Make it a Threesome

I don’t mean breakfast, lunch and dinner if that’s what you are thinking. I mean make it a triathlon day! You can start the traditional way, swimming (pool, lake, ocean or bathtub), biking (road, mountain, tricycle or bike trailer), and running (walking, hiking or skipping). Traditional is good! However an alternative is to divide up the hour(s) or day triathlon so that each family member or participant picks the event they will lead. Only have two family members? Each of you picks an event like basketball and skating, and then you agree on the third activity together. So your triathlon is 20 minutes each of basketball, skating and handball, and you take it seriously, timing each event, having a water break and crossing the “finish line”. If you have four family members, kids and adults split into teams, each picking an event and coming to a consensus on the third. With young kids, encourage them to do what they can and then help out with a stroller or backpack. Older kids can plan out the triathlon, writing down the schedule, timing, maps, organization of switching events, water and food breaks. If you all get really into it, invite friends to join you next time, either participating, or as cheerleaders. All it takes is one “outside” person joining you or cheering your family team on to really make you a cohesive partnership!