This is my mom. A retired tiger mom turned kitty cat. She's looking at me as I snap her photo at the hospital in Benton Harbour, Michigan ten years ago. I dislocated and fractured my hand during the bike leg (bike crash) of my first half ironman then ran/limped my way to the finish line before heading to the hospital. Her eyebrows suggests she disapproves, her smile suggests she's proud.
I have challenged her fiercely every single step of the way. Many Ironmans and a few surgeries later, the journey continues through my eyebrows and smiles for my kids. Thanks Ma for the support and for teaching me resilience and hustle. You'll always be a tiger (albeit slower) in my eyes. #mommak 🐯