FROM THE GROUND UP
I am married to Rod and we farm in Delmar on the farm he grew up on. We have 4 children all together, Luke 19, Abby 18, Justin 17, and Sarah 16. I have worked at Fidelity BAnk & Trust in Maquoketa for 11 years. I am a member of the Maquoketa Kiwanis Club and am a Charter Member of the YMCA and currently serving on the Board of Directors. With 4 kids in college and high school I keep very busy with school events, fundraisers, athletic events and helping on the farm. It isn't easy to always find time to exercise but thankfully there is a wide range of classes and hours. I am able to do indoor cycling at 5:15am a few mornings a week. I was never a serious runner but used it as a way to stay in shape when the kids were younger. I have participated in various off road races and the BIX 7 for numerous years but never more than 7 miles. During a weekend at my sister's in Cedar Falls I noticed that there was a half marathon going on as part of their Sturgis Falls celebration. I had
always wanted to complete a half marathon but never thought I would be able to. Thanks to having taken Body Pump classes since they started at the Y, I had the courage to sign up for the Sturgis Falls Half Marathon.
I can honestly say that in my 40's, that is not something that I thought I would be able to do. Without Body Pump and all of the other great classes at the YMCA I don't think I could have done it. The day of the race the sun was shining and it was a cool
60 degrees. While running I kept hearing Michelle Wing and Sarah Nelson saying "you will be able to run farther and faster" (Body Pump quote) and "you can do anything for a minute" (I changed it to 10 minutes). Well it worked and I was able to run the entire 13.1 miles and average a 10 minute mile finishing in 2 hours and 10 minutes. I know I am stronger now than I have ever been and have all of the great instructors and staff at the YMCA to thank for it. We are truly blessed to have them in our community.
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NEWS FROM THE MAQUOKETA AREA FAMILY YMCA
Attention All Pool Patrons:
The pool will close today
(Friday) at 1:00 p.m. and
will be closed all weekend.
The pool is being worked on right now. All pool activities for the weekend have been contacted and will be rescheduled at a later date. Thank you for being flexible and understanding. The pool is expected to be open on Monday morning assuming all goes well with repairs. Please contact the YMCA with any questions.
Members, ask our Welcome Center Staff for a Refer a Friend card and pass it on to a friend. If they join we waive the joiners fee for them and you get a free month!
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