Madison Community Center Triathlon – 2012 Edition

Check out some images from the Madison Community Center Triathlon last Saturday. To see more pictures from the race check out the All Sport Central website.

Matt – Madison Community Center Triathlon

Matt just messaged me on Facebook and asked about when we would post images from Saturday’s Madison’s Community Center Triathlon. I’ve been in Sioux Falls at a photography seminar, but I will take the time to process one of Matt’s images yet tonight.

Wet Weather Not Slowing Down Triathlon Training

Blustery weather hasn’t slowed down Tom Brown for continuing to train for the upcoming Community Center Triathlon this Saturday. Normally you’ll see Tom’s smiling face at the Madison Post Office. On Friday, he moved his bike ride indoors to avoid the wind and rain that seem to be plaguing us this April.

Saturday’s Community Center Triathlon starts at 9 am. You can cheer Tom and the rest of the entrants along NW 9th street during the bike portion of the race and at the finish line near the DSU Fieldhouse.

Madison South Dakota Community Center Triathlon

Saturday’s Community Center Triathlon had the bike leg cancelled due to the icy roads. We wimped out this year: we had Madison High School Prom pictures in the afternoon. As usual Jason Crisp dominated the race. In Master Swim Class, Jason always teaches us to turn our heads just enough to take a breath. That works great for going faster, but Jason’s technique is so good he did not present enough of his face for a great picture.

Here are a few images of some of my friends and other triathletes from Saturday’s event.

What a Great Day for a Run!

So, as I told you, Dacey and I  planned to do the Freeze Your Fanny 5k Run on Saturday. We signed up on Wednesday with temperatures promising to be in the teens to mid-twenties.  Immediately after we signed up, the weatherman began dropping the temperature.  If you remember right, Friday’s weather was not pleasant.  Blowing wind, snow, dropping temperatures, so I began to panic.  Not so much for myself, but the mom in me was having fits about what I signed my son up for.  Campbell Supply came to my rescue with facemasks and warm gloves, plus our favorite Aunt Linda gave us Land’s Ends vest for Christmas that seemed like the perfect layer in between four others.

Saturday morning broke with balmy zero degree temperatures, but unlike Friday, there was no wind and the sun was shining, so you didn’t really feel the cold.  We headed in to Madison with a van full of happy supporters.  Rachel had two friends with her, plus Mike, ever ready to be the family journalist.  After we arrived at the Downtown Armory, we decided it was still plenty slippery outside with our path well covered with snow and ice.  My generous husband ran out to One Stop and purchased YAKTRAKS, grips for the bottoms of your shoes  highly recommended by our friends, the Waldners.  We loved them.  It kept us moving on the ice and snow and we didn’t have to worry about slipping.

So, as soon as we all were set to go, twenty of us braved the cold and a lot of slippery roads and ran our little journey around Madison.  On a warm day, no one would have even flinched at the distance.  Walking or running we basically circled the town,  from Center St, to Union down to 8th St. S. up Egan and then a quick jaunt over to the Courthouse and then back to the Armory.

To get the final .1 of the 3. 1 miles we had to circle the block around Heritage High, but the cheerleaders were all cheering you on the block before.  It kind of threw us for a loop, because here we thought we were to the finish line and bummer, we had a block to go.  Oh well.  We all had fun.  Dacey stayed with a young girl the whole way and they did a great job of encouraging each other.  Dacey’s friend Austin came in first — Good for you, Austin, and Nikki Troxell took the women’s race.

So, were we cold?  Not at all.  I came home and threw all the four layers we were wearing in the wash, because they reeked of sweat.  No worries about frost bite.

Thanks to Kathy who did a great job organizing, to all of the vendors who supplied great gift certificates and silent auction items, and volunteers who  fed us lasagna, kept track of our times, and made sure we didn’t “Freeze our Fannies” too much.  Remember this is a fundraiser for a group going to Guatemala to help with an orphanage.  Go to to find out more.

Sorry about the Short Notice -but Get OFF The Couch and Freeze Your Fanny

So, it’s almost a week into 2011, and I’m just beginning to think about resolutions.  Just like me to be a little bit behind, but charging ahead anyway.

 It’s time again for the Community Center Fitness Challenge.  Last year we had a great team.  We lost weight, or at least, became more fit, and raised $95.50 for United Way.  Plus, it jump started a whole new fitness craze for Michael and myself.  We ended the fitness challenge with a small indoor triathalon, did our 2nd yearly triathalon with the CC in April and then was challenged by our favorite trainer Lisa to keep going toward a new goal.   Lisa and I completed the Sanford/Children’s Miracle Half-Marathon in Sioux Falls in September.  I was impressed with myself, but also impressed with the 2000 other runners, plus many many more staff and volunteers, that were all out there having a great time and raising money and awareness for a great cause.

