July, 2012

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Asphalt Assault

Exercising Outdoors

The Nation’s Triathlon – To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Nation's Triathlon 2012

Nation's Triathlon 2012

Since the inception of this partnership in 2008, The Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has raised more than $11 million to help find new and better cancer treatments.

The 2012 Nation’s Triathlon course is one of the most spectacular and athlete friendly courses in the world winding past monuments, memorials and history through the Nation’s Capital.

The swim takes place in the scenic and calm Potomac River where you will swim past Arlington Cemetery and under the Memorial Bridge twice. The swim start is next to the transition area and the finish line so family and friends can watch more of your race.

The bike route is flat and fast winding past the Potomac River, the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, United States Peace Institute, and Kennedy Center. There is no bike course like it in the world.

The run route is a challenging and beautiful single-loop that takes competitors past the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, National Holocaust Memorial, US Mint, Haines Point and more.

The finish line is adjacent to the transition area and swim start making it ideal for family and friends. The Finish Line Festival has live music, free food for athletes, free post-race athlete services and instant results printed for you right when you finish!

Success Story: Suzanne

I have lost 17 lbs and I think about 10 inches. I am buying lots of new & smaller clothes! I feel great !!

I had a physical for my 50th birthday in June and last year my cholesterol was 180. This year it was 145! The Dr asked me what I was doing!

He said you are at the lowest weight you’ve been since you have been a patient here & your cholesterol is down & your blood pressure is perfect!

— Susan S.

Making A Change for the Better

Monica never thought she would be registered to participate in the upcoming Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon. She was a self-proclaimed “coach potato” over-eating to cope with a painful past. Her beauty pageant title in high school was a distant memory.

When she looked in the mirror before work one morning last March, she didn’t like what she saw. Tipping the scales at more than 260 pounds, she was miserable. Out of breath when she wanted to play with her grandchildren, struggling to have a positive attitude at work and at home, she knew she needed a change. The first step was changing her outlook. The next step was a weight loss program* that helped her build healthier habits.

A long-time member and occasional visitor of the Yadkin Family YMCA, Monica began to use her membership to its fullest capacity. “The trainers at the Y were just so helpful and encouraging,” she shared. “The people believing in me helped me believe in myself.”

Pushing herself just a bit farther each workout, embracing healthier eating habits, and trying new exercises was what she needed to change. Today, she is down 42 pounds and armed with a sunnier outlook. “Even my coworkers notice my attitude is a total change from this time last year.”

“The [Y trainers] told me I was stronger than I thought I was,” Monica said. That encouragement helped her feel confident enough to start training with Fleet Feet Sports for the Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon, which trains for the swimming portion of the event at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA.

“If I can do this, anyone can do it,” Monica says of her transformation. She wants other women who may be feeling the same sense of hopelessness she did just a few short months ago that change truly is possible and the Y can help you get there.

*Note, Monica’s journey first began with the Move it Lose It Challenge with Forsyth Woman Magazine and her trainer April Hartsook.

Making a Change

Success Story: Teresa Wesson

You have been such a inspiration to me on my weight loss journey, you have helped me realize that I need to take care of me first before anyone else, because I am worth it. This is still a struggle for me along with self confidence but I will get there.

You have also motivated me because of trying different types and ways of exercise keeps me interested in exercise, normally I would get bored with it and quit. You always give us that extra push that we need to keep on! I plan on continuing my weight loss with you as my trainer and will tell others how inspiring you are! I have lost 25 lbs and 14 inches since January and I have at least 30 more to go with your help!

You have so much energy and look wonderful and I want that too! I also want to say thank you for all of your help!

Love Ya Coach A!

— Teresa Wesson