Category Archives: Prairie Life Fitness

Where Has 2015 Gone???

As I reflect on this past year, I have come to realize that I have become the ultimate slacker with this site.  In my defense, this year has been quite a whirlwind of a year.  As the year started, I would have never expected to grow both personally and professionally.  It has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster, trying to improve myself while still doing what I love and am passionate about.  As a fellow triathlete and friend just reminded me, I am good at what I do.  I had to question what she meant, but she said it perfectly “Making people feel successful in their training.  Motivating.  Practicing what you preach.  Being empathetic, but not enabling.”  Wow, I truly did not know that I made that much of an impact on others, but excited that my strong passion has carried over to others.  This quote reflects a professional goal as I continue on this life long journey.  And as we all know, no journey is perfect: there are hurdles, bumps, hills, and rocks, but that’s what helps us grow.  So I am vowing in 2016, not only to help others, but to focus on ME!

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So what have I been up to this past year?  Well, I have always been interested in working in a bike shop to learn more about one of my favorite passions and to share that passion with others.  Dreams apparently do come true.  Late spring, while helping a triathlon client buy a bike, my friend working at the bike shop mentioned that they were looking for a store manager.  The wheels (no pun intended) starting spinning in my head.  Later that evening, I was emailing the owner of the company who I have known for a long time to inquire about the position.  Long story short, the position as Store Manager at a Trek Bicycle Store fell into my lap.  The decision was a heavy one, that meant giving up some of my jobs, leaving behind close friends, and just like moving to a new town, starting over a bit.  I have spent so many years developing a community at Prairie Life both with the tennis and triathlon, but in the end decided tennis is what I needed to give up.  I am fortunate enough to still have the time and opportunity to train my triathlon clients, plus it keeps me connected and active.  One thing I vowed to myself by taking this job was to stay in the loop.  I love my clients, co-workers, friendships, and the vibe at the gym.  No way could I give that up.  So now I try to focus on a balance between Trek and Prairie Life.  Balance is quite a challenge, but so far so good.  Beauty of it all is that by working at a bike shop and working at a gym, everything seems to blend together nicely.

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Time for my rant-Men, warning, you may want to shut your eyes and ears.  What I have learned by working in a male dominated bike industry is that I starve for my female time now.  This was never an issue before, but now that I have to listen to dirty jokes, crude insulting comments, and interact with a male dominant customer base, I need FEMALE power.  As a female, I am trying hard to change the dynamic and culture in the bike shop to make it more inviting to females, but this will take time.  So for you females that are intimidated by bike shops, I get it.  It has never overly bothered me, but understand why chicks do not love the bike shop culture.  Between the guy talk, smell of grease, lots of tools, and lots of testosterone, it can be overwhelming.   But I promise, men in bike shops don’t bite.  Ladies, let’s work as a team to help change the bike shop image and make it just as welcoming to women as it is to men.  And ladies, I don’t want to hear excuses about working on bikes.  Am I good at it, heck no.  But when customers see me wrenching behind the service counter, it’s pretty cool.  I have a very limited skill set, each day my goal is to learn something new.  Guess my nickname at the gym, Bike Girl actually works.  female power on bike

Triathlon, where does this fall into the equation?  I obviously had to juggle a bit, but I still managed to train a kickass group of folks for the 4th annual session to get ready for the 2015 triathlon season.  And when I say kickass, that is an understatement.  It was a huge year, with lots of energy, motivation, goals, pr’s, and humor.   We had a lot of returning folks and a ton of new faces which made for a great group.  I am still blown away with what a great group it was and how we were able to train almost 40 folks.  There were many new challenges with a lot of beginner swimmers and even novice weight lifters, but no challenge is to tough for us.  The best word I can use for this past season is teamwork, both on the coaching side and as a group of individuals coming together.  I wish more groups could become something more like this.  This picture alone is just a small handful of the folks that raced last season, but wow, such a cool powerful pic! omaha women's

