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Inspiration in small packages!

Inspiration in small packages!

This post is about my sister Teresa and her young daughter Siobhan

I come from a medium size family.   Mom, Dad, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.    We are all very different from each other, but all very close and supportive of what ever we decide to do.  

We all have our "thing", but when Teresa told me that she was going to tackle a triathlon with her daughter, I was nothing but amazed.    Like really?   Who would even think to do such a thing.

I watched or really heard of her training all summer, on her own, without a trainer.   No one pushing her but herself!   Can you imagine how hard it is to do 44 laps in an outdoor, unheated pool each morning, regardless of weather (in New England) before work!  Bike rides up and down on a beast of a bike no less.   And then there is the dreaded running.   (I should mention, Palmieri's don't run.)    

They worked hard.   I was in awe.    I do complain that I don't have enough time to do what I want, but really, when I look at the determination here, I have to be embarrassed for myself for even thinking that.    

This past Sunday the event took place.    Hopkinton State Park.   8 am.    I will say it did warm up, but I had a sweatshirt on for the beginning of the event.   The thought of getting into the frigid water, never mind a long swim was daunting at best.

Sister Nancy and I found a cheering spot for the swim part of the race.  In true Palmieri form, you could hear us cheering for the swimmers as they exited the water and ran up the path, tearing off their hats etc to get a jump on the cycling part of the race.    We know that Teresa and Siobhan are in pink hats in the water.    We start cheering for them.. yelling their names as the pink swim caps are passing in front of us out in the water.    Swimmers Hopkinton State Park Triathlon

What happens next is we hear them yelling back to us!     Can this be true??   Swimming and cheering from the water??     I guess all those frigid laps in the morning has paid off!   

We can't wait to see them on the path to the bikes.    Here they come, looking like a day at the beach!   

On to the cycles they went.     Up and over the hill and back to the starting point.     As they passed by me, I wanted to cry.

They moved on to the grueling finish. 

Finish Line Hopkinton State Park Triathlon

And finish they did.  Side by side, Mother and Daughter. 


An inspiration to me, these two small packages of women hood.   


Through my sister and niece, I am reminded of what it takes to accomplish a seemingly impossible goal.   

 

Determination.   Practice.   Teamwork.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty

www.AlandCal.com

 

Cal@AlandCal.com

 

508-494-9061

 

Comment balloon 40 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • September 14 2011 07:47PM

Comments

What an accomplishment!  And you're so right, makes my whining about not enough hours in the day seem pretty silly!

 

Posted by Cinnamon Wright, Assistant to Tish Lloyd (Wilmington Real Estate 4U 910.547.1446) about 7 years ago

I absolutely love your story.  Thank you so much for posting such an inspirational piece.

Posted by Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR (Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087) about 7 years ago

Hi Cinnamon.      I am still amazed.  It brought tears to my eyes.   We can all do it.   Just have to want it.     A great lesson for real estate these days!     Thanks for reading and commenting!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Linda.    Thank you.   Believe me when I tell you I was inspired.   Because it was my family yes.... but you should have seen all the women there.    A true lesson in mind over matter!     :)

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann.....those are the Palmieri genes.....mother-daughter team with those genes can't be beat.....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

Hi Barbara!   Two tiny little engines that could!  Thank you!    :)   

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Wow Carol Ann kudos to your sis & niece...my sister inlaw & niece did a half marathon recently & i was impressed!  Howw cool to meet you yesterday and it was a really feel good connection with our small group...we need to do it again!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Ginny.   That is impressive.     It was great meeting you yesterday too.    What a nice group of people and it feels as if everyone has known each other for years.     I feel fortunate to be a part and look forward to meeting again!

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hey Cal-that was a GREAT story! Your family sounds as crazy as mine! Think its an Italian thing? LOL Keep it movin!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 7 years ago

Wow, I didn't even know that they were doing this. Theresa never mentioned a thing. Great accomplishment. I have been missing everything this year.

Posted by Vinny Palmieri about 7 years ago

Hi Marco!    Always crazy and always something fun!     Maybe the Italian thing!    Thanks for jumping in!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Vinny!      She didn't even think we should come.   Imagine that!   Thanks for checking this out.   I miss you!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Terrific story Cal, This should be on the featured list for sure.  Congratulations to the two little engines that did.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann,

That is a truly great story with an excellent message. I have to click on the suggest tab for this one. Thanks for sharing the whole adventure and congrats to your sister and daughter for achieving their goal.

Thank you very much  for the nice comment you wrote on my video blog.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 7 years ago

Congratulations on the featured post, Carol Ann.  I enjoyed every word of it.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

Knowing both Teresa and Siobhan, their strength and determination do not surprise me, but it is certainly one that should be recognized and admired.  Congratulations to them both for their teamwork in finishing the triathalon and for their teamwork as Mother and Daughter!  Thank you for sharing their story with all of us! 

