Another woman who can outrun the guys

I was thrilled to see that my cycling time had improved by 15 minutes over last year -and then I looked one space up and realized that the woman who placed first in my age group, Diana Schowe, was not only 15 minutes faster than me, but was the third fastest cyclist overall.

I was thrilled to see that my cycling time had improved by 15 minutes over last year — and then I looked one space up and realized that the woman who placed first in my age group, Diana Schowe, was not only 15 minutes faster than me but was the third fastest cyclist overall in last weekend’s Fox Island Triathlon..

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).

An odd footnote: Weirdly, I somehow beat Schowe in both T1 and T2 — 1:07 to 1:17 and :36 to :47 — which probably has more to do with my having less gear to change into and out of than anything else. At any rate, I guess I’m doing OK on transition times …  it’s the actual racing where I need to improve. 🙂
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5 Responses to Another woman who can outrun the guys

  1. bgddyjim says:

    “How unfortunate that title, and the fact that many women actually think like that in the first place. Terribly sad.

  2. tischcaylor says:

    I doubt any women seriously think about outrunning guys as a goal. We accept the fact that guys are physically stronger and built differently, just like we accept that age groups are a good thing. But when somebody really blows out of their pigeonhole, whether that’s a gender thing or an age thing or whatever, it seems cool.

  3. tischcaylor says:

    Which is not taking anything away from male or younger athletes, by the way. A sweet performance is a sweet performance, all the way around.

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