FOODIE FRIDAY: Step away from my meatball!!

FOODIE FRIDAY: Step away from my meatball!!

So, every Wednesday night in the Wheeler house, is kid’s choice night. Each kid picks a Wednesday in the month and then they are in charge of making dinner. So far the samplings have been fabulous: Naan pizza, green chile enchiladas, lamb lasagna and last night was meatball sandwiches. My son has quite a palate and he likes to experiment a bit, so it’s pretty fabulous to have him in the kitchen with me. I must say, this was a “throw it all in the … [Read more...]

Reapers Complete 1st Ironman Race

Reapers Complete 1st Ironman Race

Joe Mussey and Jori Cooper finished their 1st Ironman race and Julie Sibley posted a PR to represent Grim Reaper Fitness at Ironman Wisconsin Sunday. At Rev3 Cedar Point, Erik Rankin, Jeff Grabinski, and Rachel Matyasse all brought home top finishes. At Wisconsin, Joe posted the Reapers’ top time with a 13:42:01. Jori put up a solid swim time of 1:22:26 on her way to an overall 15:15:49, while Julie shaved 5 minutes off her previous best … [Read more...]

A Weekend of Firsts for Grim Reaper Fitness Athletes

A Weekend of Firsts for Grim Reaper Fitness Athletes

It was a weekend of firsts for a few Grim Reaper Fitness athletes. Bryan Heppe completed his first Half Ironman distance race, and Curtis Preston and Lisa Kiley each completed their first Olympic distance race at the Great Illini Triathlon at Lake Mattoon in Neoga, IL. Each finished 2nd in their respective age groups. Bryan took the 35-39AG lead into the run leg of the 70.3, and put up a solid 1:45:06 on the run leg for a time of 5:04:13. … [Read more...]

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...]