Issue 03 • June 2012Local Inspiration

I faced a different kind of adversary.. and won

Four years ago, my life was turned upside down. In August 2008, I began experiencing severe joint pain and fatigue, to the point where it was difficult to function. Several doctor visits and dozens of tests later, no one could pinpoint the problem. Two months later I began running a …

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Issue 03 • June 2012Triathlon

Triathlon 101

In 2004 when sitting out from a running injury, I started biking to keep in shape. A good friend let me borrow his old bike. Before I go on, let me explain, that this bike was far from fancy. When I say “old,” I mean, that this bike was older …

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Issue 03 • June 2012

Three words can start a motivational revolution

You hear it all the time from parents, teachers, coaches, and motivational speakers: “It takes a lot of ‘HARD WORK and DEDICATION’ to be successful.” I, myself, have heard it everywhere. And in 2009 at the gym, it just clicked. Running on the treadmill, I had my head hung low, …

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Issue 03 • June 2012Legs

It’s all in the hips: Five exercises for healthier hips

Patellofemoral syndrome, Achilles tendinitis, and iliotibial-band syndrome. What do all of these terms have in common? They are the top triathlon injuries that can ruin your season. With the injury rate (mostly repetitive motion injuries) hovering around 75 percent, it’s not a matter of whether you will get injured; it’s a …

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904's FittestIssue 03 • June 2012

904’s Fittest: Jennifer Hanley-Pinto

Nickname: JC Age: 34 Birthday: June 30th Height: 5’5″ Weight: 120 lbs Jennifer Hanley-Pinto (JC for short) is a local runner/triathlete whose accolades include female champion at several large half-marathons, age group wins in Olympic and half-ironman triathlons, and overall female champion in sprint triathlons. You can find JC at …

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Issue 03 • June 2012

Hidden sources of Gluten: The Domino effect

Last month, Domino’s Pizza announced they were going to offer gluten-free pizza.  This announcement has caused an uproar in the gluten-free community because the pizza will not be safe for those with severe gluten sensitivities or Celiac Disease. Why? Because the restaurant is going to use gluten-free crust without taking …

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Issue 03 • June 2012

Not Your Average Bike Race

Jacksonville has a huge cycling community and hosts several racing events each year but few have ever heard of an Alleycat race. No need to call P.E.T.A, there are no cats involved. Alleycat racing was originally created by bike messengers as a way to compete against each other for the …

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Issue 03 • June 2012

The day interval training trumped glazed donuts

When I awoke that morning and readied myself for work, I didn’t suspect a thing. I’d packed my healthy lunch and snacks the night before, even scheduled a tennis match with a friend for that evening. I arrived for work feeling pretty good about myself, marching into the break room …

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Issue 03 • June 2012

Retaining water? Your body might be trying to tell you something!!!

Many different things cause water retention, but the most common are a high salt diet and being dehydrated. Did you catch that? Being dehydrated or not having enough water to start out can cause you to retain, or hold on to, the water you drink. There are other clinical conditions …

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