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Apr 28, 201411:07 AMOpen Mic

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Insurance Services Group envisions Get Fit victory

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2014 Get Fit Challenge, a spinoff of IB’s popular Fittest Executive Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 22. This week, IB checks in with Nick Krey of Insurance Services Group, which is competing in the team challenge. Krey’s co-workers Jen Brydges, Brendon DeRouin, and Josh Meester round out the team.

Begin with the end in mind. — Steven Covey

What you visualize is what you actualize, and right now I’m visualizing a lot — maybe even too much! But I’m excited to share my personal visualizations and share what my Insurance Services Group teammates and I intend to take away from the Get Fit Challenge.

It’s 8 a.m. on June 1, 2014, as I stand at the starting line of Leon’s Triathlon in Hammond, Ind. I’m in my Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) tri-suit, which, every time I wear it, reminds me of Jack Black’s line from Nacho Libre, “Sometimes a man wears stretchy pants.” My son thinks I look like Captain America, and I’m cool with that.

My son is one of the reasons I race. He loves to be there, loves the atmosphere, and I see pride in his eyes. There is nothing more rewarding than having your 5-year-old say, “Great job, Dad! You did awesome today!” I strive to set an example for my son that lets him know physical fitness is a worthwhile pursuit.

Team RWB is another reason I race. Its mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. I’m a veteran, and wearing the Team RWB eagle gives a sense of purpose to every race and makes me feel a little bit like I’m back in the Army.

From there I visualize the air horn blasting as I charge the water until my knees can’t clear the surface, and I dive in, kick pull, kick pull, kick pull, breathe, and repeat. The rest is a blur until I see myself charging the finish line of the run. I’m in the chute — I see the clock, my wife and son, and the crowd cheering, and I’ve just crossed the finish line. I’ve crushed the race like a little grape.

My next visualization is in Racine. I’ve never actually been to Racine, but there I am. It’s 7 a.m. on July 20 and I’m standing on the shores of Lake Michigan about to race in my first Half Ironman. It’s the same picture in my head as on June 1 — it’s just a bit bigger! Nevertheless, my resolve is the same and my focus is equally as intense. What I visualize is what I actualize; I’m going to crush this like a little grape. Seventy point three miles later, grapes are crushed.

And finally, Oct. 22, 2014, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. Insurance Services Group has just smashed the In Business Get Fit Challenge. We’ve crushed our personal goals. I’ve lost that extra 15 pounds I carry around my waist, I’ve doubled my number of rotations through the Get Fit Challenge circuit, and we’ve won Most Improved as an organization. We’re smiling, we’re proud, and there might even be a tear of joy here or there. Scratch that — there’s no crying in victory!


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