FOODIE FRIDAY: “DON’T HATE ME CAUSE I’M DIFFERENT!!”

FOODIE FRIDAY: “DON’T HATE ME CAUSE I’M DIFFERENT!!”

"Let me ask you missy, did you put a banana in that there smoothie?" "Ummm, no sir." "Wait, what?! I don’t think that is legal. But, I will give you one more shot, at least tell me there is protein powder in der and I will let it slide just this one time." (Play it cool, play it cool, play it cool)....."Not exactly, and there is no yogurt either, but there IS protein enough for those big muscles of yours!" :) Am I right, or….am I right? … [Read more...]

GRF Takes 2nd in Division IV at 2014 USAT Club National Championships

GRF Takes 2nd in Division IV at 2014 USAT Club National Championships

USAT chose the Chicago Triathlon weekend as the site for the 2014 Club National Championships. Clubs competed in one of five divisions based on the size of their respective rosters. Division IV saw a fierce battle for the crown between Grim Reaper Fitness and Dare2Tri. The final score had Dare2Tri at 119 and GRF at 91. GRF had numerous notable performances that lead the 1st year club to their first club podium. The club also increased its … [Read more...]

Reapers Win Five 1sts at Chicago Triathlon

Reapers Win Five 1sts at Chicago Triathlon

One would think that when visiting the world’s largest triathlon, top-5 finishes would be difficult to come by. Not so for Grim Reaper Fitness Saturday and Sunday at the Chicago Triathlon, the world’s largest in terms of number of participants. Fourteen Reapers traveled to Chicago to compete across three races, and they garnered an overall victory and four age-group victories. Lisa Becharas led the way, placing 3rd overall in the 900+ … [Read more...]

Few Reapers Compete Ahead of USAT Club Nationals

Few Reapers Compete Ahead of USAT Club Nationals

In a slow weekend for the athletes of Grim Reaper Fitness, Romanie Walter finished 9th overall in the women’s field at the Pigman Long Course Triathlon in Iowa over the weekend. Romanie’s time of 5:24:18 was also good for 5th in the competitive 35-39 age group. Joey Lehman competed in the Pigman Olympic, his first Olympic distance event, and finished 45th overall. At the Rockford (IL) Peak Triathlon, Reaper newcomer Cindy Termeunde set a … [Read more...]

Race Report: Stoneman Sprint, Iron Abe Olympic & Route 66 Half Iron

Race Report: Stoneman Sprint, Iron Abe Olympic & Route 66 Half Iron

New Reaper posts overall victory in first tri Brand new Reaper Lisa Becharas made a strong impression on her teammates at Tri Harder Promotions’ third race day of the season in Springfield, IL. Eighteen Reapers made the trip to participate in three different races, including the Stoneman Sprint, Iron Abe Olympic, and the Route 66 Half Iron. Lisa, competing in her first ever triathlon, smoked the entire women’s field by nearly nine minutes … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Kombucha. Ummm…exsqueeze me, whatcha drinkin?

FOODIE FRIDAY: Kombucha. Ummm…exsqueeze me, whatcha drinkin?

Ummm….exsqueeze me, whatcha drinkin? If you know me at all, you know how much I love kombucha. If we have talked more than a couple of times, I have probably offered you some. Then you look at me with those, "ain't NO way" eyes! I try to convince you that you will probably like it and really you just have to try it. Then, I tell you of its fantastical benefits to turn you into all that you ever hoped you could be, you just need to drink the … [Read more...]

Race Report: Ironman 70.3 Racine, Palos Meltdown Bike Race & Tour de Crystal Lake Cat 4 Women’s Criterium at McHenry County

Race Report: Ironman 70.3 Racine, Palos Meltdown Bike Race & Tour de Crystal Lake Cat 4 Women’s Criterium at McHenry County

Reapers compete at Ironman 70.3 Racine Jeff Grabinski finished in the top 5% overall, and two of his GRF teammates completed their first Half Ironman distance races at the weekend’s Ironman Racine 70.3. Grabinski came in a 4:44:10, which was good for 21st of 323 in the 35-39 Age Group, but also 92nd overall of nearly 1,800 racers. Jeff’s best leg was his 31:29 swim, which as 14th in his Age Group. His bike of 2:26:09 was also good for 16th in … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Quinoa-licious!

FOODIE FRIDAY: Quinoa-licious!

First, we must start with a lesson in phonics. How in the world do you even pronounce this little grain of wonder? kwuh-NO-uh….nope, KWIN-wah….nope. KEEN-wah….ahhh yeah, that’s right, it’s business time! And by business time, you know what I mean. (Flight of the Conchords anyone?) Sorry, I digress. If you were ever wished you grew big and tall like all the other “cool” kids, think again, I say. Great things come in small packages! This tiny … [Read more...]

GRF Wins MERCRS Award for ITU Scoring

GRF Wins MERCRS Award for ITU Scoring

Grim Reaper Fitness was the top-scoring Mideast Regional Club Racing Series (MERCRS) team at the International Triathlon Union Racing Series event in Chicago June 27-29 as announced Monday by the USA Triathlon (USAT) Mideast Region. Five GRF members scored points across two races – Olympic and Sprint – at the ITU Chicago, part of a global, eight-race series that includes separate elite races for Olympic-caliber triathletes. This premier event, … [Read more...]

Race Report: Lakeside Decatur Races and Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC) Thrill Ride

Race Report: Lakeside Decatur Races and Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC) Thrill Ride

Reapers snare 5 overall top-3s at Decatur Grim Reaper Fitness and Bloomington-Normal had a huge day at the Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon in Decatur, IL, bringing back five trophies for overall Top 3 finishes, and eight more for Top 3 Age Group awards. The day’s initial story was the changing of the race format to a duathlon due to high water levels and strong currents in Lake Decatur. Athletes still ran sprint and intermediate races, … [Read more...]