One of the very enthusiastic, very dedicated members of my tri club is in the process of finishing her first ever Ironman today. Linda has boundless energy....she is an enthusiastic Mom, cook, party planner, supporter of other triathletes, athlete...the list goes on and on.
Sonja is one of my Trakkers teammates. She is a bona fide triathlon rock star....ran a 100 mile race in the desert, had a podium finish at the Quassy HalfRev race in June, an awesome finish at Ironman Coeur d'Alene, and is now bound for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. To quote her blog, Sonja is a "Denver Mom and Wife. Triathlete. Snowshoe Racer. Climber. Positive Hard-Working Chick."
So why am I blogging about them tonight? When I followed Sonja during her Ironman race, and Linda tonight, the Ironman website lists a profession. Examples include "Computer analyst. Attorney. Business Executive. Miscellaneous." Linda and Sonja are both listed as "Homemaker". I don't know why, but I think that word does them a total injustice.
I have all the respect in the world for my friends who are stay-at-home Moms. I seriously think it is the hardest job out there. Being a Mom in general is hard, but being an IronMom is that much harder. These women essentially work a part-time job training for their Ironman race. More than that, they are amazing Moms! I just watched Linda cross the line at Lake Placid (online coverage, of course).
I think their Ironman profiles should say "Super Mom"!!! That might do them justice!