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.
Most of us remember firsts. Some firsts stand part from others. They serve as a milepost to reference life’s progress. The birth of my daughter stands out as my strongest example. From the moment she emerged as first born my life suddenly changed. It was the official mark for my aging. She changed rapidly, thrived and grew and I got older. St Patrick’s Day has long held a special place for firsts. From back in the day when Oshkosh was the first epicenter of collegiate rabble rousing to a first date to a special persons birthday March 17 has had a unique charm. This year our six pack ran the New Dublin Dash. Words do not describe the trepidation I held leading up to this test. Never have I run or trotted 2 miles. Never as a wrestler, football player or gym dodger. Fitness and sports performance were measured in different perspective. Bench presses, power squats and an occasional 40 yard served as measures of fitness and athletic prowess. Dressed all in green we started, jump started by a series of war cry’s and finished a two mile excursion as a team. It was the first time I ever ran 2 miles and the first time I ever ran in an organized event. It was one of the more rewarding experiences of my life. After finishing the event my confidence soared and then Monday came. Running analysis with Cory. Seems I don’t know how to run. I blame my mother. This should be added to the list . Right next to color blindness seems a good fit. Blaming my mother is irrational especially since I have been blessed with an incredible mom but seriously how does one screw up something as basic as walking? Locomotion is a high priority in the evolutionary scale. Most of us walk and run before toilet training is established. Running away is fundamental to survival so it is hard to imagine needing it analyzed and rethought. Shades of Steve Austin “we can rebuild him”. Once again surprise was my passenger on this journey. Watching ones body and feet move on video is an unsettling experience overshadowed by the valuable information learned from studying something as basic as self propulsion. Head and shoulder attitude, hip horizon and premature heel lift converge to make my running style discombobulated. Regret being the stepchild of complaint, it makes me wonder if my world would have been different had these things been known forty years ago. Live and learn while moving forward. Stretch, stretch and stretch…followed by lots of practice and eventually things should come together. Next step..add gum.
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