Being born into a family of 9 children automatically makes you competitive. I was the 8th child, the 6th daughter and the one who always had to show my family that I could do anything they could do. When my sisters and cousins would go in the back yard to work on their splits and jumps for cheerleading tryouts, I was out there too showing off my back handsprings and Chinese splits.
|I thought I was going to compete in the 1980 Olympics.|
Following college, I ran a couple of distance races, but running was boring and I had no desire to spend the time training. Instead I chose to continue working out with my endless library of workout tapes. I exercised daily. I worked out through my wedding, a move to Milwaukee, my first child, a move to Tremont, and then another child. I took prenatal exercise classes through both pregnancies and felt great. Exercise was my stress reliever. It made me a better person and a better mom, but it couldn't fix everything.
|Our first home in Butler, WI 1994|
|2006 - Not looking so athletic anymore|
|2008 - Down right chubby|
|2010 Tremont Triathlon|
|Body Pump Launch|
We launched Body Pump in June of 2011. Over the next few months, people would continue to ask me how much weight I've lost. While the number on the scale wasn't changing, my body was definitely re-shaping. Inches were lost, or gained in the right places, as I continued to strengthen my body through teaching Flow and Pump.
I fell in love with teaching. I love watching my class participants push themselves to the limit and then come back for more. I love watching week after week as they work on their bodies, meet their goals and glow from their triumphs. In November, I went to ZUMBA training. Dancing is fun and if it is a mean for one more person to meet their goals, I am all over it.
|With Abby as she prepared for her 1st triathlon (2011)|
In December 2011, I quit my job as Program Director for our local park district. I wanted to pursue my passion as a group fitness instructor inspiring as many people as possible to take the steps necessary to become healthy and active.
As a member of our local triathlon club, T3, I watched as several people signed up to compete in the 2012 Ironman Louisville. Apparently, there was a fever spreading throughout our club and I caught it. I signed up to participate in Ironman Louisville in January 2012 and I seriously think I've lost my fricking mind.
|Wearing my T3 colors with pride|
I started training for the Ironman in January and have been working toward my goal of completing the course within the 17 hours allotted. I've been asked, "What is your strength? Are you a good swimmer?". I laugh. You see I am a middle of the pack girl, sometimes even the back of the pack. I learned how to really swim freestyle when I trained for my first triathlon. I've never really trained on the bike and running? Well, I'm happy with a good 9 minute pace.
|Swimming can be enjoyable. It just took me a while to learn that.|
I have an awesome support crew built in with the 21 other people from T3 (Tremont Triathlon Team) who are participating in Ironman Louisville, but I also have an incredible support team in my husband, Jeff, and awesome niece, Cheryl. If she hadn't signed up first, I would definitely have been slower at pulling that trigger.
|Jeff, Cheryl & I at the Indy Mini-Marathon|
Ironman Louisville turned out to be more than ever could have dreamed of. A decent swim. An excellent bike and never finding the wall in the marathon.
|Cheryl & I relaxed leaving T2|
|The smile that never left my face|