Juggling Triathlon & Parenthood

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published May 17, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC

Endurance Daddy

The balancing act between parenting and athletic pursuits is not limited to mothers. Pro triathlete Craig Evans (34) focuses on the Xterra race circuit as time allows. Top priority for Evans and his wife, Holly—who both manage full-time careers—are children Haley (6) and Tyler (5). Craig also coaches Optimum Endurance, a Tennessee-based team of 20 triathletes.

In the past, we tried to manage our kids’ schedules and do it all ourselves. That was like juggling six footballs at once. Now we have a nanny who helps with school pickups and after-school activities. My problem is I want to do it all, but I know I can’t. Planning my day minute by minute is key. We also believe in “man-to-man” and not “zone” defense, so we stopped at two children.

My kids offer a sense of balance to my triathlon career. They keep me honest, humble and focused on a positive attitude. Their smiles keep me going and have really opened my heart up to other athletes who don’t have what I’m lucky to have.

My kids are very active and I take them to every race possible to show them that video games are not always the best activity. Now that they’re a bit older they can do a kids’ race now and then. I get more excited about their races than some of the ones I’m doing!

I don’t really get sleep like I should. I do a ton of “ninja” night training when everyone has gone to bed and my workday is complete. If I didn’t have to do the things a father should every day, I would have more time, but I don’t know if I’d be any faster. I don’t think I would be nearly as strict with my training. I always say there should be a workingman’s professional division—and I would win, hands down!

This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Triathlete magazine.  Subscribe to Triathlete and save 51% off the cover price.

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