Thursday, March 3, 2011

Your core and running!

As a coach and tainer who loves to have a huge tool box of resources I am always taking courses. The last couple of courses I took have been amazing. One was Called Building a Strong Foundation, and was all about how to reconginze and teach endurance athletes how to control their bodies and retrain the nueromuscular system to stop tissue breakdown from the ground up. The other course was on Postural Assesment and Corrective Exercises. I have been teaching techniques based on both of these courses with great success. I believe that if you can teach someone to recognize how their body is breaking down during movement then you can fix it. Body Awareness is totally under-rated in sport. You have to know how your body moves through what-ever medium you are in, whether swimming , biking or running and be able to adapt and fix any problems that you are having. The only problem for endurance athletes is that they have to slow down, almost stop and feel what is happening in their body which may take away from their long run or ride or swim!
It doesn't take much time to practice some of the exercises and they are as simple as standing on one foot and making sure that use stay logn in your spine, hips level and your arch supporting your foot. can you close your eyes and do this? Can you go up on your toes? Can you stand holding onto a resistance tube and lift one leg without our body shifting? All of these are very simple tasks that many of us have problems executing. When I first started closing my eyes to balance on one foot I feel over after 2 seconds. I am now up to 20sec!! Start to pay attention to your body- how it moves, how you stand, how you sit. It will be the beggining of a great learning process about yourself.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Upcoming Whistler Events!

Are you ready for all the athletic excitement that is happening in Whistler this year?
If not you better dust off you shoes and get started. Last year Whistler saw the excitement and passion of the Olympics and Paralympics and the amazing athletes from all over the world. It was a truly inspirational time for anyone watching. After that excitment another exciting event came to Whistler the Gran Fondo- a bike race from Vancouver along the newly completed Sea to Sky highway to Whistler. This event drew a crowd of close to 4,000 participants. It was an amazing event with people lining the streets, overpasses and highway all the way to Whistler cheering for all the cyclists. Now in 2011 we have the Tenderfoot Boogie, trail race from Squamish to Whistler, the annual Whistler Kids of Steel Triathlon and Adult Try-A-Tri, the Whistler Valley Trail Run 5 and 10km, the first Whistler Half Marathon, to be held on June 4, after that the World OutGames are coming to Whislter and will have a Mountain Marathon, Adventure Race and Mountain Bike race, then there is Xterra in Aug. , the Whistler Gran Fondo in Sept. and the Haney to Harrison Relay race and ultra marathon in Nov.. There is the possiblity of Comfortably Numb race happening again this year which is a 25km trail run. And that is not all- there are more races and events happening that have not yet been confirmed. So what are you waiting for. All of this is in your back yard- you just have to get out and try it.
Next post I will tell you more about some local training options if you are needing some help.

Monday, November 8, 2010

what's new!!

So you thought I fell off the face of the earth but watch out I am back!!
Over this past year I completed another Ironman, #8 Ironman Couer D'Alene- not my best race- but I finished! I realized after finishing the race that I needed a break from training and racing so I took some time off training to focus on my coaching. I coached 12 athletes for a variety of differnt triathlon and running races throughout the summer. I took the time to train with my athletes, drive to thier races and cheer them on. Wow is that a powerful experience!!
I started a run group through the Salomon Store for begginer and intermediate runners, which was another amazing expereince. Getting people out of their comfort zones to try something new, not be discouraged but eager to come back and try again is a challenge. Thanks to Wendy Wheeler who helped me out by running with the more expereinced runners I was able to stay with the beginners and help them out.
For the past two months I have been enjoying the beautiful fall weather and getting outside to run the trails- that is the best time to run them! The air is crisp, the trails can sometimes be muddy ,which is fun, and the colors are amazing.
I have also been training my brain and body by taking a variety of courses from Psychology- Choice Theory, Blood lactate testing- completed my FaCT Level 2, to core and balance retraining for endurance athletes. Just like an athlete who wants to become stronger and more competitive, I am taking courses so I can do this through coaching!! There is so much to learn and it makes it much more powerful when you can share that knowledge with others and watch them excel!!
The other thing I learned by taking all these courses is that I need to keep challenging myself ,trying new things, new training techniques for my body and my brain and pushing past my own limits to reach new levels of fitness.
As for 2011 I have some great opportunities ahead of me- I am one of the run leaders for the Whistler Half Marathon so I will be creating and training many people from Whistler and beyond to complete the First annual Whsitler Half Marathon, I am organizing the Mountain Marathon for the 2011 Out Games to be held in Vancouver and Whistler and I am creating a Multisport Racing and Training Club in Whistler.
Stay tuned to learn about more of all my adventures!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dec 6 Hawaii Xterra Trail Race

