LiveFit Challenge Week 15: 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.


The mercy of the elements.  Training in the controlled environment of our Performance Center, the only “element” was our trainer conspiring to overcome inertia.  Now that the ball is rolling we are faced with trying to work outdoors as the final five weeks cascade towards the Green Bay Triathlon.  Transitioning from the treadmill to pavement was unexpectedly positive.  No longer at the mercy of unyielding treadmill settings, running becomes more interactive.  Running outside is more pleasant than I would have guessed.  You can adjust your pace and stride on the fly, watch turkeys cross the road and hear the migratory birds establish their territories. The joy of snow and ice is replaced with winds unable to make up their mind which direction to blow.  It’s uncanny how you can look up the weather report, view the flags and pick a direction to pedal only to find the wind to change just when you are turning around to head back.  The net result is riding into the wind in both directions.  As my father would say “it builds character”.

Then it rains and the wind creates bone chilling drafts.  So do you go back inside and submit to the venom of the machine or boldly pursue the pavement?  The problem here of course is shoes.  Hate to get those sparkly reflective beauties wet and dirty.  I still have enough insulation to brave the cold but I hate getting those nice shoes messed up.  How sick is that?  The answer of course is more shoes.  So now I have indoor training shoes, outdoor nice day shoes, outside nasty day shoes, cycling shoes and stylish game day shoes that need to be broke in prior to the event.  The pathology percolates.

The other ill effect of time disappearing is a gradual internal panic starting to crescendo as race day approaches.  Self-doubt looms.  Have I done enough?  Can I do more?  Guilt from missing a day or a specific work-out creates an overcompensation spiraling to more work.  I think I can, I think I can, chug, chug, trot, trot.

Now the task of obsessing about game day transitions, pace, nutrition and fashion begins.

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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