This weekend my 13 year old son won his age division at his first Duathlon Competition. He was the youngest competitor and one of only 7 teens competing in the race. It was a "pro" atmosphere with very experienced racers in great physical shape. A bit intimidating!
My son woke up at 4:30am on a Saturday (I don't know many teens who would do that!) to be at the start line. The race began with a 5K run, then he transitioned to the most grueling part, the 40K bike ride. I don't even know how he made it through this. The route went up steep inclines and through mountainous terrain. If that wasn't enough to make you pass out, the race ends with another 5K run! He did all of this in 2hours and 16minutes!
After finishing he shoved mounds of muffins and bagels down his throat and told me that he was starving! Hmmm... I wonder how many calories he burned?
A nice 1st place plaque was awarded and he qualified for the International Dualthlon that is being held in Italy. Unfortunately we won't be able to go, it happens during the school year. He's already talking about next years competition and how he wants to do it in 1hour and 45 minutes.
My son inspires me to set my goals and achieve them. Because of him I ran my first 5K when I turned 40. Then he encouraged me to run again last year. Now he thinks I'm ready for my first 10K this year.
It's pretty cool when your son is your role model!
I'm a very proud Mom!