There's me, finishing the triathlon last Sunday. And that is the first race photo I have purchased since 2004. I love the photo for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I was finishing a triathlon with energy left. What a fabulous feeling! The second reason I probably shouldn't share, but I will. I think I look good. There! I said it!
I had a bit of a revelation during the race. I got to stand around with women of my own age as we prepared for the race, as we participated in it, and as we finished up and headed for home. Somehow I have this idea that if I were thin enough or in better shape, I would look like a 20 year old model. Here were these women, within a few years of my age, in swimming suits, wet suits, running clothes and bike clothes. This stuff doesn't hide anything. No one looks like a 20 year old model. But they are beautiful athletic women! And none of them look 20 years old. By the time we are post 55 years old, we all have something going on. Bellies, arm flab, dimpled legs and bottoms.
BUT WE ARE BEAUTIFUL! I am so glad to say this. It probably sounds wacky to those of you still in your 20s or 30s. But it is a revelation to me. A happy revelation.
There is other stuff going on, but I am just so dang happy to say, I am a fit, happy, and dare I say beautiful? woman! Happy, I tell you!