You have won 4 World Championships and in 2012 were named as one of the “World’s Fittest Women” by CNN. Were your eyes always set on this goal? What inspired you towards these goals?
I wanted to make it to the Olympics and my goals along the way were always geared for this. However, I realized after 2 attempts, it didn’t matter if I was the best athlete in the world, getting selected was based on a whole different set of criteria written out in a selection policy. I fell short of for various reasons which left me in a very low place in life. I decided to shift my focus and compete for titles that did not come with a selection criteria. The most prestigious event in triathlon was the Ironman World Title in Kona, so that’s where I chose to direct my goals.
How do you kick start your day. Share with us your first meal of the day? 2 ways to detox?
I’m a fan of good coffee. If I am doing a short and easy aerobic workout, I just have coffee to help burn some extra calories. If I have something longer with some punchy efforts, I will have oatmeal with a scoop of almond butter to fuel up. I’m a firm believer that you can not put in more than you put out, so I do not diet, I just keep note of what calories I consume verses expend. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is easy and fun if you apply this simple rule. Diets are complicated and not sustainable. Seasonally I put on weight (in the winter) and lose it in the summer. I also feel small fluctuations are good for the mind and body.
Accepting that you can be a few pounds heavier, while at the same time, lose these excess pounds takes the stress out of always being in tip top shape. I do not drink any magic potions or do a detox routine. I like protein shakes after a workout to help with recovery.
Before kicking off triathlon training, what are the key points a beginner needs to keep in mind? 5 key essentials.
- Be mindful of what current fitness level/shape you are in. Doing too much, too soon can cause injury and burnout.
- Find a good coach or training plan that is adaptable and can accommodate your lifestyle and other commitments. I like Peakers.ai.
- Get the right equipment. It can be a landline out there of what shoes, bike, swim goggles, etc. you should buy. The best thing a beginner should consider is comfort over performance, this way they are likely to enjoy the sport over being irritated by ill fitting shoes, clothing, bike, goggles, etc.
- Train with a friend. This could be a beginner or someone who has a experience. But in both cases you can learn as well as keep each other motivated and accountable to turn up to each workout.
- Practice open water swimming at least once before you do your first race. This is the most intimidating part of a triathlon and with other swimmers in your space, there can be a lot of body contact that can cause an athlete to panic.