Mind Over Matter
Nicole McArdle

Mind Over Matter

Nicole McArdle June 07, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Community Involvement

In our fast-paced consulting environment, we need to be quick-witted and use our strong analytical backgrounds. But what if the challenge is physical – are we up for it? Four Seasons Health Club (FSHC) in Bloomington, Illinois recently held Battle 4 BloNo, a community-based fitness competition, to raise money for the Humane Society of Central Illinois (HSCI), Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club. Pinnacle sent Team “Risky Business,” to participate in the event, which would put our speed and strength to the test.

Battle 4 BloNo consisted of 3 fitness challenges: spinning, running and The PIT Strength & Conditioning. Much to my dismay, our team’s first station was spinning, and this was my first time trying it. One member from each team would cycle at a time to achieve a distance goal. We broke the 20-minute time evenly between our 4 teammates, leaving each of us 5 minutes to bike as fast as we could. With only one team member cycling at a time, Battle 4 BloNo truly revealed our team spirit, as we cheered each other on to help boost each rider’s energy. Overall, our team did very well.

Running was our second event, and each team was assigned two treadmills. Two team members would then start running at their own pace, and when one got tired, another teammate would take over to relieve the runner. Everyone on Team “Risky Business” was pretty quick on his or her feet. 

The third and final event was the most interesting. Without knowing the strength and conditioning requirements, we hesitantly walked to the station. We ended up having some very strong talent on our team! For the 20-minute time interval, one person would work out with a rowing machine while the other three would rotate between sets of push-ups, sit-ups and squats. At the end of the final station, we were feeling pretty good about how we would compare to other teams – and very relieved that the three challenges were over.

The real winners of Battle 4 BloNo were the three community organizations for which we raised money. A total of $3,000 was donated to the HSCI, Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club. With our effort benefiting three great charitable causes, we all couldn’t help but feel good about ourselves. I can honestly say that I have never had such an intense and holistic workout as the one this event motivated me to accomplish. Thank you to Pinnacle’s Ricardo Sanchez, Amanda Conklin and Trent Lipka for stepping up to a challenge outside of our normal daily work routine. This was a great opportunity to represent Pinnacle and live our commitment to our community.

Nicole McArdle is an Actuarial Analyst with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. in the Chicago, Illinois office. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from Illinois State University and has experience in assignments involving loss reserving, loss cost projections and group captives. She is actively pursuing membership in the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) through the examination process.

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