Extreme Mom: Barbara Peterson


Barbara competing at Xterra


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Getting out on the edge may seem challenging enough. But imagine competing in and winning numerous offroad triathlons every year while also writing books, coaching other athletes, giving motivational speeches, designing jewelry, running a business and raising two daughters. That’s Barbara Peterson. Her specialty, however, is Xterra, a series of offroad triathlons that include swimming, mountain biking and trail running. In a nutshell, Barbara is totally badass.

Barbara is an award-winning athlete, an author, a designer and a mother. She is the founder of the Power of Exercise, a multi-faceted approach to fitness and personal growth, and the designer at Foreste and Hils, making wearable art.


Beautiful and radiant Barbara

Graduating in 1984 with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Barbara utilizes her degree to help people the world over find their inner strength and serenity, with a focus on the benefits of exercising. She practices sports psychology, acts as a motivational speaker, and is the author of multiple books relating to health and well-being.

With a first place title in the XTERRA World Championships for 2011 while in her fifties, Barbara continually proves that being fit and happy is achievable and accessible for anyone. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two school-aged daughters.


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Join me this week on The Edge Radio when I talk to Barbara about what it takes to be an extreme mom. Show airs live Wednesday August 7th at 8am Pacific. Call in with questions for Barbara or comment here. This is one inspiring woman.

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