How does one reconcile a simultaneous deep urge to regularly embark on epic endurance adventures with a non-negotiable urge to be present with one’s growing family?
My wife and I are days or possibly weeks away from greeting our second child (our other daughter will be three in August). With one, it has been a challenge and a balancing act to feed my cycling (and triathlon) addiction without overly burdening my wife or spending too much time away from my daughter, but I’ve been lucky enough to get some soul-filling riding and racing in by getting up early and being efficient. I am having a hard time envisioning it with another kiddo in the mix.
Of course I’ll be scaling way back during the newborn phase; that is a given. I’m interested in how you mama and papa athletes with multiple kids and jobs (I have a growing business that is also increasingly time-hungry) make it happen.
To this point I’ve had some success by integrating my family into riding as much as possible. For instance, I’ve planned point-to-point century rides that end at a campground. I’ll load up the car the night before, then get up early and ride so that my wife just has to get the kid there by late morning, and then it’s fam time for the rest of the weekend. I also do lots of easy rides with my daughter in the baby seat on my gravel bike. But some of these logistics are going to change as the family grows.
Please share your kid-hauling rigs! I haven’t done much research yet, but I’ll be looking into a ride-along bike that trails mine; envisioning the older kid on that with the new babe in the kid seat (when old enough of course), and my wife on her bike. Anyone do a similar or better setup? Links to helpful products are appreciated. The main problem I’m looking to solve is hauling the kids AND their bike(s) on my bike.
Thanks in advance! Happy spring.