I spent the weekend in St. Petersburg, FL, where my husband competed in the “Hurricane Man,” a 2.4 mile swim competition in the Gulf of Mexico. They really need to rename it “Hurricane Man and Woman.”
FOFs Sharon Steinmann and Myrna Haag, both from the St. Pete area, finished the race neck-and-neck in a spectacular 57 minutes. Debbie Kelsey, from Bethesda, MD, finished in one hour, 19 minutes.
Sharon will be 52 tomorrow and Myrna is 51. Sharon, a clothing designer who works with fabrics from Bali, has been swimming since she was 9. She swam with the University of Florida Gators and this is the sixth time she’s competed in “Hurricane Man.” Her husband of four years, Kurt, told me: “You’d have to be under 30 to beat these girls.”
Myrna is a lifestyle fitness coach who has spent 21 years working with women in homeless shelters to get them in shape, emotionally and physically. She also became a nationally ranked triathlete in her late forties. This was Myrna’s first “Hurricane Man” race. “Sharon talked me into it,” she said.
Myrna was so passionate to pass on the knowledge she’s gathered over decades about balanced eating, she has self-published a book call “Never Diet Again.” It is a fascinating examination of how carbs, proteins and fats interact with each other in our body. Once we understand the way it all works, we can choose the best combos of foods to eat.
“I see all this obesity and it makes me sad,” Myrna said. “You can’t rewire your brain until your body is on board.”