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Back in spring of 2008, I attended the kickoff of the Soldier Ride (which is a Wounded Warrior Project-sponsored rehabilitative cycling and advocacy event) on the lawn of the White House.  On that beautiful April afternoon, I watched wheelchair-bound veterans start their journey from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue all the way to the historic lighthouse in Annapolis, Maryland.  Those brave soldiers had lost various limbs while defending our country, and still they were up to the physical challenge of an endurance bike ride.  I was moved and inspired by their courage, and I vowed never to complain about exercise again.

Still, I am not a natural athlete, nor have I ever been a fan of the gym.  I needed something to motivate me–a goal, an end point.  I got a Team In Training brochure in a 5K goody bag, so I decided to attend an info meeting.  That afternoon, I signed up to fundraise $2,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and compete in my very first triathlon.  I ended up completing not one, but TWO tris!  In June 2009, I finished the Iron Girl Atlanta sprint triathlon in 2:20:20, and two weeks later, I finished the Chattanooga Waterfront Olympic-distance triathlon in 3:44:34.  Oh, and I raised over $3,100…not too shabby!

Since then, I have completed 4 additional tris, 8 half marathons, and 2 full marathons.  I’ve also done some multi-day cycling events (though I’m still working up the courage to do a century) and two Ragnar Relays.  I have mentored for Team In Training, and I have raised many thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I’ve also traveled to some awesome places for races, and I’ve made some of the best friends a girl could ever ask for.  Oh, and I’ve gotten my husband addicted to running, and we’ve had a blast crossing the finish line together!

Currently, I am addicted to CrossFit, but I am trying to figure out a way to get back into endurance sports.  In addition to running, I love cooking (and eating), craft beer, reading nonfiction, and all things fashion/beauty.  I am working on being a more frequent bike commuter, and I would love to find more time to fit in bikram yoga practice.  In addition to writing about my athletic pursuits, I hope to also share some info/insights about my other hobbies – in one way or another, they are all related!

Thanks for reading!

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1. Jaimie Adler - February 10, 2015

would love to send you some swim spray for training –
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