Tri Challenge: Avoiding the doctor
January 8th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

Tri Challenge: Avoiding the doctor

Each day from now until next Friday, CNN will introduce you to one member of the 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge team. Today meet Adrienne LaGier, who avoided having a physical for seven years out of fear of what her doctor would say.

Fear of needles. Time. Time to call the office, clear my schedule, get a babysitter. And money. Those have been my excuses over the past seven years for not seeing a family doctor.

I mean going to the ob/gyn once a year is good enough, right? Are two doctors really necessary?

I went for 2.5 years without health insurance. The girls were infants, and I was not married to their self-employed father. I was a broke, stay-at-home mom. Working part-time for the community college and starting a direct-selling business didn’t help me in the health insurance department.

My birthday is July 11 (7/11), and I was told once that gamblers would pay to have me head to Vegas with them. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky in the health department too. No broken bones. No serious illnesses. No need to start a relationship with a doctor I didn’t "need." Right?

January 5th, 2012
07:53 AM ET

CNN Tri Challenge: Introducing our 2012 team

The 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge is officially underway!  This year we have selected seven CNN viewers just like you to train for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Each person will be given a road bike and all of its accessories, a wet suit, and a gym membership.  In turn, they will blog, tweet, and share their workouts, from now until race day in mid-September, on Facebook.

We invite you to follow along as the "Lucky 7" train to swim a half mile in the ocean, bike 18 miles, and run four miles in California!  So without further ado, meet our new team:

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