He has already done Mt. Washington once... after being invited by the organisers. This attempt is at his request and I support him completely. Some things in life are about opportunities and not necessarily about the end result. Being a career military officer, I have spent much of my son's life away from him, and sometimes wondered if I might not make it back. So any opportunity to share a memorable experience with him, I LEAP at. Some day he may think cycling is boring and lose interest, but we'll always have the memory of the events we participated in together.
Frankly, I'll never understand the parents who lug their kids all over creation to play ball sports, but think cycling is just something to do in the neighborhood. Why is competing in a ball sport any more fun than in a bike race? I think it's amazing to see my son set goals and accomplish them, or try his hardest even if he comes up short. There are entire leagues of junior cycling events in Europe starting at 5 or 6 years old. The reason North American cycling (in general) sucks so much is that it is not a mainstream sport as it is in Europe. Perhaps if more cyclists helped instill a passion for cycling in kids, rather than set limits and tell others what they can't do, more kids would be interested in cycling. In our neighborhood alone, three of my son's friends have taken up cycling this year and are participating in junior races with him. They're inspired by him... as am I.
Since there are fewer than a handful of Weight Weenies that I actually know and have physically met, I'll take comments about my motivation, and my relationship with my son, with a grain of salt.