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.
So, Sunday is the day!
Six months of both physical and mental training and preparation wind down to this. How do I feel? Nervous, of course, however, per Zack Bitter at Thursdays talk, it’s good to be nervous; it means we care about this race.
I have to admit I am semi-frightened of the swim now, it’s not exactly August and the cold water just kind of takes my breath away. Good thing it’s a short and shallow lap. I’ll make it as long as I can just ‘go to my happy place’ doing my best to ignore the people kicking and splashing around me. Perhaps I’ll just go way to the outside and keep my ‘bubble’ intact. We shall see.
I feel like all eyes are on me, awaiting the outcome of this race, but it could be the paranoia catching up. I am also excited, knowing the crowd around me will be nothing but helpful in encouraging me along the way, and I do enjoy the support from both the crowd and volunteers. Am I ready? UHHHH I guess I’m as ready as I’ll be, just time to test out some newly found limits and see what I can do. Triathlons are tricky however, because we need that endurance thing to get through, can’t let myself get burned out doing anything.
Stamina is the key here. I need a starting point, a time to beat, a goal to accomplish for the next triathlon. I know, it sounds pretty crazy hu? I do want to say I did my best, no regrets J Well, I do know one thing; come hell or high water I will finish. I’m trying to not let myself get too excited just yet, I do need to do things like homework and sleep and stuff, but hopefully those pre-race jitters do nothing but help us out along the way. If you would have told me a year ago I would be doing this, I would have told you to go see a psychiatrist, because you need it.
The triathlon seems like it should be the end to something, but this is what I absolutely do not want to happen. I have met a great bunch of people and learned more than words can describe. I have signed up for other commitments, so hopefully that in combination with all the hard work I have completed, and my new ‘workout buddies’ are enough to keep me going.
An end to the 6 pack? Again, I doubt it, we have become pretty close through this whole endeavor, being an ear to each other, understanding what each other is going through, and cheering each other on. John, however, may be the one who ‘mysteriously’ vanishes afterwards….we’ll just sic Linda on him to track him down. Let’s see if he reads everyone’s blog posts.
I am also realistic, other commitments take presidence once again, no more twice weekly classes with Junius and the camera. (Boy, I’ll surely not miss those workout pictures!) I do hope if we are ‘slipping’ back to those old ways we can send each other a line, and see what we can do to help out. This is just the beginning, folks!
As for Sunday: Corey, bring the facepaint — we need our game faces on!
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