My motivation for biking and running in the hot weather (as well as cold) of Texas is to not look bad at the races. But my inspirations really come from my children. Both of my kids, ages 13 and 16, are competitive swimmers. On average they train two to six hours a day, six days a week. Their day typically starts at 6 a.m. They get home between 7 and 8 and then do homework. I have no excuse to sit on the couch. When the going gets tough, I remind myself that my pain is nothing compared with what my children are going through every day. That keeps me going every time.

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.