Category Archives: RAW Challenge Sydney, Australia

Stone Age Women with a Goal


For now, I am going to refer to my friend and I as Wilma and Betty – two married women sharing their stories and in this case their workouts together.  Based on height alone, my friend in Australia would be Wilma and I would be Betty.

For those of you who know us, our names are already in your hearts.  For those who stumble upon the blog, it doesn’t really matter if we are Wilma and Betty or Ginger and Mary Ann.  If you want to refer to us as a trait, we are “the look” and “the laugh”.  She has no filter on her facial reactions and my laugh is equally uncontrollable.  If you know someone that you can tell exactly what she is thinking by her facial expression, multiply that by 10 and you have Wilma.  Her “are you kidding me?” or “what the heck” looks can make people crumble but if you’ve ever gotten the “you’ve made my day” look then you’ve seen the abundance of the good side as well.

Being so very new to this whole experience it is a bit like visiting a nude beach because it is the only spot you can see a specific portion of a dramatic coastline.  Do you risk standing out because you want to keep your clothes on, or risk actually having strangers see more of you than you ever thought?

My workouts so far have been: squats, pushups, upright rows, shoulder press and some interval walk/run.  We have had snow all week, so I’m keeping my mileage in walk time only.  Don’t need to break a hip.

I do have some kind of rotator cuff pain in my shoulder, so if you know of exercises that would help or some that I need to stay away from as it would aggravate it, then please let me know.

So while I am chilling out in snow and freezing temps ( minus 3 when I left for work one day this week), Wilma texted that they had the hottest day in 11 yrs for March 1 in Sydney with 98 degrees.


You cannot plough a field by 
turning it over in your mind.

Author Unknown

I wanted to end the post with a little inspiration and the one above is exactly what I need to remind myself of as I can lay in a warm bed and think through an entire workout just hoping that the mental workout I am doing will suffice the bodily one that is tempting to skip.

Off to do squats.



Raw Challenge 2015

How this insanity began, is a couple short days ago, my friend in Australia posted that she is signing up for the Raw Challenge Race in Sydney.  She is 52 so this is a pretty cool thing to do, so of course I chime in that I would happily do it with her but cannot afford the plane ticket and leave it at that.

A couple days go by and I text her that I am happy that she has made some close enough friends over there to train and do this race with.  – She is over there with her two girls and husband helping with the care of her father in law.  She replies that no, she has not made friends of that nature yet and is training alone.  I offer up the encouragement that maybe the training and race will bring to her a new friend.

And then, before I can stop myself, I offer up the idea that I could train with her albeit from half way around the world, opposite hemisphere and 18 hour difference.  She replies that then I need to get on a plane and also come over.  I assure her that I will absolutely do so if I can finagle a ticket from somewhere as I’m not thinking my husband has this on the spending radar for approval, but in the meantime, she will have someone to share the pain of training with.

Hello world!

Starting up a page to keep you informed on my journey to get in shape in support of a friend who has signed up for an obstacle course race and has no one to train with.  The goal is to abide by her workout recommendations on a daily basis, reporting in with my accomplishments and if things work out, I could possibly attend the race with her.

The challenges?  Lets start with the age thing. We are both 52 and she has been more active than I who sits at a desk 50-60 hrs a week.

She is currently – as is the race – in Australia and I am in the Rocky Mountains of the US.