Dara Torres is an inspiration to me, especially as a new swimmer.
When I received an email from the got milk? campaign that she is the latest celebrity sporting the milk mustache, I had to write a post about it!
Dara is also launching a new fitness initiative for women to show milk's benefits to women's health and fitness. I know several athletes and triathlon competitors who swear by chocolate milk after their workouts. Go check out her Muscle and Bone workout on the whymilk.com website.
Dara, obviously, has an entire team of people helping her to stay fit and trim... and to have that body!! But at age 42, she is also the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympic games: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008, winning twelve medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze). In the 2008 Olympics, she was twice the age of her competitors! She's also considering a bid to the 2012 Olympics to compete at age 45! Wow!
Dara's also the mother of a three year old daughter, Tessa. Apparently, her Olympic comeback began when she swam during her pregnancy to stay in shape. I love that motherhood is such an important part of her life and that she, like the rest of us, has to find balance between motherhood and her career.
She is on the cover of the latest More magazine which has an interview and an excerpt from her new memoir, Age Is Just a Number. I will definitely be reading that on my trip to Europe!
I may not ever have that body but when I'm struggling in the water, on the road or on my bike, it does help me to know that age is just a number. I remember my mantra:
I am healthy, fit and strong.
And then I feel a little more like Wonder Woman myself!