Posted by Maeve Frazier about 7 years ago

Cal - delighted to see this featured and I loved the inpirational story. Beautiful.  Love the mother-daugther teams too!

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 7 years ago

Cinnamon mentioned this to me yesterday and I got too busy to get by and read it.  I'm glad it was featured -- what an inspiration to anyone who thinks they can't do it.  Whatever "it" may be!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 7 years ago

Wow, that's awesome. I love finding encouragement for perservering in any industry through great life stories like this!

Posted by Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland (Leader One Financial) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann....what a story!  Thanks for sharing & I'm glad it got featured too as I missed it yesterdayas well.  I also have a daughter Siobhan - love finding out others that do too!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) about 7 years ago

Hi Al.   Thank you very much.   I'll let them know you said so!

 

Hi Bob.   Thank you so much.    I am looking forward to your next video.

 

Hi Barbara.   That really means a lot!    Thank you!

 

Hi Maeve.    They are pretty terrific aren't they!   Thanks for reading.

 

Hi Debb.   Thank you for taking the time and effort to comment.  I know you are having a hard time at the keyboard these days.    Hope you are feeling better.  You know what they say!   Gals Rock!  

 

Hi Tish.    That was nice of Cinnamon to send you by.   Please thank her.   I appreciate you reading and commenting.   Thank you.

 

Hi Darren.    It is nice when you can really relate to it.    Thanks.

 

Hi Christine.    Not many Siobhan's out there.   I love the name.   It is unique and beautiful.   Thank you for checking it out!

 

Thank you all for reading my story and taking the time to comment.   It is really appreciated!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

What an inspirational story!  Thanks for blogging, and congratulations on the well-deserved feature!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 7 years ago

Wow, a truly inspirational post.  Thanks so much for sharing, makes me want to get up and do something extraordinary!

Posted by Kris Kombrink (RE/MAX Great American North) about 7 years ago

CA, what a great story, all the more special as we know a family member, even though not one of the participants. I was once almost as enthusiastic about that type of exercise, but now when the thought starts, I sit down until it passes. It was nice meeting you at the MA Meetup, and hopefully we'll chat more down the road.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 7 years ago

Ooo I got chills reading it.  That's amazing!  and a great life lesson for the girl!

Posted by Team Lesti, Napa Valley Real Estate Experts (Windermere Napa Valley Properties) about 7 years ago

Love this story.  The human spirit is indeed strong and vibrant.  Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) about 7 years ago

Hi Mike.  Thanks for reading.  I am still inspired!  

 

Hi Kris.    I know right?    Makes me want to do something!!!

 

Hi Ed.   You are killing me here.    It was so nice to meet you and I am quite sure you have a story to tell!

 

Hi Team Lesti.    Thank you for reading.   I wish you could have been there.   All those women were amazing!

 

Hi Paula.   Thank you for reading.   We never know what we have in us until we try!   

 

Thank you all for checking this out and taking the time to comment.    It is very much appreciated!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Al and Cal - What an amazing accomplishment for both of them and an inspiration as well.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 7 years ago

Wow. That is awesome! Kudos to your sister for training to do this.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing this heart warming story!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 7 years ago

That is amazing and something to witness..and you got another feature, congratulations!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) about 7 years ago

I love this story and it is so inspirational as well.                       

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Cal.....Congrats on the feature! I can't imagine competing in one of these....I admire anyone who even tries.....Great post!
Hope you have a great weekend!---Rob

Go Vols!

Game of The Week.....Tennessee vs Florida

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 7 years ago

Carol, that is awesome!  I have tremendous respect for anyone who does a tri.  That's a lot of dedication.  You next year??  8-)

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 7 years ago

Hi Christine.    They did good! 

 

Hi Erica.   Yea, she has my admiration for sure.

 

Hi Sharon.   Thanks for checking it out!

 

Hi Christine.    It was wonderful and another feature is great too!

 

Hi Sandy.   I thank you for reading it.

 

Hi Rob.  I am with you on that.   Go Vols!

 

Hi Mike.    I don't think I would make it past the swim!  

 

Thanks all for reading my story and taking the time to comment.   I appreciate it!

 

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann,

Congrats on the Featured article. I knew it was excellent immediately while reading. Great story with a message.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 7 years ago

Great story today, thanks for sharing with us.  

 

I enjoyed the read.

Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME REALTOR

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann, I really enjoyed reading about your family in such a great accomplishment, it was very inspiring. Hope business is booming in Franklin, have a great day – Jon

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) about 7 years ago

Hi Bob.   Thanks hitting the "S".   Appreciate it!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Patricia.    Thank you for reading.   

 

Hi Jon.   It's a great day here in Franklin MA and things are going well.   I hope the same for you in beautiful S. CA!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

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