February 10th, 2011
07:19 PM ET
In the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge , six selected viewers will participate in a six-month training program. Each will receive all the gear, training and nutritional support necessary to complete the race and will compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta on August 7 in the Nautica New York City Triathlon.
Growing up India, Kas Seerla cannot remember ever breaking a sweat exercising.
"Sports and athletics weren't encouraged for girls," she said. "Physical activity was not a priority. The focus was on academics."
But, she always felt as if she were missing out on the fun, so when she came to the U.S. for college, her appetite for learning new sports was insatiable.
"I learned how to swim, roller blade and play tennis," she said. "I have gone surfing in the California oceans, white water rafting in the Colorado River and gone rock climbing at Devil's peak in Wisconsin."
And although she's tried many sports, she never considered herself an athlete. After college, she went on to grad school, started a successful technology career, got married, and had a baby. For Kas, fitness fell off the map again.
But when she left work to raise her second child five years later, she missed the competitive spirit she'd developed in the workplace, and turned again to physical activity.
"There were several things on my bucket list that I wanted to do before I go back to work," she said. "`Fitness was one of them, so when my second daughter turned 1, I decided to enter a 5K race. "
Kas says she caught the race bug, and began to set her sights higher - she was even considering a sprint distance triathlon when she came across the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.
"I had followed the 2010 triathletes when I had just delivered my baby. At that time, I used to read some of the stories and feel motivated to exercise and lose the baby weight," she said. "So, when I saw that they were running the program again, I had to send in my video!"
Now that she's been selected for the Fit Nation team, Kas has started swimming, running and cycling, and is even training to be a yoga instructor.
With the help of Chicago-area triathlon coach Jenny Garrison, and Fit Nation Athletic Director Laura Cozik, Kas feels confident that she'll be able to train and manage all of her responsibilities at home.
"Taking up something new is always intimidating and scary. Coupled with the responsibility of taking care of kids and running a household, most moms don't want to undertake new challenges," she said. "I hope that sharing my experience will motivate moms to take up sports even if they haven't done so before."
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