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.
Doughnuts and drive-thrus. I have thought a lot about those things over the past few months. When the heart was beating faster than was comfortable or while trying to improve core strength my mind would wander to the question “how did you get in this mess?”. Doughnuts and drive-through’s became my metaphor for the process that created a BMI of over 40 (that’s pretty fat by most measures) and a deconditioned apathetic body habitus. The past several months have been a remarkable journey and provided a stable springboard for lifestyle change.
Race day went pretty well. Got up at 4 am and stretched, had breakfast and checked over my gear before loading it into my bucket. Filled my bike tires to specification, road a couple of miles and checked my shoes to be sure everything felt good. Got my awesome looking uniform on, put on some sweats and made the drive to Ashwaubomay Park. After picking up a swim cap I headed over to set up transition. You could feel the nervous tension as everyone started to arrange their gear. Some of us had been training for months just for this event while other folks were just showing up to “do it”. Comic relief was everywhere as the seven o’clock hour neared. A couple of years ago I met Evan Siegle, an “above the fold” sports photographer and he was there to help document the event. It was interesting to see him use experience to record the event. It gave things a sense of importance.
Just before seven the transition closed and we were forced by our trainers to get in the water. Holy smoley it seemed cold and the anxiety made it colder. With shrinkage in full force and a higher voice I lined up in our wave to start. After entering the water everything else was a blur. The bike went well and I was able to run the whole way albeit slow. Junius was there to begin the run and basically ordered faster performance alongside me up the hill to the finish line. I crossed the finish feeling like I did my best and didn’t leave anything behind. I was greeted by teammate Amy who passed me during her spectacular run. Lots of high fives and hugs followed as members of the Live Fit crew and other six packers finished. We all completed the triathlon and it felt good.
My brother was in the wave ahead of us and he turned in a great time. He has done a few of these and played a role in inspiring me to pursue a lifestyle change. It was great to hug him at the end. After the last of our group settled in we took a few pictures and in anticlimactic fashion went home to shower. It was over.
This whole experience was incredible. It was challenging, emotional and elating. Having the specter of being part of the Six Pack had pluses and minuses. The positives far outweighed the negatives. The interactions and progress of team members really helped set the bar and boost my effort towards improving. I know all have intentions’ of continuing to improve and that’s what it is all about. I really appreciated all the words of encouragement by passersby in the halls over the past 5 months, it kept me going. There are many folks to thank and who were important in the success we enjoyed. The selection committee who got us involved, the trainers, front desk people and therapists all made this great. Specifically Corey, Jessica, Regan (the queen of spin), Pascalle and Craig who all played bigger roles than they may be aware. I am grateful for my teammates who inspired me in many different ways. Personally I am deeply in debt to Junius who held me together and kept me well over the past 5 months. Her quiet determination and skill as a trainer gave me the tools and motivation to complete the triathlon and seek other opportunities. Thank you Junius.
Well, the triathlon is over. And doughnuts and drive-thrus are in the rearview mirror.
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