Fitness is a big part of Cindy Bradehoft's life. Twice a week, you can find this 45-year-old Maple Grove resident going for a run. But the rest of the time, you'll find her engaged in plenty of other workouts.
"I participate in the Minnesota Master's Swim Program. It's held at a lot of the Life Time clubs," said Bradehoft. "I do that several times a week. Last week I did about 7,000 yards."
When Bradehoft's not swimming, she's on the bike.
"I also cycle with the Life Time Fitness club. I go Tuesday night, Thursday night, and Saturday," Bradehoft said. "So I got in about 150 miles last week."
Maple Grove Triathlon Aug. 22
Bradehoft is hoping all that hard work pays off Aug. 22 when she participates in her third Maple Grove Triathlon.
"As long as you keep working at it and improving, that's my motivator," Bradehoft said. "If I get faster, that's exciting to me."
More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the 6th annual Maple Grove Tri at Weaver Lake Park.
"They want to accomplish a big goal," said Lindsey Sachs, founder of the Maple Grove Triathlon.
She says it's an event that has a variety of physical benefits for athletes.
"I think it's something that allows, for example, runners to vary up their workouts," Sachs said. "So you get to swim, bike and run, so it's a really, really neat challenge. And not any athlete is equally good at each of those distances or sports, so it makes for a really compelling fitness challenge."
A compelling fitness challenge that participants say nearly anyone can do.
"The Maple Grove Tri has a super sprint distance which is really perfect for beginners - 0.25-mile swim, a 5-mile bike and a 5K, so really approachable distance," Sachs said.
With six more weeks to train, Bradehoft's doing her part to make sure she's ready.
"Working out is very important," Bradehoft said. "Forty-five is truly the new 35."
There is still time to sign up either as a participant or as a volunteer. For more information how you can do that, visit maplegrovetriathlon.com.
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