Editor's note: I recently connected with Chad and had an opportunity to read his blog. He is writing some great content from the perspective of a husband and father juggling family, training, work and life, as many of us do. He writes to his young children through his blog and interviews other athletes who also juggle training and family life. He will be publishing some of his posts and interviews on Trifuel, but first I wanted to give an intro and some background. So below you can read Chad's story and we'll post one of his pieces tomorrow.
Most men competing in triathlons are driven, motivated, hard-charging guys. Unless they’re part of a very select group though, they also work regular jobs and have families to support and raise. I’m one of those guys. And it ain’t always easy!
I’ve been competing in triathlons of various distances since 2002. Our first child, Isabella Hope, was born in 2004 (just before tri season!). I decided then that my kids would ALWAYS come first, no matter what. In August 2008 my wife was admitted to the hospital in preterm labor at just 20 weeks while carrying our twins Max and Kate. She stayed in the hospital for 10 weeks. Isabella and I visited every day, but also had to learn to live without Mom for awhile. Max and Kate were delivered at 30 weeks. Preemies! They stayed in a variety of hospitals over the next 6 weeks. Triathlon was far from my mind, but it stayed in my heart.
Everyone got healthy and I stepped up to the 70.3 distance in 2010 (Longhorn 70.3, Florida 70.3 and Boulder 70.3 all in 11 months). I was racing again, but there were more factors at play than ever before. Family, work, and training is a juggling act, but I’m determined to get it right.
This column comes from my personal blog where I’ll tell you about my training, my family, and how I’m striving to be the best triathlete I can be, while being the father and husband God created me to be.
I’ll also be interviewing professional, elite, and exceptional age group triathletes about what it takes to excel both at home and on race day.
My goals through this column and my blog are:
1. talk to my kids about who their dad was when they were young ( a keep sake for them)
2. reach other moms and dads with a positive message about being a parent and spouse first and also keeping your passion for multisport alive.
3. Introduce my kids (and readers) to other cool moms and dads who are winning at both parenting and sport.
Most of this columns content are “letters to my kids”. I hope they’ll read these one day when they’re grown and I hope you’ll enjoy them now.