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.
Twoo more. This simple phrase connotes evil to the poor soul trying to gain some semblance of fitness. The scheming sadistic trainer looks you over and pick a number and then commands..”give me 6 laps, do 10 push-ups, swim 4 lengths, perform 10 sit ups”. Just as you are struggling to complete the second to last rep out it comes, the all too familiar annex statement…”twoo more”. Are you kidding me? I was all paced for what you asked…now two more? How unfair is that? Worse is the ongoing effect it has on solo training. Never is it good enough to do what was planned. Run a mile? No, do more. Bike 10 miles no, two more. Never is anything good enough, there is always room for improvement. Ultimately I guess that is how we all get better. The weeks are rolling up fast. We are being encouraged to practice transitions. Seems this is important because transition time and bathroom time are added into the total time for the event. Many things go into consideration for shortening transition times. Apparently many folks eschew socks during the bike and run to save time. Try as I might it’s impossible to imagine doing this sock-less. Others attach biking shoes to pedals and jump on the bike slipping feet into the shoes while pedaling. There are other tricks we have been introduced to but those were the stand outs.
So now I have to figure out how to get out of the water, dry my feet, get on socks, shoes, helmet and glasses and start pedaling. After that jump wobbly legged off the bike, shed shoes, helmet, don running shoes and headphones while limping for the finish line. Good thing there are not twoo finish lines. Mastering transitions requires practice and the way we are asked to practice is by doing “mini-tri’s” and these horrible things called “bricks”. A brick is a workout where the bike is followed by a run. After pedaling a couple of miles the bike is abandoned for running shoes. After falling over twoo times because legs are so wobbly from rotating you attempt to run in a straight line until the kinks are worked out. This is both hilarious and disconcerting because of the consequent clumsiness. The trainers consider this good practice for transitions and want us to do this twoo times. I am convinced it provides them with unending entertainment. The event horizon is getting closer and everyone’s preparation is intensifying. Anxiety builds as well. Fortunately the training and classes have provided superb opportunity for preparation and that mitigates the anxiety. Still not fun or even like. Reminds me of my mother saying “I may not like you right now but I will always love you”.
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