Corporate Challenge 2013


Corporate Challenge time! Like usual, no ladies signed up for the cycling event so I was left to represent that role on our team. This year, I changed it up by borrowing a friend, and fellow co-worker’s, road bike. He’s a serious cyclist. The thing barely weighed 4 pounds and had clip ins for pedals. I couldn’t find clips my size so I figured, oh well, my gym shoes will do. Then I didn’t want to adjust the seat to mess up his settings, so I stretched myself about 2 inches longer to reach it. I paid for that mistake the rest of the weekend, but was 3 minutes faster than last year to the finish!

After cycling, it was off to the volleyball courts for some sand play. Are those the same shirts as last year?!  


No. These shirts were a fiasco. Last year’s safety yellow color was a huge hit with the team and we really stood out at the event. This year, I stayed with the bright color and ordered safety orange. Placed the order, then I get a call, “We don’t have enough product in safety orange.” How about safety green? “Yes we have plenty of that.” 2 weeks later I open the box and pull and audible “You have GOT to be kidding me!” According to the company, safety yellow and safety green are one in the same. I highly disagree! But there was nothing I could do now. Samples will be delivered next year before any order is placed. Lesson learned.

Back to volleyball. Not sure why I am dancing with an overbite in this picture, must have just done something awesome.


We won our pool play bracket but lost in the tournament to Lilly. Urg… I was not happy. I know we can win this thing, prob need to change up players.

A week later came the track and field events. After some late week dropouts, I had to rearrange positions and lucky me… I got to do the 10K run. Can you feel my excitement in this picture?


I knew one of our male runners was 99% likely to win the whole event. I didn’t want my slow ass to negate his hard work, so I pushed myself on this one. I had done a 10K 2 weeks prior to gauge my speed. I ran it at an 8:28 pace. I wanted to push 8 flat this time. Which I’m proud to say I did!

Next up was the Tug of War. Broken record… no females signed up, so I recruited 2 of my fellow runners for our team. We weren’t big, but we are competitive! Getting ready… 




My quads hurt for 4 days afterward. It wasn’t until I saw this picture I knew why. I thought it was the run, but good lord I got low and planted my feet. We only survived one TOW match, then lost on our 2nd time up. Participated in the golf chipping challenge. Didn’t do well. There has to be a better female golfer at my company… just need to find her!

One event I haven’t done before was the Obstacle course. My leg of the course included dreaded burpees, a balance beam and some hurdles.




The final event of the day was another new event for me, the sprint medley relay. Seems odd I’d do a 10K and a 200M sprint in the same day, but when you’re the captain, you fill in where needed! I even went to Play It Again Sports to get some spikes. I hadn’t worn spikes in 17 years! Brought back memories of my ’93 1600M State appearance at this very same track. Grunting it out down the back stretch.


Wore the Garmin GPS everywhere I went, from the parking lot to the track and back. Covered almost 10 miles that morning!


Taking One For The Team

CCA screwed up my team’s volleyball schedule last week giving us a Bye when we should have played. We should up this week to find out we would be playing our entire tournament life in one night. Fine. Bring it on. Game 1, we won 2-1. Game 2, we won 2-0. Time for finals, 2h 15 minutes later. I had been diving all over the floor all night. It was starting to hurt, but we must play on. Final game, we lost 0-2. We were tired. 7 games is a lot! And I left with an 1 inch strawberry and a 3 inch bruise on the inside of my elbow.


No pain, no gain. And no championship. Boo.

Corporate Challenge 2012


I had some help at work promoting the Corporate Challenge this year. That help resulted in over 90 employees signing up to participate or donate goods to earn our team points! Even with over 90 employees signing up, not 1 female entered the cycling competition. My team was left to me, sadly, filling that spot again this year. I requested the earliest start time possible because right afterward, I had to high tail it over to the volleyball courts 7 miles away for that event! For the cycling, I ended up 91st out of 104 people in our division. Finished in 22:46. Better than last year!

Volleyball had a round-robin tournament with single elimination to follow. We went 4-1 but we ended up seeded 5th in the bracket. Whatever. The tournament games were to 11. Really? Can’t we at least go to 15?! We made it to the semis only to get beat by Cummins. It was windy as shit, so that did affect our play. But I think they still would have beaten us. Regardless, 100 points earned for OneAmerica!


For the main event day, I added 4 more events to my schedule. First up was golf. Again, no chicks signed up so I participated. We earned 77 points for our team!


My first running event of the day was the 5k. I had been resting the hamstring all week, so I was ready to go as fast as I could for 3.1 miles. And I did. I ended up with an adult PR of 22:41! That beat my previous PR by over a minute! And I thought that I was awesome until I saw this picture that reminded me… the 62 year dude in red next to me got his sprint on at the end and beat me by 5 seconds.


Frisbee came next where we earned a measly 36 points. The discs were lighter than our thrower was used to. We need to practice for next year and earn some hardware again! 


I was laser focused to catch. Ignore the discs at my feet please.


Final event was the 1/2 mile. I was not looking forward to it. Speed is not my thing as an adult. They lined all 49 of us (30-39 females) up to run at the same time?! They were breaking other groups into 2 heats. Not sure why we didn’t get the same treatment. It was a mob! I got out of the gate pretty well in the 6th spot overall.


The key here is… not all these girls were in my division so I wasn’t technically competing against all of them for points. Just those in division 4. But you can’t tell who is in division 4 because their numbers are on the front of their shirts! So the goal remained to pass as many of them as I could. To help, I summoned up some BDHS track memories of my father. “COME ON!! PICK’EM OFF” he’d yell. Over and over. After the 1st 400 meters, I was in 4th.

