“I wish I was doing 20 years ago what I’m doing now!”
I began working in Racine in 2004, commuting 150 miles a day round-trip. I have always struggled with my weight and with asthma, and those three hours a day in a car didn’t help.
It took several years to finally move to the Racine area. But when I did, my first priority was to join a gym. What I was looking for in a health club was simple: a variety of weight and/or aerobic classes, knowledgeable trainers and a mostly adult atmosphere. A friend recommended Razor Sharp, which hit all of those requirements, and I’ve been a member ever since.
My favorite classes and events have been the weight loss challenges, CrossFit, the boot camps, boxing, Tabata, and most recently, Cardio Fusion. I have worked with so many of the trainers, either in group settings or one-on-one, and I would say Razor has some of the best.
As I mature, my fitness goals continue to evolve. I wish I was doing 20 years ago what I am doing today. My biggest accomplishment, and the one I am most proud of since joining Razor, has been "re-learning" to swim. Although I took swim lessons as a child, I never again swam in a pool, much less a lake. But, two years ago, I decided to participate in the Iron Girl, and Justin Leach offered to give me a few tips to prepare for it. I then took some private lessons with Kelli Steenrod, who continued to help build my skills and my self-confidence.
Race day came, and although I was scared to death, I swam across the entire lake without stopping. One would think I would have been proud of this accomplishment, but no, I was disappointed because I swam the entire race using the back stroke rather than a front stroke. I also zig-zagged so much that I probably swam double the length of the other swimmers! So, I’ve kept working at it.
Since then, I have swum across Lake Andrea several times and trained for a Half-Iron Man. Am I proud?? You bet! But, I know I can push myself to work even harder, and my biggest competitor will always be myself!