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    Posted December 3, 2012 by
    Chester, Vermont
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    60 year old grey haired vegan lady from Vermont...

    ....takes on the Malibu Triatalon and nails it!

    Hi, I am a 59 year old lady who will have just turned 60 when the Malibu Triatholn rolls around next September.
    My name is Betty McEnaney. I've been married 35 years. Our kids are grown and gone. My husband and I share the house with a dog and 2 cats. Allie, the the black lab, is my walking partner.

    I'm 5’2 and weigh between 126-130 lbs. I long to be 115 again, but I haven’t weighed that since my senior year of high school when I played Field Hockey. My all-time high was 158, and I wasn’t even pregnant.

    I live in Chester Vermont – 2 ½ miles back on a gravel road. Chester is a small town of about 3000 people. I live at an elevation of about 1500 ft. The good news is that there are plenty of hills, so that should help with training!

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed my life once already, and I figure maybe he’s going to do that again. I don't have a TV, but I saw Clinton interview on CNN.com ( last August?) Right after that, I bought Dr Caldwell Esselstyn’s book (September) and read it through. I've been a vegetarian for 10-12 years, and now Vegan 410 days since October last year. I have kept a food journal those 410 days. I've gone on to read Rip’s book and The China Study. I feel good, and my numbers are down. I just gave blood, and my blood pressure was 96 over 58. My cholesertal is down, too. This stuff works.

    I'm healthy, but I'm not fit. My work consumes me, and I have to find a way to get my brain as healthy as my body.

    For as long as I remember, I have dreamed of running a marathon. It is on my bucket list. I will do it, but I don't know where to begin.

    I haven’t run one yet, but I have walked one four times at the Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon walk raising money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I can walk it, but, I want to be a runner. I haven’t managed to stitch together more than a mile or so at a time

    I remember the feeling of training for and completing the first Jimmy Fund Walk…wow. It was awesome. I had blisters the size of Texas, but that didn’t matter!

    Doing something that you never have done before, that you didn’t know if you could do was awesome. It was one of the most memorable days of my life…

    I’m pretty goal oriented. I want to be more fit, but I don’t have something specific to make me tackle it like I had with the Jimmy Fund Walk.

    I need to prove that a 60 year old woman can do this. I I am not out to live to be 100 (although my grandfather was 103), but I am out to be healthy with all the years that I have. I know that eating right isn’t enough to stay healthy. I need to challenge my body, too. It’s not all about taking care of everyone else….I have to figure out how to make time for me.

    I’m an only child. My dad had polio when I was 2. Without even realizing it, I picked up the slack around the house, and I assisted others without a second thought, thinking that’s just how you do things. I lost both of my parents 6 years ago. Taking care of them those last few years and then losing them pretty much threw me for a loop, and it took about 3 or 4 years to come out of it, and I still struggle some days.

    Being the Helpful Harry kind of person carried over into my professional life. I am a real estate broker which is really just a problem solver who gives house tours. My professional life is doing things for other people. I love that. I'lI do whatever it takes for them, but I need to do something for me.

    I own my own office, and I am apt to work 7 days a week if I need to, and a 12 hour day is not uncommon. I am struggling with decisions on what to do with my office…keep going, merge with another firm, or start over with a new business model and a new crew of people.

    I’m a giver, and I am not very good at doing things for myself outside of eating right. I need to break this work cycle. I know that regular exercise would clear my head….I just don’t do it. I need to!!

    The intro page said I have to be new to triathalons. Well, I can ride a bike, I can swim, and I can run, but I have never done all three in the same day. Someone told me never to say never, so I will just say I haven’t done it yet!

    I want to be part of something. I want to be challenged by something physical. I want to have someone give me some tips and direction. I want to do it instead of dream it. I want to feel the camaraderie with the others who are getting ready…share this with them. When it’s over, I’d like to share the experience and the benefit of fitness with others.

    I can envision how free this is going to make me feel….doing this for me and me alone, and relishing the change that occurs in my body and my mind.

    Bring it on!!

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