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Fit Folks: Bruce Middleton, 49

Staff Writer
Austin 360

To focus my training, I schedule at least one big event and several smaller ones each year. This year I signed up for the "GORUCK challenge." This event benefits the Green Beret Foundation, and I am being trained by a Green Beret. It is an 8- to 10-hour, 10- to 15-mile military style city tour.

My trainer, Adam Martin, is a CrossFit trainer who has modified his workouts to this event.

My favorite training activities include log PT, which is anything you can do with a cedar pole, ruck sack trail runs, rope climbs and ruck swings similar to kettle bell swings. I also keep in shape to climb mountains.

This summer, I am climbing Mount Rainier with another soldier who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. When my father turned 49, he was diagnosed with leukemia. His doctor found the leukemia while he was being prepared for heart surgery. As of last spring, all five of his brothers have had surgery for heart disease. I also have three young boys at home — Bailey, 14, Brady, 10, and Brock, 7. Staying is shape gives me hope that I will live long and see them grow up despite my family history.

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.