Romanie Walter completes Ironman Chatanooga

Romanie Walter completes Ironman Chatanooga

Finally, Romanie Walter got to compete in her first Ironman race. Romanie had been set to compete at Ironman Tahoe on Sept. 21, but the California wildfires forced the cancellation of the event on race morning. Due to the circumstances, Romanie was able to enter Ironman Chatanooga and completed that race Sunday. Romanie was 41st of 124 athletes in the 35-39 Age Group with a finishing time of 12:21:39. Her time was good for 210th among 700+ … [Read more...]

FOODIE FRIDAY: Just dip, BABY, dip!

FOODIE FRIDAY: Just dip, BABY, dip!

What do carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, mini bell peppers, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, chips, crackers pita chips, pretzels, crostini, spoons, forks, knives, possibly even flip flops, the floor, the counter-top and even your friends face ALL have in common. They would taste extra delicious with HOMEMADE HUMMUS on ‘em! I mean really, do we need to buy this stuff when it takes about 5 minutes to make and … [Read more...]

Weaver, Quinn take Top 5 finishes at Oak Run, Tri the Illini

Weaver, Quinn take Top 5 finishes at Oak Run, Tri the Illini

Carey Weaver and Dave Quinn took top overall finishes and two other Reapers won Age Groups in one of the last big racing weekends of the year. Carey, racing at Oak Run Triathlon outside Galesburg, IL, was 2nd overall in the sprint event Saturday, finishing at 1:00:45. Dave, competing Sunday at Tri the Illini in Champaign, IL, was 4th overall in 1:04:49. Tri the Illini is a slightly longer event featuring a 300-yard pool swim and a 14.5-mile … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Grim Reaper Fitness Claims Top USAT Mid-East Regional Club at USAT Club National Championships at the Chicago Triathlon

Breaking News: Grim Reaper Fitness Claims Top USAT Mid-East Regional Club at USAT Club National Championships at the Chicago Triathlon

Congratulations to Grim Reaper Fitness, MERCRS Division III, for having the top MERCRS club score from the USAT National Club Championship in Chicago! USAT National Club Championship - MERCRS Scores Grim Reaper - 207 Tri-Loco - 57.2 NWI - 18.0 Congratulations to all the athletes who made the trip to compete. A good battle to the end in each Division and for Overall Series Champ is imminent in this year's MERCRS. The Series ends … [Read more...]

A Marathon, Cycling and a Tri, Oh My!

A Marathon, Cycling and a Tri, Oh My!

Reaper win 6 top finisher medals at Litchfield Six Reapers travelled to the Litchfield (IL) Triathlou Sunday and all six brought home top finisher medals. Lisa Becharas and Bryan Heppe led the way. Lisa, competing in her first Olympic distance race, won the women’s overall title with a 2:23:31. Lisa was 15 seconds down heading into the run leg, but ran a 6:46 pace for a 41:58 run time to easily out distance her competitors. Bryan had a … [Read more...]

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...]