LiveFit Challenge Week 14: John’s Update

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.

 It’s been a pretty uneventful week. Besides being disproportionately grumpy things are on track. The Easter gatherings have a way of breaking down your resistance. Temptation is everywhere: Peeps, malted milk eggs, jelly beans and chocolates all conspire to defeat my resolve. Then there are family gatherings with piles of food avoided for weeks tempting the palate. I avoided these conflicts with the best solution possible. Left town, avoided family and ate in a controlled environment while getting some work accomplished. This of course is a very dysfunctional approach but this year it works and all that matters is getting to the goals. Maybe next year I will have enough sweat equity to indulge without regressing.

Tri class concentrated on running and refining swimming technique. Swimming remains a much more complex event than I thought. Sure the distance can be done with a dog paddle but the point is to do it and look efficient. After literally a couple of coaching hours it finally got though my skull how to bend an elbow and reach though a stroke. This is slow gotten progress and once the motion becomes part of muscle memory the trainers will find something else to work on. It never ends.

The big event looms and so does the anxiety. There is so much work to do and it is important to realize the event is not an endpoint. It is a waypoint on a quest for lifestyle change and lifelong fitness. One goal begets another resulting in an unending progression towards staying healthy. The regression alternative is so distasteful I shudder to consider the possibility.

Our six pack looks good as a group. Everyone seems on track within themselves. Doing things as a group helps the internal motivation and provides built in support. Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself the only person I am competing with and for is me. All the rest is motivation because at the end of the day it is about the process and completing the goal.

Seven weeks to go.

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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