Rae Timme recently did more than complete her quest to finish a triathlon at age 57. The Pueblo West resident took fifth place in her age division at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in Malibu, Calif.
Timme, who is warden at the Colorado Territorial Correctional prison in Canon City, was competing as a member of the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge team headed by CNN’s nationally known medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Gupta annually selects six people from across the U.S. to train for the Nautica competition.
Timme sought a spot on the 2013 team in hopes of becoming healthy enough to enjoy her life in retirement. She will step down as warden at the end of this year.
Timme, who trained nine months under Gupta’s guidance, finished the Nautica triathlon in 2 hours 40 minutes for the half-mile run, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run.
During her months training, Timme donned a silver band with the words “keep moving forward” inscribed.
“I know for the rest of my life, I will continue to keep moving forward one step at a time,” she said. “It reminded me that I didn’t need to conquer everything at once,” Timme said of the band.
“I needed to take one small step in the right direction in order to keep moving toward my goal.”