June 7, 2015 Audrey

In My Happy Place!

The last few weeks have been exactly how I imagined my new and improved multisport company to be!  I am so full of energy and cannot wait to see how my first training and racing season in Whistler will unfold.  I have to keep pinching myself to see if I am dreaming and I am definitely wide-awake!

May long weekend had me contracting out my coaching services to TaG Cycling for their very first Ironman Canada Whistler training camp.  There were 14 women from Whistler, Vancouver, and Seattle participating.

Friday night meet and greet we discussed the most important forth discipline of Triathlon.. Nutrition!!  We chatted about nutrition strategies during training, race day, and most importantly post training and racing nutrition for recovery to build back our depleted glycogen stores so that we area ready to tackle the next training session.  Lots of information and ideas were shared with everyone having an amazing amount of knowledge and ideas on how they would master their race day nutrition and hydration plans.

Saturday morning we broke off into groups and headed out on an epic Whistler-Pemberton Meadows-Whistler adventure! 115km of pure sunshine, some winds, huge smiling faces and a few boxes ticked off the bucket list were done for some of our riders.  The climb back from Pemby has become the most feared over the last few years in the minds of some triathletes and I think we were able to show the riders that they were A LOT stronger than they thought they thought they were!  Below is a Strava link to our ride.

Saturday evening we met at the start of the IMC run course.  Just as we were about to chat all about transitioning from bike to run, the skies erupted with the largest and loudest thunder and lightning storm I have ever seen!  We quickly quashed the chat and sent off into the Lost Lake trails for a torrential downpour 5km run on the first section of the course.

Sunday was calling for 70% chance of rain showers and boy did it shower!  The group was a little smaller as some were only “fair weather riders” and decided to pull out of our climb to Callaghan!  Below is the Strava link. The ride had us definitely climbing and descending slower than we normally would have as the rains were pelting down on us and we took caution of keeping everyone safe!

A big shout out to Lesley Tomlinson of TaG Cycling for keeping our bellies full post rides and to all the amazing new friends I met, it was an epic May long!

Audrey’s training Sherpa services continues on and was super fortunate to have a little 1:1 swim-bike-run session with my beautiful athlete Sommer!  We were blessed with an amazingly warm, windy, and hilly ride followed by an epic swim session!

Thanks to Shawn and his swim support with the new addition to our family!!! Jimmy Styks you are the best!! Having a paddle board for swim instruction was number one on my list of things to acquire for my swim coaching.  I have an amazing advantage point up above the athlete and video footage is amazing for athlete feedback.  The rest of the family are super stoked as well, as who doesn’t love a little SUP!!

Monday, I had another 1:1 training session with my local athlete and friend, Amy, who is training for the Gravenhurst Olympic distance Triathlon in Ontario on July 18th!!  We started the morning off at Lakeside Park streamlining Amy’s transitions and then we set off for Amy’s very first open water swim! EVER!! She did amazing and have I ever mentioned that I absolutely LOVE open water swimming, and I love helping others find the joy as well.  There is a TON of fear when it comes to open water and my #1 open water swim tip is GET IN THE WATER AND SWIM!!!! The more time you spend in open water in all conditions, the less anxiety you will have when swimming and racing in the open water.  Of course there are a ton of other ideas as well and lots has been published on how to calm the nerves in the swim leg of a triathlon.

http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2015/03/overcome-swim-stress.aspx#axzz3bx1Eip9z

There are only a few days left until the first race of the season with the Victoria 70.3 on June 14th!! Stay tuned for photos and  race reports!