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...]

Race Report: Park 2 Park 5 Miler

Race Report: Park 2 Park 5 Miler

Quinn takes Age Group at Park 2 Park Dave Quinn highlighted a big Grim Reaper Fitness turnout at the 4th of July Park 2 Park 5 Miler in Bloomington-Normal. Dave was the only Reaper to win his age group, posting a 31:13 to take the top position in the 45-49 Age Group. The time was also good for 20th overall against 700+ entrants. On the women's side, the Reapers posted six top-10 AG finishes. Celeste Kudrys has the best finish and time, … [Read more...]

RACE REPORTS: Chicago ITU & Morton Criterium

RACE REPORTS: Chicago ITU & Morton Criterium

A handful of Reapers made the trip up to Chicago this past weekend to compete in the ITU World Triathlon Series event in the Windy City. Over 4000 athletes participated in the Sprint and Olympic Age Group races, while getting to watch some of the top triathletes in the world compete on the tight, urban course in the Elite Divisions. Tim Auth, Erik Rankin, and Jason Sturdyvin completed the Olympic race with Sturdy posting the best time of … [Read more...]

Race Report: Tremont Tri, Rev3 Wisconsin Dells & Jubilee Challenge

Race Report: Tremont Tri, Rev3 Wisconsin Dells & Jubilee Challenge

Reapers Rake in 5 Top-3s at Tremont A handful of Reapers travelled to the Tremont Triathlon on Saturday and brought back plenty of hardware. Five of the six Reapers, who competed recorded Top 3 finishes, led by Lisa Kiley and Curtis Preston. Lisa captured the club’s lone first-place age group finish, putting up a time of 1:24.37. Curtis, competing in the largest Age Group of the event, placed 2nd in 35-39 out of 20 competitors with a time … [Read more...]

RACE REPORTS: Reapers racing all over Illinois!

RACE REPORTS: Reapers racing all over Illinois!

Grim Reaper Fitness travelled all over Illinois this past weekend, competing in four events and winning several top category and overall finishes. A large group of Reapers traveled to New Salem State Park near Petersburg, IL, to compete in the Stovepipe and Railsplitter Triathlons…17 of them took home Top 3 finishes. Railsplitter Olympic Triathlon Romanie Walter led the charge placing 2nd overall in the women’s division of the … [Read more...]

RACE REPORT: IRONMAN 70.3 & USAT Long Course National Championship

RACE REPORT: IRONMAN 70.3 & USAT Long Course National Championship

Two Reapers started on their long course paths this past weekend with Half Ironman distance races. Romanie Walter, running in only her third Half Ironman, placed 9th (out of 66) in the 35-39 Age Group at the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Kansas. Romanie’s overall time of 5 hours, 24 minutes, included a run time of 1:40:59, good for 3rd in her age group. Romanie is preparing to check an Ironman off her bucket list, as she trains for the Sept. 21 Ironman … [Read more...]