(Kick boards and life vests completely acceptable.)
* Then kids (and parents) run to the ‘transition area’ where athletes switch to their bikes.
(My seven year old grabbed his shirt, bypassed his socks and jumped
on his bike in record time. My five year-old slowly and meticulously
dried each inch of his skin, neatly placed each sock on his feet, and
then tested the wind direction and speed to determine if he should
wear his polar fleece jacket. (Ok... maybe I’m exaggerating;
but just a little. I love that kid, but he’s like molasses. Each
decision is pondered with such precision. Me: “You’re doing
great, honey! I think you look fabulous in that coat. Go ahead and
get on your bike now, sweetie. You are RACING!!!” Him: “Thanks
* From there it’s .25 mile around the local Middle School (on the sidewalk) and then back to the transition area to park the bike and head out on the run.
(My seven year old ran with his bike helmet on as he didn’t want
to take the time to remove it from his head. My five year old
removed his helmet; fully and carefully reconsidered the polar fleece
decision and then ‘paced himself’ on the running trail.
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Both my boys were all smiles!
I should mention here that earlier in the day there is a race for adults
as well. I volunteered during that portion of the event, but my running
was limited on Monday to (fittingly) chasing my own kids (camera at
My five year-old woke this morning and immediately asked when he can race again. Sorry to say this event is passed for the year, but never fear: There’s a similar event planned by AA Sports in July on July 31st at Blue Lake Park. Start. Click here to find all the details.