Running back into endurance sports over the past 2 years and looking to take it to the next level; Andy was delighted to see that one of his H.S. XC buddies, Jefferson, was helping people do just that. Just go for one run with this guy and you'll find yourself becoming as eager to get more connected to endurance sports through training, competing, and volunteering as he is!
What are your 2012 Goals? My main goal is to complete AT LEAST two marathons (Myrtle Beach in Feb and Columbia in March) then to see what else I can Adventure Geek out with. While fundraising for Team In Training I will probably complete 1-2 Sprint tris, 1-3 International tris and hopfully complete 1-2 Half Iron distance races in 2012. A lot of my training will be focused on improving my swimming technique, endurance, and speed. My 2012 season will serve as my base endurance training to complete an Ultra distance triathlon in 2013. Finally I want to get involved with more Adventure Geek off road races
Likes: New running shoes, going farther (swimming, biking, or running) than I've ever gone, muddy trails, high 40/low 50 degree weather, scars, achievement tattoos, racing myself, mantras of any kind, quotes, a beer after a 20 miler, and many more...
Dislikes: Sub 40 degree weather, blisters, dehydration, taking a few days off and losing everything you gained, heights (extreme heights) and swim drills.
Excited by how many concentric circles that are created when one person decides to live a healthy lifestyle; Jascia [J-Aska] was drawn to the Adventure Geek Mission and was one of the first few to apply to the racing team. Actively engaged in activities ranging from skiing, swimming (poorly), mountain biking and ballet lessons, there is no doubt Jascia is an Adventure Geek!
What are your 2012 Goals? At the end of 2011 I became a Newton Natural Running Form coach. In January 2012 I am taking a class to become a RRCA Running Coach. I am taking these courses partly to become a better runner myself, though I do hope to work with people in my community. When it comes to training and racing, 2012 is going to be my year to actually train. My boyfriend teases me that I don't train for races; I just go do them (typical Adventure Geek problem). That statement is definitely true, and while I do fine, this year I am going to set up a semi structured training plan and compare the results.
Likes: -Sunny, warm days in the winter -Traveling -Reading -Watching my pit-bull, Angel, run as fast as she can -Improving my half marathon PR without training (cant wait to see what training will do!).
Brandon Smith Age: 26 Location: Resides in Murphysboro, IL. But, he's most likely trying to get lost in the woods right now.
Also known as the Shaman of the Appalachian Trail; Brandon is a living embodiment of the Adventure Geek Spirit. Having raced (and won) with Kristen & Jefferson a few years ago, he was the first to ask how to join when we announced the team. We're excited to be reunited with this season veteran and to add him to our ranks!
Goals: I am training to compete in marathon and ultra distance trail runs and I am going to take a fighting shot at the Chattooga River 50k in June 2012. I feel like I have a solid base of 50ish/week and will continue to build and adjust as I compete in more races because I generally only compete a few times per year. I learned a lot about my body after trekking the AT and enjoy learning how to adjust my hydration/nutrition approach from race to race. I'm trying to find some training partners (having trouble with that in south-central IL, not many avid trail runners I'm aware of) and would love to lend a hand coaching the Adventure Geek Racing team to share what I've learned.
Likes: -being on two wheels (motorized more-so as of late) -cajun spiced eggs (scrambled), bacon and honey on wheat -filling out electronic forms and the cursor automatically goes to the next field when the expected number of digits are entered without me having to hit Tab -OJ poured into water
Dislikes: -water poured into OJ -bad drivers who don't see motorcycles or runners/cyclists -loosing toenails after races -ketchup
This gal is a powerhouse! Seriously, she has been weightlifting since age 13 and is currently rocking a max leg-press of 350lbs! As a current Pscyh major/Bio minor (aka getting her B.A. In Getting People Pumped Up!) at Clemson University she brings a whole new level of energy to the Adventure Geek team. We're thrilledthat she will be racing with us this season.
2012 Goals: Complete a 10K by April 2012, and then a Half-Marathon by December 2012. Start a jogging clinic open to all interested Clemson University students. As chief motivator of my Greek organizations, it is one of my goals to motivate my peeps to become more physically active and/or to expand their fitness horizons through participating in various activities such as weightlifting, distance races, and mud runs.
Likes: The Atlantic Ocean! Sunrises! Sunsets! Exclamation points! Being excited! Pushing myself to what I thought were my limits, and discovering that I have more to give.
Dislikes: RAIN- Cannot stand taking a cold shower anyway, so why would I want to take one with all my clothes on?!