FHITspirational FHIXer: Rebecca Alexander
For those of you who have not met Rebecca, she is a true FHITspiration. She is one of our most loyal FHIXers - she consistently leads in athleticism, strength, endurance and most of all, positive energy. Most of you probably don’t know Rebecca was born with Usher Syndrome Type III. It is a rare form of a genetic disorder, which causes progressive hearing and vision loss and ultimately leads to profound deafness and blindness. For many, the diagnosis alone would significantly derail one’s life aspirations and trajectory. For Rebecca, the diagnosis has not only reinforced her determination to achieve her goals, it has provided her with an additional platform to motivate others and spread her contagious positivity. In addition to being an accomplished athlete, a psychotherapist with two master’s degrees from Columbia University, a spin instructor and a loyal dog owner, Rebecca’s first book Not Fade Away was just released on September 11th! She will also have a book signing at Barnes & Noble on 86th Street on Friday, September 19th at 7pm- all FHIXers welcome! Check out Rebecca’s website here to learn more about Usher Syndrome, her book and some of her amazing feats.
On Monday, Rebecca will be featured on the Today Show, and on Tuesday, the 16th, she will discuss her book and help educate others about Usher Syndrome on the Meredith Viera show. Everyone who knows Rebecca knows how much she loves to get her FHIX, so you can expect to see her, our FHITness pros and other FHIXers sweating it out on screen!
We recently caught up with Rebecca to gain some insight on how she finds time, energy and motivation to overcome adversity and continue to HIT it hard on a daily basis.
What role does fitness play in your life today?
Fitness is the key to my sanity. It is the most crucial way for me to manage stress, keep my spirits high and challenge myself to strengthen my mind and body.
What are a few of your proudest fitness accomplishments to date?
I swam the length of Bass Lake (5 miles) in Yosemite, CA. We had to start swimming at 3:30am to make it across before all of the boats started roaring around. I couldn't see a thing for the first few hours of the swim because it was so dark out. I finished dead last because I swam myself in circles before I realized I wasn't swimming in the right direction!
I biked 600 miles for the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It took a week and we camped out every night but the view along the way was breathtaking.
Most recently, I've completed 5 Civilian Military Combine races over the past 2 years. Your very own Julia Avery was my kick-ass racing partner for the last CMC race in the Poconos, and we had a blast.
How do you balance a busy work schedule, publishing your first book, being a loving dog owner and staying FHIT?
It's a real juggling act but getting my FHIX for the day is a MUST. Everyone at TFR has such incredible energy -- it's the best way to start my day.