Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am 28 years old and originally from Stratford, ON. I am currently living in Whitehorse, Yukon and have lived here for just over four years. I moved to Whitehorse for its incredible outdoor community and opportunities. I was fortunate enough to get a job as a Paramedic. I work shift work which makes my training schedule a little unorthodox but has me well adapted to staying up all night, which has helped me during 24-hour adventure races.
During my undergrad, at the University of Toronto, where I studied Kinesiology, I was on the Nordic Ski team for four years and the captain for the last two years. After completing my undergrad I went to Flemming College in Peterborough to train as a paramedic. Colleges in Ontario unfortunately do not have ski teams so I decided to join the cross country running team, something I did a lot of in high school. I am also on an adventure racing team “The Warriors”, which includes a group of my closest friends/ teammates from high school. I am also passionate about kiteboarding, downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, canoeing and just about any activity that involves the outdoors.
What are you working toward in 2020:
After the 2019 season I had shoulder surgery, having previously dislocated my left shoulder 9 times. I was not sure what the surgery would bring and had my concerns about participating in races in 2020. Luckily the surgery went incredibly well and I was on the treadmill power walking just days post-op. I quickly signed up for a few races and am excited for 2020. My goals are to continue to improve shoulder strength and mobility, not to fall and to post some great results.
Diez Vista- 50km (White Pine Beach, Belcarra Regional Park Port Mort Moody, BC).
The Lone Wolf- last person standing (Fernie, BC).
Reckless Raven- 80miler, as a team (Whitehorse, Yukon)
I have a few other potential races for late summer early fall, TBD.
Why Hammer? What are your favourite Hammer fuels/supplements?
I have really struggled with my fueling in the past leading to epic bonks in adventure racing, cramping and upset stomach during ultra-running. Hammer has helped me deal with some of these issues and as I continue to learn and experiment with Hammer products, I have grown more confident in my nutrition at every race.
Hammer Gel Peanut Butter: Gels are great for easy, lightweight calories for races of any distance and who doesn’t love peanut butter.
Perpetuem Caffe Latte: Staple for adventure racing and ultra-running, my go too for exercise over two hours. The caffeine adds a nice added boost!Recoverite Chocolate- Great for easy post workout recovery when you don’t have the time to cook up a meal.