A couple of weeks ago we gathered around the dinner table and KatGirl, my 11-year old daughter, asked,
"Daddy why do you do triathlons?"
"I do them to help save lives and fight blood cancers."
"Are those the only reasons?"
"I also do them because they are fun and they keep me strong and healthy."
... pause ...
"I want to do that too?"
"Do what? You already have raced in a few triathlons. You do want to race in more, right?"
"Yeah, but I want to help fight cancer too."
(Leaning across the table to kiss her forehead.) "Then let's do a triathlon to fight it together."
She smiled and I smiled back.
It does my heart good to see my children wanting to follow me. It's really true that children watch what their parents do and setting a good example is the first tenant in parenting.
Since that dinner she and I have trained together and her older sister - a former high school varsity swimmer - has given her lessons on stroke technique.
This weekend KatGirl will compete in the Sara Lee Ironkids Triathlon in Allen, Texas. She'll swim 200 meters in a pool, bike 6.2 miles, and run 1.2 miles. Each are the longest distances she has ever raced.
I'll be there watching, cheering and letting my pride show for all to see.
Maaaaaaan, I love this sport!
(77 days to my first Ironman)