Just Keeping it REAL…

In Blog, Hustle Podcast by Eric Byrnes

Last summer on the Let Them Play #TriAcrossAmerica, we hit up some pretty incredible historical landmarks… 

On the trek from SF to NYC, we experienced the Gold Country, the Sierra Nevadas, the Pony Express Trail, the Top Gun facility in Fallon, Nevada, Salt Lake City, the Wasatch mountain range, the Continental Divide, the WILD and spectacular state of Wyoming, the Nebraska cornfields, Omaha, Field Of Dreams in Davenport Iowa, the Wisconsin cheese farms, Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Golden Dome at Notre Dame, Toledo, an Iconic Amish schoolhouse in Ohio, beautiful rolling hills in Pennsylvania, PNC Park in Pittsburg, the Liberty Bell, Rocky statue and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and the gorgeous Princeton College in New Jersey… 

The trip concluded with an NYPD escort across the George Washington Bridge that led us into Heritage Park, the site of Old Yankee Stadium… 

As you can probably imagine, the journey was one of epic proportions and created what I felt were memories that will hopefully last a lifetime… 

As we approach the 1 year anniversary of the triathlon launch, I just recently asked the kids what their favorite time on the journey was. Here are their responses…

Colton: “Pittsburg – It was HOT but I liked the Ducky Boat Tour.” 

Cali: “Great Wolf Lodge in Ohio – Best water slides and hotel EVER.” 

Chloe: “The Mud Fight – I don’t know where we were but it was sooooo much FUN!!!!”

Ha! We experienced some of the most AMAZING landmarks in the United States and the 3 that stuck with the little groms were a duck boat, a cheap water slide hotel and a mud fight that happened somewhere in middle America. 🤦‍♂️

Let this be a lesson to us all that SPECIAL memorable moments in life cannot be forced in a specific time or location. The most authentic memories that will truly last a lifetime are the ones that organically happen in the midst of simply LIVING our lives. The duck boat was a last minute hop on, the Great Wolf Lodge was only booked because of the convenience of location, and I have no freaking idea how the mud fight started, but it did… 

Regardless of where we are or what we are doing, each moment in time is a chance to create a memorable experience, and the great thing is that we don’t need to be on a yacht, staying at a 5-Star hotel, or over indulging on some fancy island to do it.

At the end of the day (or in this case a triathlon across America), we can always leave it up to the kids to… 

KEEP IT REAL

-EB