I was going to title this “triathlon is not just for grown-ups”, but then I realized most of us adult-aged triathletes aren’t really “grown-up”, just “grown-old”. There is a difference. My favourite team slogan at Cabot Trail Relay: Youth is brief, Immaturity lasts forever”.
Anyway, this post has been pending since the end of last tri season. Thanks a lot to Mike Morrison for writing it. There are more and more Kids of Steel races happening across Canada each year, and they have arrived in NS several years ago. Check out trins.ca for a schedule. Here on the island, the Port Hood race offers a KOS, which takes place on the Saturday of race weekend (adult race is Sunday).
A proud bunch show off their medals
Triathlon is a great sport for kids. It uses the entire body. It’s sort-of competitive, but not really. It encompasses a range of sports, and helps kids learn 2 important life skills – swimming and bicycling. And it’s a sport that they can do through their whole life (I love volleyball but you don’t meet many 40+ volleyball players)
I’m sure Mike, Karen, or some of our other Barbarians with Kids of Steel at home would be more than happy to tell you a more about it.
Again thanks to Mike for this:
Anyone that knows me would probably agree that I have become a hopeless triathlon junkie. Seriously, I have a problem. Standing at the end of my second season of racing [as of late 2012] I am happy to report that the love of the sport has also taken root in my two daughters: Anna who is 9 and Rebecca who is 7.
The girls, along with their cousins Zach and Maria completed their first Kids of Steel race last year In Bridgetown. Almost immediately they set themselves the goal of completing more this summer. Anna’s hope was to complete 4 triathlons this summer; A lofty goal that they not only reached but exceeded. More