So, here we are again in our new year, and I’m excited about what we accomplished last year, but always feel like there should be something more.  What should I be focusing on this year that improves on what we have done before?  This morning I awoke, having spent days fussing over the economy and cold weather and maybe a little of the SD winter blues, to a more forward-looking attitude.  This year, 2011, I look forward to more of what we’ve enjoyed the most over the last couple years.  I want to do more activity and be busier than ever.  Hmm, let me re-phrase that. 

I want to do more with our community for those around us.  Of course, I want all of Black Studios fans and friends to join in my insanity.  So where do I start?  Well, of course, the Community Center Fitness Challenge.  This year they’ve changed it up a bit.  Last year, we worked as a team with several of our clients and friends.  This year the CC is asking for more teams in groups of 2.  So, Michael and I will be up at the CC almost every day doing whatever we can to lose weight and stay fit.  We want you to join us. 

Grab yourself a partner and come sign up at the CC.  Weigh in this week, and start working out together for fun, fitness and even a few prizes.  Plus, the entrance fee ($15 per person) all goes to helping United Way.  Another bonus!  Tomorrow, Friday, January 7,  from 12:00 to 3:00 pm  and also on Tuesday, January 11 from 6 to 8 pm, Michael and I will be at the CC center taking pictures of anyone who shows up, but mainly groups entering the CC challenge.  Then  at the end of February, we’ll be back to retake the groups, and see the results of 8 weeks of working out and having fun together. 

If that wasn’t enough, our crazy friends at the Wesleyan Church have come up with another way to get us all out, active and helping others.  Saturday morning, 10 am, at the downtown armory,  the Wesleyan group is sponsoring a FREEZE YOUR FANNY 5k run.  BRRR.  Temps are suppose to be in the 20’s, so why not.  I signed Dacey and myself up today, so we are planning to be there.  The event is to raise funds for a group from Madison who help with an orphanage in Guatemala.    I guess I will be dreaming of warm and sandy locations while chilling my insides.  But, they promise to feed me and give me a t-shirt, so how much more could I want!  Go to to find out more, then keep clicking to to sign up to join me.

Join me in making 2011 a year of changes for the better, for ourselves but for others  as well.

What a way to start the morning!

I’m not a real big fan of swimming. When I was a kid, I loved the pool. As an adult that barely learned how to swim, I’m not as thrilled by it. After two years of working with a trainer at the Community Center, I’ve finally advanced to the “not drowning” skill level.

A few weeks ago, I pulled a back muscle. I laid off the training and visited the chiropractor. I didn’t get much relief until I visited Gina Norman at Touch of Heart for a massage. Both ElizaBeth and I go see Gina every month or so to take out the knots out after spending too much time on the computer. Gina worked me over good and I felt so much better.

My attitude over the past weeks has been in need of some improvement. The back wasn’t letting me get much sleep and I wanted to let it heal before running the triathlon on Saturday. I’ve discovered that I really need exercise to relieve the stress associated with life. After the triathlon, I figured I’d take it easy. I couldn’t take it any more. I needed a good workout. I was excited to get in the pool again. I woke up half a dozen times in the night in anticipation.

At 6:30 am, we were at the Community Center and ready to go. I felt so much better after an hour of Lisa’s “encouragement” in the pool. The back feels good and I’m much more productive. I realize that if I’m lazy, I’m going to feel worse because of it. I NEED to exercise every day.


Scott Parsley

Scott Parsley

Marty Takagi

Marty Takagi

ElizaBeth Black

ElizaBeth Black

Michael Black

Michael Black

Aaron Walters

Aaron Walters

Well, we did it, and we survived.  We completed the Try-a-Tri yesterday morning at the cc. And Mike completed his goals.  He wasn’t last and he beat me.  Both good, and I’ll give him bragging rights because he did his personal best at swimming, his big challenge, and he totally rocked the biking.  Me, I did ok.  I improved my time in the swimming since last spring.   I think I got lost in figuring out the borrowed spin bikes from the Madison Middle School, so I didn’t bike as well as I think I should have.  But then I didn’t stop or walk in the mile and half run on the treadmill at the end.  I have to thank Nicole and Jason for cheering me on to push it up a couple notches when it came to the end, because I was TIRED at that point.  Mike was in the heat behind me, so even though I was slower than he in time, I finished the race before him.  I was then able to help pull him through the last part of the run with a promise of a DQ Blizzard when he finished.

