The only problem was she felt like she was running laps around guys her age.
"The important parts—the parts of us that are most compatible—are without age!
" The couple is passionate about endurance sports and takes every opportunity to train together for their next race.
" The age gap has had another unexpected benefit: Jan points out it has spared them for going through menopause at the same time.
(Way to find the silver lining of hormonal havoc, ladies!
He calls me 'cougar,' 'cradle robber,' 'old lady,' and stuff like that. His playful nature and energy make her laugh, but she says he does know how to be a grown-up (when he has to be).
"Sometimes he acts younger than me, but he has a good head on his shoulders, takes things seriously when necessary, but doesn't get uptight over things.
Their racing team even earned them a Couple of the Year award. "We both tend to prize intangibles like ideas, experiences and relationships over the pursuit of materialistic things like fancy cars or big houses," she says, adding they're both "total do-gooders." She explains, "Brian once said that one of his main goals in life is to be useful and that's something I feel strongly about too.""I love the fact that he's older and has a different perspective on things than I do," says Tammy Macias, of her husband, who's 19 years her senior.
She adds that all his life experience comes in handy for her as well.
"Because of where I am in my life and career—what some men would consider 'ahead'—we connected better than I did with men my age I had previously dated."When Cathy Shipp met her would-be husband Kevin, it was love at first sight, despite the fact that she is significantly older.
"We have a lot of fun with the older woman stereotype! "He's just plain great."Heather Gannoe may be 12 years younger than her husband Jeff, but she often feels like the responsible adult in the relationship.
Something I think that kind of wisdom really does come with age!