The kids, of course, were completely on board with this because exercise is way more fun when you call it "training." Likewise, that boring old peanut butter toast tasted so much better because we were "fueling," and everyone loves bragging about it later, a.k.a "blogging."
We left the house nice and early, but it was already creeping into the 70s when we arrived at the lake. The Hubs set off for his long-ass bike ride and I got in the water for a little OWS practice. Since it wasn't actually on the training schedule for today, I didn't push my pace or my distance, I just enjoyed the feel of the water and only ended up swimming about 400 meters. Then Big Boy and Little Boy got some open water training in and they did awesome! My boys are like fearless fish in our pool, so I wasn't worried about them having any of my panic issues.
Ready to get in the water!
Out of the water and fueling up for the bike
Everyone's ready - let's roll!
This lake is at the top end of the bike trail that The Hubs and I rode a few weeks ago. Doing an out-and-back from this end means that the first half is net downhill and the return trip is, in a word, brutal. I had eight miles on the plan this morning and high hopes to keep my pace in the sub-nines. Um, yeah, in the heat and on hills...that didn't happen. But I had such a great time running with my kiddos that I wasn't really thinking about my pace. (Sadly, what was actually going through my head was Miranda Cosgrove's silly song - the last thing I heard in the car - that I barely know any of the words to. This is why I like to run with an iPod.)
This bike trail is very well-traveled on the weekends, and there was no shortage of cyclists and runners this morning. Lots of people said things like "Way to go!" to the boys, which made them very happy. Big Boy and Little Boy have accompanied me on a few runs here before and I'm so proud of how far they've come with bike trail etiquette and hill-climbing skills. They were both up out of the saddle on the 8% grades and they even got to pass a few slower riders (while calling out "On your left!")
As we neared our car, both boys decided that they wanted to do a little run to finish off their morning, to make it a full triathlon training session. "Are you sure you're up for it?" I asked. "Of course, Mom, we're hardcore like you and Dad" was the reply. Am I the luckiest mom in the world or what?!?! So, off they went for a loop around the parking lot while I took a red-faced and sweaty pic.