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Monday, September 11, 2017

Wurst Beer Biathlon 5K

Wurst Beer Biathlon 5K

"Limitations live only in our minds, but if we use our imaginations our possibilities become endless." - Jamie Paolinetti

I've not written much lately because I've been busy racing and training.  My national championship race keeps getting closer and closer.  As the weeks go by the runs and bike rides take up most of the day on the weekends.  I am not sure anyone even reads my blog, so I have gotten a bit lax about writing.

I am still busy racing. On August 17th and 24th I did two 5 K races in the Wurst Beer Biathlon. It is a biathlon because it is a run with free beer at the end. I don't even drink beer, but I like running in new places. 

I don't like routine and have gotten bored with running in my neighborhood.  This race series was in  Waukesha a suburb of Milwaukee. Like the beer garden series I did in Milwaukee these are in local parks where the traveling beer garden is making a stop.  The race finishes near the beer garden.

I've made a habit of warming up by biking before my races. I got to Rivers Crossing Park and found out the Fox River bike trail goes right through the park. The trail includes a wooden board walk over a swamp.  I saw plenty of wild life including a fox, deer and a blue heron.    The trail runs for miles along the Fox River through several parks. I think it also joins up with the Glacial Drumlin trail that goes over 60 miles to Madison.

I was heading back to the park and stopped to ask a couple of people if I was heading in the right direction. None of them had heard of the park. No worries I was headed in the right direction and got back in plenty of time for packet pick-up and do a run warm-up before the race.

The race was much smaller than I expected. The races in Milwaukee had over 400 runners. This race drew only 40. So I finished 1st in my age group.

The 2nd race was in another local, kind of the same story. I had to get in a 40 mile bike ride and 10 miles of running for the day. A triathlon scheduled for the weekend meant I had to do my high mileage workout during the week. So I got to the park super early and just biked around the city of Waukesha. I  had a great time exploring the historic downtown and again found the Fox River trail.

I did four miles of running before the race. Again it was a small group of about 40. The course was flat and fast. I ran three miles after the race and finished just in time to pick up my first place award.
I know it is silly, but I like placing in a race, even if I am the only one in the age group.

It is fun for me to bike and run in a new place and see friends at the race.  All just part of a week of training.


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 and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

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.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 215 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. 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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