Spartan Racer Turns Obstacles Into Opportunities
However, throughout her weight loss and racing journey, Adriane began experiencing new symptoms. The fiercely tough Spartan racer continued to power through her daily life, work, and training until she was eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. And although the diagnosis came as a dose of bad news, it also provided some answers about her health. “[There was] relief in knowing there was finally a reason for the way I felt,” she said.
Despite her RA diagnosis, Adriane tried to remain committed to living an active lifestyle, but her weight loss journey was constantly interrupted by several shoulder surgeries. One procedure in particular required Adriane to use crutches during her recovery. After six weeks of relying on crutches as her main form of transportation, she took her first steps on her own and never looked back. The Couch to 5K program helped to ease Adriane back into running and she also learned how to adapt her training to the way her body was feeling.
Post surgery, Adriane was scheduled to compete in another Spartan obstacle race, but she knew her body needed more time to recover. “Never knowing how you will wake up feeling is very frustrating,” she said. “[I had] to draw back a little and listen to my body.”
Still, she was motivated her to find a new way to get to the finish line. Her training regimen was adjusted according to her body’s needs, and consisted of circuit training, body weight exercises, and cross training on a stationary bike.
Adriane had always been highly independent, but when her work days began feeling like “marathons” she knew she needed assistance. Whether it was her best day or her toughest, her husband was there to support her through it all. And along with Adriane’s training to be a better athlete, she also continues to strive for personal growth. Throughout her obstacles on and off the race course, she refuses to stop moving.
“[The disease] forced me to ask for help and it forced me to change my goals,” Adriane said. “You need to surround yourself with positive people, people that inspire you, and people that are better than you. The worst thing you can do is sit still. Don’t stop putting one foot in front of the other.”
The Racing For a Cure athlete’s incredible weight loss and athletic pursuits have already motivated her family, friends and fans to be active. “My biggest goal is to keep inspiring others, which in turn inspires me to keep going.”
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