Super Dad In Training

About a year ago, I was at the Bay Area headquarters of a major outdoor industry brand, when the guy I was meeting with explained that he’d given up trying to seriously train for cycling. For years, he’d been an avid competitor and he loved the hard physical work of getting (and staying) in top shape. “But now I have two kids under five,” he explained. “It’s not possible.

At that, I slumped in my chair. My son was then nearly two and my wife and I were about to start trying for our second child. I love cycling and running and skiing and I’d managed to get enough of all three (plus some bonus rowing) even while being a very dedicated dad. But two young kids would be a different story—or so everyone kept telling me. Still, I kept thinking I could find a way. I do pretty well with no sleep …

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