Be inspired! Charlotte’s Iron Girl story

Be inspired! Charlotte’s Iron Girl story

Charlotte WallaceLast year, I was inspired by Sherry Perkins, our COO/CNO, who completed the Iron Girl triathlon and blogged about it. I decided I too could be an Iron Girl—if only I knew how to really swim (instead of just treading water with a little kick).

Inspired to show my two girls, ages 8 and 10, that girls are strong, too, and that you can set a goal and achieve it, I signed up for the 2012 Iron Girl (and swim lessons).

On August 19, I joined my fellow AAMC teammates and participated in my first Iron Girl! So yes, now I can say I am an Iron Girl, but I think I should tell you the truth:

As I entered the water, my goggles filled up… with tears.  As I’m sure you already guessed, panic attacks are not so good at the start of a 2+ hour triathlon while in open water. It took hearing my kid’s voices echoing back my words of encouragement to help settle me down. I couldn’t give up 10 minutes into the race! No way! What kind of example would that be?!

My overall time was not very fast, but I met my goal—I finished!  -Charlotte Wallace, RN

Thanks, Charlotte, for sending in this personal and inspiring story. There is no doubt you are an amazing role model to your children and to all of us.

Who’s going to be at Iron Girl next year?!


  1. Posted by Meredith, at Reply

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration! I signed up for my first triathlon in October and I’m scared to death of the swim. Your story of tears and panic attacks tell me I’m not the only one, and maybe I too will be able to make it! Thanks for your honesty in struggles and triumphs!

  2. Posted by Charlotte Wallace, at Reply

    Thanks everyone for your kind words. Yes, it is a great feeling. I will definitely do it again!

    (Evelyn, my girls were impressed….. for about a day, but I’ll take it!)

  3. Posted by Susan, at Reply

    Congratulations Charlotte! It’s a great feeling, yes?

  4. Posted by Lynn Dorsey, at Reply

    Congratulations to You!

  5. Posted by Evelyn Rochlin, at Reply

    Way to go Charlotte! I’m sure your daughters are very impressed. Evelyn

  6. Posted by Deb Keane, at Reply

    What an inspirational story !
    You are definitely an Iron Girl!

  7. Posted by Jessie Benson, at Reply

    charlotte is a great co-worker. she has ask me to do iron gril next year and i thank i will.

  8. Posted by Jane McMurray, at Reply

    Dear Charlotte,
    What a great story. Jane McMurray

  9. Posted by Chad, at Reply

    Charlotte is always a n inspiration!

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