My almost 15 year old wants to do a triathlon. I believe he thinks it's going to be a breeze since he runs XC/Indoor & Outdoor Track. I found him a nice small tri & told him I'd do it with so as to assure myself that he would not drown during the swim portion. 800M swim/12 mile bike/ 5K run....a little lighter on the bike side than the one I've done in the past & (most importantly for the paranoid mother in me...a smaller race with the swim portion in a nice calm man-made lake). Unfortunately, this tri is July 2nd, which gives me a 4 week ramp up to it. Not good, I know. But I'm hoping that since I'm in half-marathon shape & that I've been cross-training on the bike for the past month that I'll be ok...we'll be ok. Well, Thing 1 is a teenager so feels invincible....I know I'm not. This morning, of course because it's my saturday off & I can sleep in....my body is up at 6:45. I had a couple cups of coffee then decided to rattle Thing 1 out of bed. He was thrilled to see my happy shiney face announce that we were going for a bike & a swim. Bwahahahahahahaha ;D
Good sport that he is, he actually got up and followed basic commands....get out swimsuit, put in bag. (you have to talk in short basic sentences to the groggy teenager & don't make any sudden moves ;)). I took him on an easy 14 miler, with a couple stops to drop bags at the pool & a couple lessons on using your gears to work with you. I was impressed. He stuck with me the whole way. So on the way home we stop at the gym. I have him park his bike and tell him to run a lap around the building on his jello legs (I forgot how crappy that feels...yuk!). He thought jello legs were funny. "You know, I you were to just run faster the jello legs would go away quicker"......yeah. Thanks for the advice son. Now I get my revenge....we hit the pool...500 easy yard. I lapped him x 5. I figured I'd just let him go as we were the only 2 in the pool with 2 gaurds on duty. We're going to have to do some stroke work. He did it, but it wasn't pretty.
I think he'll be ok & I'm glad we'll be able to do it together.
As for the marathon training....Thing 1 looks at my training plan on the fridge when we got home & says "Are you really going to do a 12 mile run the day before the triathlon?".....OMG! I'm not quite sure how I will do this. I can move it up a couple days I think & hope for the best.
Anyone else combined marathon/triathlon training?