|Josh near Sunrise|
The High Country Brevet was held recently and I had intended to ride but unfortunately two of my co-workers beat me to the day off so I was stuck with running support on Saturday and no pre-ride. Of course this offered the opportunity to bring the kids along.
|Adela the Happy Stoker|
|Josh climbing out of the Little Colorado|
|Joseph crossing the prairie|
Now, for Captain Crank! I visited with the kids recently and the consensus was they liked doing the events but not so much the long training rides. So, this left me with a quandry. How do you help the kids train for an event they want to do, but not make it feel like training? Well, how about a treasure hunt? A 28 mile treasure hunt on bikes to be exact! Every 5 or 6 miles I had a point they had to find with further instructions and candy. It's really funny to see how a small change in an activity can make the difference.
It was warm, it was on fairly flat in town streets, it was a boring ride but, it was a boring ride with treasure at the end and little rewards hidden all along the way and even a playground near the turnaround (and drinking fountains fortunately enough as the ride took a lot longer than I thought it would with all the stops). The kids are still talking about it to my wife. This week I need to figure out how to make it work going over Usery Pass so there will be some stuff for me to look at it too. Josh is supposed to get his team bike this week so we might be able to take advantage of some excitement there. We shall see!