General Discussion Triathlon Talk » Getting to the Start without waking spouse Rss Feed  
Moderators: jmk-brooklyn, Ron Reply
2014-05-01 3:12 PM

User image


2

Subject: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
So, I try to be considerate of my wife and children when I work out. Go early and sneak out or go late after kids in bed. But, when traveling to a race (next one is 70.3) we're all piled into two rooms and the hotel is normally at least 2 to 3 miles from the start. I hate to wake my wife to take me to the start. And, I can't leave my wife and kids at hotel without a vehicle for 6+ hours while I complete the race since they'd like to see me along the course, and at least at the finish. I'm thinking of taking along an extra bike and just ride to the transition area and the start. Anyone else do this? Other ideas?


2014-05-01 3:16 PM
in reply to: jmcquigg

User image

Elite
3027
2000100025
Spokane, WA
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse

My first thought was to find a hotel with a shuttle service. If the event is big enough, they might be planning on having a number of guests that are participating and may be ready for that.

2014-05-01 3:17 PM
in reply to: jmcquigg

User image

Member
237
10010025
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
Find another athlete staying at the hotel and beg for a ride to the start?
2014-05-01 3:24 PM
in reply to: RunningJoke

User image

Pro
5395
5000100100100252525
Bellingham, WA
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse

As honorable as your intentions are, if it was me I'd wake them the one time of the year you have a big race.  Have you asked your wife her thoughts?  Maybe she wouldn't mind.

2014-05-01 3:43 PM
in reply to: popsracer

User image


2

Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
She doesn't mind. I just hate to start her day off that early on her vacation
2014-05-01 3:54 PM
in reply to: jmcquigg

User image

Veteran
837
50010010010025
Shawnee
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
Originally posted by jmcquigg

So, I try to be considerate of my wife and children when I work out. Go early and sneak out or go late after kids in bed. But, when traveling to a race (next one is 70.3) we're all piled into two rooms and the hotel is normally at least 2 to 3 miles from the start. I hate to wake my wife to take me to the start. And, I can't leave my wife and kids at hotel without a vehicle for 6+ hours while I complete the race since they'd like to see me along the course, and at least at the finish. I'm thinking of taking along an extra bike and just ride to the transition area and the start. Anyone else do this? Other ideas?

I almost always travel with my family so I have experience with this.

If it's only 2-3 miles from the race start, an extra bike is a viable option.

I've posted in state forums and asked for a ride from someone I hoped was not a serial killer and it worked out fine (be sure to ask and make sure they aren't a serial killer). My wife has also taken me to transition and sat in the car with the kids (all 4 of them) and let them / hoped they would / wished they would sleep for a couple of hours. I've also contemplated taking a sitter along with us to stay in the room with the kids while the wife took me early. Lastly, I have also tricked other families into going on a "road trip" with us while I did this triathlon thing. I successfully convinced them that it was a trip for "fun" and this triathlon was a minor thing I was doing on Sunday morning. This gave us flexibility to let them watch the kids while I went to transition. That strategy has worked well for me on the rare occasion that I am successful in finding someone to fall for it. (One of these was to Omaha where I said the purpose of the trip was the Omaha zoo for the kids--we went after the triathlon). A 70.3 will be a trickier deal given the length of time you'll be "out of pocket" so your story/plan may have to get more elaborate.


2014-05-01 4:04 PM
in reply to: jmcquigg

User image

Pro
5395
5000100100100252525
Bellingham, WA
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse

Originally posted by jmcquigg She doesn't mind. I just hate to start her day off that early on her vacation

you sir, are a better man than I. 

2014-05-01 8:25 PM
in reply to: #4990312

User image

Veteran
485
100100100100252525
Cloverdale, BC
Bronze member
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
Taxi?
2014-05-01 10:46 PM
in reply to: ultramike

User image


70
2525
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
Let your wife and kids take you. You will be excited, and they will see that. In 20 years they will remember waking up stupid early in the morning on vacation to "help" their dad rock a huge race. They will remember that way more than anything else they do on vacation.
2014-05-02 1:08 AM
in reply to: jmcquigg

User image

Member
211
100100
Co Louth, Ireland
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
for my ironman I had the same concern but didn't have much choice but to wake them. It was a small local one so not muh fanfare around it but my 2yr old daughter loved it (once she woke up properly!) - going out in the dark that early, there was a huge full moon that she was fasinated with and then the sun started to rise and she was in amazement! As someone else said above, yes it was early for them too, but they got to share my excitement (and nerves!) If they've been supportive of all your training so far then I'm sure they'll want to see you off!
2014-05-02 7:37 AM
in reply to: Mtnwesttri

New user
45
25
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse
I agree that the kids will likely be excited to wake up early for the race and will remember it going forward. I tend to go alone since all i have done are local races, but they still talk about the time they woke up when it was still dark, had hot chocolate and pop tarts, and watched daddy swim in the dark with all his friends (it was a very overcast morning).


2014-05-02 8:10 AM
in reply to: BigDLobo

User image

Expert
1198
1000100252525
Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa.
Subject: RE: Getting to the Start without waking spouse

I have three kids and a wife and NONE of them can even be closely considered "morning people".  That being said, if they have traveled with me to a race, they want to see the race. I pile all 4 of the crabby apples into the car with me, drive to the race site, and head to transition.  My wife then lays the seats down in the back of my SUV and they all go back to sleep for an hour or two depending on the time available.  The boys love it.  It's like camping out.

 

New Thread
General Discussion Triathlon Talk » Getting to the Start without waking spouse Rss Feed  
RELATED POSTS

Spouse starting to tri

Started by Qak180
Views: 972 Posts: 22

2013-03-01 2:42 PM jobaxas

Starting Base 3, First race of season on sunday, woke up with sore throat

Started by Syndacit
Views: 228 Posts: 4

2010-04-07 7:54 AM Syndacit

Getting my spouse to compete,,,,she would be great

Started by bostonredsox
Views: 878 Posts: 23

2010-04-06 11:32 AM bostonredsox

The Run Leg - Getting Started

Started by skungie
Views: 733 Posts: 15

2004-12-22 1:56 PM umbach

getting started

Started by wanttotri
Views: 442 Posts: 8

2014-02-12 8:54 AM taylorz13
RELATED ARTICLES
date : April 24, 2013
author : Jerrykyc
comments : 2
This article discusses how to overcome your fears into getting started in triathlon.
 
date : July 30, 2012
author : jamesjbettis
comments : 4
Because triathlon can become a lifestyle, it can also become very complicated. But, it doesn’t have to.
date : December 22, 2011
author : writingrunner
comments : 1
Where to find the time WITHOUT getting up early
 
date : September 10, 2009
author : Amy Kuitse
comments : 3
Should I be working on getting faster at running by doing the longer distances and working up slowly over time or run faster for shorter distances now?
date : July 8, 2008
author : amyro1234
comments : 0
Ever since I was 11 years old and first heard the word "triathlon" mentioned, I have made it my vow to do one. But what 11 year old does triathlons?”
 
date : June 21, 2006
author : Ron
comments : 0
These ladies are impressive. This video will show you what you will have to look forward to at a wave start.
date : July 17, 2005
author : Michael
comments : 0
Why is it so hard to start over after an extended leave from the sport. When it comes to training we can't live in our glory days!
 
date : February 28, 2005
author : rautorino
comments : 0
Does it matter how fast you go? Does it matter if you win? No. It only matters that you tri your best and smile when you cross the finish line.