, motivating mentors, feats never before (or imagined) for myself and a couple of new belt holes. That doesn’t consider the baggy pants and enormous laundry time. Used to be I would dry clean stuff to avoid the laundry. With all the working out odor control demands almost a daily load of laundry. This is a big change for me and I never run out of clean underwear and socks anymore. I still wash everything in cold to avoid sorting.

Eight weeks until our triathlon. Just recently I actually began to believe in my heart this thing is do-able. The swim still needs lots of work. After the running analysis when it was disclosed I had walking deficiencies the next day in swim class it turns out breathing is a problem. Imagine that, 50 something and can’t walk or breathe properly. No wonder I got so fat and unfit. All kidding aside, having the input of folks who devote themselves to helping other achieve fitness and effect lifestyle changes makes an enormous difference. Doing things the correctly and with supervision has kept me injury free and making continuous positive progress. Correcting the little things has made a cumulative difference in accomplishing goals. Just verifies the fact of “you don’t know what you don’t know”. I am grateful for all the advice and support.

It is not all positive of course. Being too positive would be out of character and I must admit this whole thing has fueled an obsessive tendency. Running analysis spurs endless searches for shoes, swimming coaching prompts an interest in special fins (thanks Kim and Julie) and then there is the bike fitting. Who could have guessed lasers, plum lines and fancy protractors could converge to fuel bike lust? Pascalle scrutinized my bike in attempt to “I think I can make it work, but it is rather old”. Unwittingly she proved me with the needed excuse to seek out a new rig. It is amazing what has happened to bike options in 35 years. This could be the most demanding part of the triathlon preparation process.

Shoes, socks, goggles, fins and bikes are all part of the new economic stimulus package. Then there are all the clothes. Did you know compression shorts and tights are even made for men? What’s more embarrassing is that they seem to make a difference. Lord where does it stop? Again this is a personal compulsion. The same thing could be accomplished with sturdy shoes, borrowed properly fit bike and a large water bottle so long as the motivation and dedication is present. The gear does add an element of fun to the process.

Did I just say fun?


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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