Today I followed along on twitter as 91-year old Harriette Thompson competed in the Rock ‘n’ Roll – San Diego marathon. She crossed the finish line in just over 7 hours, setting a new single age group record. Here’s the article that came out after she finished. While initially I marveled at her current accomplishment, I was most inspired by a different fact about Harriette. She ran her first marathon when she was 76. And she’s completed one every year since.
George Eliot said, “It’s never to late to be who you might have been.”
How true. How hopeful.
Twice now in the past few weeks I’ve seen men taking guitar lessons — once at the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning (photo with the pink flowers), and the other in an outdoor cafe in Boulder. How brave is this? It takes guts to sweep aside doubts and thoughts of “it’s too late for me” or “I’m too old for this.” Can you imagine what it took for Harriette to decide that running 26.2 miles at the age of 76 was a possibility?
All of this was in the back of my mind as I started my first mini triathlon training plan today. Admittedly, I was totally overwhelmed when I signed up. With the exception of the running, this is all brand new and waaaaay beyond my comfort zone. But thanks in part to the examples given above, I’m viewing this as an adventure. And now I’m really excited! Instead of being discouraged by my awkward bike ride today, I felt happy and proud. Sure, I struggled clipping in and out of the pedals — but I didn’t fall (all the way)! I wobbled every time I had to start moving forward — but it got a little easier. I’m pretty sure it was obvious to the hard core riders on the trail that I was a newbie — eh, too bad. I was giddy because I was learning something new without fear, doubts, or pressure. Yay!!