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.
This week has brought a new week of training, and another week where I feel I have been missing out on my other 5 from the 6 pack. I couldn’t get to class on Tuesday, work was too busy, and I’m missing my fellow work out buddies.
The duathlon was Sunday, and boy was it a washout! Not only did it rain, but just when I thought maybe I’ll slow down here or I won’t make it, a flash of lightning or a clap of thunder would give me a little push.
So, this was my first duathlon, and I finished! Not even in last place! It definitely made me aware of the wrath of Mother Nature. I learned a lot about battling the elements and having to be more cautious on the bike in the rain. Not having a dry spot on me to wipe off sweat, and wanting to keep my bike in control the entire time, I felt I couldn’t even grab a drink while on the bike, so I didn’t. It was a nice course, beautiful views, and the volunteers kept it flowing so we didn’t have to stop for traffic.
I did, however, do a no-no and get a new bike the day before (I must be a great Mom…early present…thanks Shawn!!!) and my bike decided to just magically switch gears all on its own. I literally got it as the store was closing on Saturday night, and took it for a test ride when I got home. No problems then of course. Now, another trip into Appleton to get it looked at. Oh well, at least the Y has some lap swimming open so I can practice that. With my new bike I did shave my bike time down from 1hr 47 mins to 1 hr 15 mins….weather elements and all!!!
I also learned the magic of endurance. During my run I thought I was almost done when I saw the 1 mile sign….my thought was 1 mile why do I feel like I’m dying? I looked down at my trusty heart rate monitor (another tri-investment) and my time was 8:40 something….ahhh the pace, I’d better slow it down. It didn’t feel like I was going that fast (compared to my 10 minute mile) but the excitement and crowd must have gotten me sucked in. What was the most important lesson I learned? This is totally able to be done with all this training and the right mind set.
This will happen!!!
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.