Caleb, my 13 year old son, did his first triathlon this summer, the same summer that I did my first! I was as excited to watch Caleb race his triathlon as I was to do one myself. My heart felt like it was going to burst out of my chest as I watched him compete. Caleb looked like he was having the time of his life and he looked so strong and confident. As an athlete, one of the biggest complements and best payoffs of my own physical feats is to see that I inspire someone else to be active and reach for new goals. Family and fitness are two passions of mine! Caleb is a very articulate and kind 13 year old and he has told me that watching me race has inspired him to do the same. I could not be prouder of Caleb!
Caleb’s first ever triathlon was on August 30th – the Guelph Lake 2, Try-a-Tri. His race consisted of a 375m Swim, 10km Bike and 2.5km run. He was so excited and hardly nervous. Caleb had watched me do the sprint distance in the morning and then raced himself at 1pm.
Caleb’s strength is swimming. He looked incredible as he ran out of the swim, not far behind the leaders. His 375m swim took 6:17, a pace time of 1:41/100m. He quickly ran to his bike….ran back for his glasses (oops)… and ran to the bike mount area, passing people as he ran.
Caleb was strong and confident on the bike. He had done some cycling with me over the summer months, even doing a ride in North Carolina in the mountains, which was very challenging. His 10km bike on the hilly course took 22:23, with an average pace of 27km/hr. Very respectable on his cross-bike; he was keeping up with people on triathlon bikes. Most importantly he was having a great time.
Coming into transition 2, Caleb looked very strong. He ran off at a quick pace, however this quickly became challenging. The 2.5km run was the most difficult part of the race for Caleb. He got a cramp only half a kilometer into the run which forced him to walk sections. Caleb persisted, however, and finished the run.
I was so proud of Caleb. He had a great time and definitely wants to do more triathlons in the future. He is now starting his second year of swim training with West Park Aquatics and his first year of competition. I will be there cheering him on at his swim meets! It will be an exciting year!