For those of you that are part of a dual-sport family, you can all agree that although dividing the time can be tough sometimes, understanding is a HUGE benefit to this dynamic. I've mentioned before that the "mom-triathlete" is a special breed, but the title certainly does not come without assistance. My husband was an athlete long before I ever even imagined running a marathon or completing a triathlon. He's been a cyclist for probably close to 20 years and that kind of dedication is amazing to me. (He's gonna kill me when he sees me talking about him, let alone the pics, haha - btw he's in the middle, holding the bike). But I'm talking about him b/c the benefit of a "dual-sport" family goes beyond family fitness.
This dynamic, if you will, brings with it a sense of greater understanding that both parties need the time to devote to whatever it is they do. Craig has been very supportive in this new adventure of mine and I know that it is because he knows what it takes. We divide our time as evenly as possible. I get Mondays and Wednesdays and he gets Tuesdays and Thursdays. We divide the weekends up as well unless one of us has a race. So, the understanding is a major part of our relationship. For those of you that do not have a spouse that is as active as you might be, as long as the understanding is present, you have a wonderful chance of succeeding.
Another wonderful benefit of this "dual-sport" family is the impact my husband and I are having on our children. I hope that they can gain an appreciation of sport, competition and fitness. They love to watch me and Craig in our endeavors. And they truly enjoy trying too mimmic whatever it is we are doing. It tickles me so much to see Ethan put on one of Craig's jerseys, his helmet, his bike shoes, AND his gloves. And then he gets on his tricycle and hightails it down the driveway. I love it!! So I just hope and pray that they love being outside as much as we do and that that love stays with them long after they leave toddlerhood.