Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ironman Wisconsin: Set your Priorities

Set your priorities on a regular basis and make your decisions based on your set priorities.

For example: Your priority for the month is to pay off your credit card. You are hungry and can't decide whether to drive through Del Taco or swing by Whole Foods and get a vegan sushi. Del Taco is $3 for a meal, Whole Foods is $22 for a meal. Looking at your priorities, Del Taco wins. Easy!! Now, if your priority for the month is to eat healthy or lose weight, Whole Foods would be the clear winner. Simple as that! But, if you hadn't set your priorities up in advance, you may be going back and forth with pros and cons between which to choose for lunch and miss your entire lunch hour all together. Make sense?

This week's workout
Slow Mo Pushups. Why? Because I love 💙💜💚❤💛 you. How many can you do? I will be taking on the Challenge starting this week. Each week I will feature a swim, bike, run, strength, core, or flexibility. This one is SIMPLE yet effective!! (by Kirsten McCay-Smith) workout.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My Artist Statement

My Vision and Passion Makes a Lasting impression, Motivating people to believe and transform. Since I was little, I've always been fascinated by how people tick, wondering why people do what they do. I imagine their story as I take long walks outside in nature. I love smelling the flowers, while watching the clouds form different shapes in the sky. I would write stories about it, sketch pictures in my notebook.  From the beginning, the process of transforming a blank white paper into a vibrant picture struck me as magical. And, over the years, the magical process led me from sketching to painting stories.

Writing stories about people, sharing their background and experiences; and putting the pieces together on paper fills me with a sense of accomplishment and happiness. This has proven to be a good way for me to share my stories in a way that people can relate. With each piece of work, whether it is a published story, a play I produced or a painting on canvas, I try to convey my life expression through color and story.

Recently, I discovered some childhood drawings: they were simple, crayoned patchworks that resonate with my paintings and stories. This inspired me to get out my canvas, pick up my brushes again. I love the mystery of how the painting process works. The product I develop are rich landscapes and portraits explored through the lens of vibrant colors, patterns, and textures, pieced together and captivated by the story before me.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What an Honor! A Pacer at Beast Pacing!

Kim’s goal as a pacer is to create memories, encourage others, and have fun while helping each runner reach their goal to the finish line. 

She was introduced to running in high school track in 1981 and continued racing a year later, with a track running buddy, to become one of the first women in high school history to compete on the newly formed Women’s Cross Country team. It wasn’t until 20 years later, Kim ran her first marathon, then later completing 25 half marathons in 25 states, She is now focused on completing 50.

Kim has run over 100+ endurance races, encompassing marathons, half marathons, 70.3 ironman and triathlons, 10K’s. and 5K’s. She does them all! Kim continues to set goals, to motivate, strives to complete the next mile, and move to the next level. This year, she will work toward her first-ever Ironman and complete 50 states and her next marathon in New York City. Her hashtag is #crazyrunninggal. 

She says, “Running makes me a better person. I run to stay healthy and young, to push my limits, to prove that I can! I run for those who can’t.” Kim is reminded that with each time she runs, it is a gift she does not take for granted. As a pacer, she motivates and leads each person to the finish line, with that comes wisdom, encouragement, and strength.
Contact Handle @kgroshek

Friday, March 18, 2016

This just in... My Updated Bio

I updated my bio for my panel discussion coming up.

Kim Groshek is the Senior Project Manager for the Global Fidelity Information Services. In the past 30 years, she has led efforts resulting in increased productivity of more than 20 percent. In her current role, she works with dozens of professionals and banks in coordinating all product and service agreements, leading implementations and teams. A frequent speaker, Groshek also presents “Leadership from the Inside Out” seminars to area companies and international organizations. In 2013 she was presented an Ambassador at Large post through the Women’s Advancement in Africa organization. She has written several children’s books and commissioned a play from one of them. In 2010, 2011, 2014 she was presented the Creative Child Preference Choice Award, Best Green Product Award, Best Vacation Children Products Award and the Seal of Excellence Award. In 2013 she was presented the Media of the Year Award and Region H Governors Choice Award “planting seeds growing STEMS.”

Groshek is a member of multiple boards including Enactus where she is the Chair, Society of Women Engineers where she served as section representative, National UWW Alumni Board, and MESA International.

Away from the office she is an avid runner and serves as Assistant Director for DC Fashion Week in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wisconsin Ironman: What I'm Learning

They say, your Network of Conversations is bigger than you think.

My Ironman journey has been an eye-opening experience. One can say, "Reach, Stretch & Grow" is an understatement. I'm learning even in the most recent experiences.

Someone asked me this morning, what I've learned so far, and I thought it would be a good time to write my response down. 
  • My knee-jerk response, "I don't eat very well." Without going into details, the results of this have been exhaustion and low motivation.
  • Second, "I let my mind take over and talk myself out of the workout." At this point in my venture, it isn't critical, since I'm "ramping up" my workouts, learning technique and getting my routine down; but a few months from now it will impact.
  • Third, "People are here to support me." People have been showing up, with support, words of caution, words of help, and tell me I inspire them (wow!). People I never thought have stepped up. These connections have graciously provided their time and advice, on swimming and biking, my weak sports.
I have met many wonderful people as I develop myself, increase my training, and learn more about swim, bike and transitions, in the Ironman event.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ironman Wisconsin: Ups and Downs

Having just experienced being sick for a long 2 weeks. 

I learn patience.

Because I don't have energy to do anything but sleep.

I say it's okay.

I'm finally back to health. 

Slowly, starting back up again.

Wisconsin Ironman: Swim Stroke Revision

Before I started I thought, "Poor coach."
Getting suggestions from a master coach, who is also my close friend. Stroke refinement. This is going to be interesting. 

I've been doing the same swimming, which isn't much, since I was taught back when I was 8 years old and earlier, it's going to take boulders to make the adjustments. Especially when I can't see what I'm doing. The biggest switch will be moving from 2-stroke one-sided breathing to 3-stroke two-sided breathing. All I can say is my coach has a LOT of patience!!!!

After I got some wise lessons from my coach:
I learned that the form allows you to cut the water for speed, you build even strength and conditioning on both sides of your body, you swim straight (not crooked) and you keep a more consistent stroke. I am proud of myself. Coach said I caught on quickly, and now I just need to keep practicing. 

I am more confident already, but it will take time to practice.