I decided to sign the kids up for the North Park Triathlon again this year. I'll be honest, neither one of them are really enthusiastic about doing it, but I MADE Nicholas do it until he was 10 so that has been the "rule." The truth is they're just a little bit scared and me pushes them ultimately helps their confidence and the always have fun.
They were both really nervous, it's always the swim that makes them nervous, but I'm not sure why because they're both MORE THAN capable. Admittedly, they are not swimmers, but they can swim 50 yards just fine.
This year I had a little more ammunition for getting them excited about the event... FRIENDS!!!
|Ella and Taylor|
|Jack and Braden|
Jack's wave went first and I could tell he was nervous, but he jumped right in and did the swim with ease. He looked a little wobbly when he got out of the water, but he was running into T1 looking happy. Swim + T1 4:40
He was so happy with himself when he finished. This is why I make them do it! Look at that smile.
Jack finished in 19:39. So proud of my little buddy!
I didn't get to see Ella off on the swim because I was out taking pictures and cheering Jack on the course. George said she did well. I was impressed with a 3:22 Swim + T1 time.
When she came out of transition, she had the biggest look of determination on her face. She was focused and moving.
It must have worked because when she came around that corner from the run she was hauling @$$ and more determined than ever. Run 4:53
I know I'm a mean mom, but I'm glad I force my kids to step outside their comfort zone a little, because it pays off in the end. Both of them were proud of themselves and I really do believe it gives them confidence. Ella finished in 17:14, which was more than 4 minutes faster than last year. So proud!
The kids had such a great time racing with their friends. Success!!!