Tomorrow is the North Shore Spring Triathlon. Just like last year, my participation will be overshadowed by a first-timer - this time it's my own son!
This is really an absolutely perfect race for a beginner, and I may try to bring one triathlon rookie every year!
- pool swim (750m)
- flat, simple bike (20km)
- fun run on part trails, part road, couple of small hills (5km)
- great community atmosphere
This year Mattias is doing the 6-7 year-old's relay with his buddy Carter. Mattias will swim and run, leaving the cycling to Carter. The distances are 50m swim, 1.5 km bike, 500m run.
Today Kevin and I held a transition practice: mounts, dismounts, running with the bikes, tagging, racking bikes, putting on helmets and ripping them off etc. If you've ever watched a kids tri - this is where the carnage takes place (and the race is won or lost.) More important than competitiveness is that our sons do not perpetuate the
myth reality that triathletes are known for disastrously poor bike handling. We want our kids to be part of the solution not the problem!
Kevin with his students...
Mattias dutifully dismounting PRIOR to the dismount line...
Unfortunately I have a bit more confidence in these guys than myself tomorrow. I am breaking the "nothing new on race day" rule in a major way:
- New bike (friday)
- New water bottle position (put it between the aerobars - a few hours ago)
Hopefully nothing disastrous will happen...