Oct 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm #1281048
I try to get out and do a tempo run on Sunday afternoons, my daughter often joins me setting pace while riding her bike. This is something we both enjoy and look forward to sharing.
This past Saturday we had a Halloween party at our house for my daughters first grade class so come Sunday she was feeling the effects of to much play and not enough sleep. I enquired multiple times if she wanted to go out for our run and each time she politely said "no way".
Giving up I decided to head out on the trail with my two border collies for a nice long run in the dirt. Upon returning home my daughter was in full melt down because I had gone without her. Not wanting to disappoint her change of heart I switched into my road shoes and off we went.
We covered five miles at six minute per mile tempo in beautiful fall conditions. Me – I suffered to maintain our target pace, my daughter – she sang songs for me the entire distance. :)Oct 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm #1794444
Kendall ClementBPL Member
@socalpackerLocale: Southern California
You're a great dad, Thom. Sometimes I wish there was a LIKE button on BPL. :)Oct 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm #1794479
Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
@oystersLocale: South Australia
Agree, a like button would be good. The crazyguyonabike forums have a really good button, allows people to agree or disagree or say its funny, etc.
And thats a great story Thom :-)Oct 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm #1794609
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
That's an awesome story Thom!
It sounds like you have yourself an excellent pacer.
Great tempo run as well, you have some kick.Oct 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm #1794627
It took all I had to keep on her wheel and she's singing the whole way! I have no kick.Oct 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm #1794657
@cwayman1Locale: East Tennessee, US
Great story, Thom!
Is it weird that I am VERY-MUCH-SO looking forward to doing that one day?Oct 25, 2011 at 6:38 am #1794726
@benwoodLocale: flatlands of MO
Nice job Thom.
Impressed that after a nice long run you were able to keep a 6min pace for 5 miles. And impressed that she is covering 5 miles at that age.
And nice choice of priorities, good to hear stuff like this.
thanksOct 25, 2011 at 7:01 am #1794733
The course was flat to slightly rolling with little if any wind, I need every advantage. When we first started early last summer I would have to give my daughter a push every now and then to keep on pace, now I struggle to keep up. Her passion this week was to work on riding with just one hand steering, needless to say we had more then one close call.
My daughter is looking forward to a new bike next summer, one with gears (a big girl bike I'm often being reminded). The adventures are just beginning I'm sure, I only wish I were younger (I know guys my age that have grand kids my daughters age)!
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