On a side note, did I race?  My race season was mediocre at best because of the work/family balance, but I was able to escape a weekend of Select Baseball and work to do an Olympic Triathlon.  Did I train, ehh.  Yes I did train, but not to the level I should have.  Needless to say, the road trip with a tri client/friend was worth it and it was a great race venue.  I ended up doing the Bluff Creek Triathlon in Boone, Iowa in the dead of summer.  Triple H: Hot, Humid, Hilly.  But doing triathlon can be therapy for me.  I love to open water swim, absolutely love to be on my bike, and running, well running is running, good days and bad days.  It ended up being a rough day both physically and mentally, but by some unexpected odds, ended up on the podium.  I can’t complain for being out of shape, overweight, overworked, and under-trained.  bluff creek

Lesson, we all have to ability to do anything, just never doubt yourself.  The sense of accomplishment is SOOOO worth it.  And I got the bug from the Olympic distance race enough to peer pressure both my sidekick and some of my fellow clients to do another race at the end of the season.    Black Squirrel Sprint Triathlon was a blast.  The swim sucked and was chaotic, the bike was awesome, fast, and flat, and I PR’d on the run.  Perfect way to end a season; racing decently, bonding with some of my favorite peeps, and gosh darned it, having fun!!!

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What have I learned in 2015?  More than I would have ever expected!  I am almost at a loss for words.  It really has been a roller coaster.  I have found a new me.  I have learned the importance of a strong family support system, my close female friends are vital to my well being, working out is necessary for multiple reasons, my favorite pastime has been carved into my career, I have a new appreciation for music thanks to my employees at the bike shop, and life is too short to dwell on the negatives, find what you love and roll with it.  Make life fun and rewarding!  Cheers to a fresh start in 2016 and new adventures!

 

Personal Trainer/Coach Highlight

About a year ago, I decided to help promote my business a bit more by adding my info to various business sites. Recently I was approached to have my Flatlander Tri Coaching and Tennis Coaching highlighted on Thumbtack.com. What an awesome opportunity for more locals to learn about my background, specialties, and passion. If you have a moment, check it out. Honored to be recognized as a top coach/trainer in the Omaha metro. http://www.thumbtack.com/ne/omaha/personal-trainers/

And just a little plug about my coaching, it is never too late to do a triathlon, increase speed and power, or even learn the awesome game of tennis. If you have questions or ever want any advice or coaching, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I am pretty much available 24/7 and never get tired of talking about fitness, triathlon, tennis, mountain biking, apparel/accessories, injury prevention, weight training, nutrition, etc………….

Courtesy of one of my sponsors, Swiftwick, “Do what moves you”

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4th Annual Team Triathlon Training

I am pleased to announce that back by popular demand for a 4th season will  be the triathlon training group I have helped co-train for the past 3 seasons. We are expecting a huge turnout this year and would absolutely love to get some fresh faces.  We are fun, energetic, supportive, strong, active, encouraging, and empowering individuals that create an awesome team environment.  We are also teaming up with some awesome local businesses and products to provide a great experience for every athlete.  And of course, all skills levels are welcome (from the beginner with no swim experience to the podium finisher).  So come one, come all!

4th ANNUAL

TEAM TRIATHLON TRAINING

12 Week Program

March 19th-June 7th, leading up to the Omaha Women’s Triathlon

Location: Prairie Life Fitness (132nd/Center St) Omaha, NE

Group Class times: Thursday 9:30am or 6:00 pm

Group activity on Saturday and/or Sunday each week

Cost:  $150 members /$175 non-members

Led by:

Heather Dall – Certified Triathlon Coach

Stacy Houck –  Certified Personal Trainer

For inquiries, either post here, or shoot me a message at hdall@prairielife.com

Omaha Women's 2014

Woman returns to Omaha Triathlon two years after nearly dying there – Live Well Nebraska: Fitness

Woman returns to Omaha Triathlon two years after nearly dying there – Live Well Nebraska: Fitness.

 

I am proud to be able to share this article written about my client who had a near death experience during a race two years ago.  As her coach, it is an honor to have helped her overcome her fear and tackle the same lake that almost took her life!  Read on.

