LiveFit Challenge Week 19: Ed’s Update

Psych!

We are two weeks out from the triathlon on June 2nd.  I have no doubt that I will complete the event.  The only nagging concern I have is getting into the cold water at the start.  I drove past the lake and noticed that it was being filled.  I first drove by on Friday night and three days later it is still filling.  It is going to be cold.  I will have to put my game face on and attack the lake…No Fear.  I will have to not let it psych me out.

Edwin Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Edwin Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

We had some interesting workouts this week.  I like the one where we were teamed up and one person biked for five minutes and the other ran for five minutes and when five minutes was up we switched places.  I have never done a run like this and enjoyed this one.  I would like to do that again.

On Saturday a group of the Triathlon classmates got together at AshwaubomayPark and did the bike route for the Triathlon.  Cory led the group followed up by Junius in the rear.  It was a very enjoyable time.  I had a great ride.  After the ride I had to hurry to Lambeau Field and run in two races with my grandsons.  This was part of the Cell-Com Marathon pre-marathon activities.  The boys did well and it gave me a chance to do some running.  Each race was 6 tenths of a mile.  We got to run in Lambeau field.  I just love the pre-race atmosphere. That definitely got me in the mood for the Triathlon.  While I was running through Lambeau field I noted the field which is 100 yards long and tried to envision just how far 400 yards is or 4 Lambeau fields.  WOW!!! That is the distance I will have to swim at the Triathlon. I think I would rather run.  Now I have to try and not psych myself out before the event.

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LIveFit Challenge Week 18: Sara’s Update

I’m finishing off the last of the run.   I can hardly feel my legs.   I’m sweating and panting and my heart rate is racing.  I hurry into the parking garage as fast as my wobbly legs can take me to find my bike, but I discover that I came in on the wrong level! Everyone else is getting started biking and I can’t manage to even find mine in the rows of cars! I wander so far into the parking garage that I can’t see the other competitors any longer.  I’m going up and down in the elevator, frustrated that my transition time is now up to 15 minutes!

Ha! Then I wake up!

Dr. Sara Aicher is an urgent care physician at Aurora Urgent Care in Green Bay.

Dr. Sara Aicher is an urgent care physician at Aurora Urgent Care in Green Bay.

And that was what I was dreaming about before the duathlon! I could not imagine how the transitions would work, and so my subconscious came up with the idea that they were going to hide my bike in the parking garage.  Very weird.

Anyway, the duathlon was really a lot of fun! I would love to do it again.  I would even do the whole thing! Two miles running, 18 miles biking, and then two more miles of running.  It was just so incredible to be surrounded by all these people that were so enthusiastic at 6 AM!

Being around people who are energetic makes me feel more energetic.  And I can honestly see why these races are addictive.  I felt invigorated by the whole experience! It was nice to feel the cool, fresh air during the ride, see the people lining the streets cheering us on, and hear our coaches and teammates congratulate us as we were finishing! The yummy French toast at the end was a nice bonus, too!

A few things didn’t go so well, though.   I was passed by several pretty intense cyclists, one who yelled at me and someone else to “stay inside!”…oops, shouldn’t have gone around that pot hole.  I didn’t mind them passing me too much, especially if they had super fancy bikes.  I just chalked it up to their bike being faster, and if I had their bike, I would be way ahead of them.

So, then, to get a little extra pep, I decided to try to juice myself up with some Hammer Gel.  well, I almost fell off my bike reaching to my back pocket for it.  And then, I couldn’t squeeze it out all at once, so I took one hit and managed to shove it back into the pocket only to have it seep out all over the back of my shirt.  Newbie move.  Oh well.

I also couldn’t get my cadence monitor to work and my nose was running all over the place.  So my shirt was covered in that and hammer gel by the end.

All in all, it was great to experience this race before the triathlon.  I will feel much more comfortable with the transition set up, for one, and also just have a better feel for race day preparation.  Only two and a half more weeks to go!!!

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.  

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LiveFit Challenge Week 18: Tracey’s Update

Well we did it!  We finished our first official “race”!  The Duathlon relay in Neenah was really a lot of fun!

