LiveFit Challenge Week 18: Amy’s Update

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.

Another week closer, this week the workout lengths start to decrease.  However, this brings up questions of maybe I can just squeak this one in, or did I do enough of this?

Amy Fischer is a registered nurse at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Looking back I can say yes, I did what was asked of me, training hard when I was supposed to, so now I will back off when I’m supposed to.  I will, however, have to rely on the fact that I have prepared, I am in this for myself, and the only person I will disappoint is myself.  I wish I didn’t expect so  much of myself.  Why is this?

This week in tri-class, we did a “mini-tri.”  I have to be honest, the panic I felt in the water was something I haven’t felt before.  I like my space, ask anyone who knows me and they know how I love being hugged, or even have another person in my ‘bubble’.  The pool is a madhouse of people splashing, and kicking.  This is tough for me, the other people touching me or accidentally touching someone else during this swim really freaks me out because I like my space. So even though this was supposed to relieve nerves, it brought up new ones.

I am thankful we did it though, to try to move through T1 (the wet to dry bike) is a little tricky. Perhaps it’s time to lose the socks.

I had my first marathon experience over the weekend.  No, I did not run a full, or even a half, but did a marathon length relay with 4 other girls.  What an interesting experience, we served a range of purposes from pee-wall to field nurses.  The crowd, volunteers, people who put out sprinklers, the high-five from the kids…. It was awesome.  So I found something new out about myself, I can run for long periods of time without getting bored, people would always tell me “it’s different” when running a race…now I get it.

The crowd doesn’t care how slow or fast you’re moving. My favorite sign was “We’re proud of you total stranger!”   That made me laugh out loud the first time I saw one.  This experience also taught me another aspect of my dear friend mother nature: the heat.  Now that I have experienced this heat or the rain/thunder/lightening, bring on the rain! The heat can take down people pretty quickly.  I’m not sure that some knew what was happening to them.

Another lesson learned: listen to your body.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s expertswill put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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