Given the state of my running ability, I decided to float the idea of NOT doing the triathlon relay to the kids, to see if they’d be disappointed. Dex looked at me like I was insane and said, “I was only going along with it because everybody else wanted to.” So no real surprise there. I was much more worried about what Mik would say, but he took one beat to consider and then said, “Well, then, I guess I’ll just do the triathlon solo.”
Well, okay! I was a little surprised he wanted to take on the whole thing without much time to prepare, but then I realized that he’s been not only swimming a ton this summer but also doing dry-land training and a fair bit of running. (That plus he’s a healthy 13-year-old boy and can do things adults like me can only dream of.)
Want to know a secret, though? From the way he’s been talking about the race, I’m pretty sure his main motivation is the fact that he told the local TV station last year that he was planning on competing, and he didn’t want to let down all the fans he supposes are planning to hold him to it. When you’re the sweetest thing ever, you DO have lots of fans.