Scanning the official triathlon results over the weekend, I was stunned at the times posted by the woman who finished first in my division. Diana Schowe is 48, same as me, yet she finished in 1:11:27 — good enough for fourth place overall.
The only people who beat her were three guys — all of whom are at least 18 years younger.
A quick Google search revealed that Diana is the triathlon coach at Three Rivers Running Company, as well as the founder of Women of Steel, a relatively new triathlon team in Fort Wayne that nonetheless won the 2012 USA Triathlon Winter Championship for logging the most training miles in Division 5 (clubs with 39 or fewer members).
“Schowe was once overweight and turned her life around first by walking, then jogging and finally by competing in triathlons,” wrote News-Sentinel running columnist Brett Hess last March. “Now the rural DeKalb County resident is giving back.”
For the record, Schowe completed the 500-meter lake swim in 10:40 (9th overall), the 20K bike in 35:15 (3rd overall) and the 5K run in 23:28 (8th overall).