In 2007, while finishing her M.S. in Exercise Physiology, a professor introduced Jess to competitive mountain biking. This inspired Jess to try her first triathlon in 2008, an XTERRA off-road triathlon. In 2010, during Jess's third year racing XTERRA, she won the USA Championship amateur title. She then turned professional in 2011, finishing the season with a 6th place ranking on the XTERRA USA Tour and top 10 at both XTERRA USA and World Championships. In 2012, Jess turned her interests to USA Cycling’s Ultra Endurance Tour (UET), where she finished 2nd overall for the pro women in the series.
Fit Food by Jess: Jess Cerra started Fit Food by Jess in 2009 as a small private chef and catering company in San Diego. In just three years, Fit Food has grown to specialize in tailoring meals for professional athletes, as well as many triathlon and cycling camps.
As a professional athlete, Jess is able to understand the challenges athletes face nutritionally. Combining her knowledge of training and competing with her knowledge of physiology and nutrition, allows Jess to make Fit Food a unique service for athletes. The food is wholesome, flavorful, and geared towards fueling all realms of training and recovery. Jess prides herself as a role model who is relatable to.
You can also check out Fit Food by Jess in Triathlete magazine, where Jess writes a recipe and cooking column bi-monthly as well as weekly online recipes.
Athletic Career Highlights:
USA Cycling Pro License (MTB), 2012
USAT Elite Off-Road License, 2011
2012 UET Overall, 2nd pro female
2012 MTB Marathon Nationals, 8th pro female
2012 Pro UET Galena, 3rd, pro female
2012 Pro UET Big Bear, 2nd pro female
2012 Idyllwild Spring Challenge, 4th, pro female
2012 Sea Otter, Mountain Bike, 1st Cat 1 female 30-39
2012 Sea Otter, Road Race, 2nd, Cat 4 female
2012 Ultra Endurance Tour race #1, 6 Hours of Hot Springs AR, 1st, Cat 1 female
2011 XTERRA World Championship, 10th, pro female
2011 XTERRA USA Championship, 10th, pro female
2011 XTERRA America Tour, 6th, pro female
2011 XTERRA East Championship, 5th, pro female
2011 Kenda-Specialized MTB Marathon Invitational, 2nd, pro female
2011/2010/2009 Glacier Challenge Multisport Race, 1st/2nd/1st, solo female
2010 XTERRA USA Championship, 1st female amateur
2010/2009 XTERR World Championship, 3rd, AG 25-29
2010 San Diego Winter MTB XC Invitational, 1st, pro female
2009 Kenda West Cup, 3rd, Cat 1 female