Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and relocated to Calgary, Rachel Mcintosh has represented Canada on the International stage multiple summers (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) in the Heptathlon composed of 7 individual events – 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m, Long Jump, Javelin, 800m.
Women Fitness had the wonderful opportunity to speak with her about her career goals, hard work that she has put in to achieving them and lots more. Read the whole piece below!
You have represented your country in Heptathlon (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) which is composed of 7 individual events – 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m, Long Jump, Javelin, 800m and won several championships. If you had to define your career, in your own words, how would you define? How long has been the journey reaching up to this level?
I represented Canada in the Heptathlon from 2009 – 2017, and I would define the entire experience as educational. Over the years I never stopped learning; about myself, my sport, and how to build important skills like resiliency and commitment. I believe that thanks to sport, I will always be a student, and I will never stop looking for opportunities to learn.
The journey has been both long and short. I made my first national team only 2 months after I began this event, so I didn’t have much build up, but over the last 9 years I have had thousands of ups and downs that have given me the wisdom of a wise old athlete haha!
What is your weekly workout routine?
My weekly workout routine consists of 5 technical track practices a week (Mon-Fri) and 2-3 sessions in the weight room depending on the period our training is in. We focus on recovery and get the weekends off. A typical training session will cover 1-3 events, as we have to train for seven different things! (Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200, Long Jump, Javelin & 800).
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