Lib Rood Birthplace? born in Greenwich, Connecticut. Grew up in Rockville and Gaithersburg, Maryland. Current home town? Frederick, Maryland Profession? Senior Transportation Planner for a consulting firm that specializes in bus transit planning. I got into endurance sports as a young teenager. I ran cross country and track with a county recreation team, and then for my junior high school team. In high school I ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. For me these experiences set the stage for a lifetime of fitness-oriented activities and friendships. My dearest friends are those who I have met through various fitness activities over the years. I ran for recreation and fitness through college and into my 20s. In my 30s I started training longer distances and completed several marathons and two ultra-marathons. In my 40s I ran less, and started to enter triathlons. While I have always enjoyed a good bike ride, it was not until I entered the triathlon world that I figured out how great cycling is! I currently ride for fitness, fun, camaraderie, as an outlet for stress, transportation, and occasionally in a competitive event. I also ride to enjoy the outdoors. I find that my mood is much improved with some time outside in the countryside. As with running, I have gravitated to the longer distances, competing several years in the 12-hour Maryland Endurance Challenge, and in one 24-hour ride. For people thinking about trying an endurance sport, I would say that anyone can be an endurance athlete. Unlike some other forms of sport, most endurance events do not require genetic athletic talent, but only the perseverance to keep going. Most endurance sports are also quite welcoming and supportive to new athletes and there are clubs of all kinds for runners and cyclists. My most positive experiences have been the friendships that I have made through my participation in endurance sports, as well as the tremendous feeling of accomplishment that I feel when I complete an endurance event. This feeling of accomplishment carries over into other areas of life as well, particularly when faced with a challenge. If you can run or ride your bike for 12 hours, you can certainly accomplish other difficult non-sport challenges! Also, that “runner’s high” is real! As to the challenges associated with endurance sports, I think physical injuries are the most frustrating, as sometimes they appear out of nowhere and you have to just rest until healed. There are also sometimes mental challenges – I don’t always feel like getting up and out the door, even though I know I will not regret it. For working adults, especially those who have kids, finding time to exercise is also a challenge. When my kids were little, I got up at 4:30 a.m. to run (and I never considered myself a morning person!). My one piece of encouragement to young people experiencing homelessness is to remember that there is a community of people quietly cheering for you and working to help you in any way that we can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.