Jeri Howland, a long time seriously competitive triathlete and runner, heads into life at 100%. No matter what she takes on, she’s driven to be the best. Growing up in an athletic family, Jeri has been involved in competition and sports as long as she can remember. She grew up in an intensely athletic family. Her Dad would often remark: “I’ll race you back to the car.” At one point, she was on the Olympic development track for skiing. The adolescent pressures of boys and peers ended up diverting her from this path. At that time, she lacked focus and persistence unlike the Jeri of today. The Jeri of today is focused, committed, ambitious, impulsive, bold, adventurous, reflective, and persistent. She describes herself as a “FOMO, Fear of Missing Out.” FOMO, in particular, drives Jeri in her continuing competitiveness both in sport and life. And succeeded she has, even as a mom.
In her pregnancy with her daughter (Emily), Jeri ran until she was 6 months pregnant then switched to mountain biking and hiking. Emily was born into the lifestyle of an athletic family. She juggled motherhood and full time work with grace. In her intense dedication to sport and mom, Jeri scheduled her days in the following way: She would get up very, very early and use her lunchtimes to work out. She was mom in the am later and after work. She determined “sacred times” with her daughter. These “sacred” times were dinner, storytime, bedtime, and a length of time on either Saturday or Sunday. Evidently, Emily was such a big sleeper that Jeri could do a 100 mile ride before she woke up. Emily’s love of the outdoors began early as she went on her first bike trip through the San Juan Islands and hiked to the top of Half Dome at age 9. Emily continues to love the outdoors but approaches it in a different way than her mother. While Jeri has it “in her blood,” Emily approaches sports from a fun recreational and non-competitive manner. She’s a mountaineer, rock climber, and runner but all in the name of enjoyment and fun. Jeri has learned to understand and appreciate the differences between herself and her daughter, to not project her own desires onto Emily. Today, she feels they have a close relationship.
Jeri values all of her relationships but nobody more than her daughter and second husband, Jerry Edelstein. She describes him as caring ,generous, competent, non-judgmental, and humble. He is her biggest fan. As a full participant in life, Jeri likes to surround herself with friends who feel successful in themselves. Her friends are mainly happy in relationships and work, inspire to be full people, and are people who believe in themselves regardless of whether they are athletes or not. Jeri grabs the gusto of life.