First Open Water Swim for 2014

Folks, last night was the first official open water swim in Omaha, NE hosted by Race Omaha. Not only is it a great test of how winter training has gone, it gives you a chance to test out the wetsuit, acclimate to the water and strange things floating, get used to other swimmers, and just to get out the race jitters. I had not open water swam in over a year thanks to my injury last summer, but hopping in the lake felt awesome. I went in with the mentality that I was going to be a coach rather than an athlete and that is exactly what I was. I stayed with the end of the pack to sweep up the slower swimmers and to make sure they were ok. My main focus was my own triathlon group that I have been training for the past 11 weeks, but I also lent a hand to many other novice open water swimmers. One gal who I have known for a few years posted this on facebook today and felt I should share it:

“First open water swim is half excitement and happy adrenaline and half pure terror. This one was no different. It is ALWAYS a very humbling experience. Fellow Goat Kim Cottingham McSheehy was kind enough to loan me her shorty wetsuit ….it fit perfect on shore. Not constricting, maybe a little loose in spots but not much. I was excited to get in the water. I always start slow and sidestroke to the first buoy to allow my anxiety to pass, heart rate to settle in and breathing to relax. I usually visit with other swimmers until I get warmed up. I did just that and it was nice heading out with Heather Jenneman.

After the initial buoy I felt good, rolled over and began freestyle. Arms felt a little heavy because there was some looseness in the armpit area but not a biggie, I had taken on a bit of water in my suit but didn’t think much of it. Then Heather McCowen Dall swam up and asked if I was ok because I had a huge bubble of fabric on my backside. She was concerned for my safety and that I might take on too much water and have issues further out. Since Heather is a tri coach, I respect her opinion and know she would not mention it unless there was a valid concern……being the safety conscious swimmer I am, I reluctantly turned back toward shore. I knew it was the right choice because as I swam back I noticed more boginess. Damn, thought I had a suit I could fit in.

Did throw in the towel and get dressed? Nope, stripped of the suit and checked if there were any sleeveless exterra demos I could fit in…..nothing my size. Women’s only goes to xl and we all know how that went yesterday. They did however have lava pants……wetsuit pants. Hmmmmm, maybe that’s the answer. I tried an xl and they seemed to fit although the rise seemed a bit low. I like a higher “mom” rise but Heather went out with me while I tried them out. Seemed good at first but went out a bit more and came back they began to work their way down despite a drawstring. When I walked up the ramp I had a good ghetto sag and swimmer crack going! Gonna need to size those babies up to an xxl to go over my apple butt and dough belly. Yeah, it’s a great vision isn’t it? Add my smiley face yellow have a nice day minion swim cap and multicolor goggles and you know I looked HOT. Lol.

Also got back in without any wetsuit and figured I could go without if necessary but I really liked the buoyancy of the lava pants to navigate thru that f’ing mass of yucky seaweed. If anyone has a used pair of wetsuit pants that are a unisex size xl or xxl with a regular rise that I could try that would be awesome! I am glad Angie Boyer Zimmer could use my wetsuit I could not. I loved that suit but it did not love me back. Even though I didn’t get my full loop in, I had a good evening trying out new equipment, including my awesome new TYR polarized goggles from Red Dirt! Next week I will be mentally ready to go the full distance no matter what and hopefully score a well fitting pair of wetsuit pants.” Courtesty of Deb Bahr

I greatly appreciate the shout out from a friend and fellow triathlete.  I say this over and over again to my folks, safety first, especially in the water.  Do not mess with water, ever.  If something feels off, get out and correct it.  I also swam with a client who a few years ago had a near death experience in this exact lake.  She was very nervous last night, but I had her only go to the first buoy, turn around, and repeat.  Once she was comfortable, we went out together further and she was fine.  Some of the nerves are just having confidence in the water, but never underestimate the lake.  Water is and can be very dangerous, safety first.

Myself with Deb!

Myself with Deb!

A good portion of my Prairie Life Fitness Triathlon group before the open water swim!

A good portion of my Prairie Life Fitness Triathlon group before the open water swim!

Goodbye 2013, bring on 2014

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