I have to admit though, I was extremely nervous heading into the race that morning.  The thought of biking 18+ miles is a little scary!!!  But with talking to my fellow teammates and with Junius & Corey there to coach us – it helped put things at ease.

The biggest thing was just to have fun!!  The adrenaline really started pumping once the runners started and the 3 of us who were biking – knew our time was coming up!  Then my nerves kicked back in, and I started to get a little anxious.  We waited in transition – but it wasnt too long, the runners did amazing!!

Tracey Schmidt is a registered nurse at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Tracey Schmidt is a registered nurse at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Before I knew it, I was off and on the open road.  The time on the bike actually went by pretty quick – in the end it took me 1hr 11minutes to complete the 18-19 mile course.  Not too bad for my first race!  BUT coming back into transition was another learning curve for me – my legs were like noodles when I hopped off of my bike.  I really had to focus on making sure my feet were hitting the ground with each and every step!!  I didnt want to collapse!

After I made it safely into transition, Ed was there waiting for me and then he was off to finish his last run.  That’s when I started to think….how am I suppose to run 3 miles now??  Will my legs even allow me to run after biking?  Definitely something I need to practice before race day!!

While we were waiting to cheer on the runners at the start line – we couldnt help but notice a few older gentleman who were also starting the race.  During the actual race and transition we didn’t have time to see when they were coming into transition, if they were relaying the race?  Come to find out as we were packing up and leaving – one of these men were just finishing the bike portion of the race and had to run his last 2 miles yet – AMAZING!!

After the times were posted I saw that his man was 70 years old, the other gentleman was 81, and they did the entire race all on their own!! How inspiring and encouraging!!  I can do this too!!  4 WEEKS TO GO!!!!

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.  

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LiveFit Challenge Week 18: Ed’s Update

It has been a week since we did the Duathlon in Neenah.  Since then, I have been getting some jitters and nervousness about the upcoming triathlon.  I believe that I will be able to do it but there is always that little doubt.  I want to be able to perform well and have a good PR at the finish line.

Participating in the duathlon helped to give me a clear mental picture of what it will be like at the triathlon. Since participating in the duathlon when I work out I always have that vision of that event in my head the entire time. This might be a good thing…I think.

The weather has gotten warmer and I moved all of my training (other than swimming) out doors.  I prefer to be outside instead of inside.  I did some running on the new path that was built last fall just outside the Ortho building.  When it comes to swimming portion of the triathlon I may be in trouble.  I just can’t breath through water, that is what it feels like to me.  I did do some extra training on my own and at times I think that I am getting better but that only last for a short time then my old habits come back.

Ed Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Ed Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Thursday was a very interesting work out.  When I got to the SportCenter I was greeted with, “we are going outside for a bike ride.”  I thought, “yea sure”.  Guess what.  We did.  It was cold and raining.  The entire class gathered up and everyone got ready to head it outside.

I was thinking how am I going to explain this to my family that I didn’t know enough to stay out of the rain like normal people do. But we all trekked outside in the rain and mounted our bikes and took on the elements.  Once we got under way it wasn’t all that bad.  Actually, I kind of enjoyed it and we only saw 1 other person nutty enough to be out on a bike like us in the cold rain.  I like to take on new challenges and this definitely was one.  I am hoping for nice weather on the day of the triathlon but if it isn’t we now will have some experience with inclement weather.

Nothing is guaranteed. Three weeks to go to triathlon day.

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LiveFit Challenge Week 17: Jaci’s Update

The 2013 Neenah Duathlon is off my bucket list!

On Sunday May 5th, the Aurora 6-Pack completed the Neenah Paper Discovery Duathlon!     This was an awesome experience for me.  As I driving down and was getting closer to Riverside Park the butterflies in the stomach and nerves started to kick in.  As I arrived, I found my teammates and we set up the transition area with the bikes and our gear. Junius gave us some personal goals and mine were if I have to walk make it a short walk but mostly running for the first 2 miles and the second 2 miles run it all.

Jaci Rocheleau is a patient financial services processor in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Jaci Rocheleau is a patient financial services processor in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

We were all in Wave 2 and standing waiting for our wave to be called up, it really hit home for me and I was ready to put my training in force.  When I saw the 1 mile marker, I thought, oh really, that wasn’t bad! This is great, I’m still running, didn’t need or want to walk, I know that I can make it through to the end of the 2nd mile.

