happy father's day

June 19, 2011

I know what you're going through and I'm here to tell you you're not alone.  We tri-dads never compromise our time with our children and adjust our schedules to train at hours of the day when the rest of the world is either fast asleep or crawling into bed. Our infant sons and daughters wake us up several times each night and these sleepless nights add up. We train when dizzy with fatigue and it's a struggle to get our training hours in. Long gone are the days when making up missed workouts was possible. Also long gone is the ability to recover quickly. "Try to get a minimum of 8 hours sleep for optimal recovery". 8? How about 3. And that's a good night. Many say we're obsessed, we say we're determined. Our performance on race day may be jeopardized but you'll never hear us complain. We'll only talk about how wonderful fatherhood is. The only thing that trumps our passion for the sport is our passion for our kids.

When we've pushed ourselves beyond exhaustion and are fighting to keep ourselves awake as we're putting our young ones to bed, we have something more rewarding than a podium finish could ever be: We have our daughters and we have our sons and we love them more than anything. Our training is just one small part of us being the best dads we can be.

Happy father's day.