Saturday, September 10, 2011

Iron Kid Triathlon

We are in Alpharetta,Georgia today preparing for the biggest Iron Kids Triathlon in the United States EVER! How exciting!

There are a ton of kids here today registering. The kids that are here range in age from 6 years old to older teens. They are all so excited. Our nine-year-old athlete will be swimming 150 meters, biking four miles and running one mile tomorrow at 8:00 in the morning! Amazing... I will tell you right now that I sure couldn't do that.

It is going to be interesting in the morning. The temperature at 8:00 is only going to be 57 degrees. The pool is not heated. I think some of those really little kids are going to balk and maybe cry about jumping into that cold water. I think I probably would too.
After the cold plunge and swim, the kids have to jump out of the pool and run to the transition area to get their clothes on and lift their bicycles from the rack and head out for the biking leg of the course. The intermediate kids will be biking four miles and after returning their bicycles to the rack, running one mile before hitting the finish line.

All the kids are excited. It is great fun to watch the parents. There are the "Hover Mother" types, and athletic types, there are some who are just there for the fun aspect, some for the exercise their kids get in competing in these events, and some are like those "Stage Mothers" you see on TV!

We are going to bed really early tonight and getting a good night's rest before the big race tomorrow. Our little athlete is looking forward to the race. She isn't worried about "winning", just participating. This is her first big race and some of these kids have been racing for years. Apparently this is a big thing nowadays!

There are even Certified Triathlon Coaches for the kids. Wow. I will post how it all goes. Should be great fun and very interesting.


Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas for Kid Athletes

Ciabatta Rolls

Slices of Prosciutto, Salami, or Panchetta

Shredded Mozzarella cheese

Finely chopped vegetables(red bell pepper, olives, onion)

Pizza or spaghetti sauce.


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Slice Ciabatta rolls in half and toast lightly.
3. Spread a teaspoon size amount of tomato sauce on each of the Ciabatta rolls.
4. Top with meat.
5. Add Cheese on top
6. Finally, top with vegetables
7. Arrange Ciabatta rolls on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes or until cheese has melted.

You could also do these on Pita bread (preferably whole wheat)

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