To me, one of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to be active outside. In particular, I challenge myself to do a few what I call “tri” days: run, bike, and swim on the same day.
Saturday, I pulled that off! (And if we look at a 24 hour period, rather than a calendar day, my husband and 12-year-old did too!)
I got up and ran with Jane, who graciously agreed to run slowly. We did a touch over 5 miles. It was a beautiful morning for running, about 60 degrees, and I caught whiffs of honeysuckle along the trail.
Then, after lunch (and after a “train with dad” morning at karate) my husband loaded all our bikes onto our two cars. Since this was our first bike ride of the season, we had to evaluate everyone’s capabilities. The 7-year-old had learned to ride without training wheels last summer, but had been very cautious about it. She got some individual practice this spring, and so we decided she could bike independently on the Schuylkill River Trail. That left the question of what to do with the 4-year-old, since he’d also learned to ride without training wheels this spring. We decided that he might be a bit erratic on his own bike, so we put him on the tag-along behind me.
The ramifications: No Burley! Every kid is old enough to pedal. He loved being up on the bike behind me, and occasionally pedaled so furiously that I had to watch my balance. But he had no trouble staying on. Indeed, our only real close call is that one of my (independently riding) older sons decided to pass the other just as a pack of spandex-clad speed bikers were coming the other way. Fortunately, the bikers hit their brakes and we had a discussion about…not doing that.
My husband biked with our daughter, who was going at a very deliberate pace, but I think she’ll figure out that she can go faster soon. She was so happy about biking that she asked when we could do it again. This is great, as it’s a fun family activity (even if getting 5 bikes plus a tag-along loaded onto the cars is not a swift event).
We came home and went in the pool. It was a little chilly (weather that’s good for running and biking isn’t always great for swimming) but it was fine for a bit.
As for my husband and 12-year-old’s “tri” days, they’ve been going to the gym together to run on the treadmills and lift weights. Another plus for the YMCA: it’s incredibly family friendly. Kids over 10 can go work out with their parents in the regular facilities, and my 12-year-old has been quite proud of his increasing strength!
Now on to Vacation Bible School for three of the four kids this week…