So a couple of weeks ago I saw that this year's local triathlon would include a kids' version and asked Caiden if he'd like to try it. He ran with me a couple times last week to see what he thought and decided to go for it. So Saturday we took the kids down to the city park/beachfront area to watch him compete.
Here he is, after getting his bike and running gear all set up in the transition area. A volunteer wrote his age on his calf, and he thought that was awesome. (He's still sporting it faintly, swearing it won't wash off in the shower, but I think he hasn't tried scrubbing very hard.)
Hanging out with some parents on the beachfront before the littlest ones, ages 5-6, started their race. They were adorable. (I realized Sarah Grace will be eligible for this in just four summers, and that's crazy.)
Caiden with the other 11-12 year olds. Pace and I laughed at the size discrepancy--the boy to his left in this photo is also 12, and he's tiny! The girl to his right is 11, and she's TALL. Caiden is nearly 5'5", so that tells you how tall she is for her age. Ironically, that boy and that girl tied for first!
This is what Sarah Grace did during the entire race.
My favorite photo of the day is this one. Grayson made us all signs to cheer Caiden on during the run portion. Running is not his favorite, and he perked up when he passed us, waving Grayson's signs. I love how much Grayson loves his brother.
After the race, medal on! He was so hot and tired, but super proud he finished. We were, too! He got a shirt, swim cap with "Coeur d'Alene Triathlon" on it, and his race bib and medal. I told him I think the best part of running races is the fun swag bag, and I think he agreed!
Later that afternoon, he crashed on the couch, complete with ridiculous sleep mask. In 30 hours he'd gone to swim practice, had a swim meet, and ran a kids' triathlon. Nap well-earned!
I love that we live somewhere that has so many beautiful races and opportunities for outdoor activities! I'm trying to talk Caiden and Pace into running a 10k this fall with me, at another local lake. Neither one has committed yet, so we'll see. Maybe if the shirts are really cool, I can at least get Caiden to join ;)