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At 5 years old I was diagnosed with severe asthma. At 18 years old, I found out that I’d been living with an auto immune disease called Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was told by numerous doctors I would never be able to run or lift weights. At 34 years old, I’ve had a lot of fun proving them all wrong!

Hi!  My name is Summer Wesson and thanks for visiting my site.   I have developed this page to share my stories, my triumphs along with defeats, so that maybe through my experiences, I may help others as well.  I am a passionate ultrarunner and CrossFitter and love to help people with their nutrition.  I will be expanding this site to include more detailed information in this area too.

‘Earned, not issued,’ is a quote used often among my family at Team CrossFit Academy.   The nickname ‘Racer Wesson’ was given to me by my coach, one that I earned.  There have been a few people in my life that have seen in me something greater than I could see in myself, and shaped me into someone who is not afraid of the impossible.   I plan to spend the rest of my life living up to my nickname, and hopefully being able to pay it forward.

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Moe August 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hi Summer,
I was up there this past weekend with a friend, we mountain biked all the way to Mt. Wilson and noctice the 50k run as we arrived at the top of the Summit.
I read your blog on the race and let me tell you that I admire your strength, courage, determination, motivation and the fears you face. I know and I understand your physical health conditions. What you can do and might not. I too am an endurance athlete and have similar autoimmunity background. I’ve been diagnosed over 7 years with AS. Asthma is another condition that follows and that condition has haunted me since I was 23yrs old. However, I don’t let that get in the way from what I love to do the most and that is Mountain Bike racing. I’ve competed in several nationals’ races and ultra-endurance races. As a matter a fact I’ve placed top 5 at the state championships. All this is great accomplishment; however the big race is dealing with the disease itself and can sometimes bring big challenges. I will always remember this quote and use it when I face the impossible or at least think I do. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” …You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt….Keep up the good work. PS…I’m doing a running event in November which is part of my winter training.

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