By the way, Congrats to Aaron Walters who was first in our little 13 member Try-a-Tri, followed by seasoned veterans Tim Tucker and Mark Stearns.  All of the contestants except one were over the age of 30, and most of us were on the far side of thirty.  I think that means we’re never too old to take on new challenges, and it’s time to push some of those “youn ‘uns” a little more. Thanks to all the help the cc staff gave in keeping us going and keeping track of all our times.  The extra support really helps us keep at our goals.

The Try-a-Tri was the culmination of the fitness challenge.  Thus, the Blizzard Rewards at the end, but, never fear, we won’t let all of our hard work go to “waist.”   We took today off to regroup, but the Spring Triathlon is April 17th, only 7 weeks away.  Time to improve those times.  If  you are looking for a new challenge to get you going now that the fitness challenge is done, or are one of those last year that said, and I know you did,  “I can keep up with those two,”  you still have plenty of time to get ready for April.  Come along with us, and we’ll all succeed this year.

Thanks to Jon Hunter for getting some pictures of Mike in the water.

Day One — Oops, Day two

So, here we are on the fitness challenge. Yeah. I (ElizaBeth) weighed in yesterday. It’s easy- ok, maybe weighing myself is always scary, but generally pain free. The CC has a digital scale right next to the “official” box. Mike weighed in over the weekend. I don’t really like digital scales, so I use my own at home and then stopped by and dropped off my weight. But you can also send your weighins in through email ( Make sure you tell them who you are and what team you are playing with.

The scale was good to me yesterday. I had dropped two pounds since last week, 6 pounds since the week before. That means all the extra time at the CC last week, playing in the pool with the kids paid off a little. It’s a good way to start, and hopefully, will keep me going this week, when the weather is suppose to be cold and snowy again.

We had a swim workout with Lisa (our trainer) yesterday. Mike hates swim workouts. Not having spent much time in the water, Mike always feels like a beached whale in the water. Not to make fun of him (ok — maybe a little) but it’s pretty amazing as little as he likes water that he was able to pull off the triathlon last year (6 laps in the pool or 300 yards) . I personally like water workouts. They are a great way to get a full body workout without killing any one muscle area and really strengthens the core muscles. (My core muscles always need strengthening.) And at the end, you don’t feel all sweaty and gross like you do with anything involved in running.

So, my least favorite workout is anything with running. As far as I can tell, short squatty people like me are not build for sprinting or long distance. Almost all the trainers up at the cc love to run and I give a lot of credit to the friends I have (DaLayne, Kim, Pam,) who have taken up running half marathons in the last couple years. And to the really sick people like Jason, Jeanne, Kathy and Nicole who run more than that. I will keep plugging along on my short little distances because I know “it’s good for me.” Besides I feel like I conquered an Iron Man when I make it a mile without breaking a sweat.

Now, If you haven’t signed up on the fitness challenge. Here’s your chance. Come along beside us and help us make 2010 a healthier year for all of us. If you have, here’s your challenge for the day.–Do something you haven’t done. Last week Erica did a GET Active session with me. It’s a mini session (45 min) with a trainer. Usually there’s one to four others in the group. I think she discovered it wasn’t as painful as she thought it would be and probably a little more fun. There are all sorts of classes to join, or play a game of racketball or try out the stair master in the fitness room. If nothing else, get on your kids’ new Wii and find an activity that gets your heart racing.

Ice is our friend!


We are more than three months into our workout program. We are stronger, faster and better than ever before. We are also in pain after Justin at the Community Center in Madison puts us through our paces.

Ice is our friend. It deadens the sore knees and shin splints so we can function the day after our workout.

Has it gotten easier?

Easier is a relative term. The first two months of personal training was an exercise in personal torture, pulled muscles, tweaked joints and sleepless nights – getting up every morning was like the first few scenes of the movie “North Dallas Forty”. In the last few weeks, we’ve discovered that we don’t hurt quite as much. We can lift our arms above our heads without the primeal scream.

Life on the backside of thirty is not easy. The body does not recover as we think it should. Reclaiming youth and turning back the clock is hard…but possible.

The end result will be felt this summer. Weddings are a tough workout. When we do a friday and a saturday wedding, we feel it for a few days. Now it will be easier to bounce back faster.

Ice is our friend.

Starting 4th month


We made fitness an important priority in our lives this year. We are starting our fourth month of serious workouts since the start of the year.

We belonged to the Community Center in Madison for years, but we haven’t used the available facilities and programs. Like most people, we made the change at the start of the new year. We’ve enrolled the services of a personal trainer to help with the process.

You may be thinking that having a personal trainer is a luxury that you can’t afford. In reality, we spend only $20 per hour session to work with Justin. For us, that is money well spent. We are investing in our health so we can enjoy life more.