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Lavaman: The ALOHA race.

   
   
   





Sunday, I concluded a 5 week camp on Maui with a fun Island hop to race Lavaman before heading back to Victoria. What I knew about Lavaman was that…it was FUN! And it turns out that this was more than true.
This race course and the energy of the people on it spelled out ALOHA.

On the beach to begin the day I got a huge hug from my friend Bree. We high fived just before the start and it just felt like we had both decided that on that beautiful day, we would race happy – however, this certainly didn’t mean holding back. That moment before the gun was filled with the spirit of ALOHA.

And we took off….I realized that I didn’t sprint out CRAZY like I usually do. Actually, I had been focusing so much on technique over the winter that I caught myself thinking about technical cues as I got going. Though this didn’t give me my crazy cadence and speed I usually have at the beginning…

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Maui Training Tales

   
   
   

I would like to share why I choose to come do training camps here in Maui. It is a special place to me and I will always be coming back. My first camp as a pro was here. I performed some the hugest efforts of my life on this island. These efforts changed me and kick started my career. I keep on coming back here to fuel from the inspiration and return to a place of very special moments.

Here are three memories that stand out:

2009

A moment where LIFE cheered us on!

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An easy day at our Maui training camp!

   
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Here in Maui, some days consist of  hard training with not much time for anything else but resting and eating.

My first run off  the bike the other day! (HARD AND LONG bike ride and shorter run (4x1mile (1moderate, 1 tempo just to test things out. It all went very well!).

It’s not all work, other days are balanced and allow for some adventures!

Friday was a recovery day, one of those days we got to explore and relax.  We enjoyed the view at Ho’okipa!

Though teammates Brent (MacMahon) and Chris (Ter Host) were also there for the great efforts of the week, today, it was only Dan, his sister Lucy and I , that would head out to the mountains in search of a fun new running trail for a 1h easy run. After an unexpected TOUR of several other roads in the area, we finally found our way to the Makawao Forest Reserve.

We did not let the signs warning about wild boar or goat hunting discourage us. After all, each hunter can only bring back…

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2013 Race Season recap!!

   
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Hi everyone! As it is now two days from the New Year, I was thinking it was about time to do a season review!!!

I am already working on 2014 and can’t wait to start sharing the progression so far. But first things, first. Here’s a reflection on my past season and what I learned, tackling what was DEFINITELY the hardest year of my career.

This year, I was injured in my first weeks of training and it stuck with me all year. There were short bouts of remission and long passes of hard physical and mental challenges to overcome. It felt like 2013 was an emotional rollercoaster ride but one that was necessary in my progression as an athlete, in many ways.

A change of focus: The glass  is half… full.

I got to practice finding ways to be positive when things were not perfect

I have repeated the saying the glass  is half… full a lot this year when the injury was pulling me into negative spirals. In times when the ride was going down, I realized that the…

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Best Effort

   
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NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME.

12th place at worlds, What’s my feeling?

In the past, I have too often let the pressure to win (or rather, the pressure NOT TO LOSE!), be much too loud. It became overpowering. You can only go so far, fuelled on fear. I have fought to change my perception of things in the past years. It has been a hard fight.

I believe that is why, life graced me with 2013 season that was a big smack in the face in my training and racing.

A season where things seemed to hold me back, get in my way and try to break me. Where I was injured and unable to run in training and where I ended up feeling very lucky when I could be well enough to get out there and race. There was no more hiding from myself OR FROM FAILURE. Time had come to face it. I had to stand on the line and face a much higher possibility of not getting the best result. And I had no choice but to…

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A different approach

   
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Hi everyone!

It’s race week. Today is Wednesday and I landed in Vegas late last night.

Last time I wrote, was early in the Maui camp. I had 14 very precious days to try to turn things around in Maui and get some key sessions in.

After 14 days spent in Maui, I am in a different place now. Maui is always my healing place. A place where, it seems, things have a way of turning for the best.

Here is the most important thing and the one thing that will make me race so very happy in Vegas:

Since I arrived in Maui, I have been and remained INJURY FREE! It seems like I finally got rid of it and I am getting back in the game. I got to run again (some hills, some tempo, a run off the bike!), I got to train in all three sports again and things FINALLY GOT ROLLING. I got to stop worrying about how my first few steps would feel in the morning or wondering if I had…

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2013 So Far

   
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Chapter 1: The toughest is often the most rewarding.


A few weeks ago, I was at Speed Theory in Calgary, along with a few other pros for a Q and A session. I had a good time and the questions were stimulating. A lot of them were general and had us reflect on what it is like to be a professional athlete. One of my favorite questions was: Which of the three sports has been your biggest challenge and which one has been the most rewarding?
The answer came right away and with a lot of emotions tied to it. For me, it was obviously the swimming, but recently swimming has become very rewarding. The toughest at the start, has been the most rewarding, isn’t it always like that?
What would life be like without challenges. This brings me to the subject that has touched me during my six months of struggling with injury. I have gone through some of the most challenging points of my career but I have also had, and am looking

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The Mighty News of 2013 #2: GLORYFY -Unbreakable-

   
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There was more going on during the Holidays! In the Christmas blog, I mentioned that I didn’t have time for shoveling snow (thankfully) and cross country skiing (poor me!). But I didn’t mention why!! It is not  that I was busy sippin’ on hot cocoa and looking out the window….

It was that I was busy becoming….UNBREAKABLE!!!

Presenting GLORYFY. The Unbreakable sunglasses.

The day after I landed in Montreal, I met with Jacques LaGarde from Sport Dinaco* (Jacques is a great guy, representing a company that has introduced some of the best products on the Canadian market today. Gloryfy, the –unbreakable- sunglasses are one of the latest products, that they are distributing in Canada. The glasses have been available in Canada  only since June 2012 and offer a new concept in top of the line sunglasses. They are the most unique and high quality sunglasses I have ever tried. I met Jacques earlier in the year and he had introduced me to the very unique brand of Sunglasses that has already made a very big BOOM in Austria and in the European…

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The Mighty News of 2013 #1 (Family Christmas Celebration!)

   
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Hi everyone!

I am back and warming up the engine again after some good, healthy down time during the off season!

Yes it was quite a long off season for me but that ended up being a good thing. I got to visit my family back east and recharge the batteries. And… I made the trip with Alice, as usual, she had to see her brothers and sisters!

(Alice visiting -the PACK!-)

Alice being patient at the airport on the way to Montreal. What a good girl…

Ever wonder how she manages bathroom breaks at the airport on long trips?

From St-Sauveur, Qc, Mom and I picked up the Grandparents who live nearby and drove all the way to Haliburton, Ontario to spend Christmas time with my sister and her family. It was quite a long drive but we had a very nice one night stop in Ottawa on the itinerary. It was part of the Christmas present to spend a day all together at the hotel there and it was very much appreciated……

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It’s a wrap!

   
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The decision that turned things around:

As you may know from earlier posts, I re-united with my first pro coach, Lance Watson, in the middle of the season.

(Last pre-race talk of the season, with Lance before Xterra worlds.)

All my life I have been chasing adventure, change, excitement and challenge. Most times, I have achieved this feeling by moving on and trying different things. I have explored a wide range of possible life paths (at one point, I was an aspiring actress, living in Paris (quite different from now HEY?)). After a while, FINALLY, I was relieved to stop chasing activities. I had found my place after all, in a sport called triathlon. It was a beautiful feeling after all that time searching in the extremes and getting closer to defining ME. Little did I know, within the sport, the same process would take place. I explored one option after the other to find the best and quickest way to excell and make the best of my athletic potential. I moved from Quebec to Victoria and when I…

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