- Posted December 3, 2012 by
Pueblo West, Colorado
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge
Triathlon Challenge Essay
Hi Dr. Gupta!
My name is Rae Timme, and I am thrilled just to have the opportunity to be considered for the 2013 CNN Fit Nation Triathlon team. I have watched you introduce the previous teams at the beginning of the past 3 years, and have been so inspired by the stories of each of the participants, and by the concept of putting together a team of everyday, normal folks who are motivated by their own personal set of circumstances to accomplish something they never thought was possible.
I am an overweight, 57 year-old mother of three amazing kids, (my daughters are 36 and 30 and my son is 33) and grandmother of 6, with my 7th grandchild due in April, just a couple of weeks after my son returns home from his second recent deployment as a Navy jet pilot.
The reason that I believe the time is right for me to be a part of the 2013 team is that I am planning on retiring on October 1 after 25 years working for the Colorado Department of Corrections, where I have been the warden of a medium custody men's prison for the past 3 1/2 years. Even with a BMI that puts me in the obese range, I am relatively healthy, and am painfully aware that the odds of staying that way decline each year that I maintain my current lifestyle. One of the biggest advantages to being older is that I am also wiser-I am no longer focused on an unrealistic number on the bathroom scale, or being able to wear a certain size by a target date. I can honestly say that my motivation is on taking control of everything I can when it comes to my health. I consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world when it comes to the family, friends and career that I have been blessed with, and I want to do everything that I can to ensure that the best time of my life is yet to come. I know that staying as physically and mentally fit as I can is the foundation for that, and I believe that participating in this challenge would be an absolutely awesome opportunity as I prepare for retirement and then make the transition in the fall.
Both of my parents passed away in 2010. I am the oldest of their four kids, and the only one that survived them. With the exception of my youngest brother, who died from leukemia as a small child, my family members all had serious health problems that were preventable. Watching my other brother, sister, and both of my parents decline has not only made me painfully aware of my own mortality, how fragile life is, and that I have a personal responsibility to take care of myself.
If there were a prize for the person named "least likely to compete in a triathlon", I would win it hands down! That said, I am one of the most determined people that you will ever meet, and cannot express what an awesome opportunity it would be to be a part of next year's team. I get excited just reading the blogs of past participants. As I stated at the beginning, in addition to their personal success, they have succeeded in making me believe that if they can do it, so can I! I would love the opportunity to be able to do the same and inspire someone else.
I read a quote on pinterest the other day that says, "You get what you work for, not what you wish for." I am ready to go to work as a member of the 2013 team, and appreciate your consideration. Thank you so very much,