PLYMOUTH – The Down ‘n’ Dirty Fit Chicks are at it again.
Six members of the local 60-something fitness group – including their coach and instructor Cheryl Lays – have been training for another trip to the annual Mud Hero, an OCR sanctioned event at Ski Martock near Windsor, N.S.
Besides Lays, the team includes newcomers Janet MacLean and Vera Campbell and returning athletes Susan Lindblad, Dorothy Benoit and Ruth Thompson.
Lays leads her group of women – including those who do the Mud Hero event – through workouts once or twice a week at the Plymouth Community Centre.
MacLean has been with the group for three years, but this year she decided to compete at Martock.
“They went last year,” she said. “I said I’m in. I’m going.”
It’s a close-knit group. The women wear outfits with hot pink T-shirts emblazoned with Down ‘n’ Dirty Fit Chix on the back. They made a statement with their attire last year at Martock and last March during a trip nine of them made to Cuba.
“There’s a kinship,” Thompson said.
“It’s like an extended family,” Lays said. “We just like being together.”
Lays recalled the music being played before last year’s Mud Hero event at Martock. The Fit Chix started performing aerobics to the beat of the music.
“Younger girls were there saying ‘Look at those girls,’” Lays said. “It’s great to be old. Based on (The Fit Chix’) fitness, they can do so much more. I think we’re strong, but our aim is to go, not to win.”
Lays feels those teammates who were at the Mud Hero event last year will be more used to it.
“It’s intimidating when you get there,” she said. “I overcame my fear of heights.”