With Ironman Wisconsin coming up on Sunday, we’d like to share ten pieces of wisdom to help you through the day. Kids triathlons may be different from adult events, but there’s a lot of lessons to be learned for all ages.
Thank you to Carrie Chase of SutterChase Studios and Annie Rubens for their amazing images.
#1 – Thank a volunteer
They give up their time to help you succeed, and it’s a long, tiring day for them, too.
#2 – Cameras are everywhere.
You never know when one will catch you, so have a great face ready at all times
#3 – Be a good sport and encourage others
You never know when your words and actions might motivate someone else. Kids do this naturally, and it’s my favorite part of our events.
#4 – Practice your finish line pose
You’ll probably get the picture afterwards, so think about what you’ll be putting on your wall!
#5 – Leave something in the tank for the ending kick
You can rest afterward, and you’ll know you left it all out there.
#6 – Play to the crowd
Those signs are humorous, uplifting, and a welcome distraction – be sure they know their craft project paid off.
#7 – When things get tough, just put one foot in front of the other.
Remember, forward is a pace, too. Even the best athletes have to walk sometimes.
#8 – It’s all worth it when you cross the finish line
Even if the road was hard, you’ll never forget the feeling of accomplishment.
#9 – Don’t forget about your support crew
Family, friends, and teammates put in a lot of hours to help get you to the start line, and they’ll be there at the finish. Share the journey.
#10 – Have fun!
Remember, you’re doing this because you GET TO. This is a gift and a great opportunity to show yourself and others what humans are capable of. Now enjoy it!