I took one for the team…

I took one for the team… of us “older gals”!

Yes, I completed my Falmouth Sprint Triathlon yesterday on good ol’ Cape Cod!

The morning was spectacular, sunny and just cool enough to be a perfect July summer morning.  There was excitement in the air as 600 some-odd participants gathered and talked and smiled and stretched and (some) stressed and waited in porta-john lines and hydrated and took photos and hugged family members.

I was designated to Wave 9, which meant that I would hit the water for the 1/3 mile ocean swim with 110 people, all 50 and over.  The previous 8 Waves were elite athletes and younger athletes.  I watched how each Wave manuevered the currents and stayed on the right side of the giant orange buoys.  (I can’t see much without my glasses, so I was up that creek… you know which one… if I didn’t have a good idea as to what to do!)

I was surrounded with love.  Barry, Jane, Audrey, Mathew, Keith, Nicole and 6 of my 9 grandchildren… Taylor, Andrew, William, Alexander, Benjamin and Henry.  Everyone was smiling and proud and happy, and this just set the tone for what I had to do… this Bucket List item that I had written on my list of New Year’s Resolutions back in January.  Six months and a couple of weeks later, 8 weeks of an on-line training guide, so much encouragement and inspiration from my family and friends and angels and you-all out there made me ready, willing and able to accomplish my goal. As I tiptoed into the rocky shoreline, my family was there cheering.  As I tiptoed out of the rocky shoreline, my family was there cheering.  As I transitioned into my bike ride, my family was there cheering.  As I rode the 9.2 mile bike ride, people all along the way were sitting on their porches or driveways and cheering loudly and enthusiastically for us.  As I began my run, my family and hundreds of others were there cheering on us runners.  The race organizers were friendly and competent and professional… making the day simply delicious.  What a day for a first!

And I did it.  I did it.  My goal was to complete the 1/3 mile swim, 9.2 mile bike ride (I didn’t anticipate how hilly the bike ride would be… but it was gloriously beautiful!), and the 3.1 mile oceanfront run in 2 1/2 – 3 hours.  And I didn’t even care if I came in last.

I did it in 1 hour, 28 minutes and placed 541 of 600 some-odd racers.

Coming across the finish line was one of the proudest moments of my “old gal” life… and I think I may even do it again.

I took one for the team… was last modified: February 9th, 2010 by Sharon Couto
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  1. Once again, my dear friend, you have me sitting at my desk in tears. You look radiant in every single one of these pictures. Your ear to ear smile is a wonderful sight to behold

    I couldn’t wait (a phrase I seldom use—don’t want to wish my life away—but I really couln’t wait) to see this post.

    I am so so so proud of you!

    C onnie

  2. As tears of happiness stream down my cheek, I am once again in awe of you. I am so proud of you. What an amazing accomplishment!! Thanks for taking the hit for “our” team.

  3. Sharon-CONGRATS!!!!!!!!
    You are one outstanding lady!!!!!
    I love the pictures-you should be very proud of your accomplishment!
    Love, Bern

  4. You are an amazing grandma – but more than that just an amazing WOMAN. CONGRATULATIONS on such a fantastic achievement!! (And of course, you did it all looking beautiful!)

  5. Thank you for, once again, showing by example how to set goals, reach for the sky and live life to the fullest. I don’t know how I got lucky enough to be your daughter, but I am… and I love you so, so much and am so proud of you!!

  6. YaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAY!

    I was so excited hearing about it on FB and twitter as you were doing the race. Your daughters keep us well informed. 🙂


  7. I’m back to say that I just looked at the pictures again and you look totally amazing in that wet suit. No one would ever guess your true age. You are awesome!!

  8. AMAZING! SIMPLY AMAZING! I feel so honored to know you! You are the most incredible Young Grandma I’ve ever met. You look just like your daughter in the wet suit. What an inspiration you are to your family.

  9. Congratulations, Sharon!! What an impressive achievement. Your accomplishment is made even more special by the fact that you resolved to do it and then you did it (in much less time than you’d hoped!).

I took one for the team… was last modified: February 9th, 2010 by Sharon Couto