Sara Kirschenbaum
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I Can Turn Fifty Now...

Posted Saturday, Aug 01st, 2009 at 5:07pm

Today I completed a full Sprint Triathlon which was my goal to complete before turning fifty. It was a 1/2 mile swim, a 12 mile bike ride, and a 3.2 mile run. The swim was delicious and easy. I surprised myself by doing the whole thing with the crawl stroke. I've never done that much crawl before. The biking was pretty easy but I was disconcerted by how many women passed me (it was an all-women's event). Last year I did the shorter version swimming only 1/4 mile.

Everyone gets their age written in indelible ink on their right calf.

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Here is my stuff layed out for when I run out of the water and jump on my bike.

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Last year I was humbled when I was passed by a woman with "68" written on her calf and then again by Ms. "72." Well they passed me again this year at 69 and 73. Here is a picture with "73" after the finish line.

73

As I was saying the biking was very doable as long as I didn't get too insecure about being passed. But the running was humbling. I felt so stiff after the biking. But I made it. And never walked one step - only ran.

finish

I have been working up to this literally for 25 years. I'm so proud even if the tough gals around me humbled me.

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2 comments

  1. Leslie Rod Wrote on Thursday, Aug 06th, 2009 at 9:22pm

    You rock, Sara! Hey, when you're 73, you're gonna be one of those tough gals! You're already pretty darn resilient now! You go, gal!

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