FIT CHALLENGE: Ontko takes her workout to the quarry

Mar 20, 2012


What a treat I experienced this past Wednesday when my personal trainer Trevor Tieche, the owner of Bodi N Balance, called me and said “Meet me at the Castalia Quarry,” instead of the gym!

I had never been to the quarry before. Always wanted to go, but didn’t know exactly where it was.  The weather was beautiful and the quarry is awesome!

I met him at the parking lot.  First thing – the frogs were really LOUD! I couldn’t believe it.  Next thing – I had to wear a 20-pound vest.  It was like a life preserver only with 20 pounds of weights attached. 

I’ve lost 20 pounds and boy was that hard on my back carrying that extra weight.  We started out walking briskly, but I knew running was just around the corner.  We made a right turn and headed up a pretty big hill.  Then we started the running for a while, then walking, back and forth until off in the distance was a beautiful view with a cliff.  Trevor said we were almost there and that I’d get to rest then.

My almost and his almost were two different things.  It still looked miles away.  But I finally made it to the cliff.  And after resting, and enjoying the spectacular view, 40 push-ups, then leg lifts were in store for me.  Trevor took over with the weighted vest, too. Then we walked/ran back and forth till we reached the observation deck.  What a view!  If you’ve never been to the Castalia Quarry you need to go.  The only scary part for me was that someone, off in the distance, was shooting a gun.  And Trevor told me you could tell the difference in the sound when the bullets were coming straight at you.  I didn’t want to find out what that sounded like.

Trevor’s been in the military and is a sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project so he knew. I had to do a lot of squats once we got to the observation deck.  Trevor also told me we were ¾ of the way finished.  From there it was downhill, but I did worry we’d go around a corner and there would be this big hill I’d have to climb at the end.  But that didn’t happen.  There were lots of people out there walking, jogging or riding their bikes around the quarry.  Trevor asked if I had a bike.

I think he has another plan in mind.  I don’t, but I’m looking for a good used one.  If anyone knows of one for sale, please let me know so that I can be ready for my next big adventure!

After that I met a friend and we drove to Tiffin.  From my experience at the quarry and with the ride to Tiffin, the world reminded me of Richard Scarry’s “Busy Day Busy People” book I used to read to my children when they were young.  From the walker’s/ joggers/ bike riders at the quarry, to people out walking dogs,  pushing strollers, riding horses in fields, and workers on big equipment, it was one of the first days I have seen so many people outside enjoying a beautiful day! And I sure enjoyed my time at the quarry!

Thanks Trevor!