Aloha from Hawaii!! We arrived on Dec 4th and I raced the Xterra World Trail Run Championships Dec 6th!! With little to no heat acclimatization my sister and myself set up at the start line not knowing what we were in for. A few top names were at the race and me, haha!!
The race was held at the Kualoa Ranch on the north west shores of Oahu. It was a beautiful sunny day and the race started a little late due to the long line ups at the porta potties- surprise.
Have you ever been to a race where there were enough of them???
As for the run the trail was not technical but the climbing and heat took its toll on most of us, especially us pasty white folk from somewhere cold BC!! Luckily I took my own fluids and was able to drink when I needed to which was more often than the aid stations. I found myself walking after the first half hour and thought when is this going to be over!! Not a good thought when you have probably only completed 5 of the 21km. After an hour of running in the heat I started to feel somewhat warmed up and ready to run. The veiws were spectacular and while walking up a few hills I took the time to enjoy it. The downhill portion was slippery mud and long grass. I was cautious as I descended knowing I needed my ankles for next weekend. I finished the race feeling good and strong and ready for the next weekends challenge of the Honolulu Marathon!!
Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Training Summer 2009

Looking for some people to train with?? You can join Munny and I Tues. evenings at 6pm for Tues night trail run clinic. Meet at Escape Route, $5. Last Tues. of every month is a Hash Run.
I participated in my first hash run last month and it was great fun. You basically all run working as a team to find the route that leads to the end or beer. The faster runners take off and let you know if they are on the right or wrong trail by yelling out. The slower runners then know what trail to take when they arrive so everyone basically finishes at the same time.
Thurs. morning Intervals at Lost Lake are free for all Whistler Triathlon Club members, $2 drop in fee for anyone else.
Stay tuned for a long group weekend run and additional local races.
Happy Training!!!

June 2009 What's Up!

June is one busy month not only for all of my athletes but for me as well.
Last weekend I had a great time cheering on my coached athletes as well as many members of the Whistler Triathlon club and freinds from across the province. I was so proud to see everyone out there having a good, bad and super day. As a coach it was really important to me to be out there to see my athletes and freinds in action and support them. It is a different kind of feeling when you have worked with someone to achieve thier goals and then you see them do it!! I have to admit I cried a few times that day!!
Another of my athletes competed in his first 1/2 iron in Kona. I also wish I could have been there for him to help him through a tough, hot day!!! But he persevered through the heat and stomach issues to finish!!!
I also had two athletes who were not able to compete which was very unfortunate.
As for me it is now my turn to put all my hard work, commitment, physical and mental strength on the line at Ironman Coeur D'Alene June 21.
I will go into this race with not only my own determination but the inspiration from all my athletes, family, friends and fellow triathletes. Thanks!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Happy New YOU! 2009!

It is already February and time is flying by! C2SkyMultisport continues to grow with classes being offered at Meadow park Sports Center, and coaching many triathletes and runners for the upcoming race season.
You can check out my website for more information on activities and prices.
As for myself I am busy training for Ironman Couer D'Alene and coaching athletes.
It is a balancing act that I have not figured out quite yet but Iam not giving up!!!
I wish everyone a great 2009 race season and look forwad to seeing you all out and about keeping fit and having fun!!