MICHELLE ADAMS, CYCLOCROSS AGE: 33 BIRTHPLACE: Painesville, OH OCCUPATION: Physician Assistant in Interventional Pain Management with Crosstown Back and Pain Institute FAMILY: Husband, Chris Adams, and two Jack Russell terriers, Ella and Lucy. FIT CLUB: I ride with the Memphis Hightailers occasionally. WW BRAGGING RIGHTS: Tri-Star Cx Women’s 1/2/3: Day 1, 1st place. Day 2 I did the Men’s 4/5 race immediately prior to the women’s race and placed 16/22 then 3rd in women’s; CX the Lawn Women’s 1/2/3: 2nd place; MOAB CX women’s 1/2/3: 1st place. FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Winning the 2015 State Championship and Best Overall Rider in Virginia. I ❤ CYCLOCROSS: I love pushing myself to conquer and overcome different obstacles each race. Cyclocross is one of the few sports you race on the same course as the pros. At big events you can go right up to them at their team tents, shake hands, get photos, and check out their bikes. In what other sport can you regularly rub elbows with the best! FITNESS MOTIVATION: My love of competition. WW GEAR: Trek Boone (Race Shop Limited Edition), Garmin Edge 510, Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0 MTB Shoes, POC Helmet. OBSTACLE COURSE: I was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in 2006 and sustained multiple orthopedic injuries, resulting in T12-L4 spinal fusion, bilateral sacroiliac joint fusions, a plate in my pelvis, and a rod with pin in my left femur. Thankfully I do not have any chronic pain issues and have completely healed. BEST EATS: I really like Ecco, and my favorite BBQ joint is a toss up between our local Pig and Whistle and Germantown Commissary. FAMOUS DINNER COMPANION: Kate Middleton. Although she’s royal, she seems very down to earth. I love her fashion choices! IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU BRING: (1) My husband. We always find a way to have a great time together. (2) Our dogs. I don’t want to be without them! (3) Sunblock. No one likes sunburn. OBSESSION: I love to bake! ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “Healthcare You Can Live With” by Church Health’s Dr. Scott Morris and “The Brave Athlete, Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion” by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson BINGE WATCH: Fixer Upper INDULGENCE: Wine, chocolate, sleeping in. FAVORITE QUOTE: “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” —Albert Einstein.
“I love pushing myself to conquer and overcome different obstacles each race.” Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Philip Murphy.