Thursday, April 26, 2012

Caroline's Courage

Some of the greatest people in the world make their greatness look so easy. It matters not what area in life at which they excel, it comes so naturally to them. I have been privileged to know so many individuals for whom this is true. Of course, it is not always easy, but from the outside, it appears to be just that simple. One person who fits that description is the fabulous, Caroline Gaynor. I have been lucky to call her a friend for just under four years now. It seems as though she never stops amazing me. In sports, there are "Wow" moments which athletes display which shows the kind of talent which they possess. With every next cycling event or triathlon in which Caroline races, she provides wow moments. Besides performing at the top of her game each time out, she has one of the biggest hearts in the world. She frequently gives back to the world by racing and raising funds for countless organizations. She often volunteers for many non profits, organizations, and universities. Caroline is a true rock star!

It has often been said that one can learn best about an individual at the most difficult moments in life. It is during those moments of adversity in which people show their character. Those moments define those individuals. Caroline Gaynor is a champion in every sense of the word. She has volunteered to guide various blind and visually impaired athletes for road races and triathlons. She has been the eyes for those who can not see and she has helped them see the finish line. She has guided blind athletes to national championships and to record setting performances in the Ironman Triathlon distance. At IM Arizona, Caroline once again volunteered to guide a blind woman through the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Unfortunately for Caroline, on that day, her body hit a wall and screamed, "No more." Knowing that someone was relying on her, Caroline refused to back down. She instead showed the toughness and courage which makes her one of the most amazing inspiring people I am privileged to call a friend. Please log on to the following site and read Caroline's reflections about her experience in Arizona.

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