Rob, 36, Institutional Fixed Income Sales at Vining Sparks
Brittany, 31, Marketing at ALSAC
Fitness has defined Rob Humphreys and Brittany Fisher’s relationship since they met in 2015. The two were members of Memphis Thunder Racing. When Brittany wanted to get more serious about cycling, a friend suggested meeting with Rob to get advice.
“I don’t think Brittany was under the assumption that it was a date, but in my opinion, it was,” Rob says. After drinks at Flight, the two realized they had a lot in common, and the relationship began from there. The pair began supporting one other in their fitness goals. Brittany was training for Ironman Chattanooga, and Rob joined her in training sessions, even paddling alongside her while she swam. Later in 2016, Brittany was a critical part of Rob’s race crew as he completed the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race.
“Our relationship has really grown through our mutual interest in running and cycling,” says Brittany. “Rob has definitely challenged me and made me a better athlete.” Rob and Brittany train together as much as possible. They see it as a way to get in quality time together and strengthen their bond as a couple.
“We have a lot in common, and we support each other in all of our endeavors, including training and racing.”
Rob and Brittany are both coached by Victory Bicycle Studio’s Clark Butcher, who makes training plans that incorporate workouts they can do together. Both are competitive athletes. Brittany is a member of Marx-Bensdorf Women’s Cycling Team, and Rob is part of the Victory Test Team.
For each of them, health wasn’t always a priority, but both made lifestyle changes several years prior to meeting. Rob was 28 when he decided to run the St. Jude Half Marathon. “It’s coincidental that Brittany works for ALSAC, who puts on the race.” That race motivated Rob to become the athlete he is today. Likewise, Brittany started running during a rough period in 2012 and hasn’t stopped since. “When we met, it just made sense,” Brittany says. “We have a lot in common, and we support each other in all of our endeavors, including training and racing.”
Rob and Brittany marry August 2017 in Vermont with Rob’s 9-year-old daughter, Kennon, as the flower girl.
Interview by Christin Yates. Photo by Michael Cardwell.