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Monday, December 4, 2017

Tyrenna Beer Run

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Ryun

You would think I was a beer drinker from all the beer runs that I do. I'm not, but I like to try different courses. It keeps my running fresh.

I had a 13 mile training run on the agenda to get ready for my race in Miami.  This race would be in Lake Mills a small town about an hour west of Milwaukee. I've been to Lake Mills twice for triathlons and once on a trip to do some genealogy research. Some of  my Wodke ancestors settled in Lake Mills and are buried in the Lutheran Church cemetery in Lake Mills.

I had to be at ski patrol training the day after the race, near Lake Mills so the race seemed to be a good fit for my schedule. There would be a lasagna dinner and music after the run so it sounded like a good time.

Race day on November 4th was 33 F and lightly raining. I had to pick up my packet by 8:30. There two races; a half barrel of 13.1 miles  and my 1/6 barrel race of 4.36 miles.

The half barrel race went off first with an hour wait for the start of my race. So I used that time to get in 90 minutes of running before my race.

The only way I would be out running on such a lousy weather day is because I had a race. I previewed part of the course. Lake Mills is really a very quaint mid-western town. I enjoyed my pre-race run.

I had done a long bike of 4 1/2 hours the night before the race and after 90 minutes of running my legs were tired.

I did not have much left for the race.  The course had just a couple of hills and a short run near Rock Lake which borders the town.  My time of 43:05 put me in 5th. Kind of like a gentleman's C, adequate but not distinguished.  If I had been in the 60-64 category, I would have taken 3rd.
So  I guess I have something to look forward to.

After I crossed the finish line, I ran for another hour to finish up about 13 miles.  My race in Miami would be the next weekend.


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 Championship.

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 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. 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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