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Meet ‘Iron Woman’

Rose Asquith
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Nicknamed ‘Iron Woman’ by a co-worker who runs with her, Rose Asquith, 43, only started to run on a treadmill about eight years ago.

Getting out of a restrictive marriage was what she needed “to get me started becoming an athlete again.”

Running was how she started. Then she took up biking. A year later, after riding about 40 miles three days a week up and over hills, she felt confident enough to tackle the Death Ride: A 129 mile, 1,600-foot climb over five mountain passes near the town of Marklyville, going toward Reno. She completed the grueling course in a very respectable 13 hours.



Setting such extreme goals and meeting them is something Asquith does fine with, although her advice to others is “Find something you enjoy and don’t go overboard to begin with. Just incorporate it into your weekly life.”

She recommends cross training, choosing as her four major sports running, biking, hiking, and swimming. Two local trails you might see her on are Empire Mine or the Lower Cascade Canal. But she also recommends yoga as well for its stretching and what she calls its “calming spiritual side.”




Managing moods is a definite benefit of movement, according to Asquith, who says she finds release in exercise. “I don’t get angry, I exercise instead.”

While she works for the city of Grass Valley during the day, at night she takes real estate classes. Then, in her spare time she hikes, recently having spent three days with a 40-pound pack hiking 25 miles along the coast around Shelter Cove.

Asquith’s long term goals are to be working only part time by her 50th birthday so she can spend lots more time fund raising for good causes. So far she has participated in the Sierra Services for the Blind bike ride and the Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Women’s Triathlon, to name two.

“The Triathlon is real special,”she says. “It’s great meeting women who want to be part of the community by connecting with each other in supporting a good cause.

“Success to me isn’t financial; it more what I can do for the community by being a good citizen. It means having love in my life.”


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