Graduate school has kept me from blogging, but that is all behind me now that I have completed my MSN.
Nixa Youth Triathlon was today, and it was our 2nd tri of the season. We have a bunch going on this year, with 2 long vacations so we have scaled the tris back (a bit!). The first tri of the year was Bryant Kids Triathlon, where the placements go 5 kids deep. The girls got 3rd, 4th, and 5th place there and at Nixa today Marlee got 3rd and Evie got 3rd. Nixa uses clumped age groups, 7-8, 9-10, etc.
The triathlon ages for the girls this year are: Evie, 10, Adelaide, 9 and Marlee, 7. This means that they are all finally old enough to enter into USA Triathlon Nationals, held in August. They are registered. Nationals, even if you know your racer is not national top 5 material, is a great experience. They usually have clinics and the kids learn a lot by just going. In 2016, Evie went to a workshop on mounts/dismounts. Wouldn’t you know, she was able to teach herself over this last year those skills on the back porch with lots of repetitions!
Evie, 10, utilizing a rolling mount at Nixa Youth Triathlon
It is certain to be a fun season! Today’s race went well for all, but I was probably most impressed with Marlee, race age 7 (actual age 6!). Last year, at this same race, it was an absolute struggle! She had an older boy ride with her because her bike was, well, scary. She crashed at least 3 times on the course last year and took forever coming back on the bike! I’m pretty sure she had the slowest time last year. This year, not the case. 3rd place.
Marlee, Nixa Youth Triathlon, 2017 3rd place
Addie is not to be outdone, and she is beginning to pick up on a rolling dismount, but not quite comfortable “threading the needle” like Evie, 10.
Next up: Riding clipless in races (Evie) and different bikes for all–Evie to a 650, Addie a 24″ and Marlee I am undecided on. She is big enough for a 24″ but doesn’t have terrific bike skills. She will probably move to a 20″ road bike from her hybrid Islabikes Beinn.
Next race: Red, White and Rockin’ kids Triathlon