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.
I did it, I mean I really did it!!!! It was tough, tougher than I expected. I wanted to quit so many times and all I kept doing was looking down at my wrist where I was wearing three bracelets. One for my sister’s ovarian cancer, one from Junius that had my mantra “Blue Engine” and one from my co-workers a “CAN” bracelet.
I actually slept better than I thought I was going to do Saturday night. 4 a.m. came quick – forced myself to eat something, which consisted of a banana and piece of toast. Picked up my niece and got a kiss from my great nephew (7 months old) and we were on our way. Got my transition area set up and markings done. Check out the area with the rest of our wave.
Water was COLD!!! All I have to say is good thing Junius made us get in the water and get wet…that helped me adjust once our wave went. Think I made a mistake – walked a lot of the way – which did not help my legs for the biking part. First transistion from swim to bike seemed to go ok. Wind was tough – made the biking really hard for me….this is the leg I wanted to quit so many times. It seemed like every turn I took the wind was coming at me. At one point I was call it quits and came to a corner and heard my name and the “you can do it” from one of my co-workers and that kicked me back into gear. Entering the park I looked up and saw my family with the sign “Pedal Lisa Pedal”. Another inspiration. 2nd transition didn’t go the best, noticed that I was pretty much the last one to come into my transition area – felt discouraged and ended up knocking the persons bike next to me over.
Then came the run, which I have to say I did ok. Just a little longer than the 5K I had did a couple weeks earlier. Admit I did the watch checking. My goal was to make it under 3 hours but under 2 1/2 was my ideal goal. I knew that if I kept at my pace I could do it. Stomach started hurting going into the 3rd mile. Not sure why. Had to really fight that feeling and keep on jogging. When I got about 1/2 mile left, Junius met me and encouraged me that I was almost there. Then I looked up and my niece joined us – that last trek up to the finish line was exhausting, but I MADE IT!!!!
Emotions went wild – crying hit me hard – all of my fellow 6 packers were there to congratulate me!!! My family there as well it was a wonderful feeling.
When I sit and reflect on where I was and where I am now all I can do is shake my head. I am now a triathlete! And it is not going to stop there. One promise I made myself when I started this whole experience was that I would not go back to who I was on January 1, 2012.
This whole process has been amazing and I have made new friends and gained so much more than I ever can explain. Thank you to everyone that made this possible for me – the new and improved me in both body and mind!
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.