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Fit Issue: ADAM KALUZNY, 34

General Manager at Victory Bicycle Studio

Family: Married to Tracy Kaluzny. Three fur-babies: Bux, Chili Pepper, and Margarita.

Sport: Running, Triathlons

I started running to lose a few pounds and fell in love. After a few years of running, I decided to jump into triathlons. I go back and forth between the two, but running will always be my first love.

In my early twenties I was working and traveling in Europe and contracted a virus that spread to my heart. I spent over a week hospitalized in Italy and was forced to return home early. Further cardiac evaluation revealed the virus had damaged my heart, and I was on medication for over five years. Two of those years I was unable to physically maintain a workout routine. I remained focused on recovery and dedicated to what training my body would allow me to do. Persistence paid off, and I eventually came off all medication and could workout without limitation. It left me with a greater appreciation for my health and what I can do with my body.

“I love my long runs because they allow me to clear my head and sort through issues of the day.”

I have half a bagel with peanut butter before a workout. Cheerios or a breakfast burrito come post workout. I have yogurt and an apple, a sandwich, or leftovers for lunch. For dinner, if you don’t find me at Maciel’s Tacos & Tortas, I am typically grilling on the roof.

Stretching is the most underrated exercise. I didn’t do it for so long, but the more I do it, the better my body responds.

My upper body gets neglected. I try but usually fail at being faithful to an upper body routine. The legs always get the attention.

My competitive spirit keeps me wanting to be better, faster, and stronger. “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” —Steve Prefontaine

Photo by Greg Hastings. Compiled by Amy Goode.

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