As I got closer to the transition area the team was yelling my name and words of encouragement.  I giggled to myself because I’m always the one cheering someone else on and now someone is cheering me on.  The hand off of the ankle chip went smoothly and off Sara went for the 18 mile bike ride.  I made sure that I started warm and the muscles were still loose.

As I Sara coming back to the transition area, I was ready to take back the ankle chip and I was off running the 2nd round of two miles.  I was just about to the 1 mile marker and Ed caught up with me.  I kept in pace with him for a good stretch, but I didn’t want to hold him back.  I loved seeing the finish line and kick it up a notch or two to finish strong.  Holy smokes I did it, I ran all 4 miles!  My team did it!  Bring on the Triathlon!

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.  

To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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LiveFit Challenge Week 17: Ed’s Update

We had a very busy week in preparing for the triathlon. On Tuesday night, we had a mini triathlon for our class.  We started out in the pool at the ‘Y’ and then went up to the deck and rode the spin bikes and finally went outside to run.  I found that the swimming was the hardest for me.  We were supposed to swim for 10 minutes nonstop.

Edwin Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Edwin Janz is a security officer at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

A short time into the swim, I was having trouble catching my breath and breathing.  I believe I may have uncovered a medical problem so I will try a few things to work around it or I may have found out just how bad of a swimmer I really am. The rest of the mini triathlon went well.  It was a very helpful run through for the real thing.  I have never done a triathlon so just seeing how it all comes together was very educational.

Thursday night we had a presentation on everything you needed to know about bicycles.  We learned the correct way to change a flat tire by actually changing out our own bike tires.  I enjoyed this part because it went quit well.  We learned a lot about bike maintenance and how to make minor adjustments when needed.  This was a very informative class.

What can I say about Sunday.  The six-pack team participated in the Paper Discovery Duathlon held in Neenah.  It was a great experience.  We participated as a 2 member relay team.  I did the running part while my partner Tracie did the biking.  A duathlon is a run – bike – run event.  WOW!  It was neat to see how things were set up so I kind of know what to expect on our triathlon day.  Boy, some of these participants are real serious.  You don’t want to get in their way.  I think our teams did well and really appreciate the experience.  I had fun and enjoyed the camaraderie.  Now I think I am starting to get nervous about the triathlon.  I will not have a partner and will go it alone.

Will I be ready and will I finish it???  Those are my questions for now.

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.  

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LiveFit Challenge Week 16: Sara’s Update

This Wisconsin weather is crazy! Wasn’t it just snowing a couple weeks ago? And today it was over 80 degrees!? It sure will be nice to finally be able to run and bike outside comfortably.

I think I am looking most forward to being able to run outside.  The treadmill does get a little boring to me now sometimes.  I think it has just been part of my comfort zone.  I feel good about knowing that I can stop when I feel like stopping and I don’t have to worry about hills or wind or uneven ground.

SaraphotoSee, I had a bit of a bad experience running outside once.  I was doing really well running inside about 3 miles at a time for a couple weeks back in medical school.  I was dating a guy that ran a lot and I told him I would go for a run with him.  Well, I went about a block and was done! I was so embarrassed! I had a cramp in my side and was completely out of breath! But, that guy ended up marrying me! Guess he liked me for other reasons and could look past my lack of fitness! So, ever since, I have just thought running outside was harder than the treadmill.

I’ve only done a little outdoor running so far, but it’s going much better this time around.  Maybe I just tried to show off too much that time and started out too fast.  Anyway, I think a good IPod playlist and nice weather is going to make it quite enjoyable.

And I feel so much better about everything after running several days in a row.  I feel happier, stress level is low, I am more energetic, and I just feel good about myself when I run! And that translates to happier kids, happier husband, happier dog, coworkers, patients, neighbors…

Check out the bumper sticker that spoke to me! I felt it was a sign when I spotted it in the parking lot! Unfortunately, it was right after I had eaten a huge steak and some really bad for me mashed potatoes.  But running the next day burned it right off! Running is great!

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.  

To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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