1/2 pic

The chick in front me had a Cummins shirt on which meant, she was in my division. Crap! I have to get her now for sure. With 200 meters to go, a chick was creeping to pass me… oh no you won’t!

Fwd: Pic

Giving it all I got at the end… Nice face, I know.

1/2 end

With about 100 meters to go, I passed the girl from Cummins to place 3rd overall so at least I knew I had got some significant points for us and a little award for myself. Turned out I got 2nd in my division to earn 94 points. 

Finally it was time to relax with some Mascot photos!


My new boyfriend.


The biggest turtle I have ever caught!


End result of all my teammates hard work over 2 weekends was an astonishing FIRST PLACE finish in our Industry and SECOND PLACE finish in our Division!! I knew we did well, but I was not expecting that well! Everyone did an amazing job! Finally after 6 years of organizing a team for the companies I work for, I get to bring home a big trophy for us!

If You Can’t Beat ’em

… Figured I might as well join ’em! Our two Sandy Gyner/Gyner Sandies teams barely made 1 team this year. We had to draft a random player from the league to fill our 4th spot. I don’t remember what our regular season record was, but it wasn’t pretty. Come tournament time our random player, we’ll call him Mr. Salad, was not available to play. I didn’t remember who we put as a sub on the roster, so I figured we’d just take our shot at playing with 3. Good thing we did because we were victorious after 4 rounds of play (10 games) and won the tournament! We had a new team photo taken.


The Showdown

After my last indoor 6’s season, we had enough players on our roster to form 2 outdoor teams for quads. What resulted was the teams of the Sandy Gyners, led by Eminem and team of the Gyner Sandies, led by yours truly. Eminem and I had the grueling task of drafting players for our respective teams. It ended up being an even split of height and talent.

I asked the league captain to give us a regular season match up. We played each other for the season opener where the Sandy Gyners defeated us 2-1. We won the first, then lost the 2nd and 3rd. I’ll say that I feel they didn’t out play us, we lost it on our own. I was ready to see them again but it would have to wait for the tournament. Fast forward to tournament time… we went head to head in the finals, just the way we wanted it to go down.


My team had a rotating sub for most regulart season games due to an ankle injury. Strangley, the only time our original team played together was for the first and last day of the season, but I felt we were the better team at this point. We solidly beat the Sandy Gyners in the first game. Action shots…



I thought we had it in the bag. In the 2nd game, the Sandy Gyners came back from a 7 point deficit to win. Urg.


The 3rd game, my Gyner boys were tired. In hindsight, I should have set middle back more, giving the hitters a break. The pesky Sandy Gyners…


They solidly beat us that last game. Motherf… I’d rather lose to them over anyone else. We’ll rematch again next week for season 2!

While scrolling through pictures, I found this one. Seems I may need to find a new cameraman as this is not where the action is.


Teabaggers Victory

My indoor volleyball season wrapped up last night with a Championship for Team Teabaggers!


This was our 2nd session playing together and we were in sync.  We won the semifinals in 2 games beating the other team by 10+ points each game.  For the finals, we played the other really good team in the league.  I was expecting more of a challenge.  We won the first game by a few points, then crushed them the second game 25-11.  I admit, it felt really nice.  They don’t give out trophies, but I think this would have been appropriate prize for our team name.


Easter In The Fort

Headed to the Deuce to celebrate Easter this year with the family.  Long story short, I’m tired of CDs.  My car stereo sucks because there is no auxiliary port and it doesn’t like FM transmitters, so I did the next best thing to a ghetto blaster I could think of for my 2 hour drive.


Headed to dinner with the parents and lounged around for the evening to get ready to host the Fuller family lunch the next day.  Woke up Sunday and went to church.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  It has been awhile and I have now officially become a Chree-ster.  Christmas and Easter.  As we sit down to mass, Dad says “If this place starts shaking, I’m running.”  Ha ha.

Back at home, I got my Easter basket!


It was perfect!  Sock monkey basket with Peeps.  Mom and I have a Peeps contest each season.  We are upping our game and going to start having a judged Peeps Diorama contest soon.  Be prepared for the voting!  

A few Fuller family members from the Fort and Indy joined us to celebrate.  Oh, and my awesome 91 year old grandma was in attendance.  


Not looking forward to being that old but looking forward to all the experiences of being that old.  Lunch was fabulous!  Traditional meal of ham, corn, lasagna, deviled eggs?!  It was delicious.  Then Mom says “Natalee gets her Easter present!”  I was stumped.  She pulls out my latest T-shirt quilt!!!!  I had only given this to her a month ago to make, so I figured I’d get it for Christmas because they do take time.  Much to my surprise, it was finished!


It’s so colorful and fun!  It costs a pretty penny to create a quilt even when you supply the majority of the material.  Much love to Mom for getting it completed so fast!  (She probably used Dad’s credit card, a.k.a. a new trick she taught me)  In addition, over 2 years of entrance fees, sweat, and energy went into making it.  I already have one that we made a few years back, and I encourage anyone to do the same to keep their memories alive outside of just wearing a t-shirt.  It’s a fun reminder and a fun project for you and your loved ones.  Have to say the best part of the quick weekend was just getting to hang out with the parents.  There is NO DOUBT who made this kid right here.  I promised I wouldn’t give out all our funny conversation moments, but I will give out a few words that were mentioned and let your come up with your own stories….

Cops…. Paper-berry…. Soul mates…. Blissful…. Wood…. Mexican…. Pissy

Happy Easter!