Her Story: Glenda Smith, inspiring others through sports

Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Her Sports brings you Her Story, monthly profiles of women like you.

Glenda Smith - San Ramon, Calif.

Age: 53

Sports: Triathlon, cycling

Profession: Exercise director

How I got started in sports: Seven years ago my daughter, Heather, inspired me to complete my first triathlon and a ride a century. I realized then that there was more to fitness than the classes in the studios and trying to look good. So I started triathlon and cycling training programs for women.

Favorite spot to be active: Anywhere on my bike. Mount Diablo in Danville, Calif. is the best. On a clear day, views from its 3,849-foot summit stretch more than 200 miles.

Life/sport philosophy: If it's not fun, I'm not there.

Athletic highlights: I hardly ever place in any event, but I love being part of a group that supports all participants to cross the finish line.

Athletic goals: To inspire as many women to participate in outdoor activities as I can.

Favorite fuel: A peanut butter and apricot jam sandwich, Riptide Rush Gatorade, and Go Grape Cytomax.

When I'm not cycling, running, or swimming, I'm: Recovering, knitting or reading.

Other interesting facts: I enjoy participating in fund-raisers like the Waves to Wine MS Bike tour and the Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer.

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