Women get older, dammit, and sometimes it sucks, especially for women who pride themselves on athleticism and an adventurous spirit. Hot flashes. Weight gain. Sleepless nights. Yes, it can be hard, but middle age doesn't have to be a flashing red stop light. It's perfectly acceptable for women of a certain age, a certain level of hormonal imbalance, and a certain amount of cellulite to don spandex and even enter the rarefied sport of endurance triathlon. In fact, there's a huge advantage to aging: much of the potential competition drops out in favor of the couch and a remote control. And the endurance high? The elation of dietary purity and discovering you can have arms like Madonna? The Zen of goal attainment? Better than a good Shiraz buzz. Once you get past the ugly mood swings, chafing on your girly parts, and "kill your own mother" craving for sleep and a hot Cinnabon, that is.
The author has been there and done that, with lessons learned and sense of humor (usually) intact. She completed her first triathlon at 39 and her first Half Ironman at 40. She has her eye on an M-dot tattoo in 2014.
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Funny stories. It was so heartwarming to read about the joys and struggles of amiddle aged woman who wants more than anything to compete in endurance sports with her new husband. Very compelling reading.
"Laugh out loud". This book made me laugh out loud! Not that raging hormones are funny, but to see how someone else deals with it and the way in which it affects things was really interesting.