Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?
I want to feature people like Tricia who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.
How did I meet Tricia?
I’ve met Tricia during the Can fit pro-conference at the beginning of December 2016 in Vancouver. I took a partner movement workshop and she was my partner for the full hour of the workshop. I am so glad we connected because we had lots to share. She was recovering from a surgery and I was recovering from the accident I’ve been in. We were perfect partners for each other, lol. I had noticed her Vancity obstacle course race tank top and was totally intrigued by it. We shared some stories and thought that she would have some inspirational story to share with others. She is a great role model to everyone. Enjoy reading.
What motivates you to exercise?
In elementary and high school I was the overweight/obese kid. When I started junior high I had no interest in participating in PE and as such manipulated my mother and my doctor in to writing me notes to say I couldn’t run so I couldn’t participate. In fairness I had torn ankle ligaments when I was 11 that were never rehabbed properly but that should not have completely stopped me from participating, particularly by the time I hit the age of 14. Subsequently I was kicked out of PE in grade 9 near the end of the year, during the small games unit, which was a unit that actually interested me. I was an honor student otherwise, so being kicked out of class didn’t sit well for me. This motivated me to do something about my health and fitness (at 14).
Not long after being kicked out of PE, I began to go to a local gym and started training to try and get in to the Military. Although I didn’t fully join the military I did train myself just enough to pass the fitness test. I taught myself how to exercise through observation. Back then Personal trainers weren’t a thing, you joined a gym, and they gave you a circuit and sent you on your way. I fell in love with being at the gym. So for me my drive to exercise began by failure.
These days I recognize the need to exercise for my own mental stability, if I’m unable to get in some form of training due to life my mood drops. And this is easier said than done, I’m a mom to a crazy 3.5 year old boy, have a full time job, partner and also personal train and teach group fitness. For this reason I try to set goals throughout the year of what my main focus is so I can capitalize on my time when I have it.
What activity/workout do you prefer?
I honestly am one of those people that love all activity, but my big thing right now is Obstacle course racing. I found it in 2012, had a brief time out when I had my son in 2013 (now 3.5) and now I’m a full on OCR addict (I train for it, travel for it and coach it). The beauty of OCR is it requires you to train your body in so many different ways, through trail running or hiking, playground fun, strength days in the gym, crazy interval training days with burpees (I really do like burpees), flexibility and mobility. I truly do believe that OCR athletes are some of the fittest (and nicest) people you will find.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Wow now that is a tough one. Over the last few years I have really seen a huge jump in my fitness level and have accomplished things I couldn’t even do as a kid. There are 2 things that stand out for me at the moment.
The first is when I finally got my first hand stand, and then when it escalated to be able to step in to a handstand. Like I said I was a big kid, I couldn’t do monkey bars, handstands, forward or backward rolls as a kid. So a couple of years ago I began taking a gymnastics class that was held at my gym, and after months and months or trying and many tears I finally got my first handstand. It’s now something you’ll find me doing regularly at the beach, in the gym or at local parks when out playing with my son. My goal now that I can do it, is to not lose it.
Second, due to injuries I never thought I would be able to run, particularly nothing longer than 5k, in fact I’ve had medical professionals try to tell me I wasn’t built for running. I’ve since completed 2 half marathons, 2 Spartan Beasts (25 plus km) plus about 30 other obstacle course races and other smaller road and trail races. My most recent race in Seattle has been probably my biggest accomplishment and most emotional. I had taken the year off of intense run training due to injuries to focus on obstacle technique. I recognized my fitness/cardio was struggling so with one month left before my final race of the season, I took that month to really kick my butt in gear prior to an upcoming race. My goal at this race was to qualify for the Obstacle Course Race World Championships. I chose to race in the open division which only had a window of top 5 in your age group to qualify. Well not only did I hit top 3 in my age group, but I was 11th place out of 168 people. So from being the kid who got kicked out of PE to almost placing top 10, that’s amazing!!! And something I’m still struggling to believe. When I crossed that finish line I burst in to tears, I had no idea at the time how well I had placed but I knew for me I had just raced my best race ever. Later as the results came in, and the accolades from my coach and friends started to flow my tears kept flowing. I did it!!! I had broken my own personal stereotype of being the fat kid who couldn’t run.
What is your superpower?
Vibe readerJ I tend to read people really well. This translates in to having a very strong ability to teach and educate naturally without me being aware I’m doing it. Apparently I’m very clear and easy to understand. (these are comments from clients and those people that I train along side with).
What is your favourite cheat treat?
Chili lime chicken is an absolute favourite, plus yam fries with chipotle dip (home made with veggeanise)
What is your favourite dish/recipe?
I’m generally gluten free/dairy free so when I’m really splurging it will be pizza, I LOVE PIZZA!!! And beer J
What are your goals and dreams?
This year I’m qualified to run in the Obstacle course race world championships so my first goal is to get my grip and upperbody strength up to hopefully keep my band (you are given a band at the start of the race, if you can’t complete an obstacle you lose the band. You still earn a medal upon completion but the big deal is keeping your band).
Otherwise I’m just venturing back in to the fitness industry on a work level, a lifelong dream would be to run my own training facility.
Advice for a newbie?
Find something that you enjoy! There are so many different activities out there, don’t get roped in to signing up for something that you won’t find fun, you just won’t do it. On top of that, find a like-minded friend or a trainer that can help you get started.
“I was honored to have been asked by Veronique Rioux to be apart of her inspirational people blog. I met Veronique through a partner workshop at the Canfit pro conference this year and was blown away by her energy. For those on the island (Nanaimo area) be sure to check out her classes, if I was local I would 100% be attending all the various things she has to offer.
And for those that dont know me that well. Here is a bit of background of where I came from with regards to my health and fitness, where I’ve gotten to so far and some goals for this year.”