LiveFit Challenge Week 16: Amy’s Update

Amy Fischer is a registered nurse 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.

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.


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