A kid’s point of view: My 1st Real Triathlon!

Finished at last!

Finished at last!

Last Saturday I did my first real triathlon. It was really, REALLY tough! Iron Kid was easy compared to this!

Actually, the swimming was kind of fun. I liked the snake-style, going down and back and down and back. It was more interesting and it felt like you were going somewhere instead of just swimming laps. I didn’t think I could swim all 300 meters freestyle, but I did. I didn’t take any breaks, either. But some of the grownups did!

Mom already mentioned my new bike nickname, Shotgun. It was so weird when we found out my tube exploded, At first I was worried (and really mad at my brother for over-inflating my tire), but when the guy from Human Motor Works said he had the right size tube to fix it I was relieved.

I could not believe how hard the bike part of the race was. When I first got on my bike my legs were a little wobbly from the swim, but then it was basically OK — until we got to the hills.  After that, everything went downhill (only I had to climb uphill). Climbing those hills was SO HARD! My legs were burning! By the last hill, I wasn’t sure I could get up it without walking but I made it — just barely.

When I got off the bike, my legs hurt SO BAD! I felt like Alice in “The Brady Bunch” after she got off that mule ride at the Grand Canyon and was walking all bow-legged. I just had no idea how I was going to finish those 2 miles. At first all I could do was walk — I could not even imagine running. Mom kept saying my legs would feel better after a while but they never did.

Finally I started jogging some because I didn’t want to come in an hour behind the people ahead of us. To help distract me from my aches and pains Mom told me some stories about things that used to scare her as a kid. Would you believe she used to worry that Bigfoot would come out of the woods at night and crash through her upstairs window?

I kept walking and jogging and finally we got to the finish line. I felt like I was going to collapse. (Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But I was pretty tired.) The funny thing is, I got a medal and Mom didn’t, because she came in last and they ran out!


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4 Responses to A kid’s point of view: My 1st Real Triathlon!

  1. Well, Shotgun, looks like you are going to be able to tell this story for a long time—maybe when you’re helping someone in a triathlon in the future. Awesome job in pushing through, staying strong and believing in yourself!! Go ahead, flaunt that medal!!!!

  2. bgddyjim says:


    Now, you’re getting into the tough stuff. If you train bike-run (ride your bike for a few miles then run a mile) your legs will get used to it and it won’t hurt so bad.

    For the hills, there are plenty if strategies for climbing. When your muscles burn, shift to an easier gear (if you have one) or stand and pedal. Also, breathe out – get ALL of the air out of your lungs and let them fill naturally (so super deep breaths in). Do this three times and you’ll feel better (it really works, I do it all of the time).

    Keep up the good work kiddo, you should be proud (I know your mom is, I could tell by her post). You’re doing great. 👍

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