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Thursday, July 9, 2015

World Championship Prep Week 11, Every Day

Riveredge Bike Ride

" It;s not once every four years, it's every day." - Motto U.S. Olympic Committee

6/28     Sunday     Riverdege Nature Bike Ride 46 miles, 3 hr 15 Min
6/29     Monday    Rest
6/30     Tuesday    Swim 50 minutes, run 30 minutes
7/1        Wed         bike 90 minutes
7/2        Thur         run 55 min swim 60 min
7/3        Fri            Swim 45 min
7/4        Sat            Bike 45 min

At the beginning of every season I talk about my planned races and goals with my coach.  The ITU World Championship and the Age Group race the same week are my A races for the year.

We also decide what to work on for the year and I have worked on improving my cycling the last two seasons. To get faster I needed to bike farther.

I signed up for a number of organized bike rides to keep the miles fun. This week I had the Riveredge Nature Ride in Newburg, Wisconsin. The ride was scheduled to be 42 and with a detour ended up to be 46 miles.

Newburg is about 30 miles north east of Milwaukee. The area is covered with small towns and dairy farms. Anyone that has been reading my training blog knows I love barns and this ride had some beautiful farm buildings.

 The course was one hill after another and provided a great training ride. I have a long course duathlon later in the year and this ride will help me to be ready.

The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 80's.

I've live in Wisconsin my whole life, but there are parts of my own state I have not seen. One of the rest stops was at Covered Bridge Park in Cederburg. I've never seen this beautiful bridge.
The shady park was a perfect place for a rest stop.  You know you are in Wisconsin when cheese curds are served at the rest stop.

This is the first time I've seen cheese curds at a rest stop, but on a hot day the salt tasted really good.
Bagels and peanut butter went down really well too. When doing a long ride like this, it is important to eat and drink enough to stay fueled. Not eating or drinking enough can hider recovery after the ride.
On Friday of the week I headed up to St. Paul for the National Senior Games. I got to meet up with Team CMT member Louise Gerhardt. She was there to compete in tennis and I would compete in the Triathlon on Sunday.
So every week and every day, I work on my goals and my training. They bring me one step closer to being read for the World Championships in November.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 165 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, England and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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