Her Story: Susanne Navas, A Mom With a Mission

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Susanne Navas
Southbury, Conn.

Sports: Triathlon, speed skating, snowboarding, ultimate Frisbee, inline skating

Age: 37

Profession: Mom/photographer

How I got started in sports: I was always active as a child, but was never formally involved. After college I began competing on inline skates in 10K races and always placed in top 3 in my age group. After becoming a mom, I switched to running, and in the last year I've taken up triathlons and speed skating.

Favorite spot to be active: I love running on the National Mall in Washington D.C.--that's where I learned to love running.

Life/sport philosophy: Anything can be fun and attainable. It's all in your state of mind.

Athletic highlights: Placing third in my age group in my first triathlon last year, which earned me a spot in the USAT 2007 Age Group National Championship in Portland, Ore.

Athletic goals: To instill an active lifestyle in my family, to get more moms out of their "mom jeans" and to complete my first half Ironman in August with a huge smile on my face.

Favorite fuel: My Life Force supplements in a shake.

Favorite indulgence: Semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed in crunchy peanut butter.

When I'm not swimming, biking, running, skating or lifting, I'm: taking pictures, volunteering with troubled teenage girls, caring for my family, dancing and laughing.

Other interesting facts: I was born in Belgium to a British father and Swedish mother, but grew up in Mexico City. Later, I married a Puerto Rican man. Now, I speak four languages, and my children, ages 3 and 6, are already bilingual.

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