LiveFit Challenge Week 19: Leslie’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.

Leslie Iles works in Radiology Services at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Race day is only two days away….two days…

I started this journey in January and never thought it would come and now the Tri is only two days away. TWO DAYS!!!

This week has been nothing but race questions, are you ready, are you nervous, what time does the race start, do you have a time goal in mind.  My answers yes, yes, 7a and yes.  The beginning of this week I was a nervous wreck and now I’m feeling pretty calm.  But if you asked me any time that I walked into the YMCA I pretty much had anxiety written all over my face. The questions that raced through my head made my anxiety worse.  The anxiety has become less and my nerves are starting to calm but if you ask me Sunday I may have a different answer for you.

One change that seems to have everyone else worried and is not worrying me is my bike change.  I have trained on a mountain bike and decided this week after much stress and tears while training that I needed something different. So I am borrowing a bike with smaller tires, it is not a road bike but a Hybrid bike.  I rode it around the other day and it was so much better. I was able to get up to the speed I wanted and it was much more comfortable.  I will be purchasing a road bike one day but at this point I’m ok with borrowing.

Last night was our last Tri class. To see everyone and the hard work we have done over the last 13 weeks was a bit overwhelming.  Dr Mike Kincheloe, who has helped train us, gave a motivational speech. There were a few times where I thought I would lose it. It has finally hit me all the blood, sweat and tears has really bad off, not only with the race on Sunday but just a positive healthy outlook on life. Watching my daughter tell everyone that “My momma is going to be in a Triathlon” makes me so proud.  She will not be able to participate in the Youth Tri this year due to a knee injury but she plans to be in the Tri next year as long as I do my Tri next year too. Well of course I will be doing it again!

After the class, the 6-Pack went out for dinner.  We had a great time together, we can’t believe that we will not be seeing each other twice a week and during our 6-pack adventure days. We decided since the Dublin Dash was our first race experience together that it will continue yearly. And I have a feeling that the GB Triathlon will be another race we will do yearly.  These five individuals have become a huge part in my life, they have been my motivation, my strength and my shoulder to vent on. This journey we started has not ended, we are just beginning and I see great things happening for us…..so this is not the end of the book but just another chapter for the 6-Pack.

I’m prepared – I know my expectations, I know the course, and I know how to swim, bike, and run.  I’m nervous – I have never completed a tri before and I know I could have trained harder.  I’m excited – to cross that finish with others who never thought it would be possible, and to share in that moment with some of the people I love.  I’m scared – because there is always a possibility of something really bad happening and I do not want to let myself or anyone else down.  I’m thankful – for this opportunity and for our trainers, our teammates, my family, and my friends.  I’m hopeful – this tri will not be my last.  I’m healthier.  I’m happier.  I’m going to be a triathlete!

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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