This was pretty cool: When I took Ben to Fort Wayne Orthopedics on Friday to have his IT band checked out, there was a huge poster in the lobby promoting local triathlete Diana Schowe.
I’ve written before how Schowe, 49, once was an overweight mom before taking up running and then triathlons. I knew she was good – she finished 2nd overall at the Nobleman Sprint Triathlon, just 4 minutes behind the top male finisher – but she’s also insanely tough, doing that race a mere 2 weeks after having KNEE SURGERY. (Naturally I had to tease Ben about how he had his clock cleaned at that race by a woman his mom’s age.)
Turns out this summer’s knee surgery was hardly Schowe’s first. According to FWO’s website, she had a partial knee replacement in 2009 and a thumb joint replaced last year. But that clearly hasn’t stopped the leader of Fort Wayne’s Team Tritanium, a USAT All-American the last four years in a row.
Once upon a time, though, Diana brought up the back of the pack. On the FWO website seedianawin.com, she notes she once finished dead last in a 5K.
Moral of the story: There’s hope for all of us, no matter how slow we are right now.