I had assembled all of the stuff I thought these 10/11 year olds might be interested in:
- A handful of race numbers
- A handful of race medals
- A Team Canada triathlon jersey
- Some gels
- Innovative Fitness temporary tattoos
These kids have been working on "Medicine Wheels" - learning about, and understanding the 4 elements of the wheel - Mind, Body, Spirit and Emotion. I was impressed by the subject matter, and their grasp of it.
Mrs. Finden (their teacher and my friend) had the kids well prepared with dozens of questions - good ones too... I was very impressed by the class's interest, intelligent questions, and spirit. They loved telling me what their goals were and what they did to try to achieve them - there was some real drive in the room!
Ding Hao: "Where did they put your leg after they cut it off?"
MJ: "You mean? Yeah... Ummm.... well...... hmmm...... the garbage?... I guess.?..?"
Ha ha ha.... in 13 years I haven't been asked that one. I thought about saying "the hospital incinerator" but, since I wasn't too familiar with the 5th grade mind at that stage, I didn't want to give the kids (or myself) nightmares...
Speaking of the 5th grade mind, they chastised me for inappropriate visuals in my Haney 2 Harrison Race Report - seems they were quite "shocked" by the prosthetic bum in one of the pictures. Just kidding.... I think I found the target demographic for fake butts....
After a question and answer session and more useful chats about goals, and overcoming adversity and never quitting etc. we headed out to the field for a "race".
After putting the kids through a one-lap warm-up and a little stretch we toed-the-line and had a sprint race. They pushed me hard but I was victorious (phewww!) - I guess they'll have to have me back next year to see if they are fast enough to beat me!
It was a great afternoon. Thanks for inviting me Mrs. Finden and thanks to all of the kids!
Some pics (click to enlarge):
Stretching - we don't need any blown hammies in this race...